Tuesday, August 06, 2019

What I read -- July 2019


LHC #44: “The Fifth Season” by N.K.Jemisin. It was on my list, so when I ran out of books and saw this at the library, I took it out. Wow, the voice was so good. I took it on a transit ride with me and kept missing my stop! Highly recommended. I forced book 1 on Ed, and he’s not complaining about it. It’s really hard to not give spoilers when he wonders about how the timelines are going to work out… 

LHC#45: “Spells of Blood and Kin: a Dark Fantasy” by Claire Humphrey. Another Toronto writer, and the story takes place in Toronto! I love books that reference things like the Dundas streetcar. I assume that’s why I put it on my list 18 months ago. It was truly fun. I hope she writes more. 

“The Obelisk Gate” by N.K.Jemisin. I kind of had to read this, after the previous volume went so well. I think I liked the first one better, but saying that is like comparing my two favorite kinds of ice cream, you know? I mean, they’re both awesome. 

LHC #46: “The Witches: Salem, 1692” by Stacy Schiff. Research for WWS. I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters in here (because it’s all true, there are a lot of people whose roles overlap, and the book isn’t really well organized) but then I realized it didn’t matter because I’m reading this more for background and to make WWS a little more grounded in its place and time. I learned lots of useful things! What did New Englanders eat back then? How close did they live together? Where did they get their firewood? Did they do exorcisms? Fortunately/unfortunately, this book was so boring that I finished a sewing project.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

In process -- July 2019


Wind/Water/Salt
Chapter 17: Finished and posted. 

Chapter 18: This chapter is probably the first one to benefit from my doing some actual research. 

Persephone 
Scenes, character-building, so nice.

Connecting
Critted  6
Got back 1



Subs

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Knitting
FI Corset belt. Started month half done. Did maybe seven rows, and it’s still half done. 
Midsummer Aran (IK Summer 2013). Started the month with the body and one sleeve done. Finished the second sleeve and attached it to the body, and thought to myself (while trying to follow the instructions) I bet the designer or test knitter did not do it this way! . Finished Season 2 of Stranger Things and started season three.

Gold Digger (new directions in sock knitting). Finished the second sock. 
The old black turtleneck with the bias tape, I sewed on a matching hem, and it’s done!