Monday, June 05, 2017

In process -- May 2017



Daily efforts (formerly 1st draft)  
Did markups from Chapter 1.
Edited Chapter 5 and edited and wrote new bits of chapter 6 of WWS.

Accomplishments (formerly Editing)
“Wind/Water/Salt”. Posted chapter 5 to OWW.

Connecting
Critted 7
Got back 7

Circulating
1

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998).  Last month I was just below the waist. Did 8 rows.
Okracoke cardigan (Shirley Paden). Continued to ignore, with 7.5 inches of back done. 
Sheer Beauty (Knit, Swirl). At the start of the month, I was maybe three welts into the sleeve backs.  Finished the back and it was so nice I just wanted to work on it ALL THE TIME only partly to get it done, but also because I was curious how it would work out. In an attempt to be virtuous, I cut every strand when I switched colors. This was a mistake. Blocking was LIVING HELL but it came out great. I love the yarn I chose, I love how it hangs.
Nomia sock (Knitty SS 2017). Started because with all that other large, hard stuff I needed something that was at least small. It’s also more complicated than it looks. How wrong can you go over 66 stitches? Okay, pretty wrong. I’ve finished the first chart.

Friday, June 02, 2017

What I read -- May 2017



“Nights at the Circus” by Angela Carter. It’s hard to say what I expected from this. I guess I thought it was going to be somehow “literary” and therefore difficult. It  was a delightful read, though when I got to the end I did google to find out what other people thought of Fevver’s last statement there. Sometimes I feel like maybe I’ve missed something, but apparently not.

In a panel about “fractured fairy tales” at Ad Astra, a fellow audience member said “I’m surprised no one has mentioned Angela Carter,” and I almost whipped this out to say “hey, I’m a cool kid.”

As an aside, “I’m surprised no one has mentioned…” is a phrase maybe one shouldn’t say when one is in the audience at a panel, especially when the panel started like 10 minutes ago. Or maybe it was the tone. It just sounds like you think everyone up there is more stupid than you. But maybe literary SF conventions aren’t where I should expect refined social skills.

I kept wondering, how do you even edit something like this? Especially when in the “Siberia” section it switches from first to third person paragraph by paragraph, what do you even do?

“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys. The problem with having a 28-book long list at the public library is that I forget, sometimes, why I wanted to read something. Such was it with this. Whenever I add a book, I try to get out the one that’s been on my list the longest. Sometimes I cheat and choose something near the top that’s short or timely, but sometimes I just take whatever’s lined up. That’s why I read this now.

The first chapters were too short, and that made it hard to get into the story. I had to start over a few times. But once I got into it, the thriller pacing worked just fine. The characters were great, and the subject matter was really interesting for a YA novel: the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, greatest maritime disaster in history that no one knows anything about it. So anyway, having requested it last year sometime, I forgot that’s what it  was about, and the ending was probably a greater surprise for me than for most people. The cover, with its forlorn lifepreserver, suggested someone would drown, but other than that, I had no clue. That might have added to my enjoyment, actually.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

In Process -- April 2017



Daily efforts (formerly 1st draft)  
I’ve still been working on WWS Chapter 4 and that contest story. Incredibly, last month I thought I was going to have Chapter 4 and 5 done and ready to go. I wish I was a fast writer. Or maybe I need to learn to write better first drafts.

Accomplishments (formerly Editing)
“Wind/Water/Salt”. Posted chapter 4 to OWW.
Finished editing that contest short story, or maybe just gave up and shipped it out because there was a deadline. It’s so hard to tell.

Connecting
Critted 5
Got back 2

Circulating
1

Knitting
Ann Boleyn (1998).  I was a quarter of a 66-row pattern rep from the waist at the start of the month.  I did not do 16 rows per week. That’s really unrealistic! But I did need to figure out if I’m going to run out of yarn (the time to buy it would be Knitters Frolic weekend, where I could get it in person), so I pushed through Easter weekend and did get 49 rows in this month. I also planned the next 190 rows’ shaping.
Okracoke cardigan (Shirley Paden). Started the month with about 7.5 inches of back. Did not work on this. When Ann B is done, the next fair isles in the queue will be simpler, so my plan is to fit this in during the boring bits of those. 
Sheer Beauty (Knit, Swirl). Started the month with 14 bands done. I pushed through to 43, though they did get shorter.
Wrenna (French Girl Knits). Finished. I didn’t do the crochet edging because I didn’t have enough yarn, but I don’t think it’s required anyway. I’ve worn it a few times, and it did not fall apart. Though it’s unlikely something knit in one piece would actually collapse while I wore it. I’d have had to make a pretty large mistake for that to happen.

I also cut six inches off a pair of pants and sort of hemmed them into capris because I might have worn them three times in 20 years, and I sewed part of a skirt.