Tuesday, June 04, 2019

In process -- May 2019


Persephone
I had way more Aaron storyline than Lindsay. I went through and wrote a lot of Lindsay in. I’m rewriting scenes over and over now. Turns out giving Lindsay as much backstory as Aaron means she has more frontstory too! 

“Wind/Water/Salt”
Chapter 16: Posted.
Chapter 17: Carried it around on a trip, and that was great. When I leave the house… well, anytime really, there are two things I need to do every day. I do some yoga, and I look at WWS. There’s something really wrong with this chapter, and it took me weeks to figure out what: the POV character (Fairfax) needs to have a reason to show up at Abigail’s house, a goal. Once I started blocking that in, things began to make sense. Gah!
Chapter 18: did one pass through, realized it was missing a chapter break, realized there was a chapter missing, went looking for that chapter (because I knew I’d written it), need to figure out where to put it now.



Jane Ann McLachlan is doing a series of challenges for June. I’m trying to keep up!

Connecting
Critted 8
Got back 4


Subs
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Knitting
FI Corset belt. One day I was sitting at work and I realized how I could wear this, and after that it was no problem to work on. The yarn I used is crap. It’s one of the cones I inherited, and I don’t know what happened to it. Anyway, it’s about half done now.
Drachen (knitty Fall 2018). At the start of the month I had 12” of the first sleeve. Now it’s done. Can’t wear it now, though, it’s too warm (finally, and I’m not complaining).
Midsummer Aran (IK Summer 2013). I had two rows of bottom ribbing at the start of the month. Now I’ve got 10 inches. 

Gold Digger (new directions in sock knitting). Six inches? Started for something simple to knit while reading the whole internet. There’s an error in the last setup row of the main pattern, and it’s too late to fix now! The next sock will be better. That one mistake you need to put in to not offend the gods? Got it in early!

Monday, June 03, 2019

What I read -- May 2019


“The Grass King’s Concubine” by Kari Sperring. I think I was intimidated by the fatness of this book. I’ve had it around for years, and finally ran out of excuses so picked it up. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters and they sometimes seemed willfully stupid. It also seemed like there were too many boring details and a lot of repetition. Not the book for me? 

LHC #36: “Haxan” by Kenneth Mark Hoover. People who read this blog regularly might get the idea (not through anything I’ve said, but perhaps you might intuit) that I care pretty strongly about public libraries. It seems like some government types don’t particularly value them. It’s not all about me, it’s about maintaining everyone’s access to books. Anyway, I currently have 78 books on my inactive holds list (from whence  the Library Hold Challenge books are chosen). I’m reading all the ones that only have one or two copies available next. This one came up first. It was fun!

LHC #37: “The War for the Oaks” by Emma Bull. Years and years ago, my former team leader recommended I read Emma Bull but if I recall correctly said specifically to avoid this one. I read some other thing and it was good but whatever. Everyone talks about this one being the one to read so I don’t know what was up with my team lead, contrarian or something.
I think I read this before, actually, but a really long time ago, like 20 years. And I bet my team lead didn’t like it because a lot of the musical references weren’t for her. This seems like a book that would have a pretty specific audience, which is probably why it’s so beloved by a certain group of people. She wrote it for them (or is it us?). 

LHC #38: “Fire on the Mountain” by Terry Bisson. Only copy, get it while it lasts! I’m not worried about this one, actually. The book was in very good shape when I had it. I might have had an easier time with it if I knew anything about US civil war history. The part where they discuss our timeline (as a nasty, hateful novel) was really funny. It was neat – a small story telling a very big one that came together tidily in the end.

LHC #39: “The Carpet Makers” by Andreas Eschbach. The fact that it’s the only one makes me so nervous. Once again, no clue why I requested it. It was originally written in German, and Orson Scott Card said disparaging things about “other books in translation” which was off-putting. This book has a cool structure and it is absolutely fantastic. Everyone should read this book. I’m not sure the cover copy does it justice, it makes it sound weird. And it is weird! But the question I asked myself at the beginning, how does this economy make sense? That question was answered.