Friday, March 06, 2015

In process -- February 2015



First Draft
“Evening Glory”. There’s probably 8000 words here. As I feared, it’s getting away from being a short story. I also had an interesting idea of how to structure it when I had already written 5K…

Editing
“Wind/Water/Salt”. It’s a deleting frenzy now. I printed off the first 12 chapters to make sure I’ve got what I think I’ve got before I go farther. The goal was just to read through those quickly and take out things that no longer belonged, and flag things that did. That of course took much longer than I expected.

And I progressed through chapters 13 and 14. Moving along!

Connecting
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Circulating
2

Knitting
“Ceremonial Armour” (Kaffe Fassett, knit from a photo). Did five inches of second sleeve while waiting for yarn to arrive for St. A.



“St. Anthony’s Ribbon” (self-designed). Waited forever for that emergency ball of yarn! Probably need to do two more rounds and then think of an edging.



Vinterlys (Norsk Strikkedesign). Lace and cable panel done to split for body. Almost finished first sleeve (fair isle). 
Rust-colored Damask Jacket (Takle and Kolstadt). I've had this kit forever. I needed something small, and all my projects aren't that right now, so I started this, did maybe a half inch of the bottom rib. 



I should mention I also repaired the elbows of two sweaters in Jan and one in Feb. And I sewed half a dress.




Monday, March 02, 2015

What I read -- February 2015



“All the Windwracked Stars” by Elizabeth Bear. In the comments section on some article about how to write female characters, someone said EB wrote crap male characters, and I wanted to see. The main male character here was a prostitute, so probably not a good gauge. For the first hundred pages or so, there was nothing wrong with this book, but I would have enjoyed it more if it had been what I’d wanted to read at the time. After that, I was totally engaged. The climax didn’t descend into confusion, which made me really happy.

“Blue Lily, Lily Blue” by Maggie Stiefvater. Yes, it was this that I wanted to be reading. I couldn’t request it since my library card had expired. What are they afraid of? Why does this only seem to happen to me? I love these books. Now I have to wait for the fourth? In the fall?

“California Bones” by Greg Van Eekhout. The magic system sounded fascinating in the reviews. I’d read Norse Code and thought it kind of collapsed into a frenzy at the end. This one held up better. A fun, quick read about cannibalism!

“Lavinia” by Ursula K. Le Guin. This was a delight. The ending was perfect. The main (POV) character is mentioned in passing really in the Aenead by Virgil, and she talks about “my poet” throughout, which really worked.