Tuesday, December 02, 2014

In Process - November, 2014

First Draft
Limering”. Around 104,000 words. I am so sick of this.

“Selkie Girls are Easy”. As promised, final proofread and sent out.
“Wind/Water/Salt”. I have all these notes for myself, like “there was an old woman who swallowed a fly -> Susannah’s motivation.” And “Use the pirates!” These notes aren’t that useful, really.

I have revised chapters 1 and 2 so much by now that when this gets published as a book, it might actually be interesting for people to look at the two original pieces of flash that I wrote that wound up leading to the rest of the novel. Some evenings I sit down with this thing and just despair. Can I ever chisel the good bits from all the crap?

Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestiere were at a local Chapters.

I seem to have moved to that level where I get the nice rejections. A reader said there was a lot to like, which is pretty gratifying.

“Ceremonial Armour” (Kaffe Fassett, knit from a photo). Slogging away on second sleeve. 
“St. Anthony’s Ribbon” (self-designed).  Less than a strip from the armholes. I will get there before Christmas! Mostly because the sleeve will be great mindless knitting, and portable.
Angee Socks (Sock Innovation). Radically changed pattern so it’s an 80-stitch boy sock. First sock done.
Shorts by Joan McGowan Michael. Radically changed pattern to go top down so I won’t have a seam since I intend to wear these on hoop, and seams would suck.

Monday, December 01, 2014

What I read -- November 2014

“Afterworlds” by Scott Westerfeld. Gift from the boy for my birthday. After going to his event at Queensway Chapters, I finished up so the boy could read it. Both stories worked, and I liked how you could see the effects of  "real life" on the way the "novel" came out. The struggle with the ending was great, especially.

“American Slavery, American Freedom: the Ordeal of Colonial Virginia” by Edmund Morgan. Someone (I thought it was TNH but can’t find it now) linked to an article about how giving out parcels of land in Virginia colony had led eventually to slavery, and in the comments section people were arguing about whether this book (published in 1975) was a reliable source. I love listening to historians argue. Even their bickering is smart. If I was going to do a post-grad degree just for kicks I’d do a history one, so I can learn to think like them. Anyway, the book was available at the library, so I requested it. I was somewhat daunted by the 400+ pages, but then had no trouble reading 100 pages in a sitting. Not only was it all facty, but well-written too! 

It also provided needed background for Wind/Water/Salt, so it was like doing research!

“Sabriel” by Garth Nix (reread). Man, I like this book. She goes along for about 400 pages looking for her father and then finds him and he’s all like “okay, we don’t have much time, you need to do this, do that, do this, then I’m gone forever.” No hug, nothing. Awesome.

“Lirael” by Garth Nix (reread). The problem was, I read the first section and got to the part with Sam in Ancelstierre, and I was so like “I don’t care” because I just wanted to see what Lirael was up to next. I almost skipped the whole section out of frustration. But then I started really wanting to know what the heck was wrong with Sam, considering he seemed so together at the start of the section, and then fell apart, and that kept me going. Then the Lirael sections were the ones that were annoying, but shortly the two were together and it was no trouble finishing the book. he Disreputable Dog has got to be one of the best sidekicks in literature, though Mogget is pretty awesome too.

“Abhorsen” by Garth Nix (reread). I didn’t remember whole portions of this book, so I must have read it very quickly the first time. I did however remember the Disreputable Dog at the end. I know I enjoyed the book more this time. This is basically a series about zombies, though the word never comes up. I’m really glad Clariel came out, compelling me to revisit this series, which is one of my favorites.