Friday, July 08, 2016

In process -- June 2016

Okay, I give up on ever actually achieving my goals with this month, it being more than a week past over. Here's what I did. 

1st draft
“Water Leopard”.
Had roughly 60K at the start of the month and wanted it over. Now it’s done.
Which is good, because my idea was to do exercises instead, because I have plenty of first drafts and I’m not sure they get better. This will increase my editing time and focus I hope… I’ve started with the Season 11 Writing Excuses exercises. Though in the interest of my own sanity I also devoted about six days to my karate essay.

“The Cicatrix Diary”. Ignored
“Volcano”. Did 2nd draft. The writing excuses exercises were useful on this actually.
“Labyrinth Moon”. Changed the name and did three drafts, and I’m so close to calling it done.
“Imp Face”. Writing Excuses got me to revisit this one too.

Did a self-editing workshop. Didn’t really connect.

nothing but I have an excuse. It was my karate essay!

DragonFruit Socks. Finished.
Boot Topper Socks. Finished.
Ann Boleyn (1998).  Like a crazy person, I decided to do it top-down with set-in sleeves, and apply some shape to the typical AS box. So what I’ve done mostly is figuring so far.
Folded mini dress. Seemed like a good project for vacation. Found an error in the pattern almost immediately, which Ravelry confirmed. Yay ravelry! I’ve done 5 pattern repeats of the six required, and I’ll probably do an extra one. I have plenty of yarn.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

What I Read: June 2016

“Skills Finder 2.0” by Tom Rath. This seems like cheating or list-padding somehow, but my list needs padding so I’m going with it. I read this for work. All 1200 of us at my workplace were told to read it, and I wasn’t paying $27 for the kindle edition so I got it out of the library.Then I paid about $20 to do the test.

“Linger” by Maggie Stiefvater. She’s fabulous.

“1776” by David McCollough. Apparently I asked for this for Christmas years ago, though I don’t remember. Anyway, my sister gave it to me for summer Christmas, so I read it. It was way better than I expected! Somehow although I grew up in the greater Boston area, I was unaware that the British had holed up in Boston and were besieged there. Also, the clothes. Whoever painted the cover clearly had not read the book, because uniforms were not ubiquitous for the Continental army.

Monday, June 06, 2016

What I read -- May 2016

“Lockstep” by Karl Schroeder. This has been on my list for ages, and finally I’m getting around to it. I’ve read two or three other books by him, met him when he was the writer in residence at the Merrill Collection, and follow him on Twitter. The worldbuilding in this book was really great, but that's what I remember primarily about the other of his books I've read so that's not a surprise. The resolution was surprising and satisfying. The writing was very... masculine, not very subtle.

“Newt’s Emerald” by Garth Nix. The boy got it for Christmas. He read it first and then handed it off to me. I found the first two chapters tough to get into, but after that it was smooth sailing. He found the same thing. I love his afterwords.

“Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater. Parts of this were reminiscent of “the darkest part of the forest” which I read last year, but this is from six years earlier. Maybe these are common YA tropes? She had me totally anxious for the characters in like three chapters.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

In process -- may 2016

1st draft

“Water Leopard”. Had roughly 52,000 words at the start of the month? Now I have roughly 60K and I want it done and over because I have something else I want to write. 


“The Cicatrix Diary”. Ignored
“Volcano”. Did 2nd draft.
“Labyrinth Moon”. Typed.






Rust Damask Jacket (Takle & Kolstadt). At the start of the month I needed to do about 15” of the second sleeve done, plus the plain facing of the neckband. I just decided this sucker was going down, after way too much work including one day when I worked on it for 7 hours, it is over. I don’t hate it, but maybe I’ll resent it less in five months when it’s sweater weather again.

DragonFruit Socks. Finished the first one, started the second. 
Boot Topper Socks. Still working on the first one.