Monday, July 17, 2017

what I read, June 2017

a little late, but...



“Hex” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Americana horror in translation from the Dutch? I have an irrational fear of all things in translation that I know is not fair. I suspect this is an Anglophone problem, and it’s lame. In my first sitting I read the first 55 pages, and went to bed stressed out. A lot of horror doesn’t really creep, and this did. But maybe that’s because there’s a monster, but everyone in the story can totally deal with that. The real horror is your neighbours.

It wasn’t a perfect book. I was trying to figure out what happened to the other two boys that were sent into the local dungeon, who were never really mentioned again (or if they were I missed it). And then the afterword! I kind of wish I read Dutch so I could see what the original was like. Though the boy told me (I forced this on him) what happened, since he googled for it. And then we had a big conversation about how we would have done the ending differently. Basically I think once Tyler was dead, we didn’t engage with any characters anymore.

“The Evil Wizard Smallbone” by Delia Sherman. Despite loving the only other Delia Sherman book I ever read (I even forced it on others, like you do), I never sought out her other writings. I quite liked it.

“Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters. I think I read a review of an Asian movie based on this book, and I never see movies, so I put this on my list. It was divided into three parts. Reading the first one, I really couldn’t guess how this book was going to be roughly 550 pages long. But then part 2 did it all again with a different character, explaining what had really happened, and part 3 was the conclusion. Ridiculous things happened in this book, proving that if you’re a good enough writer, you can make any event seem legitimate.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

In Process -- June 2017



Daily efforts (formerly 1st draft)  
Edited Chapter 6 and 7 of WWS. Wrote a lot of new content for Ch 7.

Accomplishments (formerly Editing)
“Wind/Water/Salt”. Sent it to a friend to read.

Connecting
Critted 6
Got back 4

Circulating
I won that contest I entered.

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998).  Last month I barely worked on this. This month
20 rows.
Okracoke cardigan (Shirley Paden). At start of month I had 7.5 inches of back done.  Now it’s at 16 inches. I finished the first of five balls of yarn at half-way up the back and decided, especially since there's a hood and the yarn is going to be discontinued, I'd better order another ball. Sigh.
Nomia sock (Knitty SS 2017). I was maybe halfway down the leg on sock #1 at the start of the month. These are on some rather short square needles, and I found the stitches fell off all the time! I finished that first sock and started the ribbing of the second. 
Shell Tank (Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan). Needed something mindless to knit at home, wanted something I could wear now not in October. I’m using cone acrylic I was gifted, stranded double. It's done. I wore it yesterday. It didn't fall apart!
Also finished sewing a skirt. I'm wearing it now. It hasn't fallen apart yet either.

Monday, June 05, 2017

In process -- May 2017



Daily efforts (formerly 1st draft)  
Did markups from Chapter 1.
Edited Chapter 5 and edited and wrote new bits of chapter 6 of WWS.

Accomplishments (formerly Editing)
“Wind/Water/Salt”. Posted chapter 5 to OWW.

Connecting
Critted 7
Got back 7

Circulating
1

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998).  Last month I was just below the waist. Did 8 rows.
Okracoke cardigan (Shirley Paden). Continued to ignore, with 7.5 inches of back done. 
Sheer Beauty (Knit, Swirl). At the start of the month, I was maybe three welts into the sleeve backs.  Finished the back and it was so nice I just wanted to work on it ALL THE TIME only partly to get it done, but also because I was curious how it would work out. In an attempt to be virtuous, I cut every strand when I switched colors. This was a mistake. Blocking was LIVING HELL but it came out great. I love the yarn I chose, I love how it hangs.
Nomia sock (Knitty SS 2017). Started because with all that other large, hard stuff I needed something that was at least small. It’s also more complicated than it looks. How wrong can you go over 66 stitches? Okay, pretty wrong. I’ve finished the first chart.