Speed-reading, I am not

So, normally I read a ton. Lately, however, I guess I’ve been busier than I realized. I haven’t finished a book in ages, though I have a couple I’m working on right now.

I’m reading both The Unwilling Warlord by Lawrence Watt Evans, a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time now (I love the series, very amusing books) and In The Blood by Adrian Phoenix, the sequel to A Rush of Wings that I read not that long ago and sucked me in soooo fast I couldn’t resist it.

Now, I suspect it’s the fault of neither book that I’ve just not been able to get into them lately. I enjoy reading when I pick up the books, but I lose focus too easily and put them back down. The fact that I’m doing this with two completely different books and have no desire to pick up a third (also different) book makes me think it’s the act of reading and not the specific book that I have issue with.

And I think the whole issue stems from being too busy/stressed/whatever right now.

So, hopefully now that Camelot has closed (quite successfully, I might add) I will have more time and desire for reading. Because there are so many books, and so little time…

Suzy, on the other hand, has only one comment:

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Back, Perhaps

Okay… so, Camelot is closed, the set has been struck, and the party has been partied.

In theory, this means I will be returning to my regularly scheduled blog activity.

However, I am making no promises. I will admit to wiping my Google Reader slate clean, so if you had anything particularly spectacular happen in the last couple of weeks on your blog, please let me know so I can go look at it. But seriously, 100+ new blogs is just too much, even for me.

Hopefully I will be back to blogging. If I do not, feel free to poke me. Provided, of course, that you can find me…  =)

Oops.

Okay. So I’ve been officially poked and prodded now, and have been asked where I am.

Here’s the short answer:

Camelot Poster

The long answer is that I’ve been busier than I expected to be with CAMELOT, and haven’t been online as much as normal. Things have been crazy-busy, and I have barely had time to keep up with my web comics, much less everyone’s blogs. So, many apologies if there’s something cool I’ve missed. I’ll try to catch up…

Thursday 13 #79 ~ CAMELOT

13 Things Left To Do Before Opening Night

I’m working with a production of CAMELOT in San Jose, and we open on Saturday. And I’m sure I can still find 13 things that need to be done between now and curtain… (That is, of course, why this is called “Hell Week.”)

  1. Lancelot’s chainmail (I’m fixing a coif so it fits him better – though I think he’d rather I couldn’t. It’s really heavy.)
  2. hems on several costumes
  3. finish painting (aka the detail work that wasn’t completed before we moved into the theatre)
  4. polish the light cues
  5. in some cases, add the light cues (so the actors aren’t in the dark accidentally. I’m not sure how, but some cues were completely forgotten)
  6. run the show from the top a time or two – this has happened ONCE in all of our rehearsal time, and it wasn’t with the orchestra (I’m a little nervous about that fact)
  7. talk with the SL ASM (Stage Left Assistant Stage Manager) about entrances so she knows if she should panic because actors aren’t where they’re supposed to be
  8. fix the paging system (so that I can page people who aren’t where they’re supposed to be)
  9. get the supertitles polished (I somehow doubt they’re working right yet)
  10. plug in the scene change music
  11. get the follow-spot operators their info, so they have the right gels in at the right times
  12. convince everyone to turn off their cell phones backstage
  13. put up the photo wall in the lobby

Yup. 13 things without breaking a sweat. Not all of these are things *I* personally have to do, but enough of them are to make me shake my head and wonder why I do this theatre thing. However, as soon as the overture starts tonight for our run-through, I’ll remember…

Kicks

I found an old hard copy of this not long ago (I got it from a friend in college), and thought I’d share it here . . .

Faerie's Aire and Death Waltz

Any musicians that dare to try this will earn points! (Points toward what, I’m not sure . . .)

(Click through to the Flickr page and select “all sizes” to see it larger. It’s worth it. Trust me.)

Thursday 13 #78 ~ Classics

13 Classic Books I Intend To Read

As an English major, I read a lot of books. They weren’t all “classics,” however. I took a lot of classes that focused on more “modern” books, things that pushed the envelope for OUR era, instead of some OTHER era.

So, I intend to go back and read (or in some cases, re-read) these classics. I have already read (or re-read) some on my own, like Dracula (Stoker) and The House of the Seven Gables (Hawthorne). But there are so many more…

  1. The War of the Worlds (Wells)
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
  3. the rest of the Shakespeare plays I haven’t read (probably about half)
  4. Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
  5. 1984 (Orwell)
  6. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
  7. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
  8. Oliver Twist (Dickens)
  9. Ulysses (Joyce)
  10. Anne of Green Gables (Montgomery) (just the first one. Not the whole series – at this point.)
  11. “Rappaccini’s Daughter” (Hawthorne) (okay, so it’s more a “story” than a “book”….)
  12. The Mists of Avalon (Zimmer Bradley)
  13. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Wilde)

You will note that Moby Dick is not on this list. Nor is it on my list of “classic books I’ve read.” There is a reason. I couldn’t stand “Bartelby the Scrivener,” but I did learn something from reading it (TWICE!!!) for class assignments.

What did I learn?

When it comes to reading Melville, I prefer not to.

Fruit and Veg

Today’s WIP Wednesday is the produce edition.

Nanner Socks 01(That’s my hand, not my foot, FYI.)

Namely, the Nanner Socks! (Pattern by Wendy Johnson of WendyKnits, and no longer available.)

And the “produce edition: because not only are they named after a fruit, they’re being made with corn. Well, corn fiber. Of some kind. I’m guessing corn silk, but I haven’t looked it up and so I could be wrong. This is Crystal Palace Yarns “Maizy” – made with mostly corn fiber and some elastic nylon. I LOVE the way it’s knitting up so far. Soft and smooth and yet I have hopes that the nylon content will help it wear a little better than it otherwise might.

Nanner Socks 02

I’m knitting these socks two-at-a-time with a KnitPicks needle (size US 1) as a Magic Loop, and I used (and LOVE) Judy’s Magic Cast On. Wonderful way to get a toe-up sock started! Just . . . if you haven’t tried Magic Loop before, you might want to start with one sock at a time. Or cuff-down socks first. I think I started with the toughest possible Magic Loop combination.

Ah well. It’s working so far. And I’m really liking the fact that I don’t have to take super-clear notes on what I did so the second sock matches.

And those of you who’ve been visiting this blog will recognize someone who hasn’t made an appearance in a while:

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My hedgie! He’s been in a basket with the other stuffed animals for a while, and I’ve been too lazy to get him down for his photo-ops. But I thought it was time he showed up again.

I hope you all have a great mid-point to the week!