Tuesday, January 03, 2017

In process -- December 2016



1st draft
More Writing Excuses!
 
Editing

“Rabbits”. Fixed that descent into madness thing. I really like the idea of this story, but it needs so much work!
“The Magician’s Ex-Apprentice”. Typed. 2nd draft: removed repetitive crap and implemented marginalia. This cut maybe 700 words out of the story which never should have been 5500 words in the first place.
“Vulgar Pony”. Typed and commented on the bad intro. Seems I have learned some things.
“Wind/Water/Salt”. I wanted something to put on OWW serially and this seemed the best choice, so I went over the first three chapters and posted the first one so far.

You see how I have a lot of projects here? It’s a problem. I constantly switch stories in and out of “active” state, and I don’t necessarily think that for me at this point in my life this is a bad process. But. I spend far too much time looking for things, trying to figure out which is the last draft I was working on, whether I’ve printed off a new draft. And since I back up all my drafts on my computers, the paper isn’t even necessary once I’m done with it. So I’m working on a system that involves a notebook where I collate information on everything, plus a more rigorous filing system with a tidier workspace. There’s nothing inspirational about having sheets of paper everywhere.

There might be a general clutter problem, beyond just the writing. I need to have less yarn.

Connecting
Critted 6
Got back 2

Circulating
1

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998).  Finally finished that first sleeve. I started the second one, but got maybe 7 rows in, which is good because it’s a start. I’d really like to finish the second one in January.
Gift. Finished.
Mittens (for me!). Finished.
Cecile (Louisa Harding). Finished.
Okracoke cardigan (Shirley Paden). Started as a carry-around because it looked reasonable to keep track of, a little more interesting than boring sleeves, and somewhat portable. I’ve got about 3 inches of back. After the first pattern repeat I noticed that, much like when I knit Morrigan’s sleeves several years ago, on the reverse side I twist the twists the wrong way and it’s not as crisp as it could be. But I decided not to start over this time, because really, if you’re looking that hard at the bottom of the back of my sweater, what’s wrong with you!
Shorts (knitting lingerie style by Joan McGowan-Michael). Second time knitting these, wrote down my pattern alterations this time. I’ve done about an inch.
I also sewed a jumper.

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