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So, Socks in September... [Sep. 23rd, 2016|10:15 pm]
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It's been a bit hectic but I did finally finish the third pair of shorty socks today.   There's a long story behind that, but it's almost bedtime, so I'll just show you what they look like  in several views taken in the kitchen with flash.


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Hot off the needles, showing non-matching stripes, basic design
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The glamorous life of a writer [Sep. 18th, 2016|10:03 pm]
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Before I was published, I had pretty much the same romantic vision of the writing life that I'd had in high school and college and after, based on books and TV shows like _Murder She Wrote_ (or, more recently, _Castle_) in which a writer had a nice house or apartment, always "interesting" in its location, design, or decoration, lots of friends, and--most unrealistic--lots of time to go do interesting things (solve murders, take the handsome dog in the picture on long walks, travel all over (often on book tours paid for by someone else), and so on.  None of the writer characters were married with children or caring for aging parents.

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News of the Day: Yes, I'm now on Facebook [Sep. 13th, 2016|07:13 pm]
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Courtesy of my new website manager, Karen.   Who has done the setup, and will be posting for me, because I am just not up to adding One More Thing.   I think her idea is that she will mine what I write in my other blogs (including here) and put links and snippets over here.  She's very experienced with Facebook, so I'm sure she'll do a good job.   Meanwhile, I will spend 90% of my writing time on the fiction-writing.    Unless of course I get distracted.
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Multi-factorial Progress Report [Sep. 10th, 2016|10:37 pm]
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NextBook, Cold Welcome, is in production and will be released in April, 2017.   New new book (untiltled so far) is sitting just over 55,000 words and rocking along nicely, this first draft somewhat under half done.  It's another Vatta book, following directly on Cold Welcome.  The story for an anthology is started, but was derailed for quite a while by illness and partial recovery.  When the new new book reaches 60,000 words (by the end of next week, I hope),  I will put it in second place for the six weeks I will have left to finish the story.  (A short story takes me as long as several chapters of a book because there's no momentum built up, and I can't let it run free.  It has to stay short.)  That's the writing part of the progress report.  The prescribed rest has helped--after two months without being able to write, but concentrating on recovery, including getting enough sleep, the words came back into my head.Read more...Collapse )
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Knitting Needles need new home [Sep. 7th, 2016|01:47 pm]
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I bought and tried out a package of Knitter's Pride Karbonz carbon-fiber double-pointed needles.   My hands didn't like them once I was using them (old hands with some arthritis--I guess they're pickier than I realized.)   So if someone's crazy about that brand and kind, and wants a package of 5 of them, size 5 US, they're up for grabs.  Free to the first person who wants them.   US residents only--I'm not doing overseas postage, sorry.

WE HAVE A WINNER ALREADY!  (The internet's really really fast!)

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Heat and Age [Aug. 31st, 2016|10:26 pm]
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As I've said before (as you know Bob) I grew up in a hot, often humid climate.   I was a healthy kid, outdoors a lot, and though I certainly didn't enjoy the sticky hot nights before my mother put in a window AC, I could play hard outdoors in the summer without a problem.  Through high school, college, and even moving back to Texas after leaving the military, I was pretty much heat-proof.  Hiked, rode horses, lived once again in un-airconditioned houses, gardened, etc.  Even after we moved here, the first years we didn't use air conditioning and I went on--often uncomfortable, but not having real problems with the heat.

The first time I had a problem,  it was on a long afternoon walk on the land we'd bought the year before--a hot, humid day with little wind.  We came out of the creek woods into the fierce sun, and partway along the south fenceline I felt bad enough I had to lie down.  But I recovered fast and walked back to the house without a problem.  We had begun to use AC by that point, finding that we couldn't sleep on the hot, breathless nights without it.  Years later, I had another bout.  A few years after that, another.  Once per summer, perhaps, but not every summer.  I became more careful about hydration, about moving more slowly, resting here and there in the shade before moving on.
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Sometimes... [Aug. 30th, 2016|12:19 am]
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Elsewhere,  sometimes, it seems people are flat out determined to misunderstand.   Mis-hear, mis-read.   There's a school of thought that says it's the speaker/writer's responsibility to be plain enough that the hearer/reader always gets the message intended, but that presumes the speaker/writer knows a) who is going to be the hearer/reader and b) a lot about how the hearer/reader interprets speech/writing.

In a group of friends, who know each other well, misunderstandings are rarer.  Not nonexistent, but rarer, and the person who doesn't understand is usually willing to say something like "I didn't understand that--did you mean this?  Or that?" and a fruitful discussion may ensue.   But online, where the entire world may walk into the conversation (and you have no idea what their background knowledge is, or their personality, or whatever)  the stage is set for massive problems.  Some hearer/readers think they know what was said/written, and what meaning the speaker/writer intended to convey.   In fact, they're sure they know, and they're sure how far that meaning can be extended.  ("I don't like strawberry ice-cream" could end up being interpreted as an attack on strawberry growers.  No, I'm not kidding.  Agricultural interests are very sensitive about any perceived criticism of their crop/livestock and readily extend it from the simple "I don't like strawberry ice-cream" to "You're against strawberries because (list of made-up reasons.)"

It is impossible for a speaker/writer to convey accurate information (beyond 2 + 2 in base 10 = 4) , let alone opinion, to everyone in the same utterance/text, because of the highly variable nature of hearers/readers online...and the certainty of so many that they know what was meant when, in fact, did not have the right Sekrit Decoder Ring for that speech/text, but thought they did.   You can be careful.  You can work over a comment, comment reply, initial post over and over, considering every person you think *likely* to read it, and yet someone will not only get it wrong, but boldly announce that you meant something quite different from what you did mean, and then other people will jump on that bandwagon (some without even reading the original.)  

I try not to be that listener/reader.   Sometimes I probably am, because most of us, in some situations, think we know more about someone else's thought processes than we do.  But having been slammed all my life by those who did not grasp the point I was trying to make, I do try to avoid assuming I understand when I may not. 
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And a Frog [Aug. 26th, 2016|11:37 pm]
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There were two frogs.  I thought I got pictures of both.  Evidently not.

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Rio Grande Leopard Frog today
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More Socks Finished [Aug. 26th, 2016|01:26 pm]
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I now have two pairs of striped shorty socks with the same frame (rolled top, short leg, heel, toe) but very different stripe patterns.  The tale of these two pairs was partly told in the last entry, but it goes like this.  The original idea, because I had quite a bit of blue, red, and yellow leftover yarn, was to make socks in the colors I associated with the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus videos our son loved when he was younger. However, though I started them close together, and got the heels turned the same day,  Sock 1 got far ahead of Sock 2.  I decided that some green would look better in the middle of the other colors (it's not the green you see--it's a rich, emerald green, but it always photographs lighter and "duller" than it is.)    I was sick for a lot of the work on Sock 1.   And then, by accident, I misplaced Sock 1 when Sock 2 had just started its first red stripe.  I couldn't remember the relative proportion of the colors.   After a month of unsuccessful hunting and grumping, I gave up and started a third sock to go with sock 2.   These became the "Rainbow" socks, and I finished them (except for weaving in the yarn tails for each stripe) right before heading to WorldCon.

  Rainbow-socks-on-8-26   Rainbow-sock-L-8-26Single sock shows blue "frame"
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Finally! (Socks finished.) [Aug. 15th, 2016|09:58 pm]
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So finally the socks I first named Circus Socks (intending them to be the colors used in Ringling Bros. circus ads) and now named Rainbow Socks, were finished today, except for weaving in the stripe ends, which can happen on the train.

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