Monday, March 12, 2018

In process: February 2018

Daily efforts
Kept writing that horror novel. I might have 20%. Then I read my original outline and… Jesus, why don’t I read my outlines? There might be something salvageable here, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll start over.
Worked more on that short story thing that makes me happy that sits in my email. Happy and despairing, but a little bit happy that it’s there.

“Wind/Water/Salt”. Posted chapter 8 to OWW.
Critted  9
Got back 6


Ann Boleyn (1998). Started the month with roughly 100 rows to go on the body.  Did
13 maybe?
Vinculum II (for me!). Finished.
Celtic Gang Girls of the 70’s (Rowan and me). Ignored. 
Arnhild (Elsebeth Lavold: Viking Knits and Ancient Ornaments). I think I will love this sweater. Finished back and front. Started first sleeve. I want it done in March so I can wear it seven times before the weather improves.  
Sewed the side seams and sleeves on a dress

Monday, March 05, 2018

What I Read: February 2018

Library Hold Challenge #2: “Roses and Rot” Kat Howard. This wound up on my list due to Locus reviews, I’m sure. It’s a Tam Lin story! I quite liked it. Good books make me think about the stories that are wheeling around in my head, and what I can do with them. This one did that. Feels like there’s another writer accomplishment I’ll never have: thanking Neil Gaiman for reading my crappy draft.

LHC #3: “The Archived” by Victoria Schwab. The YA version of VE Schwab with whom I’m somewhat in love.

“The Killing Moon” by N.K.Jemisin. I found it on the floor in the boy’s room, and it looked good. He wants to do a D&D campaign that uses some elements of the Inheritance Trilogy (which I should start again because I only read book 1, and that was probably the year it came out). It was surprisingly readable. One of the main characters is really prejudiced against some of the others, and that was written really well. She’s a sympathetic character, but she’s got this huge blind spot. So well done.

“The Shadowed Sun” by N.K. Jemisin. These were bound together in one volume so finishing seemed like the logical thing to do. So often it seems like a series tells the same story over and over. This book did not. It dealt with the repercussions of what had happened in the first book, with some of the same characters, but they were more in the background. The worldbuilding is so rich and the characters so complex.  

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.