Half a Month to Publish?

At the beginning of the year I set some goals for myself.

Get good grades – all A’s, if possible
Work on Body Stuff (exercise, good diet, general upkeep)
Gen an Internship (probably not going to happen, damn it)
Sell my art (I’ve got a Redbubble page started!)
Save/invest money (I need to work on this!)
Publish on Amazon by my birthday.

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I’m working on the grades – that’s sort of easy. I study hard and, usually, get rewarded with good grades. I haven’t managed to work on exercising more yet, but I’m going to start doing daily body-weight exercises at home this week. I’ve done them before and they’re surprisingly effective.

The publishing goal is the one I’m feeling the most pressure about, as that’s the only one with a deadline – and it’s rapidly approaching. My birthday’s in mid June and, well, I’m not ready to publish anything. I’ve got a couple of stories I could work on, but really only one is close to being publishable.

So, editing the daylights out of Barnstarring, it is!

The story’s about a barnstorming sort of baseball team, but set in the future when we’ve got intra-solar system space travel (and have met a couple of alien species). The story uses baseball as the background and the reason for travelling through the solar system, but it’s not really a baseball story, in that the sport itself doesn’t take center stage. Mostly it’s about the relationships of the players and their lives.

Anyway, I’m going to see if I can get it edited and cleaned up by the middle of June. That’s only three weeks!

I’ll post here with updates.

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Toby’s Sweater

It’s been a while since I updated, and since I posted pictures of Toby the Bear and his sweaters. I’ve just checked and I haven’t posted anything about his sweater last year – a short Cowichan style cardigan. I’ll take pictures and post them.

However, this year I made him a cute little Lopi sweater with sock yarn at about 6st/in. It’s adorable, if I do say so myself. Toby tried it on just after I started the yoke, so I could make sure it would fit well. I’d hate for him to have the sleeves ride up.

Toby trying on the sweater.

Toby trying on the sweater.

Once I was sure it would fit, I kept knitting.

I love the little chevrons.

I love the little chevrons.

In the end, it fit beautifully. Now I want to make something like this for myself! I love the chevrons and the way it makes such a happy upturned smile. (Plus, C loves it as well and really, that’s the important part.)

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Snappy Dresser

I’ve got a lot of the yarn left over – I used new balls of sock-weight wool – so I’m thinking of warping up my little loom with the grey yarn and making stripes with the other two colors. Sort of a plain scarf, but there’s no reason not to make it and I’m sure someone will want it. Maybe I could give it to C’s brother. I’d better make it pretty long, then.

I still have to sew in the ends and sew on buttons, but Toby’s happily wearing his new togs on the back of the couch. He sits next to the elephant my mom sewed for me a million years ago, and I’ve been thinking of knitting something for him as well. Right now he’s wearing a too-loose little vest my mom knit – it’s very sentimental, but maybe he’d like something fresh and new to wear.

Anyway, time for me to go back to studying.

SongBird

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I’ve been working on some shawl knitting – I’m playing along in a Mystery Knit a Long – but the shawl doesn’t look particularly exciting because I’m knitting it in a solid brown. It’s a very pretty brown, with flashes of yellowy gold and a rich red undertone, but exactly what makes it pretty in real life makes it impossible to accurately photograph.

Here’s a shot of what I’ve got so far.

Mystery shawl

Mystery shawl

I’ve also been keeping up pretty well in school. I’ve got an A in Biochem so far and a good solid B in Physics. I might be able to pull A grades in all three of my classes this quarter. I’m already looking at what I need to take next quarter – I want to have more than three courses; I’m hoping to have at least four if not five. It’ll be hard, but I want to get this over with.

Mostly, I’ve been studying and taking random pictures of things, so here are some pretty random pictures.

Gloves in many colors

Flat Leafed Succulent

Coast Guard ship floating in the fog

Pretty succulent

Boat Lifting Mechanism in SF

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Thursdays Off?

So, my school schedule this quarter gives me all of Thursday off. I almost don’t know what I’ll do with all the time. This week, the first week of school, I went shopping with my daughter to get more henna for my hair from Lush. We also stopped into a game store for her to try her luck at getting toys she likes from Minecraft Blind Bags. I wanted a squid and she wanted an Enderman (who wouldn’t?!) We got lucky!

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Look at my super cute squid. Only, it's got 8 legs, so it's really an octopus.

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But her Enderman had three arms and only one leg!

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We had Thai for lunch.

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Isn't this a pretty candy apple?

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Back to School

Well, the holiday break wasn’t particularly restful or relaxing, but it was Not School. I spent the first week moving furniture, the second on a glorious road-trip in British Columbia, and the last with a house guest. Lots of fun and interesting things, but not relaxing.

Today’s the first day back in class and I’m glad to be here.

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The new building's going up fast.

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Lots of glassware for biochem lab.

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My coffee plants are doing so well!

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Tiling Map Art

I’ve been working on this for a little while.  I enjoyed the way the textures come together when I shuffle the tiles.

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The original before cutting the tiles apart.

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First shuffle of the tiles

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It's different every time.

I’m going to make more. I’m thinking of doing ones with color as well as texture.

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Quickie Socks

In my work on stash reduction, I’m finding random balls of yarn and just making up projects for them. The brown shawlette I posted last time is one of those – it’s the Pyttipanna Shawl. I’m halfway through a second of those, in a soft white mohair/wool laceweight. I’m hoping to make a bunch of narrow crescent shawls with my many random-ass balls of yarn.

Anyway, I have this ball of mustard colored Cascade 220. It makes lovely socks on US4s!

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The lace pattern is distantly related to Feather and Fan. I’m interested in seeing how it looks when worked in a less compressed gauge – in the sock, it’s pretty squished. Like shadow lace, sort of.

I’ll finish the socks today and wear them around the house. I can’t wait.

Next, I’ll use the ball of pretty Cascade 220 in red/pink/carmine quattro yarn for … another pair of house socks!

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Finished Knitting

In the move, I looked at all the yarn I own. It was a distressing experience; I have so much more than I thought I did. Well, that’s not entirely true, I knew I had tons, but it had been a long time since I’d really seen a lot of it. (Also, I didn’t get a chance to look at the stuff still in the storage space. Yikes.)

So, I’m trying not to buy any more yarn, and to make the things I planned on making when I bought the yarn I have. It’s interesting how clearly I remembered the projects I had in mind for each batch of yarn when I saw them all in the (oh so many) boxes I have.

Basically, it’s time to finish a bunch of projects and use stash yarn for new stuff.

I have finished some things, and I’m happily reminded of how nice it feels to finish things.

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They’re all smallish, except for the cream lace shawl, but still. I’m hoping to finish a sweater this week as well as another of the thin crescent shawlettes.

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Traveling from New Hamster to Niagara Falls

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Odds and Ends

So, I’ve been doing stuff around the house, little things, getting the house set up. The living room is coming together – we’ve finalized where the couch and tv go and that’ll leave a nice area for putting my grandparents’ wing chairs and a couple of small tables. There’s a spot where the christmas tree will go (yay) and then that room is mostly done. (I say mostly because there’s still art to hang and bookcases to settle in and fill. However, that room is in it’s final shape, so to speak.)

We’ve worked out that the small unused bedroom will be an office/guest room; C wants to put a little bed in there, just in case, but, uh, I have no idea who he thinks is going to use it. However, it is nice to have a guest room, so I guess we’ll get a nice daybed. We’ll need a desk as well, I think, but we still have a nice comfy office chair.

This means the front room, with all the windows, will be a crafty type room for me. The cat trees will be in there with me, and I’ve a selection of book cases that are just low enough for the cats to use them as more window access, which is important for them, in their Neighborhood Watch Duties.

There’s still an awful lot of work to do, but I can see how it’ll all look in the end and (for me) that’s the first (and most important) step. Once I see how things are going to fit, it’s just a matter of moving things about until they fit where they’re supposed to go.

I set up the printer already, right, so I can print out my boarding pass and pattern information for the projects I’m going to bring on our trip.

Riiiight, which I might not have mentioned. We’re going back to New England, to re-do the trip we took this past winter and see the same places, but in summer. We’re most interested in Niagara Falls and some of Buffalo, but it’ll be gorgeous on Lake Champlain and through the top of the Adirondacks. We might even see a chair in the wild. *grin*

We’ll be gone just over a week, from our flight out tonight to our flight back late Sunday next. My daughter is staying here, to look after the cats and to have her own life. She’ll be going to work on BART and getting home the same way, and (I think) exploring the new area a little bit.

Right now, I’m experiencing the joys of technology. I own copies of four books on tape (tape??) that I love. They’re NOT available as mp3 or anything more modern than cassette tape and, since they’re years old, I’m pretty sure the publisher and author aren’t interested in making them available any other way. (This isn’t quite true – they’re available as Kindle books, but I want the exceptional reader that the books on tape have, so I’m stuck.)

So anyway, I hunted around on amazon and found a tape player that’ll connect up to my computer. I downloaded Audacity and now I’m playing the tapes into my computer, which will, I hope, then be able to produce mp3s that I can have C download to his iPod (and I’ll be putting on mine as well, but for travel, we use his) so we can listen to them in the car. I’m more excited about being able to listen to them again than I expected. For now, I’m only doing the first one, but when we get back, I’ll do the rest. And the copies of books on tape that my kid has that we can’t get in any other format.

There are some other odds and ends. Turns out the owner of the house comes by every couple of weeks to mow the lawn. Which is fine, but damn, I wish he’d SAID so I didn’t freak the fuck out when I saw a random dude just walking past my kitchen window yesterday. Honestly, I’m a little confused about the legality of him doing that without giving us notice, but, well, I guess he’s given us notice (of a sort) now? It makes me a little less confident about the place, somehow, but it’s minor. He’s been once before, but we were out; C and I noticed that the grass looked cut, but we thought we must be imagining it. We weren’t.

I’ve moved all my photos and documents to the new laptop, which is good. At the very end of it, last night, I thought I might not be able to – the old computer was crashing so hard and so constantly that I was afraid I’d lost my chance. C, however, just took the old drive out of the machine and plugged it into a drive adapter thing that he just has lying around and it all worked perfectly.

School doesn’t start until the end of September, so I’ll be ordering my schoolbooks soon and trying to set up some of the front room as a study room. Maybe I can use the office for that, when C isn’t using it to work from home. We’ll see how that works.

Anyway, I’ve stuff to do for the house and for the trip, so I’m off.

SongBird

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