out of the ashes

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

It's so strangely quiet in my house this morning--Christmas Morning. Cosmo is whining for soft cat food in his tiny voice. Mocha is all excited that her master is up and about. She's hungry, too, and I'll make her a special treat when I finish up here. When we adopted her four or five years ago she was so frightened of me. Funny how time heals things.

But, it's quiet. Peacefully so. Presents lay unwrapped, smiling up at me from their spots beneath the lovely tree Pammy selected a week ago. Was it a week? I can't remember. The Topanga Canyon stay threw my mind into a dither. I worked a couple of 16-hour days while there. I shouldn't have, lol. It was quiet there, too. A different kind of quiet, though. Makes me so grateful to be home again and enjoying my family and the holiday. Connections via phone conversations (I NEVER TEXT!!!!) and emails with family out of state, and friends across the world.

It isn't quiet at Amazon Books, though. Dear Diary, A Journal From Hell all of the sudden started taking off last night and yesterday. It's being bought and read (I would assume it's being read:) by tons of people, now. I always loved that story I wrote for a Bookrix contest (and pulled before the contest closed). The journey by Terence and Teresa is fabulous, I really think. Thought. Just wish I'd given more consideration, and put more work into that opening. Still a bit "trite" compared to the rest of the story. Oh well...what did that famous author say about revisions? It's a done deal now.

I love the quiet at times. Like today. Like my life today.

Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy New Year. 2011 has been wonderful. Thanks to all of you who have become my friends, and to all my old friends...God love you! I do.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Week!

I'm going back up to Topanga Canyon this week to work. Eighty-five miles north of my place--through L.A. traffic, coming and going. I'll spend nearly as much time on the road as I will at the jobsite. The good thing is, no one will be there except me and a rooster down the hill somewhere. I'll get a lot done this coming week. Except shopping--which I'm the world's WORST at under the best of circumstances.

I'm grateful for the work in these sketchy times. I've always said that I'll change lightbulbs or wash windows rather than sit at home, and I meant it. I kind of like to eat. I won't be changing lightbulbs, but the work isn't my usual "glorious" kind. 's-okay. It's work.

My cell phone has no service at this location! No TV, no internet. I think I'll have to camp out up there if I expect to get the job completed by Friday. I'll miss my wife and our evening conversations, miss working on my writing for an hour or so each night, miss my friends at Bookrix in the short time left before I go to sleep. You see, I did that commute for three long weeks, and it translated into leave the house at 5:15, drive, return at 7:00 that night. Exhausted.

Some good news; I mean not that being able to work isn't good news--good-er news:) I'm working on Heinz 57, my screenplay. Have been, anyway. Total rewrite. Bye-bye Laverne's lisp dialect in his dialogue exchanges. Sniff. I'm extending the scenes in which Rollo, "Beautiful" Myron, and Laverne hatch the plan to paint the cellblock at the beginning as well. It all happened too quickly in my original draft. The story is there, though, and I'll get it right. There's a BIG competition coming up in March, juried by working producers and directors from Hollywood. If the final draft is as good as I think it can be...who knows?

In addition, I'm not exactly setting a sales record with "Dear Diary, a Journal From Hell" at Amazon, but I'm selling:) 8 copies last week alone! I don't have any idea who bought them, but someone did. Someone bought my short story. You can see it if you go to Amazon Books, paste B0068R6G1Q into the search box. That's Patrick Sean Lee, not simply Patrick Lee. He's someone else. I should have put it up for $5.99 instead of $.99. I'd be close to a millionaire by now, lol. Well...

Val's book, "No Ordinary Woman", is in printing right now! She signed off on the galley proofs last week. I'm so proud of you, Val. Congrats, dear:)

Life is rich and full. Merry Christmas everyone!

Well, I'd better go shopping:)