Wednesday, September 02, 2015

What I read -- August 2015



“Flex” by Ferrett Steinmetz. He was in my Viable Paradise class, so how could I not read this? The boy saw it and said the cover looked cool. I read the scene where Valentine and Aliyah made up while I was sitting in the coffee store, and tears ran down my face, so way to go Ferrett. So proud to know him! 

“The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black. The boy has an unexpected hatred for the Spiderwick Chronicles that he’s never explained. So this book didn’t attract him at all. Me, on the other hand… I couldn’t put it down. I especially loved how Hazel and Ben had the shadow of their parents’ neglect hanging over them, which got fixed about when they didn’t need their parents anymore. I also loved Ben and Hazel’s relationship so much. 

“The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett. Last week I read a quote from William Gibson that referred to DH and plot, and it seemed worth reading something. This book was published in 1929! It held up just fine, seemed like reading the script from a black-and-white movie. Though I did have to google excelsior (a brand of wood packing chips). 

“A Universe from Nothing” by Lawrence M. Krauss. The boy bought this a couple of months ago, and read it and then forced it on me. The weird thing was I felt like I understood it! And I can’t even understand routers. A little bit rabid on the atheism, but whatever.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

In process -- August 2015



First Draft
 “A surprising Number of Crows”. Short story.
“Food Insecurity”. So, I had finished this kinda crap short story last month, and then the boy told me a strange tale out of his own life, and I realized that was the plot of this story, so when the previous-mentioned was done, I went back and restarted this. It’s a fun exercise because I have the character and setting development largely done separately, so I sat down trying to just write the plot, which I can merge with the other stuff later in a fantastic edit-straganza.

Editing
“Wind/Water/Salt”. Finished that spreadsheet with all the chapter data. 
“Food Insecurity”. Started typing but never got around to taking apart the crap part.
“Lucky Kate”. I came across a market with a deadline that looked good for this, and I thought it wasn’t in that bad a shape, so I pulled out the folder.
And I must say, my process is not nearly as awesome as I thought it was. The last time I looked at this was April. My folder had pages and pages of handwritten content that I couldn’t find in either of the printed drafts, neither of which was dated. Both had comments all over, and I couldn’t tell if those were done or not. I thought there was something clean, and I looked all over the house, only to later on open a soft copy and find that one of the marked-up ones was the newest, with its changes entered, including those pages of handwritten content (oddly marked) inserted in the wrong place.
I moved that, deleted a couple of pages of other stuff, made a few changes, and printed again. This time everything is dated at least. I did another draft for scenes, and now I'm ready to print and tidy and send out, I hope.

Connecting
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Circulating
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Knitting
“Ceremonial Armour” (Kaffe Fassett, knit from a photo). Ignored.
Vinterlys (Norsk Strikkedesign). Finished.
Rust Damask Jacket (Takle & Kolstadt). Ignored.
Prow pullover (IK Summer 2014). Finished.
Gift item. Started.

I also sewed a pair of shorts.