Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Random thoughts about CAN CON

Sometimes I’m reading an article about Cultural Appropriation or something (e.g., http://www.salon.com/2016/09/26/writers-imagination-vs-cultural-appropriation-in-search-of-common-ground/) and I think about Canada and Canadian culture.

I know people who won’t read Canadian books just on principle (I tried to force a Guy Gavriel Kay book on someone once, and after about a year he conceded, and told me afterward he wished I hadn’t told him GGK was Canadian because he would have read it sooner). We consider Canadian movies to be low-budget crap. Orphan Black is so good, we don’t even consider it Canadian. I once saw George Stromboulopolis say “Americans see someone famous and say someday I’m going to be that guy. Canadians see someone famous, and they say Someday I’m going to  bring him down.” Paraphrasing, but that’s the gist.

And now we have a serial killer going around Hollywood killing people in Canadian ex-pats’ houses. Well, in my imagination, anyway. Two is a trend, right?

It all means something just on the edge of my consciousness. If only I was a little bit smarter, I could articulate it.

Like, maybe it’s that this nervous tic people have here (I can’t say Cdns, because I do it too) where we’re talking about someone who is generally accepted abroad and we go “He’s Canadian.” It’s like we can’t believe they’re talented until they’ve achieved international acclaim. We have no faith in our own judgment.

Maybe what I’m trying to say is we’re ripe for appropriation up here, I don’t know.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

In Process -- August 2016

1st draft
Continued Season 11 Writing Excuses exercises.
This month I got to write a couple of short stories for these.
“The Stairs Going Up”. 2500-word short story, done.
“The ex-magician’s apprentice”. 4000-word short story, not quite done.

“Labyrinth Moon”. My crazy plan with the Online Writing Workshop is to finish stories, send them out and get them their rejections (if that’s what they garner…) and then put them on OWW in order to get critical feedback because I get rather a lot of the form rejections. There are only two stories in my backlog that meet the requirements, so this month my goal was to finish a couple of things and get them circulating so they can accrue those rejections. And here we are, sigh. I got to the point where I couldn’t look at it anymore and set it aside. Maybe next month?
“The Cicatrix Diary”. Ignored.
“Volcano”. The problem was the first scene was 3x as long as it needed to be. It’s shorter and better now. The rest? Ugh.
 “Imp Face”. Ignored.

Tweeted some circus stuff. 
Critted  7; close to my goal of two per week.
Got back one more crit on the one story.


Ann Boleyn (1998).  At the start of the month I was getting ready to rip out seven rows of the first sleeve, do eight more rows of the body, then start the sleeve again.  But then I changed my mind and just kept on with the sleeve I’d started. Then I ripped out four inches of sleeve and added seven stitches of width to it and I think I’m happy now, but I have about 20 less rows than I did.
Folded mini dress. Finished.
Gift sock. Don’t tell anyone.
Eir by Elsebeth Lavold. Kind of based on the tee in “suicide squad” because I don’t have enough white. I cast it on because I need to always have something with vast expanses of stocking stitch. I used a cone of Silk-Cotton and a skein of purple silk, and used up most of the white and all of the purple, which is good. 
Baby booties. Two pairs, both gold. One is for a work shower, the other is for a friend.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

What I read -- August 2016

“Massacre at Mountain Meadows” by Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley, and Glen M. Leonard.  Sarah Monette (KatherineAddison) read and reviewed it a couple of weeks ago, and it sounded really interesting, and then I accidentally requested it from the library, so then I was stuck. But this was actually pretty interesting even if it wasn’t what I meant to read next.
I'm always fascinated by the way proper historians think. Good history books are aware of what ideas they don’t have facts to support, and these authors made it very clear what they were guessing about. Plus it’s a fascinating piece of history that I knew nothing about. 

“TheThief” by Megan Whalen Turner. Reread because I came across book 4 at Bakka. My notes say I first read this in September of 2006. It’s still a fantastic read. I love how Sounis, Eddis, and Attolia are the names of countries and their regents.

“TheQueen of Attolia” by Megan Whalen Turner. Because what was the point of reading just book 1? When I brought home book 1, I told the boy I knew he didn’t love these books the way I did, but I bought it anyway. And he said he didn’t hate these books, it’s just that his 12-year-old self didn’t think Gen should have to lose his hand.