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27th-Aug-2014 10:29 pm(no subject)
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Progress notes for August early 20s, 2014

Total words new or revised : +286
Reason for stopping: Stupid writing avoidance tricks.
Books I (was) Reading: Drew Hayden Taylor - Motorcycles and Sweetgrass, George MacDonald - The Princess and the Goblin, the Princess and Curdie


Progress notes for August 27 2014

Total words new or revised : +1488 to finish the last totally new scene to insert, then -1041 in revisions.
Reason for stopping: Another chapter end, bedtime.
Tea: Decaf white mocha (Morning for adding new scene), decaf apricot, watermelon-lemon soda, plain water.
Music: Usual playlist. Highlights: Rush - Bravado, Lennie Gallant - Without Love, Jars of Clay - Goodbye, Goodnight, Heather Dale - Never Quite Eden
Tyop du jour: Rustle's whispered face
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: actually, the new scene was all about characters being out of character, which was why I was daunted writing the scene.
Mean Things: unexpected rejection by friends, sorcerous mind-manipulation of several kinds, self-injury, warranted distrust, unwarranted dislike. Oh, and being stabbed to death by one's own spouse. Ish.
Currently reading: Diana Wynne Jones (Yes, one more) Hexwood.
Next on the to-read pile - Martha Wells - The Serpent Sea and the Siren Depths, Kate Elliott, Cold Steel, Joshua Palmatier - The Skewed Throne

Inevitable Asides:

Joseph had his test run at the nursery school, which is why I had nigh on 3 hours where I needed to be someplace close but not in sight in case it didn't work out (And thus ended up at a picnic table in the playground, typing away). According to her (And this sounds exactly like Joseph at home) he needs a lot of supervision. But she thinks it will be good for him.

We solved the ongoing this week problem that he figured out a way to reach his light switch (And thus had more excuse not to sleep) but, to quote facebook:

Second night in a row of checking on JoJo after he was in bed to find him naked... and a wet patch in his crib. Last time, the only other thing wet was the diaper. THIS time, it was the only other thing in the crib not wet.

Colin's question: "Is it time to break out the duct tape?"
(For the diaper, not the boy)

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Also restarting practice driving. I seem to remember most of the essentials. At least, I didn't crash.

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20th-Aug-2014 11:28 pm(no subject)
Innocent
Progress notes for August 12, 2014

Total words new or revised : +775, of which 700 were putting back in a piece recently cut, and 75 were new. Maybe some more editing I forgot.
Reason for stopping: naptime ending.
Music: The usual playlist.
Books I (was) Reading: Elizabeth Bear - Shoggoths in Bloom, Drew Hayden Taylor - Motorcycles and Sweetgrass, Diana Wynne Jones - House of Many Ways


Progress notes for August 19 2014

Total words new or revised : +390. Redid one of my recent new bits, did it better, but not, alas, shorter.
Reason for stopping: Caught back up to the place with the one new scene I still have to write, and wimped out.
Tea: Decaf blackberry sage. Yummy.
Music: Lennie Gallant - Breakwater
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: Not so much a new quirk as letting heather show her broken edges earlier.
Mean Things: being rejected by a magical being
Books I recently finished: Diana Wynne Jones - The Pinhoe Egg, Diana Wynne Jones - Enchanted Glass. All the DWJ books are rereads.
Currently reading: Drew Hayden Taylor - Motorcycles and Sweetgrass (This is a lot of fun so far.), George MacDonald - The Princess and the Goblin. if I can make it through. It's still better than C.S. Lewis, and when he's not being twee MacDonald has a way with words, but the twee elements are getting to me as they didn't when I was a more suitable age.

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20th-Aug-2014 10:53 pm(no subject)
YAAAY3
Lots happening with JoJo:

- he's supposed to be starting 2 mornings a week nursery classes at a Montessori in relative nearness to our place. Relative means about 1/2 hour via foot or bus (Slightly more for the one, slightly less for the other. I may be getting a bike trailer finally, which will help until winter sets in. (It's easy to plot a relatively safe and quiet route there)

- he's really getting into the idea of the tantrum. He's recovered from the bedtime ones, but he still protests naps, with occasional force, and he has almost inexplicable ones when he wakes from a nap. (I open the door to his room - he's cheerfully signing or talking to himself in the dark - until he sees either the light, the open door, or me. Since 3/3 of those are things he usually prefers to siting or lying in the dark, I can only say ????)

- one of his naptime protests almost broke my nose. No really. The bruises around my eye got darker and worse since this was taken, and it was the day after. But the hospital confirmed the nose was straight, no sign of actual breakage or other alarming symptoms.


- his book on tractors (With only about 5 pages and very few words) is narrowly edging out the Very Hungry Caterpillar as his favourite book. Robert Munsch's Zoom is holding its place at third, which is impressive since it's about 4x as long, or more, than the others. but he has the majority of it memorized. Ditto for Munsch's Mortimer, which is in fourth.

- potty training is just ... oh, god. He's figured out that he should take his diaper off when it gets wet/messy, but he's still a bit unclear on almost every other part of the concept. I've resorted to starting up his music video playlist to keep him sitting long enough for me to clean up, and I still had to throw the couch cushion covers in the wash today (And significant parts of the floor have been washed and mopped.)

- The Log Driver's Waltz is his absolute favourite video right now; the one he starts asking for whenever the tv is turned on. So I really am producing a thoroughly cliched Canadian*. :)

- Fred Penner, especially this song and this animation to Singin' in the Rain's Moses Supposes are very close behind. (He also doesn't mind the actual Kelly/O'Connor tap dance from the movie.) The nice thing about all of these is that they're music I can stand to listen to on its own merits, where, other than the Munsch, I read him his current favourite books out of self defense and love of him. Of course, one can still have too much of a good thing, and I've taken to playing more of my own music videos, or trying to show him new-to-him stuff whenever I'm not trying to get things done or trying to keep him on the potty.

- We do get outdoors most non-rainy days, unless my hip is all asplody (Sunday and Monday, right when my nose was at its worst, my body decided to prove it could cause me worse pain without the outside help. Hurrah.) Today it was to a wading pool at the next-furthest out park, which kept his attention probably for the longest I've seen a wading pool do yet. He still prefers to swing and swing and swing over most other things, but if the climbing structure is less familiar to him, he at least explores it more. And when he's going to his own park, he's now pedalling himself on his trike, with only moments of assistance from Mom (Or grandma or dad). So he is getting exercise, not just sun. (And I have a total farmer tan).

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*For non-Canucks, this short animation used to get shown every Saturday morning during the long commercial break between regular cartoons, along with Heritage Minutes, which were mini-history lessons. I think Log-Driver's Waltz would happen about 2-3 times a Saturday, for at least a decade, ranging from from its release in 1979, when I was about 3, to a point where people rather younger than me know about it. For all I know, it's still going...

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8th-Aug-2014 12:21 am(no subject)
Innocent
Progress notes for August 8, 2014 (and some bits in the days between this and the last report, but not as many as should be)

Total words new or revised : +616. I have ONE more scene to add before I start delving into the places others can get taken out.
Reason for stopping: Need sleeeep. Chapter end. Also still debating structure and exact placement of scenes.
Tea: Reduced-Sugar chocolate milk.
Music: The usual playlist, just went through "Let it Go" and Stan Rogers' Turnaround. Hit the slow version of Thunder Road at almost dead on the right spot, though. That was sweet.
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: Heather did want magic before she got into this mess.
Mean Things: Serious puncture bite to the jaw.
Research: The date by which a certain cliche had become cliched, the geographical source for another turn of phrase. The timeline regarding basic knowledge of DNA.
Books I'm Reading: Elizabeth Bear - Shoggoths in Bloom, Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson - The Folklore of Discworld, Drew Hayden Taylor - Motorcycles and Sweetgrass, Terry Pratchett - Wintersmith


Inevitable Asides:

The last couple of days of Joseph have been ... extra super interesting. I think they warrant their own post, though. Because it was alternating things to laugh at and things to make me despair.

Just one example to reward those who read to the end: Joseph has been "Helping" with unloading the dishwasher for a few months now - he did it before his grandparents came, but with them, it became a big Thing for him. (More people = more dishes = more dishwasher loads). he's very meticulous, sorting by colour and size as he goes. But he's not always clear on the difference between clean and dirty (IE, he has regularly caused trouble by tryign to unload dirty dishes *while* his grandfather was loading the dishwasher).

So yesterday while I was upstairs doing a quick scrub-and-dress, he pushed a chair up to the counter below the dish cupboard, took out all the clean purple plates (both sizes) and very neatly lined them up in two rows in the dishwasher.

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4th-Aug-2014 09:05 pm(no subject)
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Progress notes for July 31, 2014

Total words new or revised : +226
Reason for stopping: Hard to say this long after
Tea: Peach Apricot
Music: The usual playlist, ending on Vienna Teng
Books I'm Reading: Elizabeth Bear - Shoggoths in Bloom, Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson - The Folklore of Discworld.

Progress notes for August 4, 2014

Working on the Dana in the car for the most part, with some cutting at home.
Total words new or revised : Ultimate total is -24. This was via additions and cuts of over 700 words each, though.
Reason for stopping: Hit a chapter end where I needed to think about structure in a big way, and that sort of work is both much better done on the PC than the Dana, and best done with a less-baked brain.
Tea: On the way out, Peach Apricot decaf adulterated with a bit of English breakfast caf. None on return trip.
Music: highway noises.
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: Laurel is weirdly responsible for someone who comes across as irresponsible.
Mean Things: Figuring out what a cost really is. Also, resenting the person who needs help. Also, onset of depression.

Inevitable Asides:

Does anyone have a cure for a two-year-old's "I don't want to go to bed" tantrums? Just grit my teeth, stick to routine, and pretend the howling doesn't break my heart? I *think* what he's saying that I originally heard as 'want some water' is actually something about the door (and by implication the ability to leave the room that's denied him), or else a misunderstanding on his part of what the words mean.

Saturday was a reunion for my husband and the people with whom he lived in Kenya back when he was 12-14. I went, and had a reasonably good time considering it was an event where I knew nobody I hadn't spent at least the last several weeks in the same house with. A nagging part of my brain beforehand was saying "With a day alone I could get Joseph's room sorted, and work on his mural for the first time in over two months. Not to mention actually getting decent rest." But things went well, I had fun.

I spent the last two days as an assistant to a friend selling her jewellery at the Islendingadagurinn (Icelandic Festival) *, as I did last year, and probably won't next year. Not due to a problem with the friend; she's great and I never spend time with her and it reminds me she's fun. But the reason she needs an assistant is that she and her boyfriend have two separate stalls during the festival, one on the street/in the park, and one in the Heritage pavilion. Since at most events they have one stall staffed by two people, they can give each other breaks; that's not possible this way. Next year, though, it sounds likely they'll stick to one location, as the sales inside the pavilion were poor enough it probably isn't worth two spots.

So were our sales today, but that, simply put, is because of a sudden torrential downpour that rather spoiled the day for everyone. Sunday did well.

Mom was out there with Joseph today, too -- but she was lucky for the first big downpour and happened to be visiting a friend who lives in Gimli when the first rain hit (A second downpour caught her under another tent while I had Joseph with me in our stall, but he was enjoying the sound of the rain on our tent top, and the one intense dribble where the tent top met a branch. Honestly, he was grinning like only a toddler can.


My in-laws also left this morning - the plan was within the hour after Mom and Joseph and I left. It was a teary farewell. I imagine it will be a bit worse as Joseph registers that they're not around, and not just for a few hours.


*Yes, I did have to double check the spelling.

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31st-Jul-2014 10:45 pm(no subject)
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Progress notes for July 15-27 inclusive, 2014

Yes, all at once. That was the Fringe. Which normally i post a great deal about in detail, but I think not this year. Not that it wasn't a basically damn good Fringe in almost all ways. (I *will* dedicate a post to the Folk Festival and the ways it was a less than stellar one...) I was puttering around with the Dana, doing a bit here and a bit there, and because, as I learned with NaNoWriMo, the Dana's word count function is painfully slow when coping with a 150k file (It's impossible to do anything but a complete word count, too, but what with deleting almost as much as I added, wouldn't have served regardless.)

Possible title sources referenced? - Not really. I suspect those will come up, if at all, much later in the story, or in a scene too key to what it's all about.

Total words new or revised : + 370

Reason for stopping: The Fringe Ended...

Music: Usually the MP3 player on random, if anything at all was available to me; otherwise, the background noise of line-ups for shows, the volunteer hospitality suite, the table where I sold tickets... And for one of the long drives out of town, the noises of the car.

Tea: Multiple varieties, of course, but because I have been attempting to reduce caffeine severely, and coffee-related drinks almost 100%, mostly I've had decaf or herbal. And it proved remarkably difficult to find places that sell tea at all around the Fringe, much less enough varieties that I had an option other than Mint that I liked (I detest chamomile, and I have found that few easily-obtained supposedly fruit flavoured infusions work for me over time)

There's Always one more Quirk in the character: Laurel really didn't pay attention to the price she was asked to pay -- because that wasn't half as relevant.(It occurs to me that Laurel's explanation where and how she learned her housebreaking skills never made it in. Maybe later, oh well.)

Mean Things: B&E, paying a considerably steeper price than noted to free someone else, a remarkably nasty clause or two in the oath.

Darling du jour: Laurel would have lasted about a minute as Bluebeard's wife, and that long only because she'd have probably had to pick the lock.

Research: No opportunity. I need to check the main floor of the church on revision

Books I Read throughout: Oriole A. Vane-Veldhuis - For Elise, Pratchett - Raising Steam, S. ClarkeCollins (OOOPS) - Gregor the Overlander, Katherine Addison - The Goblin Emperor, Martha Wells - Emilie and the Hollow World

Inevitable other crap:
Saw 21 shows. Did 8 volunteer shifts. Also spent one Sunday with the husband's relatives, saw some plays with him, and spent more time at home than you'd think. Many many shows made me cry because I just do that, but only one that really did so in an unhealthy, horrid, not-just-cathartic way. Which, of course, was called Magic Unicorn Island. (It's an excellent show, if it comes to a Fringe near you -- just don't be confused when it's billed as a comedy or starts by making you laugh; it's a satire, and satire =/= comedy. There is NO way the ending could have been made funny, even to those who could appreciate it with a bit less shattering. And he didn't try, because to try would have stripped the point.)

Otherwise - decent weather, a working bicycle, a range of excellent to decent shows (At least the ones I saw, even the ones I was forced to by usher shifts), good times.

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Progress notes for July 29, 2014

The one day since where I've done anything worth note in writing. Things have been busy!

Total words new or revised : -217. Hurrah for a negative total!
Reason for stopping: Needed to get out of chair and move about a bit> Soon after, had to wake JoJo from his nap.
Tea: Upton Premium decaf Earl Grey. I think.
Music: none
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: Roma is cuddly
Darling du jour: Roma lifted her, broad hands tucked under her elbows until she could stand and spite her trembling knees.
Books I'm Reading: Julia Quinn - Mr Cavendish, I presume, Elizabeth Bear - Shoggoths in Bloom (Specifically, "In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns"), Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson - The Folklore of Discworld.

Inevitable Asides: Some book reviews probably also coming up, even in brief.

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9th-Jul-2014 10:50 pm(no subject)
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Progress notes for July 9, 2014

Total words new or revised : + 60, -86. Or thereabouts; A purely editing day, on a stretch of story needing minimal editing.
Reason for stopping: The hour...
Tea: homemade milk chai.
Music: none
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: Of course Gerald would be a Michael Jackson fan. He last saw or heard Michael Jackson about a year after Thriller came out, and while it was still a top selling album.
Mean Things: Bugs laying eggs inside one.
Research: Top hits of 1983...
Books I'm Reading: Oriole A. Vane-Veldhuis - For Elise, Pratchett - Raising Steam
To-Read Pile toppers: S. ClarkeCollins - Gregor the Overlander, KAtherine Addison - The Goblin Emperor.
Inevitable Asides:

Obviously didn't go to the Folk Fest mainstage tonight. However, minimal novel progress can mostly be attributed to Joseph's complete lack of a nap this afternoon.

While I enjoyed Chadwick Ginther's Thunder Road and will likely read the sequel, because Norse Gods in Manitoba just works, it's definitely a man's book written by a guy. If I had to summarize it in one word, as I said on Goodreads, it would be "Muscular". Note, none of that is criticism, merely description.

OTOH, I'm bothered by Bechdel-failure and the only major female character being the Girlfriend (Even though she's a darn powerful Norn - the only other women I remember at all are her mother and great-great-grandmother. There might be a waitress), even as I liked most of the rest, and I'm pretty sure it would have been feasible to have another woman or two onstage and still have the same mood and attitude.

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8th-Jul-2014 11:09 pm(no subject)
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Progress notes for July 8, 2014 (Today)

Total words new or revised : 248. And some firm cut and pasting from here to a future chapter, which also entailed some tweaking of an excel file.
Reason for stopping: Finished the scene. And it took longer than the word count implies.
Tea: Teavana Strawberry Rose Champagne Oolong. Because I wanted to watch the leaves uncurl, although it is also tasty yes.
Music: Back to the big music playlist.

Inevitable Asides:
Joseph has learned to climb onto the big kids' swings!

Did a nice board game night with friends, including one just back home from Mexico and two we don't see as often as we'd like.

Thanks to the absurd amount of rain we've been having (When the floods from the *summer rain* are as bad or worse than the 2011 Spring thaw floods, it's something...we're out of flood danger, but we have friends in Brandon and Virden, which... aren't.), I decided I have to swallow my pride and buy Crocs for Folk Fest. My regular sandals need a couple of minor repairs, which is bad enough - but slogging leather through the mud and wet I anticipate would probably finish them off. Except ... Crocs make some rather nice sandals now. So I don't look like I'm wearing Crocs. Win-win.

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8th-Jul-2014 05:30 pm(no subject)
Innocent
Progress notes for July 7, 2014 (Yesterday)

Possible title sources referenced? - Not really.
Total words new or revised : + 800
Reason for stopping: The hour... which was an hour and a half later than I said I'd go to bed.
Tea: blackberry-sage decaf.
Music: Lord Huron - Brother, Vitas - I ask all Saints, Conjure One (Featuring Poe) - Centre of the Sun
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: Laurel knows how to case a joint, or, in this case, a church.
Mean Things: Doing the right thing should not involve contemplating B&E.
Darling du jour: She could try the dates of their other artifacts, though several of them were damnably vague, and alarm codes didn't tend to work well with "About 1600".
Research: Dates on those artifacts, the church floor map, Google street views of Tower Road, the name for leading in stained glass. (Because Laurel would know)
Books I'm Reading: Chadwick Ginther - Thunder Road, Oriole A. Vane-Veldhuis - For Elise (I thought it high time I finish and discuss this), Pratchett - Raising Steam
To-Read Pile toppers: S. ClarkeCollins - Gregor the Overlander, Katherine Addison - The Goblin Emperor

Inevitable Asides: Yes, I didn't write the days in between. Friday, I finally got out to See4 How to Train Your Dragon 2, which continues to push my happy buttons the way the first did, and spent time hanging out with friends. Saturday there's not much excuse, though I did get JoJo to a park a bit further from home to try him in a wading pool. We had a lovely picnic with friends Sunday (The source of the photo in my last entry), followed by a visit to my mom's place.

And JoJo's potty training has shown further successes. Which is good, as it's about to be all on my mother in law and possibly husband for a few days:

Folk Fest officially starts tomorrow night. And life gets busy.

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8th-Jul-2014 12:56 pm - The Facebook Monster
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For reasons probably known to just about everyone, including fellow people addicted to the damn place, I just posted a version of this message to facebook:

In the interest of sanity and actually being productive when I get writing time, I am going to attempt to avoid facebook for the foreseeable future.

I will usually get private messages, as they come to my e-mail, and ditto invites, so I may appear on the site long enough to answer those. No longer. DO NOT TRY TO CHAT WITH ME if you see me signed in even briefly. OR, if you do, send me this message "You're not supposed to be here."

Otherwise, I can be reached by e-mail, LJ and Dreamwidth comments (Even on otherwise unrelated topics), phones (including text). Just not there.

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This was the last nice thing to come out of Facebook, thought: A good pic of the family.



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3rd-Jul-2014 12:42 am(no subject)
Innocent
Progress notes for July 1, 2014

Total words new or revised : 375
Reason for stopping: suppertime and time to wake up the JoJo...
Tea: Bot very good Pu'erh from a teabag.
Music: Huge Labyrinth playlist.
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: Apparently Heather used to have panic attacks. Not much of a surprise; I wonder why she doesn't now?
Mean Things: Someone else's panic in your own brain.
Research: Not really.
Books I'm Reading: Chadwick Ginther - Thunder Road, Oriole A. Vane-Veldhuis - For Elise (I thought it high time I finish and discuss this)
To-Read Pile toppers: S. ClarkeCollins - Gregor the Overlander, Pratchett - Raising Steam (Lucky find in a used book store this afternoon)
Inevitable Asides: As I posted on Facebook, I failed Patriotism 101 when I dressed JoJo first thing in the AM.

Cut for large photoCollapse )
And even after it occurred to me that I had picked the wrong shirt, I hadn't noticed the logo on the pants.... I changed him into his "Not only Am I cute, I'm a Canadian" shirt to visit his great-aunts, though.

Also, the only thing I bought in the Canada Day celebration up the street was ... more tea. Well, as Colin put it, "If you bought it and didn't drink it, then I'd have a problem."


Progress notes for July 2, 2014

Total words new or revised : +275, -~100.
Reason for stopping: The hour... I started after bedtime.
Tea: Decaf English breakfast with cardamom pods, a clove, and some cinnamon added.
Music: Heather Alexander's Midsummer.
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: But it's not always obvious in every couple hundred words.
Mean Things: Actually, Laurel's being rather sympathetic.
Darling du jour: She knew chakras were nonsense, but it gave her something to tell her brain that fooled it into getting better faster than "Get better" ever had.
Tyop du jour: N/A
Research: Quick double check of chakras. Also a quicker confirmation that chi was not a karate-based concept (It's Chinese, thankfully).
Inevitable Asides: Spent most of the day moving furniture and cleaning; Joseph's grandfather finished his new (twin-size) bed. Joseph was decidedly interested in exploring it, but nonetheless got into his crib to sleep. Just was well; no toddler rail.

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1st-Jul-2014 12:53 am(no subject)
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Progress notes for June 30, 2014

Possible title sources referenced? - Not really.
Total words new or revised : 896, sort of (actual total is closer to 709, because there's a copy-pasted bit of text that is currently present twice in the file). I know this is progress in the wrong direction, but this particular section needs such a wholesale rewrite and stage-setting, it's not even funny. I think a lot of cuts will appear soon.
Reason for stopping: The hour....
Tea: Cornelia Bean's Pineapple-coconut black, mingled with English Breakfast decaf. Then a cup of warm milk wiht nominal amounts of cocoa and maple syrup (BY nominal I mean it bore a closer resemblance to hot milk than to hot cocoa)
Music: Huge Labyrinth playlist. Currently, Peter Gabriel - Steam. Other highlights: Eliza Carthy - Time in the Son, S.J. Tucker - Ask me Anything, Lennie Gallant - the Hope for Next Year
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: I think Laurel has a brother like mine.
Mean Things: logic doesn't mean what you think it means.
Darling du jour: N/A
Tyop du jour: you're an eight foot time
Research: Not really. I Am, however, debating sending an e-mail to All Hallows by the Tower and asking them about their security system. Trying to figure out how to make that not creepy. ("I'm a writer" helps a lot, as does being across the pond...)
Books I'm Reading: Chadwick Ginther - Thunder Road, Oriole A. Vane-Veldhuis - For Elise (I thought it high time I finish and discuss this)
To-Read Pile toppers: S. ClarkeCollins - Gregor the Overlander, Pratchett - Raising Steam (Lucky find in a used book store this afternoon)
Inevitable Asides: Joseph's big accomplishments for the day were:
- learning to blow bubbles himself
- locking his grandmother in the bathroom - only to take that key and try to fit it into the lock for the basement (This would have worked had he not been stopped. Not only same kind of lock, same key pattern. and as a point, we have a spare *inside* the bathroom.)

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29th-Jun-2014 12:43 am(no subject)
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Progress notes for June 28, 2014

Possible title sources referenced? - Not really.
Total words new or revised : I don't have this number for today. The word count as of today is 150,309, which will give me the baseline for the future ones.
Reason for stopping: The hour....
Tea: Tart Cherry juice.
Music: Huge Labyrinth playlist. Current;y,. The Piano Guys, Peponi
There's Always one more Quirk in the character: Not an exciting one, but Laurel does seem more practical and capable of foreplanning than she did in the early last draft
Mean Things: Downpour
Darling du jour: She stopped in the entry to wring out her braid handful by handful.
Tyop du jour: N/A (not no typos. Boring ones.)
Research: All Hallows by the Tower, especially the St. Clare Oratory, google maps suggested routes from Amsterdam to London, and relevant travel times. And that old picture of the tarnish-striping on the Pompeii Apollo.
Books I'm Reading: Chadwick Ginther - Thunder Road, Oriole A. Vane-Veldhuis - For Elise (I thought it high time I finish and discuss this)
To-Read Pile toppers: S. ClarkeCollins - Gregor the Overlander, Pratchett - Raising Steam (Lucky find in a used book store this afternoon)
Inevitable Asides: Joseph has had A Very Hungry Caterpillar since about 1:30 this afternoon. I have read it about 7 times, and he would have made me rad it more if I let him.



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28th-Jun-2014 04:10 pm - Brief writing comment
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Oooh. Quite the rainshower going on outside. Again. The last two days seem to be a rapid cycle between partly cloudy and cloudcovered and drizzle and thunder-and-pouring.

Well, yesterday's work on Labyrinth certainly went in the right direction. A confirmed 1100 words cut, almost to the dot. (This is not, as it happens, a rate I will maintain. I hit on a spot I knew had a lot of dross.) Then after I went to bed I thought about the scene I'm hacking at and other ways to get it going that involve a bit less internal monologue about backstory and a bit more dialogue (Of sorts...)

I think I'm going to be putting up a series of progress reports for this one - it's always fun to have progress reports with negative word counts - although from July 9-14 I think I'll be scribing bits of Nemesis and/or the Lost Ocean story because at Folk Fest, it's easier to putter about with the Dana, and editing and rewrites are far easier on the computer.

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27th-Jun-2014 12:49 am(no subject)
YAAAY3
I've been wanting to write a general stuff happening post but was kind of stalled by the fact that i had a heap of words sitting here in saved form on another topic. SO. Stuff happened:

JoJo:

- has been quite enjoying going to the park again, and getting outside.
- he also seems to be enjoying getting out of his clothes more. We've had a couple of interesting moments and had to get a bit more creative with his sleep gear.
- Began potty training in earnest about, oh, today.

Household:

- My in-laws are here (And were gone until yesterday for a week in Ottawa). Probably to the end of July, though the exact day of departure is still kind of open.
- The last patch of garden to be dug out this year was finally planted Today. This, a month after I should be saying this, has been par for the course for the year. The previous garden beds, done just over a week ago, have had days of morning sunshine followed by afternoon rain, or daytime sun and nighttime storm, or... from a newly planted plant's perspective, probably perfect weather, though the humans could have used less rain and more sun. It has been a coolish summer thus far, after our horrifically late spring.
- Mostly flowers this year, but we have tomatoes and cukes too (And mint). I tried a raspberry bush, but we'll see if, in its establishing year, any of the fruit makes it to humans. I may toss down some basil seeds just to see if anything comes; it's an annual here anyhow so no sweat if the season is too short for it to establish.
- Our neighbourhood bunnies include a bitty one who's possibly a baby but definitely adorable. Thus far, they seem to be favouring eating the dandelions over the plants I care about.

Family:
- My grandmother has had a steady decline in her health, and the end result is that she is now in a nursing home, albeit on the low-care end as far as they're concerned. Her mind is fine but her strength is gone and she needed a lot more help than Mom and her other children and grandchildren could give - and more than home-care alone would support. The place she's in seems nice as these things go (more after hearing someone else's story about the place her aunt is staying), with her own room and a fair amount of respect. The big disadvantage is that it's far across the city from pretty much everyone's place. She's on a waiting list for a closer one.
- Even grandma, now she's there, seems to agree this is an improvement in her life. As long as her kids continue to visit. Next step; Get her the hearing aid she was supposed to be being fitted for right when her last hospital stay began. (Literally, as in they had to cancel the appointment)
- The symptoms of tiredness etc Mom was having, and even some of the sadness she attributed to the care for her own mom, proved to be B12 deficiency, and having learned that, she's already improving, after just a few days of it. (Jeff claims placebo effect. He would. But even if he's right, I think Mom's happy at any improvement. :P )


Writing:
- A nightmare, an old story idea, and a second nightmare seem to be coming together as yetanother vague idea for novel or at minimum novella, this one about a world where everyone has one of two kinds of dopplegangers, one usually evil (Nemeses) and one usually not (Greens). And a weird creepy take on faerie and attempts to lure children away from the mortal world. And evil ice cream. For now I've been using the code name Nemesis, though the only Nemesis so far on screen is actually a good guy. I'm debating about whether he's up front about the fact or not.
- The issue I have with this is that I already have one relatively new half-baked story idea that's about perfect for using for NaNoWriMo if I want to participate again. I don't need another. But I have at least one scene to write along with all the notes I've scribbled so far before I set it aside wholesale.
- Otherwise, I have just switched from trying to make forward progress on older works and into the (much dreaded And much anticipated, at least by me) rewrite for Labyrinth. So far it's been the extremely crude cut and paste, forcing scenes into what seems like a reasonable order from the two separate files I had (there being two separate plotlines), and almost no in-scene work other than a few typos. I'm half afraid skimming over it enough to organize the scenes and move them around has already made me too aware of what's on paper to rewrite it with the harsh objectivity the job requires, but I'm gonna give it a go anyhow. (The other possibility is that it has given me the shape of the story sufficiently firmly that I know what I'm aiming for much better and can thus make my rather shoddy prose that much closer to the ideal in my head.)
- My main ambition is that by the end, I *will* have a better title, and fewer total words. (I would rather 120 than the current 150, and I know several spots I dither and the characters just talk -- I also know of at least two scenes that need writing out, alas.) I make zero promises of quality. :P

Other:
- Folk fest getting fearfully awesomely close.
- Fringe soon after. It's THAT month coming, alright.
- Life feels pretty good overall.
- Books recently finished, all pretty good: Silvia Moreno-Garcia's This Strange Way of Dying, Sherwood Smith's Banner of the Damned, Chris Hadfield's An Astronaut's Guide to life on Earth.
- Smith's book took me a while; it starts at what feels like a slow pace, and it's only afterwards that one realises how very important all that puttering about in Colend and Colendi politics and romances and their more-alien-than-it-first-seems mindset is - how much MORE important than the "action", ie, violence, which the lead finds so reprehensible yet which we as readers are likely to find more familiar ground. Also, the unreliability of the narrator (who claims, correctly, to be able to state the definite truth about other peoples' opinions and perspectives) doesn't become clear, or relevant, until about halfway or more. and then it starts getting scary how much she denies - to herself - along the way down. I was actually reminded a bit of my reaction to Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, and how it felt at the start, because it was so alien, and how it took time to sink into the culture and grasp what was going on from that internal perspective (Or at least the reader/watcher's illusion thereof).

- painting the mural has been going painfully slowly (As in very few opportunities to do so) and I've mostly been working on landscape details, but here's an update pic:



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6th-Jun-2014 12:26 am - Compassion and Superiority
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Not sure this is a terribly profound thought, but lately it has been my thinking, and it seems to hold up against a large number of tests, that a lot of modern conflicts - between genders, between political sides, among policies - can be summed up as a battle between compassion, and the desire to feel superior.

Complaints about the welfare system or publicly supported health care? On one side, "We don't think any person should starve or die of preventable sickness just because they can't afford food and hospital time o their own." versus "*I* work to earn my benefits. *They* just laze around getting money for nothing." A feeling of superiority over the poorer person. (Also a divide and conquer tactic by the rich to keep the almost-poor and the poor from noticing who's really taking all the money. But then again, when you look at the weapon used...)

Complaints about feminism and women's rights? (Or anti-racism. Or Gay Rights. Or trans* rights) A disturbing number of them boil down to "I see the women/black/gay as my inferior (and my potential property). I am better than them." Which is often defeated by people who actually look at what the experience of being (female, gay, black, trans*) is like. (Superiority is the tool of the Trans-exclusionary Radical Feminist, too; cis women are "better" than trans women in that worldview. Before yet another person brands me a man-hater.)

I'm also at a loss to see where superiority over another group EVER has remotely the benefits of compassion to society as a whole, rather than to a handful of often already-on-top individuals.

And I'm finding it a good way to frame things to make me rethink some of my own blind spots; am I just doing this because I feel superior? If so, what makes me think I am?

Discuss?

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