It’s raining. It will rain really hard for a few minutes, then slack off, then rain again. I have my tea.
Awhile ago I’ve made the decision to get my news from the actual news sources rather than social media, because with the social media you get a wallop of outrage with the news, and I can’t deal with it. I have outrage fatigue. The news alone is difficult enough. When we hear about terrible or alarming things on the news, we usually can’t do anything about them. We end up feeling helpless and sit there and steep in all these stress emotions. When you add someone making declarative statements on top of it, it wears me down.
This morning, I fired up the news app.
- Federal database reveals pilots’ complaints about the embattled 737 Max.
- Building collapses in Nigerian city leaving school children trapped.
- Bus crashes into overpass and bursts into flames.
I think that’s enough news for today, don’t you?
So, in light of this news day, I decided to make a list of things that make me happy. They are small things and probably boring to anyone but me, so you’ve been warned, mundane content ahead.
Erika Tsang, our Avon editor, read SAPPHIRE FLAMES.
This made me so happy, I formatted it with pretty color. So the book might not be a complete fail. We get editorial notes on Friday. The manuscript is currently out with beta readers. We have a joke about reliability of a FIAT in there, and our Italian proofreader saw it and laughed and laughed. As long as we can crack people up, we are doing good.
I have tried several books in the past few days. I read the first two books of a popular fantasy series. I love the first series by that author, but this one, despite being beautifully written, vivid, and complex, also has the mating trope.
I hate the mating trope. It’s the one where two people spontaneously realize that another person is their mate and they are destined to be together and only that person will make them truly happy. I feel it takes away free will from the characters. I hate it so much, that no matter how good the book is, I don’t want to read it. Not sure if I will read the third. On one hand, it’s the author I like. On other, it has the mating trope. The struggle is real.
I am reading another book, billed as a “thrilling alien space adventure,” which is less thrilling than anticipated. I’ve been skimming big chunks of it and will likely abandon it.
Read RELUCTANT CONCUBINE by Dana Marton. This was a pleasant but flawed read for me. A woman who is a healer from a peaceful island is sold into slavery by her father and is bought by war-loving people. It is not a romance, despite the title. It’s a fantasy with a strong romantic subplot. The world is gritty. There is rape ingrained in culture, although it doesn’t happen to the main character. The book goes into endless detail about legends and mythical background, so if you enjoyed Tolkien and Genesis 5 and 11, you will like this. I wanted a sharper, more active story, but this one doesn’t as much grab you by the throat as float you down the lazy river with gorgeous scenery.
I’m watching the Expanse and What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim. Gordon said that the Expanse is what Altered Carbon should have been, and I agree completely. Love the show so far. Secretary Kim just makes me laugh and laugh. He is a CEO prodigy and she is his secretary. He is self-absorbed and a complete alpha-hole, and she does everything, from tying his ties to handling firing people. And then she puts in her 2 weeks and he panics. Here is a funny trailer.
If you want to see the show, your best bet is Viki. If you have a Roku or a smart TV, you can download Viki app. The shows are almost always subbed, but it’s worth it.
Epic fail on all fronts. I really want a new game and there is nothing out there. It might be the Assassin Creed for me again.
I’m starting a new knitting project. I have this beautiful set of fingering yarn I bought online and I really wanted to do a shawl with it. Behold my pattern odyssey.
I already had the What the Fade pattern from Andrea Lowry. At the time I bought it, I absolutely loved the blended effect. Andrea specializes in fade effect and she has a whole number of similar pattern.
Upon further examination, I decided it was too warm. I want a spring/summer shawl. I don’t want to do brioche, because it results in a very warm fabric. This seems more like a winter/autumn shawl.
Having nixed this idea, I continued my search and moved on to Xandra by Ambah O’Brien.
It’s a beautiful striped shawl knitted on the bias.
I cast on, screwed it up. Cast on again. Knitted a bit, screwed up the increases. Frogged, knitted a bit more, knitted to the lace section… and realized I didn’t like the lace.
Now, most knitted items have to be blocked, meaning the garment is gently washed, then stretched over a foam board into desired shape, pinned in place, and allowed to dry. Until you block lace, it looks like crap. However, you can strategically stretch the knitted garment to see what the lace would look like and I didn’t like it. At all. On top of it, it’s very hard to knit this thing in front of the TV, because the lace is just intricate enough to make you pay attention. Also Xandra didn’t have the fade effect I wanted.
I moved on to the Fading Point by Joji Locatelli.
This shawl has the fade effect I wanted. It has some lace. It’s pretty.
It’s also giant. The investment of time here is huge. It’s the size of a blanket. And It’s knitted in two parts, which you wouldn’t think would be an issue, as I can knit a sweater in four parts, but this shawl calls for 5 colors and I have six, and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to fit the sixth color in. Do I make less rows of each color? Do I add the color before I start on the triangular section? How will this work?
As you can see, I have very little brain left after the book finishing.
Mmm, the book is finished. Mmmmm…
After she went to bed, I decided to watch an episode of Alpha House because it makes me laugh and I needed a destressor. In my wine-addled state and encouraged by the hilarity of John Goodman, I decided to make my own shawl pattern with a little bit of fade and a little bit of very simple lace.
Now, in the light of the morning, that doesn’t seem as an awesome idea, but I have cast on. … Um. Yeah. I will let you know how it goes.
And now the sun is out and my rambling post is done. 🙂 I’ve made stew yesterday, so I don’t have to cook. I plan to spend the day knitting and possibly going to see a movie, because come Friday the edits will land and it’s back to the grind.