22 August 2014

Fragment Friday - The Tagline Edition

Summer was made for Bouncy-ball!

1.  Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.

2. Estimated amount of glucose used by an adult human brain each day, expressed in M&Ms: 250

3.  For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.

4.  Dyslexus:  the car for drivers who signal left and turn right.

5.  One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

6.  Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.

7. Even if the voices are not real, they have some good ideas.

8.  It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

9.  The shortest distance between two points is under construction.

10. Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

15 August 2014

Fragment Friday - Testing, Testing

Test weave on the loom. It might be a bag, or Kindle cover when I felt it down.

1.  Oh, rapture! The first tomato from the garden. We coddled it, we watered it, we named it Bob. And now we cut it into slices, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and devour it. Then return to hovering over the garden for the next ripe morsel. 

2.  Do you listen to podcasts? Books on CD? Audible? I've been listening to 3 podcasts for a while now - Escape Pod, Podcastle and Clarkesworld Magazine. Just wondering if there is more out there I should be adding to the lineup. Sometimes my ears just want to do the reading. 

3.  I'm writing in fits and starts over several genres. I think the muse got hold of some really good double espresso. That's the only thing to explain the ping pong balls full or ideas being launched at my head on a regular basis.

4.  Bruno the granddog is big enough now to just step over the Corgis. Of course they don't take kindly to that. A few bites to the belly has him more cautious about where he puts his honkin' big feet. 

5.  I don't post recipes to the blog because I realized I don't really measure my ingredients all that carefully. Except for bread. I've learned to be careful measuring there. Other recipes are a lot more forgiving. Bread is not, at least at altitude. 

Lunch-time Ankle Socks, complete.

01 August 2014

Fragment Friday - Hot August Night Edition

Hot off the loom - A shawl width piece of cloth with multicolored yarn.
1.  One of my favorite things to do is research a topic in Wikipedia, then click on a link in the article and go read that article, click on a link in the next article, etc. I've discovered all sorts of interesting things that way, picked up ideas for poems and stories, and also procrastinated time away. Use with caution.

2.  I've always known I'm more of a process artist than a product artist, and weaving really brings that home. I love the plotting out of the woven item, the hemstitching at the beginning, the simple act of weaving. But by the time I'm within a foot from the end, I want nothing more than to get it off the loom and move on to planning my next project. How about you? Process or End Product? 

3.  Is it something in the air? Ideas are percolating up like soda bubbles. Me, me, me, no, ME. Of course I then have to prioritize - not my strong point. I think the muse just got back from vacation and is still a bit giddy. Any thoughts on prioritizing ideas?

4. For some reason I decided I need a netbook. Probably because I'm too lazy to return to my computer in the living room after I hit the bedroom. Sometimes the words come faster than my ability to handwrite them down. I type much faster. Someone suggested an iPad. Yeah or nay? Advantages? Would I like it? Netbook - good idea or not?

5.  I realized the other day I never outgrew the notion that the answers to all things are contained in books. I suppose the modern day version of this is the Internet is all knowing. But I still find myself shopping Amazon and other places for the perfect book to scratch that existential itch.
Noro piece on the loom. Not sure about the abrupt color changes.

25 July 2014

Fragment Friday

Early morning bouncy-ball session. (We're not fond of the recent heatwave.)
1.  I'm reading as fast as I can - What do you do when your To Be Read list is longer than available hours in the day? How can I read both in my genre and in a different genre without feeling guilty? How about all the literary reviews I need to scope out? Why does the summer make me feel guilty about reading?

2. On the writing side of the house, I had an idea for a novel come to me the other day. Then, my damn muse, being ornery, floated another idea right after the first. Two ideas for novels in a genre I don't even write. But the muse suggests I should. The muse, being fey, would not take kindly to my ignoring ideas. So outlining I shall go. 

3.  My garden is putting out all kinds of edibles. This week it's peas. I try not to let my impatience for tomatoes carry over to the plants. They can sense these things you know. 

4.  I almost slipped up and bought another spinning wheel last week. Because I suffer from SEAD. (Spinning Equipment Acquisition Disorder) Luckily it didn't pan out. I tried to make myself promise not to buy another spinning wheel unless I can sit down and test drive it. Still looking for the One Wheel To Rule Them All. 

5.  What's on the loom? Glad you asked. A shawl made from Noro Kirara yarn. I'm liking the yarn so far, a wool/silk/cotton blend. My warp yarn, not so much. It's broke twice. But hey, they say that's how you learn to repair your warp, trial by fire.  To make myself feel better, I bought some more yarn for a new Windowpane scarf. I now officially have more projects planned than time to do them. What else is new.