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.

Editing
“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.

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

Knitting
“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.