Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Sunny and cool
Hop on over to the Dog Blog for some ideas on revisions.
Work was fine yesterday. Had to climb over the rude, ignorant, self-absorbed tourists who can’t comprehend the fact they’re not the only people on the street, and there are several million people around them trying to GET SOMEWHERE, probably to prepare the latest tourist entertainment. I’m always glad when people come in and marvel at the city – it’s a marvelous city; however, stop acting like you’re the ONLY person in it! Show some basic consideration for the people around you.
And it only gets worse from now to New Year’s.
I’m having trouble with my MP3 player – the headphones don’t fit in my ears. They keep falling out. The little round discs are too big and don’t fit. And it’s not like I have terribly small ears, either. Plus, when I download music, it’s not notating it correctly – which really isn’t that big a deal, but come on – and, of course, I can’t look up if there’s a way to fix it because the frigging disk they sent with the player DOESN’T OPEN.
So, as fond as I am of the little player, I am less than fond of the Creative Zen company. It’s certainly not a Zen experience.
Finished A Book and a Love Affair. I realized I’ve read her journals from the 1960s and 1970s. I think I liked them better. If I remember correctly, by then she’d outgrown the tendency to trail around after her husband meekly in a way that just makes me want to hurl.
We were talking about something similar at work – how certain “stars” – read “celebrities” – are so “protected” that they can’t dial a phone themselves, can’t handle going to the drugstore, etc., etc. Several people in the conversation felt it was because they were “protected” from the real world, because there’s always a lackey around to deal with it and they “can’t” do it on their own. My position is that if you can’t dial a damn phone by the time you’re forty AND YOU CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO LEARN – well, I have no respect for you. You’re not that special, sweet pea. And eventually, you’re gonna have to learn to deal. Because the majority of these “protected” celebrities don’t have the talent for life-long careers, and they’re going to have to learn to do a whole lot more than dial a phone before they’re through.
And, at this point in my life, there isn’t enough money that can be offered to me to make it worthwhile for me to cater to them.
Hence the career change in the making.
Started reading Tim Powers’s The Drawing of the Dark – and nearly missed my stop coming back on the train. I find his writing to be among the most seductive as far as completely enveloping in his world and enchanting me of almost any other writer I’ve read.
Working on my 2006 Evaluation and my 2007 GDRs. Since I’m taking the Eve and the Day for New Year’s to do a retreat, I want to get the evaluation, anyway, done prior.
Got an idea for a new series yesterday – jotted it down on a scrap of paper. It needs a lot of planning – it’s something that needs meticulous structure and can’t be done blank-page. I may try some of Elizabeth George’s techniques that I find too overwhelmingly detailed for most projects, because I think it just might be what this one needs.
SJ – to answer your question – Strand Books tracked down the memoirs I needed for my research. Strand is my go-to place for research books. They take good care of me, and, dare I say it, enjoy looking for some of the wacky stuff I often need.
I’ll supplement the research with interviews (if I can get any), but I wanted to start with the memoirs, so I know what it is I’m asking.
Had a good yoga/meditation session whose benefits were sorely tested when Elsa decided to throw up EVERYWHERE (narrowly missing my new yoga mat) and then I found out that I was out of paper towels.
But, that crisis was dealt with, I got some work done on Tokens and Affections – I had two big sequences with Elmira and Declan, and then we gallop to the finish line.
Have to run some errands, and remembered three more holiday cards I forgot to write (and a list is good because . . .).
And then, it’s back to the page.
Tokens and Affections – 27,825 words out of est. 35,000
27 / 35