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In Process - September 2021

   Wind/Water/Salt  Chapters 31-51:  Need to take up comments and revise.  Synopsis:  Maybe I should post it for comments.  Had a glimmering of what to do with Fairfax next.  Persephone  (probably not its real name): I found myself writing and layering in the same scene over and over, which I guess is how I work now.   Short Stories:   Critted  11  Got back   2   Submissions  0  Out there  0  Rejects  0 Knitting Anna Maria  (Faroe Island Knits). I'd done about half an inch of sleeve at the start of the month. Now I've got almost a foot of that and started the second sleeve as well. My yarn has dye lot issues.  Knitloops  (Knitty SS2021). Had first sock half way down heel. I finished that pair and started the next.  Striped long-sleeved t-shirt  (self).   I had shoulders and maybe 5 rows of sleeve at the start of the month, but this is good mindless knitting so I did a couple of inches in the car.  Fixed what I cut out for my Queen's Gambit skirt; I started with the wrong pa
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What I read: September 2021

 LHC #135: "Days by Moonlight" by Andre Alexi. This is the most unpleasantly formatted ebook I've ever read. But on the plus side, that means I'm much more familiar with ebook settings now.  About halfway through, the POV character mentioned that he was black, and I thought to myself, well, that would have been a useful thing to know 100 pages ago, so I googled the author, and I guess most people who read this book will have a little bit more of a clue why they're reading it than I did.  Trashy romance novel by my friend Heather. That's how she described it, not the title. It was very fun.  LHC #136: "Seven Surrenders" by Ada Palmer. I read the first book in this series 22 months ago and was a little bit worried that I wouldn't be able to remember what came before. She managed this really well.  LHC #137: "Petty Treason" by Madeleine Robins. Another book with only one copy in the system. Although it says something crossed with Buffy the

In process, August 2021

Wind/Water/Salt  Chapters 31-51: (Still)  Need to take up comments and revise.  Synopsis:  Maybe I should post it for comments.  Had a glimmering of what to do with Fairfax next.  Persephone  (probably not its real name): More new words in threads -- like scenes that connect together with other stuff around them, which is how this seems to want to be written.  Short Stories:  Yup, worked on one.  Critted  8  Got back   8  Posted something that got rejected by the rather specific market I wrote it for, so I don't know what to do with it; also got a crit on something minutes before I sent it to the library!  Submissions  0  Out there  0  Rejects  0 Knitting Anna Maria  (Faroe Island Knits). I was a couple of inches from the armholes at the start of the month. The body is now done.  Knitloops  (Knitty SS2021). Worked a bit on the first one, let it sit for a few weeks, came back to it and started over because it was fraught with issues. Watched the video and realized the utility of the

What I read: August 2021

LHC #131: "Cloud and Ashes: three winter's tales" by Greer Ilene Gilman.  Hard copy. A bit of work, but worth the effort. I can imagine wanting to have a hard copy of this that you just leave by your bed and flip through sometimes and read a few pages and see connections. It connected to so much stuff, really cool. I started this before #128 actually, and indeed finished it last.  I found myself doing sort of the same thing I do when I read something in French: read along for a little while, then do a sort of summary of what's going on. Much like reading poetry perhaps.  LHC #132: "This is how you lose the time war" by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Went by very fast! This deserves all the accolades it's gotten, I loved the way it wrapped around on itself by the end.  " Karate Canada Technical Manual Level 1". Lent to me by my sensei. Really interesting, if you're into this sort of thing.  LHC #133: "The Prey of Gods" by Nicky

In Process: July 2021

Wind/Water/Salt  Chapters 31-51:  Need to take up comments and revise.  Synopsis:  Maybe I should post it for comments.  Persephone  (probably not its real name): Wrote more into the ending and somehow crossed 100K words. I realized one day that it all has to happen close together, and that the wedding has to be nearer the end than I thought, or none of it makes sense. I guess that's something someone who reads a lot of proper romance would know.  Short Stories:  Outlined one, edited two, finished nothing. I did make a bunch of checklist items to progress things though.    Critted  7  Got back   0 because I didn't post anything.  Submissions  0  Out there  0  Rejects  0 Knitting Penzance Mittens.  Finished.  Anna Maria (Faroe Island Knits). Bottom ribbing (in the car). Started the color portion, loving it.  Knitloops (Knitty SS2021). Started the first one. I'll probably make six (three pairs). Nice pattern, will make great gifts. 

What I read -- July 2021

LHC #127: "The Bonjour Effect" by Julie Barlow & Jean-Benoit Nadeau. This probably wound up on the list because one of my main characters in Persephone speaks French and not English, and I spend a lot of time on Duolingo. I didn't really enjoy this book. It made me feel icky. I think it was the whole "we" thing and then the authors referring to one or the other of them in third-person, which sort of reminded me of "The New Basics Cookbook" from the 80s.  There's also the problem of the inclusive vs. exclusive We (which I read about on Lingthusiasm a little while ago).  LHC #128: "The Screaming Staircase" by Jonathan Stroud.  Hard copy. I loved the Bartimaeus books. It took me about a day to read, very fun. LHC #129: "The Little White Horse" by Elizabeth Goudge. Hard copy. Maybe because of Terri Windling? It was sort of ridiculous, in a 1940's way.  LHC #130: "A Conspiracy of Truths" by Alexandra Rowland.  eBoo

In Process: June 2021

Wind/Water/Salt  Chapters 29 -30:  Took up comments. It took hours! Which I guess is why I put it off for (checks notes) 8 months. How embarrassing.  Chapters 31-51:  Need to take up comments and revise.  Synopsis: Maybe I should post it for comments.  Persephone  (probably not its real name):  Short Stories:  Wrote one, edited one.   Critted  11  Got back  4  Submissions  0  Out there  0  Rejects  0 Knitting Ballet Wrap (IK Spring 2005).  Finished the right front and both sleeves, seamed and done! The seaming was something else.  Penzance Mittens. Started the first one.  Ed and Prusa made me a grommet setter and we have a press, so I could finish that dress I started months ago. I still need to make ties for it.