Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vacation days

Due to changing management and something to do with how unused holidays appear on balance sheets, some of my US colleagues are complaining about having to use up nine weeks of vacation time by the end of the year, or not being able to come up with something to use those last 53 days, etc.(Canadian employees were never allowed to carry over more than ten days of vacation into the next year so I've never had this problem.)

I keep wanting to yell at them, "You could go to Clarion!"

But they just don't get it.

Friday, April 04, 2014

In Process -- March 2014



First Draft
“Limering”. Around 36,000 words. I really would like to write something else now, like this short story that’s in my head.

Editing
“Wind/Water/Salt”. Still working on the don’t look back Draft 2 (the same approach as draft one, actually). I hope it starts to get shorter rather than longer soon! I didn’t really remove that many words, but with this draft I did get rid of a lot of chapters. I would have got more done, but for that trip to Mexico. Stupid day job!
I caught myself doing a very bad thing, and that was trying to make the words there work, rather than deleting them because they made no sense anymore. Deleting is hard! But I wrote about 1800 words of Chapter 12, and moved a whole bunch of stuff, so I’d guess I’m about 1/3 through the second draft. Even though this is what I’m thinking of as the “plot/gross story structure” draft, it’s getting a lot more tension and action, which is good.



Connecting
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Circulating
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Knitting
“Kaffeklatsch” (self-designed).  I had started the first sleeve at the end of Feb. On Mar 8, I ripped out the entire sleeve and started it again to do the decreases better to keep the diagonal line nice. Finished first sleeve, started body.
“St. Anthony’s Ribbon” (self-designed). Mostly ignored. I took it to Mexico,  but didn’t work on it.
“Ceremonial Armour”. Ignored.
“Portree” (Martin Storey Scottish Collection). Since the other projects are all just knit, I started this one so I’d have something hard to work on. Just finished the back and don't have enough of one of the contrast colors. Yay problem-solving!