Monday, June 06, 2016

What I read -- May 2016

“Lockstep” by Karl Schroeder. This has been on my list for ages, and finally I’m getting around to it. I’ve read two or three other books by him, met him when he was the writer in residence at the Merrill Collection, and follow him on Twitter. The worldbuilding in this book was really great, but that's what I remember primarily about the other of his books I've read so that's not a surprise. The resolution was surprising and satisfying. The writing was very... masculine, not very subtle.

“Newt’s Emerald” by Garth Nix. The boy got it for Christmas. He read it first and then handed it off to me. I found the first two chapters tough to get into, but after that it was smooth sailing. He found the same thing. I love his afterwords.

“Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater. Parts of this were reminiscent of “the darkest part of the forest” which I read last year, but this is from six years earlier. Maybe these are common YA tropes? She had me totally anxious for the characters in like three chapters.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

In process -- may 2016

1st draft

“Water Leopard”. Had roughly 52,000 words at the start of the month? Now I have roughly 60K and I want it done and over because I have something else I want to write. 


“The Cicatrix Diary”. Ignored
“Volcano”. Did 2nd draft.
“Labyrinth Moon”. Typed.






Rust Damask Jacket (Takle & Kolstadt). At the start of the month I needed to do about 15” of the second sleeve done, plus the plain facing of the neckband. I just decided this sucker was going down, after way too much work including one day when I worked on it for 7 hours, it is over. I don’t hate it, but maybe I’ll resent it less in five months when it’s sweater weather again.

DragonFruit Socks. Finished the first one, started the second. 
Boot Topper Socks. Still working on the first one.