Tuesday, July 02, 2013

In process -- June 2013

First Draft
“This is the Church, and This is the Steeple”. Might have written 10,000 words, and about a thousand of those after I’d written “the end”, but finally finished.
“Cartographer”. Short story. Waterman butterfly! Rivers forgotten! I started and finished this, and it’s crap but whatever. The plot starts around page 9 of 16.
“Vulgar Pony”. Short story. Started.

“Don’t Choose Astronaut”. Got it under 3000 words, but it makes me sad now.  
“Lucky Kate”. Yeah, I read it and set it aside.
“Selkie Girls are Easy.” Draft three had been underway at the start of the month, and it took me half the month to finish, but finish it I did (draft 3).

CZ reading series 12 June had GGK. How could I not go to that?

1 out there.
8 rejects for 2013 so far.

“Biohazard”. (pullover) Finished. Now if only it was cold enough to wear it.
“Ceremonial Armour”. KF cardigan. No real progress – maybe two rows.
IK Vertex cardigan spring 2013. This was great for knitting in the car.  I’m five inches below the armholes.
Insubordination Socks. In my day job, the branding group sent out guidelines on how to use our new logo. Our favorite page, of course, was the “don’t” page. Using the logo as an all-over pattern was in there, and once I saw that, what else could I do?
Penzance. The picture in my head for this project is SO AWESOME. The yarn is Cascade 220. What can go wrong? I swatched it.

What I read -- June 2013

“The Wasp Factory” by Iain Banks. Just past halfway through, I realized that this isn’t the kind of book where the bad things are coming, it’s one where the bad things happened in the past. That made it a lot easier to read. Quite gleefully disturbing, and I knew we were driving towards some shocking revelation at the end (I was guessing Eric didn’t really exist) but it caught me totally off-guard and made me rethink my whole attitude towards everything I’d read. Wow.

“The Diviners” by Libba Bray. Kind of a superhero origin story set in the 20’s. I was fascinated by the way she used and switched POV (like when I change color on a pair of socks, and there’s an intermediate area where I did a Fibonacci sequence). The name-dropping period detail product placement was a little excessive for my taste, but that’s the style, I guess. Also, chapter 1 was a prologue!

Distinction : a social critique of the judgement of taste”  by Pierre Bourdieu. I read a review of this on Salon and then waited what seemed like a year for it to turn up (I just checked on Salon and in fact it was here: http://www.salon.com/2012/03/31/changing_our_culture_of_consumption/) at the library. I might have enjoyed this book more if I knew more about 70’s pop culture, especially in France. The ideas were really interesting and thought-provoking, but I’ll be honest: this book was a slog. If I hadn’t gone on vacation, I wouldn’t have been able to finish it. As it was, I had to set myself a daily quota.