WIP Weds ~ in which there are no pictures

Yup, you read the title right. No pictures. I don’t blame you if you want to stop right there and leave since there will be nothing to look at but words.

I have been knitting, though not a ton. Mostly on the second lace cowl (the one with the beads). I still love that pattern and the way it turns out. The beads make it that much better.

But there hasn’t been a lot of knitting because I have been doing other things. Reading some. Visiting with family. Playing video games (a bit of Morrowind now in addition to Stardew Valley – which I’m nearly done with for now). Cleaning up. Chores. You know. All the other little things which need doing and prevent obvious progress from being made on the fun craft things.

Beyond that, I’ve been staring out the window a lot. It’s been gray and rainy here in “sunny” California for quite some time. We have a few periods of sunshine, but there has been more rain than normal this year. You may have heard about the flooding and spillover from the reservoirs. It’s been strange, going from way below capacity to so full that the spillways have become rivers and there’s concerns about dam safety.

I am ready for a change. I love the rain, but I also love sunny days. Besides, I joke about it a lot, but sometimes I think that my favorite season is whichever season is next. I’m ready for spring.

Friday Reads ~ in which lots of books get finished

So… a lot has happened book-wise since the last update. Are you ready? Then here we go!

Before I go into a recap of my reading for the week, here’s a quick look at how my 2017 Reading Challenge is going. I had said I wanted to read at least 3 new books for every 1 re-read. So, I want my percentage of new books to be 75% or greater. At the moment, it is exactly 75%! I have read 9 new books and 3 books I’ve read before, so I’m right on schedule.

WHAT I READ:

I finished the short story anthology Glitter & Mayhem. It was quite a wild ride, and you can find my full review of it here.

I also finished both Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in audio book form. I didn’t write reviews of either of them, because I’ve read them so many times that I don’t know if I could write a proper review of them. Still, very enjoyable to come back to these stories. And I love the narrations in the Harper Audio CD collection.

And in addition to those three, I finished A Darkness Absolute (Rockton #2) by Kelley Armstrong. She’s still one of my favorite authors, and I greatly enjoyed this book. Full review of it is here, though the short version is that if you enjoyed the first one (City of the Lost) you will probably enjoy this one. Also, they work best if you read them in order.

WHAT I’M READING:

I was planning on listening to The Silver Chair next, because that’s #4 of the Narnia series in my opinion. However, something weird appears to have happened when I imported the CDs into my iTunes library, because only the first two chapters are showing up. Therefore, I started listening to The Magician’s Nephew instead, and will get back to The Silver Chair later.

I have started reading Endless Blue by Wen Spencer for paper books. This is one of the ones I got out of the library with the second Rockton novel, so because the due date is approaching it’s higher up the TBR list than it was before (though it has been on my TBR list for a long time).

And I’m finally working on Nozy Cat #1 by Lyn Key on my eReader. Though as I warned you before, I tend to read very slowly on the eReader, because it’s not my preferred format.

WHAT I’LL READ NEXT

The next eBook is unplanned. I have several queued up to read, but due to reading speed on the eReader I’m just going to decide what’s next when I actually get to that point.

The next paper book will be one of the remaining two novels from the library – The Witch and the Dead by Heather Blake or A Kiss Before the Apocalypse by Thomas  E. Sniegoski. Probably.

Any my next audio book will probably be The Horse and His Boy from the Narnia series (either #5 or #3, depending on your numbering preference).

Misc Monday ~ in which we muse about social media

I wasn’t quite sure where to start for this first official Misc Monday, but then I remembered that a friend of mine commented on the introductory one that I should talk about virtual friends and how they’re real friends. And it’s true: I’m sure that all (or at least most) of you have friends you met online who you still consider real friends. You may have never met these people IRL, and so do they still count? I think so. I am in contact more with online friends I have never met in person than just about everyone I went to school with. I won’t even pretend to claim that online friends aren’t real friends.

But then that got me thinking – how do we meet new online friends these days? Twitter, perhaps. Blogs, definitely. Most of the people I know don’t meet new people on Facebook, since they have their privacy settings locked down relatively tightly there. But Instagram? Snapchat? Other new social media options that the kids are using to get away from the formerly-cool sites which their parents now use?

I remember some of the older ones. MySpace is an obvious choice. But did any of you use Plurk? (I know at least one of you did, since that’s where I met the person who suggested this topic.) And how many of you went to school in the era of IRC chatrooms? I met a boyfriend there back in the day. (Yes, we met in person. No, it didn’t end well. And that’s all I’m going to say about it.)

It really makes you think. I had school-sponsored pen-pals in elementary school. Do they still do that anymore? Or if they do, are they online instead of pen and paper? And if that has changed, is it a good thing, or bad? (My answer: change is often a good thing, so it’s probably good. Unless the change is that they no longer do it – it was an amazing experience to communicate with someone in a completely different situation than me, and kids these days need to experience that at least as much as I did.)

Anyway. That’s my initial take on the subject. I may think of more to say on the matter later. What are your thoughts?

Friday Reads ~ in which we take a journey (to the center of the Earth)

There was a little more progress this week, but again I’m spread too thin book-wise to get as much finished as I’d like. (There has also been much more video gaming than is helpful for reading.)

WHAT I READ:

I finished listening to Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth as read by Tim Curry. I went into this one expecting a different listening experience than I got – I don’t quite know how to explain it, but I’ll try. There are some actors who tend to play characters with a certain feel to them, and so we start to associate the actor with that kind of character, that kind of voice. Tim Curry is one of those for me. But for this book, he read it quite… normally. I could hear the inflections I’ve come to expect from him at certain points, but it’s like the difference between a movie and an interview. The actors sound familiar, but not the same.

In any case, I enjoyed the book and the narration. The book was about what I’d expected, and the narration was probably better than I’d expected. A full review will follow later.

WHAT I’M READING:

I’m still reading Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown. I still like it, but there hasn’t been as much paper-book-reading time as normal.

I’m also still reading Glitter & Mayhem. There are more short stories than I expected in this compilation. Great for value, not so great for amount of time required to finish the book. Still, many of these stories are tons of fun.

I’m also technically still reading Nozy Cat #1 by Lyn Key. I haven’t gotten through the first chapter yet, though, because I started reading Glitter & Mayhem before I got very far with Nozy Cat. (No fault of Lyn Key, though. I had wanted to read the short story anthology and was unable to, so I started the cozy cat mystery before I’d planned. Then when G&M became available, I switched back to my original plan.)

WHAT I’LL READ NEXT:

Once I finish Glitter & Mayhem I will get truly started on Nozy Cat. So that’s really a “read next” instead of a “reading now”. (These are both ebooks. I think I forgot to mention that earlier.)

Also, I’m not sure if my original plan to read Neil Patrick Harris’ Choose Your Own Autobiography will stick or not. I just realized that Kelley Armstrong’s second Rockton book has been released in hardcover now, so if my library has A Darkness Absolute in stock next time I go, I might read that next instead.

And for audio, I will probably start the next Narnia book by C.S. Lewis next. (I’m on Prince Caspian next, since I read them in publication order and not chronological. I’m old-school that way.)

Have a great, book-filled weekend!

Misc Monday ~ in which we try something new

So, for a while now I’ve been wanting to do another regular blog post. I have WIP Weds, Friday Reads, and there used to be Ten on Tuesday, but that prompt eventually stopped after a nice long run. But what new blog topic did I want to do? I don’t have enough consistent and shareable writing progress for that to make a good regular blog topic, and I couldn’t think of any other regular blog feature I wanted to add.

However, in the past when I’ve wanted to blog about something but haven’t had a specific topic, I’ve just rambled on about something random. I could make that a regular feature, couldn’t I?

So today I’m introducing Misc Mondays, where I will post on (most) Mondays about whatever I feel like. It might be current events. It might be something I’ve been working on which doesn’t really fit in the craft theme of WIP Weds. It might be a review of a book that I particularly liked (or disliked). It might be a list of random things that are on my mind strung together with or without an obvious theme.

Today it is this introduction. But next week? Who knows?

WIP Weds ~ no socks for me

Well, there will be socks. But there has been no sock knitting this past week.

Instead there has been scarf/shawl knitting. Mostly I’ve been working on the Cats Will Play shawl, because I love the way Blue Moon yarn feels when I work it up:

This has been fun to knit again. I had to remember that there was a math issue with the first cats paw section, though. I found that out when I knit my first Cats Will Play shawl, and then forgot when I started knitting this second one. I must make a note in case I decide to knit a third one. (That’s not terribly likely, though. There are so many fun shawls out there to knit that I’ve never knit more than 2 of the same shawl pattern before. There’s always a first time, however.)

I’ve also been working on the Dangling Conversation scarf-or-whatever-it-is:

I still love this one, too, and I always get more excited to knit it when I near a color change. That’s one of the fun things about yarns with long color repeats.

So that’s my week in knitting. How has your week been so far? Have a great Wednesday!

Anniversary

It seems today is my WordPress Anniversary. I have been blogging here for 10 years. Hard to believe, isn’t it? TEN years. That’s a long time. (This isn’t really my Blogiversary, though. I don’t remember when that is anymore. I started blogging on Blogger quite a long time ago and switched to here 10 years ago. I could probably figure out approximately when I started Blogger, but I’m not sure I want to fall down that rabbit hole.)

Anyway, lots has changed in 10 years. Even not counting the whole political and world climate – just in my life a lot has changed. Here are 10 things (which I am comfortable sharing) that have changed in my life since then:

  1. I met and married Mr. Wyrm.
  2. I moved to a new town. (Same general area, but a new town about 45 minutes to an hour’s drive from where I lived before.)
  3. I have a nephew now in addition to my niece (who recently turned 11 and is waiting for her Hogwarts letter).
  4. I have a new brother-in-law.
  5. I’ve been to see shows on Broadway on two separate trips. (And there will be more. Oh yes, there will be more.)
  6. I learned that I love cruising.
  7. I have changed jobs a few times. Still trying to find that perfect job… well, writing is still the job I want to do, but I need a job which will allow me to do both it and writing so that I can get a start at making writing my job.
  8. I got my Suzy-cat about 10 years ago! (I don’t remember exactly when, but about 10 years. I think just under…)
  9. I visited Walt Disney World! (I grew up going on Disneyland trips, but it’s only within the last ten years – specifically the last six – that I’ve been to Disney World.)
  10. I learned a lot more about what makes me me. That’s something that everyone should do in their life (and younger is better), but it does take a lot of introspection and not everyone is comfortable looking at what makes them tick.

Here’s to another year! Hope you’re having a great December so far.

(And if I’m scarce on here between now and the end of the year, Happy Holidays and have a fun and safe New Year!)