Monday, December 8, 2008

Worldwide Information

I follow blogs of many different people.

It's great to get information and views from all over the world, without leaving the comforts of the old farmhouse.

Since I have always had an interest in astronomy, it would follow that I would also look into astrology. Two of the people that I read are Kathryn Cassidy and Jonathan Cainer.

From their recent posts, it looks like we could have an interesting week ahead!

When it comes to the world of publishing, I've been reading Janet Reid.

She's funny and will not hesitate to figuratively 'put the knife in', if you deserve being skewered for a bonehead comment or other faux pas. That's a social blunder for those of you non-French speakers. She also gives GREAT advice on how to query literary agents.

Which is still on the list of things to do. I will have to revise my agent list now, since I don't know who's working for who this week, after the great publishing industry bloodbath last week.

I'll be going to AgentQuery to get that update info.

It's all out there, you just have to dig it up.

Now, back to my novel rewrite...

Hollywood Strike Redux

It's the Holiday Season, so it must be time for a strike in Hollywood.

Last year, the Writers Guild of America showed how you could strike and not get any real benefits, except the enduring animosity of your Hollywood co-workers.

This year, the Screen Actors Guild has dragged their feet, probably didn't have a script for contract talks. Now they're going to finally call a strike vote, something they should have done BEFORE the contract expired, back in June.

I've been following the fun and games over on Nikki Finke's blog;

My post over there won't win me any friends, but I'm fed up with the lack of action.

Here's the key part of the post:

Get a hint from the workers in Chicago:

I'm all for people getting a good contract, no matter what industry they work in.

You better be brave enough to risk it all to deserve it.

It's not going to be handed to you.

Whining about it won't get the job done.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Hey Wait! The Year Can't Be OVER!

It has to be a cosmic maelstrom, spinning us closer and faster towards...

OK, maybe everything is going into the toilet. How cosmic is that?

First of December, missed a deadline, self-imposed on finishing the "Project X" novel.

Did get the van painted, set a new low temperature record. You're not supposed to be able to spray paint a vehicle in 54F temps. I just did and it's not pretty, but it's shiny and done.

Most of the weekend was dedicated to minor home remodeling. Boring topic, but the new wood stove is snapping and crackling, pumping out heat as I type this.

Other than that, I spent quality time chasing poachers out of the fields.
The winning excuse of the week is, "I'm just out looking for the golf balls we hit into this here soybean field."
Yummy! Nothing like the taste of golf ball flavored tofu!

Now, if the weather will clear and get up around 60, I might just get the pickup truck painted this week.

Then I'm gonna pray for rain, so I can sit inside, roast my toes and work on the novel.