Capricorn 17° (January 8)


So after a late morning we will head to the Grocery which is Nirvana. The skies open. S. gets a flapjack. I am carrying an empty bag otherwise which I will eventually forget and leave and lose at a gastro pub. I’m sad in advance of that. Oh well. Get over it. We peer into a shop and see A. with a friend. It is a shop where the young man makes leather goods. I know this will not end without a purchase—we make little ones on the spot—but a big one, I don’t foresee, will come later in the week. We also then visit a fellow jeweler before heading to Brawn for lunch with the assistant working on the collection. We go over all the stones vis a vis all the colors. I come back and write down all the notes: Grassier green for Taurus, paler buttery yellow for Gemini, Cancer will be white enamel and a moonstone. Leo will be khaki. Virgo will go more grey in color and have a water sapphire. We are going darker red for Scorpio, like dried blood with the fire something. Sag will be blue topaz and purple. Aquarius will be the tanzanite with a more sky blue. Pisces we went with the darker seafoam. I will begin to make these connections for the words that accompany the collection.

We then had a chat with Meg, pin in that. And we had a client by Facetime, who was in the Bahamas actually. Back to the Meg thing. We learn some more about what happened. I’m upset and reeling. I’m actually hungry and S. is not. I go to the Smoking Goat for some spicy musssels and try to write some things down in real time. I did actually draft a letter that I will sit on until I find out what the outcome will be with our agent. I’m happy to go out with a different book from the one we proposed. We quite simply want to get something into works and can and will make that happen in short order. I have the strength to persevere, this much I know about myself. I might not have houses someone bought me so to launder money, nor do I have a sham existence built on hubris and self-delusion. Rather I have a real life that has taken a real toll but has offered me some real promise for the future. I heard from Stefan. What an effing nutjob he turned out to be. The books will do what the books will do but I must get to promoting the crap out of them as best we can. Working on a don’t do it alone theme me thinks. 

We have scoured every single one of our emails for any kind of infraction in reaction to the fact/time/incident when HarperCollins/Morrow published on all e-platforms a version of Sextrology in violation of our rights and found nothing inflammatory. In fact, we find that we were ultra-kind, patient and forgiving, though rightfully alarmed and insistent, in the process of this discovery. To wit, we have been in earnest in our goal to nurture a mutually collaborative relationship with Morrow since that time. The fact is, as is also well documented by email: we didn’t even know that Sextrology was under the Morrow auspice until this event occurred.

Had we not, at the time, intercepted this illegal eBook publication by Morrow before any sales had been made (assuming no pre-sales actually were), we might all agree there would have been complication between publisher and author. By fortune or chance or call it what you will, we preempted your publication of the book. But again, it was under duress. M.C. wrote to us to say, as C.M. did years before, that HarperCollins owned the rights. And we said: Oy. We had been here before. Check your rights. This is the third time that HarperCollins/Morrow had failed to understand that the rights had been reverted to us. And still we were kind. And still we were patient. Even thought we, once again, had to have our lawyers send the proof of legal documentation.


To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Cosmic Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree pointof the Sabian Symbol will be one degree higher than the one listed for today. The Blague portrays the starting degree of for this day ( 0°,  for instance), as I typically post in the morning, while the Sabian number corresponds to the end point (1°) of that same 0°-1° period. There are 360  degrees spread over 365 or 6 days per year—so they near but not exactly correlate.


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