Monday, June 11, 2018

In progress -- May 2018


Daily efforts
That horror novel: Maybe 35,000 words? Or is that what I said last month. I set this aside for days and days as I wrote fresh content for WWS.
I also added a bit to that huge pile of notes for that vague project I haven’t “started”. And I edited chapter 10 (where that fresh content is) of WWS.

Accomplishments
The reason these updates come so late  sometimes is because I mean to post something to OWW, and if I can just get it together to do that... but then I don't because I don't really have an editing system. And here we are. No accomplishments for May. June will be better!

Connecting
Critted 4
Got back 4

Subs

I need to work on my subbing system too.

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998). Started the month with 25 rows left on the body. Now I’m on the edging. I’m pretty excited that I will finish this project someday.  Someday in June.

Celtic Gang Girls of the 70’s (Rowan and me). Planned intarsia for back (this took hours!) and set it all up. This needs to be finished before November.
Nukumori (Knitty Winter 2017). Finished.
Sewed a slipcover for a chair. It looks really good, especially compared to the wreck the chair was before.

Monday, June 04, 2018

What I read -- May 2018


“Timothy and Two Witches” by Margaret Storey. Someone, probably Kelly Link, lamented on Twitter that this is OOP. Toronto has a great kids’ collection, so I went down there to read this one. It was so fun! One of the great things about kids’ fantasy is there isn’t the need to explain how everything works. Sometimes we get a little too overwrought with the logic of our magic systems, etc.

I hadn’t ever tried out the Osborne Collection, so that was fun too. There was an exhibit there about Little Red Riding Hood, which is dear to my heart because one of the greatest workshops I ever went to had a juried entry, and I got in based on my LRH film treatment targeting 18-35 yo males.

“The Vor Game” by Lois McMaster Bujold. I needed something small to carry on the bus. For some reason this was at my mother’s house, though she wasn’t an SF reader. Maybe it was my stepfather’s? I’ve heard a lot about the Miles Vorkosigan series, and this is one of those so I read it. Miles is a great character. I hadn’t realized this won the best novel Hugo in 1991 until I was half-way done, and… well, it’s certainly well-written. Barrayar attitudes towards women seem sort of backward, but Elena gets to do lots of fun stuff, so… I don’t know. I liked it. I’ve read one other LMB (fantasy) book, I feel like it had “Knife” in the title, though I feel like it might have been “The Curse of Chalion”.

Library Hold Challenge #9:  “Impro: Improvisation and the theatre” by Keith Johnstone. Acting exercises. Every week at work I submit a status report, and I put a quote at the top (I thought no one cared until I forgot one week and I got notes of complaint from my peers). As I read this book, I came across a quote I’d used before! And I have another quote I’ll be using soon. The status section was good, and the narrative section, but the part about masks didn’t have much for me.

LHC #10: “Moonglow” by Michael Chabon. Fiction! Of all the MC books at the library, for some reason I’d requested this one. I wish the website had a spot for notes, so I could explain my logic to my future self but it does not, and I probably would just assume I’d remember anyway and never use it. I wish it was all true. I laughed a lot. The Werner Von Braun parts were awesome.

Monday, May 14, 2018

In Process -- April 2018


Daily efforts
That horror novel: Maybe 30,000 words.
That short story in my email isn’t really a short story anymore. Mostly it’s a huge pile of notes. I don’t know what to do with it, but I like it so…

Accomplishments
“Wind/Water/Salt”. Posted chapter 9 to OWW.

Connecting
Critted 9
Got back 2

Subs

--

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998). Started the month with roughly 82 rows to go on the body. Now 25? I find this hard to believe. There must be a math error somewhere? That makes it seem like I’ll be done with this project someday, and well, that just doesn’t seem true. Of course, there’s the possibility that I cut the steeks and it doesn’t fit at all. Quite likely. I don’t know that it’s going to be wide enough. It’s certainly long enough though.

Celtic Gang Girls of the 70’s (Rowan and me). I erroneously said I’d planned the instarsia for the back in March. That was a lie. 
Nukumori (Knitty Winter 2017). Finished the first one. 

I also sewed a slip-cover for one of our ikea chairs. It looks amazing.