Monday, May 14, 2018

In Process -- April 2018


Daily efforts
That horror novel: Maybe 30,000 words.
That short story in my email isn’t really a short story anymore. Mostly it’s a huge pile of notes. I don’t know what to do with it, but I like it so…

Accomplishments
“Wind/Water/Salt”. Posted chapter 9 to OWW.

Connecting
Critted 9
Got back 2

Subs

--

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998). Started the month with roughly 82 rows to go on the body. Now 25? I find this hard to believe. There must be a math error somewhere? That makes it seem like I’ll be done with this project someday, and well, that just doesn’t seem true. Of course, there’s the possibility that I cut the steeks and it doesn’t fit at all. Quite likely. I don’t know that it’s going to be wide enough. It’s certainly long enough though.

Celtic Gang Girls of the 70’s (Rowan and me). I erroneously said I’d planned the instarsia for the back in March. That was a lie. 
Nukumori (Knitty Winter 2017). Finished the first one. 

I also sewed a slip-cover for one of our ikea chairs. It looks amazing. 

Thursday, May 03, 2018

What I read -- April 2018


Library Hold Challenge #6: “A Tree of Bones” by Gemma Files. Book 3. Might as well finish them off! The hardest thing here is the large cast. Also, most of the progression seems to happen through dialog. I could learn a lot from Gemma Files, I think.

LHC #7: “Grunt” by Mary Roach. If I recall correctly, Kameron Hurley read a whole bunch of Mary Roach books last year or the year before, and that’s how this wound up on my library hold list. It’s incredibly readable and the sense of humor matches mine really well.

LHC #8: “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo. This was a very fast read. I just loved Mal and Alina’s connection, and the worldbuilding was fantastic.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What I read -- March 2018


Library Hold Challenge #4: “A Rope of Thorns” by Gemma Files. Book 2. I read book 1 in 2011, but I don’t think it was incredibly important that I remember all the details to enjoy this one. Which I certainly did. I really like the voice and the humor.

“Akira Vol 4” These still count because I still read “Infinite Jest” in my lifetime. I lack a certain critical vocabulary for reading manga, I think, because when I started this volume I kind of thought to myself, I really hadn’t a clue where we all were, so I read the synopses for the first 3 volumes on Wikipedia. There was some stuff I missed. The other graphic novel I read this year, Persepolis, I didn’t have the same problem, but that was written in much more of an obvious chapter-style, so this time I tried to slow down and see where the transitions were. This helped a lot.

LHC #5: “Welcome to Nightvale” by Joseph Finker. It took a little while to start tolerating the voice, but this moved right along. Maybe if I had any other context than just an occasional retweet turning up in my feed I wouldn’t have had that problem. There were some delightful moments in this book, but sometimes it felt like it was trying really hard.