Tuesday, October 09, 2018

What I read, September 2018


LHC #17: “Bitter Seeds” by Ian Tregellis. I’m back at the top of my library list working my way down, so I have no recollection of why I requested this. IT has quite the way with making his characters suffer, so much that I thought to myself about 200 pages in, “is this grimdark?” and then googled to find that, more or less, yes. The ending was such that I had to request the next in the series. 

LHC #18: “Urban Forests: a natural history of trees in the American Cityscape” by Jilll Jonnes. Starting this book, I was hoping it would talk about endothermic reactions. This is not that book. It’s more of a society pages of American trees. The organizational structure took a while to grok, but eventually I settled in. 

Sometimes this seemed like an endless list of names I didn’t know. At the same time, the sections about the civic response to epidemics was really enlightening. As was the way the different levels of government and the different NGOs dealt with things and interacted. When I was done, that stuck with me more than anything else – all politics ultimately is local politics, which with what’s going on in Ontario now is important to remember.

“The Coldest War” by Ian Tregillis. It’s interesting I’m getting sucked into more series. Normally I can stop after book 1. This did not seem like an afterthought, though. I guess I’ll request book 3 now…

LHC #20: “The buried Life” by Carrie Patel. The worldbuilding is cool, but I think police procedurals are not my bag.

Friday, October 05, 2018

In process -- September 2018


Words
That huge pile of notes: Just gets bigger.
WWS Chapter 12: I had started this in August actually. I think I’m getting better at looking at these things and seeing what’s really wrong – that there’s no character motivation driving the action etc, figuring what’s the point of the scene, rather than just copy-editing it to death and deleting things without putting anything meaningful in.
Oh, and fight scenes are hard.
Beyond the Yorkdale Event Horizon: Flash, just to entertain myself.

Accomplishments
“Wind/Water/Salt”. Posted Chapter 11.


Connecting
Critted 6
Got back 4

Subs

Same one is still out there…

Knitting
Celtic Gang Girls of the 70’s (Rowan and me). Started the month with the front and collar and finishing to do. Did half the front. I’m behind schedule now,  but I think I don’t care. 

FI Corset belt. Started the month with 1.5 inches done. Ignored.
Socks. Finished the third and fourth. Started the fifth. Learned a new cast-on.

Monday, September 10, 2018

In Process -- August 2018


Daily efforts
Bonechill (that horror novel): The scene I’m working on is earlier than I thought. Also came up with some backstory. I need to put this on hold because I  can’t take the distraction. And what I need to focus on is WWS.
That huge pile of notes: Just gets bigger.
Also figured out how to fix a short story. Or something to do with it to entertain myself, anyway. Not sure it’s better, just different… 

Accomplishments
“Wind/Water/Salt”. So close to posting Chapter 11.
I also made a schedule for taking up the other stuff in OWW, because it’s stupid to post things and then never take up the comments. And this was how I got through Chapter 1.

Connecting
Critted 7
Got back nothing because I didn’t post anything.

Subs

Same one is still out there…

Knitting
Celtic Gang Girls of the 70’s (Rowan and me). Started the month with the sleeves and half the back done. Finished the back and started the front, so I’m on schedule. 

FI Corset belt. Started the month with 1.5 inches done. Ignored.
Socks. Started the month with less than 2 inches to go on the first sock. Finished that and the next. Started the third.