Monday, April 17, 2006

Monday, April 17, 2006
Waning Moon
Jupiter Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Spent the first part of yesterday at a friend’s place, doing laundry, sitting on the deck reading, cooking, etc.

Came back and did some rearranging of books, et al. The person working with me dropped a heavy book, spine first, on the good foot. It hit the arch at such an angle that not only is there swelling on the arch, but the footpad/ball of the foot is bruised and swollen on the bottom. Not quite sure how that happened, but, for the rest of the day, I couldn’t put my weight on either foot.

Getting a little tired of this.

Forgot to mention that I read The Jane Austen Book Club the other day. I wanted to love it, but only kind of liked it. I enjoyed the actual discussion of the Austen books. Unfortunately, I did not like the characters who were reading the books. I felt that the incidents in their pasts used to explain why they were flawed were presented as excuses rather than reasons, and I did not feel empathetic or connected to any of them. It was a disappointment. I’d heard such hype about the book and I was really looking forward to it.

Yesterday, when bedridden, I began reading Elizabeth Berg’s A Year of Pleasures and I love it. Her books always touch me, and this is no exception. I just sink in to her world and believe, for a few hours, maybe there’s a bit of hope for humanity after all.

I decided to call the fictional-memoir-of-summer-with-godchildren Celestial Summer for now. I did about a half a page yesterday, or maybe it was the day before, and wrote nearly four pages this morning. I’m telling it through the point of view of one of the kids, who is thirteen at the time of the summer, but remembering it as an adult. It’s an interesting voice to work from. I’m having fun with the memories, and then fictionalizing them to make a good, yet warm story. And I’m making a list of all the details I have to look up, to make sure they’re accurate to 1979 – from which roads were already built then to which songs were out and playing on the radio.

Worked on the proposal. Got a few pages of it roughed out. I think I need to do a chunk of the actual material in order to see if the proposal is viable. I’d like to set a daily word count for it, but with all the chaos of The Situation not going away any time soon, I think I’d only frustrate myself. So I cart it around and work on it a bit here and there. The outline portion of the proposal is halfway done – I need to figure out the other half in order to write it. I wonder if writing the first chunk of it will help me get the rest of it sorted.

I’d like to start typing Shallid, but I’ve put it in a very safe place and can’t quite remember where that is.

Must go to the Post office now to mail my state taxes (federal went out already) and do a few other things. I’d like to get some more writing done today, but wonder if perhaps I’ve already written myself out. I feel as though my writing muscle as atrophied lately, and I’m trying to get it back.

Today’s Circadian poem will go up in a few hours.

If my foot feels up to it, I need to do some more work on the bedroom. If I’m not on set on Wednesday, I’d like to get started on the South Wall.

The North and East walls look wonderful, if I do say so myself. In spite of a few mistakes.



At 8:59 AM, Blogger quincee said...

Wow Devon! I don't know how you do it but just reading about all your projects overwhelms me. Keep up the good work. Oh and likewise on the facts of 1979. I've been spending a lot of hours researching and recalling that year too for my novel. It's amazing how so many of the simple things have changed.

Happy writing!

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Lara said...

OUCH!! I hope your feet feel better soon!

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Devon, maybe the book hitting your foot was the world's way of getting you to rest... you wear me out just reading all you do! :)

Hope you're feeling better soon.

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Debra Young said...

Oh no! This is not the year for your poor tootsies! Glad to know you spent a restful holiday just the same. Speaking of the "Jane Austen Book Club", a friend pressed this book upon me many months ago and I have not read it yet. I think she liked it very much once she got into it; I'm reluctant. Although I love Jane Austen, this book about her works just doesn't appeal to me, but eventually I guess I'll read it, or try to.

At 12:25 AM, Blogger Anita Powell said...

I'm sorry to hear about your feet. I hope they feel better soon! I've been thinking about reading "The Jane Austen Book Club." Maybe I'll choose something else instead. Perhaps I'll pick up "A Year of Pleasures."

Get some rest and take care of yourself!


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