Thursday, December 01, 2016

In process, November 2016



1st draft
Continued Season 11 Writing Excuses exercises… Got to write one short I’d kind of thought about for a while, but it sort of turned into a high school English writing exercise. And then Rabbits (see below).
 
Editing
“Labyrinth Moon”. Did a final draft before letting beta people read it, including the beta readers in my house, who I asked to help me solve the problem of what the OWW beta readers all commented on.
“Top of the Stairs”. This was on OWW.
“Rabbits”. I’ve apparently been carrying forward a note to do another draft of this one for FIVE YEARS. Though the note was something about fixing the main character, and to be honest, that is the main problem with this story. I’ve been thinking all along that plot was my problem, when maybe it’s always been character.
And then I read The Yellow Wallpaper, and realized this story is a descent into madness. So lots of rewriting!

Connecting
Critted 8
My goal is to do two a week. I’ve been following a couple of people who are doing novels, and to some extent what I was afraid would happen has happened: it cuts into my editing time. But then so do Sudoku and crosswords, so I’m not quite sure what to do about that.
Got back 1 on the older story, and 4 on the newer. And 1 on the one that had gone fallow, but it was an Editor’s Choice, which is really cool.


Circulating
1

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998).  Almost finished that first sleeve.
Gift (other other thing). Broke a needle, more than half done.
Duck Baby booties. So cute! So well-received! You might as well make small things as gifts, because bigger things will not garner proportional joy.
Mittens (for me!). Finished one.
I also sewed a tank top.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

What I read -- October 2016



“This Census Taker” by China Mieville. Got it for my birthday. It was on my list. The worldbuilding is so good.

“Goldenhand” by Garth Nix. Got it for my birthday. I’d mentioned to the boy probably two months ago that it was coming out and that it would make a good gift, so he did very well remembering. This was unputdownable.

“Disappearance at Devil’s Rock” by Paul Tremblay. Gemma Files mentioned it on Twitter, and her taste and mine often align (she’d probably feel weird to know how often I buy music she mentions, but sometimes you just need a black mass when you’re on crunch time at work, you know?) I borrowed it from the library, just to mix things up a bit. My sister and I were chatting about horror novels versus horror movies, and how the latter leave you messed up but the former not so much. This book had some really creepy moments – there’s one where a character refers to another one looking in their window, and then I had to go to bed… well, that wasn’t the best. The gradual unpeeling of the truth of what the boys had been up to all summer was really messed up in the most well-written way. I googled the state park too, which really exists. And the rock. It didn’t need to be, but it was neat to see that it was real.

“The Tropic of Serpents” by Marie Brennan is book 2 in the series. Ed got books 3 and 4 for his birthday back in September, and I got book 1 for Christmas the year it came out. This year I got book 2 for my birthday so I can read them in the proper order. I found this a little bit plot-free, but I really liked the female perspective on Victorian adventuring. It seemed more real than most of the fantasy I’ve read before, menstruation being more than just a mild inconvenience, etc. Usually the only inconvenience is clothing, and women apparently don’t menstruate in fiction like ever.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

In Process -- October 2016



1st draft
Continued Season 11 Writing Excuses exercises. This month included writing the same story twice, which was interesting, and an outline that I really like.
 
Editing
“Labyrinth Moon”. Oh my god the “he said” “you said” !!! I can’t believe I almost thought this was done back in June.

“Volcano”. Gender-swapped the main characters, which gave me a chance to totally refresh my interest in the story, if nothing else. 

OWW seems to be interfering with my editing time. I suspected this would happen...

Connecting
Critted 7
Got back 4

Circulating
1

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998).  Still on that sleeve, last month I had one pattern rep done. This month I did nothing. I think one of the rules I need to make is I have to finish both sleeves of this before I buy more yarn. 
Mont St. Martin gift socks. I’d done the cuffs in September. Finished. Due to the current yarn diet, these are made from yarn I had around the house, so I’m a little insecure about them.
Gift (other thing). This was half-done in September, knit actually from a pattern I got published in a magazine quite a few years ago. Finished.
Gift (other other thing). Started…
Duck Baby booties. This turned into a nightmare. I’ve done these before and they came out fine. I was using random sock yarn leftover from whatever and the needles specified in the pattern, and I knit one bootie and thought, “this is kind of large, maybe I made a mistake somewhere.” So I knit the second one looking for where I might have gone wrong, and did the knitted-on Icord and everything and it came out just as big as the first one. So I went looking for the smallest needles I own, and I started again. The first one came out perfect, of course. Apparently gauge matters.

I also finished sewing a pair of shorts I started at least a year ago. Pathetic.