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  1. LOL. Not by chance; I suspect that I got each idea above from someone whose writing I admired. Did you manage to write a post? Let us know when you have something you’d be OK with us reading, and give us the link, please. (Yeah, I can totally find your blog in a nanominute, but I’d feel better knowing it’s OK with you that some of us come on over into your space. LOL) Regarding writer’s block: I don’t know if you are into this sort of thing or not, but if you are Ok with ghost stories—Haunted Modern Southern U.S. almost Gothic ghost stories—then I highly recommend Bag of Bones (that’s the Wikipedia link; don’t read the plot summary unless you want all the spoilers; I link here instead of Amazon because it seems many people have not-so-happy feelings about Amazon right now). I also highly recommend listening to the unabridged (loooong, hooray!) audiobook which is read by the author. The plot centers around a novelist who has severe writer’s block, and the passages describing this are dead-on. Well. As on might expect from Stephen King. 🙂. I buried the lede here, that the book is by King, because non-King readers have a horrific image of what King’s books are like; while that image is true for most of his stuff, this is one book where the gore factor is relatively low (no guts no weird space aliens eating anyone, no exploding anythings). This book is unusual amongst his others because of the relatively ... muted... violence content. It is definitely not violence-free; it’s just that this book has about the same level of violence as your average modern murder mystery, which is several levels down the violence scale for King. The violence includes gunshots and physical assault (neither are described in gory detail) and the historical and emotional violence in the backstory of the ghost, because, well, ghosts don’t come and haunt unless they have a beef to settle with someone, now, do they? Trigger warnings for guns, rape, drowning, suicide, truly abusive grandmother, and murder/death of a child, all part of the reason Ms Ghostie got her Haunting License. That and his nonfiction book On Writing have given me so language, at least, to talk about my own writer’s socks (you have to read the book for that one). I know; am weird to get my comfort re: writer’s block from Stephen King, but then, well, yes, I am an odd duck, aren’t I? Hey. I haven’t listened to BofB for years. Time for a re-listen, what a treat! (for me....) S
  2. Blog posts can be a beatch to get started on. I have one of those idea lists, too. Something which works is for me to start out writing FOR ME, write a little bit about how I am doing that day, WHAT I am doing today...and then, poof! It’s a stealth blog post! Well. I edit out the personal stuff later, it’s just a way to get my fingers moving on the keys. Another thing which works sometimes is to think of a topic and then, again for yourself, start writing your opinions about whatever it is. It’s for you, so snark away, complain, or praise and clap. I find that I almost always have an opinion of some sort (!!) about something related to the blog post, and it’s easy to write one’s opinion. Usually! And I again snark/YAY my way into the beginnings of a blog post. OR one thing I do if all else fails, I go back and look at recent comments, and begin with “Dear Emma...” as though the post is a letter, and refer to the reader’s questions or comment. Readers love to be called out by (first) name. And I get the best ideas from the comments. Not sure if you wanted advice on how to get started. Sorry. I am just very pleased that my writer’s block is, well. Shhhhhhh. (not here now) so I’m a little giddy about writing right now.
  3. THIS. All of it. (Did you write the blog post? I should pop over to your blog and see!) The whole idea of productivity being the highest good, and how so many of us as Makers (may) have incorporated that into our psyches, is rather unsettling. It rings true, but I wish it didn’t, if you know what I mean. This concept is very helpful, I think. Stayed tuned. 💖🧶🦄🌷
  4. What an odd little problem this one is! It looks as though it ought to have been super-easy. Hm. I am really curious as to the structure of that knitted fabric. I can’t easily tell the details/clues that would help me to figure out what is going on so as to be able to answer your question! I’m trying to figure it out from the photos, but can’t, so here’s a couple of questions for you: 1. It looks as thought the stitches are formed using the yarn held triple. True? 2. What happens if you try to rip back the sleeve just a few rounds, enough to be able to put it back on the needles, say? What I am trying to determine here is if the yarn is following a standard pathway for knitting in the round, in other words, one stitch neatly after another on the needles, with all live stitches forming a circular “round/row” on the same vertical plane, so to speak. In other words: Is there some weird double-knitting or other path the yarn is taking rather than a standard stitch path? (I have no idea if that is a coherent question or not.) 3. If you haven’t finished the whole thing by now: Can you take a piece of thinner contrasting yarn (such as brightly coloured sock yarn), and follow it through the path of the stitches in the same (one) round, either using the lighter stuff threaded on a yarn needle to run a sort of duplicate stitch through the stitches, or by using the lighter stuff to knit a new round or whatever looks possible. This would give us a visual representation of the stitch path for the knitted stitches. And frankly, that last photo completely mystifies me. Here: This is the sleeve, and so when you say knitted flat and seamed “as originally done”, you are talking about seaming up the length of the underside of the arm, right? So, the alternatives you suggest are: to continue knitting flat and finish as a regular flat-knit sleeve with seam on underside; or do the seam only up to the live stitches (could you show me what the live stitches look like now before that’s done, if you can please) and then knit the rest of the way to the end of the cuff in the round. IF this is regular knitting in one of its usual shapes/forms, then this is what I would ask next: What are the advantages to the first option, and what are they for the second option? One reason I tend to like seaming my sleeves and cuffs after knitting flat is that I like the bit of extra structure that a seam provides. A seam can be stronger than whatever you might get from something knit seamlessly in the round. One function I find particularly helpful: A seam acts as a “fence”, a barrier between sections, more or less, that can help confine damage to one section of the thing Thus, if you happen to catch a stitch and tear the yarn, a cuff knit in the round might ravel around and around and end up with a big hole (or a big mess!). However, if you tear a few stitches, and there’s a seam in the way, things will ravel only around to the seam, and then stop. In other words, it is easier for an accidental hole to get out of hand in a seamless bit of knitting than it might do in a bit of seamed knitting. F OTOH, many people really hate seaming. As you can see, this is provoking a bunch of curiosity from me! You know what...if you still need help with this and it’s the structure that is thwarting you, I’d be happy to jump on Zoom or whatever so you could show me “live”. And certainly, if anyone else out there in AdventureLand has any clues or thoughts or answers and wants to to chime in, please do! I have the feeling I am missing something really obvious here. (One of my favourite “treats” at work for Interweave was when the Piecework editor would call me in to see if together she and I could figure out how a particular piece was made, so she could describe and date it for her magazine. Holding each piece with ill-fitting white cotton gloves on and marveling over the clever ways women made yarn and fabric and string work to make pretty and useful items was a delight and an honour for items generations old.) It looks like super-squishy soft yarn!
  5. I say just read the central book series in order: Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation An Artificial Night Late Eclipses One Salt Sea Ashes of Honor Chimes at Midnight The Winter Long A Red-Rose Chain Once Broken Faith The Brightest Fell Night and Silence The Unkindest Tide There is a list of short stories and novellas which can be inserted into their proper place, as you say. It took me quite a while to track down some of the bits not in books; a couple of them exploded my Kindle, so I am not sure I want to share those! So the main reason I said “read the books” was that it was a lot of trouble to hunt down the shorter works. I would finish a book, try to locate the story, and it would take so long that I would just get frustrated and go on to the next book. That said, it has been a year or two since I last went through everything, so the docs might be out there in a better, easier-to-find, format. The books themselves are long and full of amazing detail, so there’s plenty there to keep you going if all you do is read the books. I have listened to the Sookie books several times; also some of the Briggs. I have just begun the Harry Dresden series, am on book two. I borrowed it from the library, and there is no such thing as a due date now, so I haven’t focussed enough to finish it. All good books!
  6. I was going to blog every day. I still want to make that a goal, but I've discovered it is a challenge to go from zero to blog post in just a few days. I'm really having trouble getting back into the saddle, so to speak. Someone's comment (sorry! I can't remember who said it, but it was brilliant, thank you!) about burnout was interesting: This clever person said to give myself a break: "If I had had to write three 1200-week posts on deadline with no breaks and no vacations for years then I might have a bit of trouble re-starting up no matter how long it had been" or words to that effect. That's very nice of Whoever You Are to let me off the hook like that. However...The fact is that I am writing daily. Hundreds of words, even thousands on some days. So writing isn't the problem. Publishing the words are a problem. Total lack of self-confidence. Second-guessing myself constantly, over-editing, fears of rejection, you know, the whole ball of slightly sticky dried ink. I am writing; I cannot get myself to SHARE that writing. Grrrr. I am going to try this to see if this idea helps (in the hopes that if it doesn't work for me, perhaps it will work for someone else): I'm going to go back through what I HAVE been able to publish: emails, forum posts, etc, and maybe gather together a paragraph or photo or whatever from each day last week and post those on the blog. I mean, I have already written it and posted it elsewhere, so it seems as though that would help. I will give this a try and let you know.
  7. Me, too. I have been waiting for Book 3 ever since Book 2 was published. I bought the books first. Then I bought the audio cassettes! Then the CDs. And now the digital versions. That’s how much I love those books. I did hear Koontz speak once (yes, I am that much of a Koontz fan) and he said that he didn’t want to do book 3 until he knew he could do justice to Christopher Snow & Co. He did say he had an idea that there might not be a #3, which made everyone booo. Every time I re-listen I mentally send him all sorts of good plot ideas. Or at least, I think they don’t suck. I know there is fan-fic out there, but I have never been one to read fan-fic for some reason. Probably the terrible writing of some of it, and the outrageous plots (“Snow would NEVER do that!”). I LOVE THE ANIMAL TALKING GUY. I love all the dogs and cats in general who show up to help at important plot points. Plus, I love the voice of the Dog that Keith SBJ does in the audio versions. “Squirrel. Squirrel. Lots of squirrels. Squirrels chasing squirrels. Squirrels having squirrel sex. Squirrel pee! That’s the best smell, squirrel pee!” BEST.
  8. If you can afford it, or if you are an Audible member (good prices sometimes), or if your library has it, I highly highly recommend the audiobooks. All of them are now on audiobooks, great narrator, and it is wonderful to have someone read to you!
  9. This might be just what I need to get my scribbles together into blog posts, thank you. I’ll give it a go, with the caveat that I have already failed about six such attempts lately, but who’s counting, right? I have been wanting to write a day-by-day account of life amidst the viruses, and have notes and scribbles for each day since early March, so perhaps this will be a great kick-in-the-butt for me. Most of my readers read via RSS because I have a habit of posting at really weird intervals, sorry to say. For those unfamiliar with my hijinks online: I was a personal blogger back in the early days of that kind of stuff. Then I was a professional blogger for several years in the publishing world. Since my pro blogging days, I have been trying to work on more regular postings to wiseheart knits, at sandiwiseheart dot wordpress dot com, my personal Everything blog. As you will see if you go there now, last post was a very difficult post for me during a bad time last summer, so don’t judge me on just that post alone, is my point. (Feel free to read back postings, if you feel so inclined.) Let’s see if I can even get the first post up before we all get too excited about Sandi re-starting her blog, OK? LOL no pressure. I love the links, @Kimberly Hirsh, thank you! All on tomorrow morning’s reading list. And your blog, of course. I’ve been wanting to read your blog and check out your site for months now, so this is a really good excuse, as if I needed one.
  10. I am exactly the same way, except I have allowed myself, as no doubt you have, to read other non-trilogy books, in the interim. Both of these are also on my TBR pile. Welcome to the Twinkies!
  11. P.S. Actually, the first THREE letters of the narrator dude’s last name are thus: “Sbj”. It just gets weirder after that. I give up.
  12. I forgot to say that for the list above, I did not ever make it to my bookshelves to comb for the good ones. All the books listed above are either ebooks or audiobooks. Bits are cheap, what can I say?
  13. Dear Twinkie J: I have indeed read the Fear Nothing and Seize the Night books, and I adore them. I had them on cassette and listened to them so many times I wore out one tape. I now have the digital audiobooks and love those. The narrator (same as for cassette version) is excellent and convey’s Koontz’s wacky humour perfectly! The narrator has a Polish name, unpronounceable unless you have Polish DNA. First name is Keith, first two letters of last name are “Sb”. It is fascinating to listen to him say his own last name. I think I slightly prefer the audiobooks, because Someone Reading Me A Story is the best. If you haven’t tried those, try ‘em. I wish to heaven Koontz would write the third book before we all die. (Supposedly there’s a partial manuscript in a safe somewhere.) dinner time! hugs to you and all my Twinkies!
  14. I keep thinking of trying it. Just because then I would have access to All The Books. LOL
  15. First, a warning: I have more books on my shelves than thoughts in my head on most days. So when I make lists, I have trouble stopping. Warning #2: Apparently, I must review each book as I list it. Sorry. Habits of a magazine editor never die. Allll-righty then. Let’s get this listie going, shall we? ———————- AUDIOBOOKS: Unless I say something, all of these are on my still to-be-listened-to list. — Harry Potter, Goblet of Fire #4 (on hold at library; I just saw my place in line and it is #10, so perhaps if I want to hear them in order within my lifetime, perhaps I ought to just break down and use a credit on this one. (Our library is closed. Returning what you have checked out is on the honour system. People are too overwhelmed to be honourable, methinks, at least about library books, for the time being.) (OH. I have the entire series of audiobooks, except for the last two, on cassette tape, so I have heard those several times already. My cassette player is broken. Hence, restarting the series now.) — Fool Moon, Harry Dresden Files #2 by Jim Butcher. I actually made it to Book #2 this time! Book #3 is on hold (Fifth in line for the throne, here.) — The Science of Sci-Fi by Erin MacDonald (heard about it) — The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Kootnz. I read the book version previously a hundred years ago. (I age well, I suppose.) It too is on hold. I laughed when I saw my queue number: #106. Reason it is so popular is that supposedly this book is eerily prescient with respect to our current situation, and word has spread. I’ll never get it at this rate. I probably have a battered copy around here somewhere. — Good Omens by the WordMaster. No I have not seen the TV series because I don’t think we get that channel (still figuring out the new TV). I haven’t read the book for some crazy reason. Oh, look. Well now. On hold, #101. OK, let’s use a credit on this one, too. Will be worth it. (The WordMaster for me is Neil Gaiman, if that wasn’t clear from posts elsewhere. There is more than one WordMaster in my world, thank goodness.) — Stories by Neil Gaiman. Partway through. Love. These are MY bedtime stories. — Wake of Vultures, Lila Bowen (first in a series, I think). — Into the Wild, Erin Hunter. — Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glenda Vanderah — The Obsidian Chamber, A Pendergast novel by Preston & Lincoln — Joyland by Stephen King — Alone with the Stars by David Gillham — Becoming by Michelle Obama (I thought I had Educated by Tara Westover on there, but I don’t. Where is it?? I wanted to listen to it as well as read it.) And you get the idea, I like lots of things. As long as they are books, I mean. ———————————— BOOKS, any readable format: These are books I have already read and really liked. Anne Bishop’s books. The Others. This begins with her series The Courtyard Of The Others of 5 books. Read the quintology (?) first in this order: 1—Written in Red, 2—Murder of Crows, 3—Vision in Silver, 4—Marked in Flesh, 5—Etched in Bone. Next up is the pair of books (The World of The Others) which might have a third one in the works: 1—Lake Silence; 2—Wild Country. Ms. Bishop’s other books: I have read and enjoyed her trilogy, The World of the Fae: 1—The Pillars of The World; 2—Shadows and Light; and 3—The House of Gaian. I have not read her Black Jewels series yet, nor the Ephemera books. Harry Dresden Files #1: Storm Front by Jim Butcher Harry Potter, oh just go start at the beginning and work forward from there, OK? Anything by Charlaine Harris, but start with the first book of her Sookie Stackhouse books, Club Dead. She has other series and books outside of the Sookie books; I really liked the Midnight Crossroads trilogy....however, regarding that trilogy: I loved all of it except the ending in the final book. I can see why she did it, but I HATED one particularly dramatic part of the ending. No spoilers; you will know it when you get there. (The better you know me, the sooner you will see it coming btw.) Still Life With Crows, Preston & Douglas: I like most of the Pendergast books, some more than others. This one, I really liked. No clue why this one and not some others. Shannon Mayer’s Rylee Adamson series, both books and related short stories and novellas: Some people say this is “just like” the Toby Daye books. They are wrong. (Opinions? Who, me?) If you want my reasons, see bottom of post. Cassandra Clare’s ShadowHunter books. So far, 3 inter-related trilogies, with related books and novellas, with the first book of the fourth related trilogy just out. Yes, this is the same as the movies and TV series. I have both books and audiobooks. Movies: There are two, each a different version of the same basic story. One is a British adaptation, which I did not prefer (characters too snobby, strange script choices, weird casting). The other is the USA version, which I liked. TV: A series, The Mortal Instruments, made by the USA folks with the same actors and characters as the movie, for the most part. LOVED the series, hated the last episode because they had to end the series super-fast and super-unexpectedly, so there’s that. As far as the book trilogies go, I have finished two (The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices/Clockwork Angel series) and am almost done with the third (Lady Midnight, etc). I loved Mortal Instruments, started liking Clockwork better than I thought I would (because I strongly, uh, ”do not prefer” steampunk themes). Her characters are delightful, sexy, funny, sad, infuriating, as all good characters ought to be, and they save her from some awkward timeline problems and plot skips. (knocking off the comments, in favour of getting more books on the list!) Ursula K LeGuin, Conversations on Writing. Still unopened on my shelf. Ilona Andrews, Clean Sweep (first in a trilogy) Ilona Andrews, Magic Bites and so on: AKA The Kate Daniels books. Each book’s title starts with the word “magic” and has one word after it. On the Edge (Book One) and Bayou Moon (Book Two) by Ilona Andrews again. Kelly Barnhill, Girl Who Drank the Moon (YA book but a good one) The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. A must-read for creative peeps. Not saying you will like it, but it’s got some interesting good stuff. N.K. Jemisin, The Broken Earth trilogy. I have not yet read the other trilogies by her, but I am convinced they are probably very good because Nora is just that good. Under the Dome by Stephen King. Disaster novel, sort of. One small town gets a huge town wide see-through dome, uh, dropped, over them one day. Town starts off not caring much, lalala life goes on....but it goes downhill once they Get It. Dark, but impossible to put down. NOTE: The TV series was very good, but at some point, the plot of the series and the plot of the book are two completely different things. I liked both, the book better simply because it gives so much detail into the characters thoughts and lives. Pandemic: The Extinction Files Book 1 and the other books by A.G. Riddle. Some are better than others, but all are page-turners. The Elementals, a series by Shannon Mayer. First book is Recurve. There is a crossover book between this series and the main Rylee Adamson series, I think it is called Elementally Priceless. Breakthrough and subsequent books by Michael Grumley. I also liked Locked In, but NOT the sequel named something something. Amidst the Shadows is a stand-alone I liked. Fluency, Confluence Book 1: I loved this book, part of a trilogy by Jennifer Foehner Wells. I have not read the other books yet. The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd. This may be the most original detective novel I have read in a long time. Fascinating blend of SciF and thriller and mystery. Night Owls and sequel by Lauren M. Roy: Light-hearted story of supernatural folks who own a bookstore solve a mystery. Love. Monument 14 books, by Emmy Laybourne, beginning with Monument 14. YA, but sophisticated and a bit dark. Heroes are kids. Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz. Not what you might think. Very different story of a social misfit with a very unusual and very useful talent that often heralds trouble with a wry sense of humour. I’ve re-read these so many times....and I love the audiobook versions. Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge by Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula winner. Different. Well-researched, mostly. Fascinating. The Last Policeman by Ben Winters. First book of a trilogy. Really unusual premise. Great. Any of the Julia Spencer-Fleming mysteries. These are set in the French Canadian part of Canada. Lots of French without translation, I found, but YMMV. ....Want something really dark and apocalyptic? Try the Wool books and stories by Hugh Howey. I could only read these once through, which is very unusual for me, considering I wrote a thesis paper on The Silence of the Lambs. —————————————————- COMFORT READS: The Complete Oz Collection, as in Ozma of Oz and all those wonderful books. L. Frank. Baum. A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett. Amish Washdays Books: Amish Romance boxed set, books 1—4 by Sicily Yoder. I have read about six romance novels in my entire life. All six of them are set in Amish Land. Whatever gets you through, right? The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Currie by George MacDonald. Vintage, nearly antique, children’s stories. Not your average fantasy! The Pern books by Anne McCaffrey (Hey, c’mon, someone may not have heard of these yet!) aaaaannnnddd I have to stop now, because food. And guess what. I bought the above book last month and forgot I had it. —————bottom of the page comment———————- Both the Rylee books and the Toby books are very similar, in that both have protagonists who are youngish women with strange personal stories; both books have humour woven throughout, although the Rylee humour is a bit less sophisticated, shall I say, relying sometimes on physical gag type-stuff while Toby’s humour is dry, wry, and sarcastic, just the way I like it; both involve the supernatural, faeries and trolls and so on; both are a series of adventure/mystery stories told with Rylee or Toby as the Sheroes, solving the problems for everyone. Both have their surrounding cast of weird and amusing friends and allies. Just from a literary standpoint, the Toby Daye books are vastly superior: Maguire has done a TON of research, and does an amazing job of stitching her faeries and whatnot into the larger patchwork of worldwide myths and stories; Toby and her various supporting characters are deeper, better drawn overall, more complex; the writing is Just Plain Better on the Toby side of things; and the Toby books are actually book-length, each and every one. The Rylee books are sometimes shorter than average books. Even side characters have depth in Toby’s world; the stories themselves are much more complex in Maguire’s work. And I could go on with the literary stuff, but I won’t. ———————-
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