Friday, February 25, 2005
Other than that, I did finish up my little "bio" site at http://www.yabookscentral.com/kimpauley so that's done now.
And I'm going to try to churn out a query in the next hour. I have no idea what for yet.
The bad thing is, I can't find the original site that I found the stuff on. Ugh. So I'll just have to use the pieces I have.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
I finished up the Locanda write up and sent it to Tony to take a look at. He's my only sounding board at the moment, poor guy.
I'm thinking I might work on a book for a while. I don't know. I probably should just get another query ready. I can't seem to make up my mind.
Once we're in the house, I'll probably be doing this at the Old Louisville Coffee House, since it's much closer (Oak & Hill) or maybe at the library sometimes (only problem is no chai tea there...) or even up here, if I were planning to meet with Tony. It would be a bit of a walk, but need to get out and walk anyway. It's my only real form of exercise right now.
I'm a little freaked out about the whole writing articles thing and freelancing. My resume doesn't look bad, but way down deep inside me I feel like a total fraud. I don't know how to do this. I'm just winging it. I know that's what everyone's doing, but I don't know how well I can fake it. Hopefully it will be like my drinking capacity...no one ever knows when I'm drunk. Maybe everyone will really think I am a professional writer. That's how it happens. You just need people to believe.
I'm still looking for a writing group. I'd seen two ads in the Leo with meetings at the Old Louisville Coffee House, but I e-mailed the one lady and she said the group is now defunct (and was kind of sucky anyway). I'm missing Pinawor. It was a good group. Professional, even the people that weren't published.
I need to work on my book too, but I think I'll start that after I get at least 10 pending queries out. Gotta show some income...
Monday, February 21, 2005
I finished my resume and put up a one page published clip site. I need to ultimately set up a new domain, but I want to figure out what's up with my hosting company first. I'm supposed to be able to host more than one domain off of it.
Thursday, February 17, 2005
That gives me 5 currently out. I need to get 5 more out there. Might work on a query I'd started a while back but never sent for Organic Living. Also need to do the one Italy write up and see how those go. That doesn't pay overly much, but hey, it would be something.
I should also finish my resume up, since some places do ask for that. I've never quite finished it yet.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
- E-mailed all publishers to updated them on address
- Wrote 2 book reviews, posted 2 news items, posted 2 excerpts on site
- Returned key to apartment office
- Cleaned off the desk (mostly)
I did come up with a goal as well -- try to have 10 queries/articles in the air at any given time. Sadly, right now I have just 4, so I've got to get 6 more going. I just can't do it today though. I need to just lay down and sleep for a while.
Next thing I think is to write up a review of the B&B in Ferrara Italy. There's a site that pays 50 Euros for write ups up to 750 words on places in Italy. I could churn out a few of those, but I'll start with one and see how they like it. Too bad all my notes on Italy are packed somewhere in the POD, but I'm sure I can find enough on that one place for now. I'm not sure what 50 Euros is in dollars anymore, but they should be quick little pieces and every bit counts.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
- Washed comforter to try and further remove the cat pee smell
- Clean carpet in office from last night's cat puke (hm, I'm sensing a trend here in my to-do list)
- Buy office supplies
- Empty dishwasher
And the get-your-career-on-track stuff:
- Queried Salon.com with Clive Barker interview
- Finished Capriccio article and queried Bonaire Nights
- Queried Tampa Bay Magazine with wine shop article
- E-mailed guy at N2Arts that had previously accepted an article but hadn't specified payment or publication
So, all in all, a pretty good day. I also had lunch with Tony, which is always nice. Off to update the other blog now...
Monday, February 14, 2005
That blog is going pretty well. I didn't think Tony'd really be into it, but it was actually his idea. And everyone seems to like it. I don't have this one linked to it or anything, since I want to keep this one pretty private.
All of the moving stuff is going well. The cats right now are some of my biggest stress. After Grace peed in the bed the first night (arguably completely whacked out from the pills we'd given her for the drive up), Tony is ready to get rid of them the next time an "accident" happens. And I do understand that. I'm sick of cat pee too. I'm sick of always waiting for the other shoe to drop. I just have one big problem -- I'm not sure which cat is the culprit and I don't want to get rid of the one that isn't the problem. I don't want to be a disposable pet owner. We made a commitment when we adopted them, but I also don't want to ruin a marriage over a cat, even cats that are my "babies" (though I'm not like those people with the teeny dogs, they are just ridiculous).
At any rate, when we got back last night from packing up the house, I noticed that the bath rug in Tony's bathroom had a stain that looked suspiciously like cat pee. But herein is the dilemna again -- did it happen that first night or was it new? I didn't notice it before, but it was in a shadow and it looked a little old. Are they being bad now or was it just that first night? So I'm keeping an eye on the rugs now. Even the bed smelled a little funky when we got back, but then the whole apartment did. I got some febreeze to freshen things up. The smoke from all the neighbors is getting everywhere.
I wish I had a little spy camera so I could catch whoever it was in the act, though I'd be much happier if they just behaved. We've been keeping the litterbox very clean. I don't know what else we can do. I've tried feliway, multiple boxes (made no difference, they didn't even hardly use the 2nd one), different litter, different food, everything that all the sites out on the Internet say to try. Hooded litterbox, unhooded litterbox. I'm just tired of it all.