Thursday, February 08, 2018

What I read: January 2018

“A Conjuring of Light” by V.E.Schwab. Book 3, I read book 2 in maybe... November? Of course I had to make the boy buy me this for Christmas, considering how book 2 ended. I spent a lot of this book hoping that Kell would hook up with Holland or maybe just die. Anything would be better than being stuck with Lila. Then of course I felt guilty, because do I hate her because she’s female? Would I tolerate her better if she was a man? Um… maybe. I didn’t totally hate her by the end, but it seemed like she was the meanest taker and suffered the least consequences, so. I mean, I feel like the author tried to give her some consequences, but there was no way to make Lila really care about them. Though days later I was still bereft at having finished the story. I will miss them all so much.

Though I’ve just noticed that she’s doing a sequel trilogy and I’m not sure how I feel about that…

Library Hold Challenge!
I put a lot of books on inactive library hold so I don’t forget about them. The list is currently up around 55 books, and that’s getting unmanageable. Last year I managed to read everything that had been there since 2016, and I don’t know if I can do the 2017 ones but I will try. There’s one I might just purchase, but I should read it anyway. Or set myself up for 2019 “Books I bought and never read challenge” which wouldn’t go so well I suspect because I bought at least a few of those books because they were too fat to read in 3 weeks. Or “Books I brought home from my mother’s house Challenge” which wouldn’t go so well because a lot of them are “serious literature” and I can only take so much “serious”.

So, LHC #1: “Everfair” by Nisi Shawl. Not really sure what I expected here, but I was quite looking forward to this book. It’s 380 pages (roughly) and has a ton of characters, who I had a hard time connecting to, I think because the story takes place over like 40 years. To tell the story she was telling, I suppose it had to have that scope, but maybe it should have been longer? I don’t know… I didn’t realize until about 100 pages from the end that I was missing the point. This story wasn’t so much about the characters, the characters were in service of the place. And in the case of this story that’s not a bad thing.

“Fortunately the Milk” by Neil Gaiman. I gave this to Ed for Christmas even though it’s meant for I guess 8-year-olds. Ed didn’t care and read it anyway and then forced it on me. It was cute, but not important I think.

“Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi. I’ve got this short story I work on sometimes, and it needed some background about Iran. I’d known about Persepolis for a long time, but it wasn’t really on my radar to read. I’m so glad I did. The voice was marvelous.

Not really reading, but where else do you put it? I listened to the entirety of Blueprint for Armageddon by Dan Carlin, a podcast about WWI. Six episodes, all over 3 hours. It’s like reading a whole book.

Monday, February 05, 2018

In Process -- January 2018

Daily efforts
Kept writing that horror novel. I might have 10%.
Wrote on a short story thing not sure what exactly it is, but it made me happy.

“Wind/Water/Salt”. Posted chapter 7 to OWW. 

Critted  6
Got back 1

Circulating Subs (I’m changing this because it might motivate me to do more than send out something at the end of the month in order to get that coveted single point. Aim higher in 2018!)

Ann Boleyn (1998). Still on the hips, knitting downward. I actually worked on this!
Okracoke cardigan (Shirley Paden). Finished.
Vinculum II (for me!). I’m on the foot of the second one, so almost finished.
Celtic Gang Girls of the 70’s (Rowan and me). Still on the back, still need to plan out intarsia.  Kind of ignored.

Arnhild (Elsebeth Lavold: Viking Knits and Ancient Ornaments). What happened was this: I was working away on Ann Boleyn while watching Game of Thrones, and I realized I'd made a ridiculous colorwork error. My first impulse was to rip out four rows of body and do them again, but well, ripping out colorwork with shaping is always dodgy. And four rows? So I put that in time-out and started something else. I’m doing some length and shape modifications, we’ll see how it goes. I want something that will cover my butt completely, not just a little bit, in leggings. 

The next day, I decided to just keep going with AB as set. It will be a conversation starter.