Tuesday, February 03, 2015

In Process -- January 2015

First Draft
“Lucky Kate”. Finished a draft again.
“Succubus (Younger Men)”. Wrote a short story. Just got tired of it towards the end, though.
“Evening Glory”. Started, afraid it will get too long to be a short story.

“Wind/Water/Salt”. I’m up in the Chapter 12 range now. On the second draft I’d written in one of my action scenes, “needs more tension!” This was fun. I deleted huge chunks of exposition and added actual action. Win! To some extent I think all this editing is improving my first drafts, because I find myself avoiding writing down those “maybe he was…” sections in the first place, rather than deleting them later.

There was this article: http://www.kameronhurley.com/life-on-10000-words-a-day-how-im-hacking-my-writing-process/ which I found fascinating as a process. Not sure it would work for me, but I wonder if I need to rethink the page-a-day, since so many of those pages are crap.


It’s good to have this line item here, because it forces me to send things out when they come back.

“Ceremonial Armour” (Kaffe Fassett, knit from a photo). Ignored.
“St. Anthony’s Ribbon” (self-designed). Ran out of yarn.  Ordered more.
Vinterlys (Norsk Strikkedesign). Lace and cable panel halfway to split for body. Nine inches of Fair isle pattern.

Monday, February 02, 2015

What I read -- January 2015

“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater. I was totally taken in by this one.

So, the boys at the core of the story are like the boy-band thing that Scott Westerfeld talked about. One of the boys was kind of being given short shrift, I thought. I was even kind of wondering why he was there. And then…!

“The Dream Thieves” by Maggie Stiefvater. I was about 120 pages from the end of The Raven Boys and it was Friday evening. I knew it wasn’t going to wrap things up properly so I left the house in a panic to get to the library whose website said it was “in”. I couldn’t find it on the shelves. I asked the librarian. The outing ended with the security guard escorting us both out of the building at closing. D’oh. So I went to the bookstore and bought it. It was a learning experience, though. Now I know who’s in charge of the library (security). And also, the library has way better customer service than the bookstore.

This book took me a bit longer to read than the first one, but I got to about halfway through and just finished it. She really does a fantastic job with endings, both with this book and the previous one, making me absolutely need the next one RIGHT NOW.

“The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork” by John Maxwell. I was given this book from work. It was about how I expected.