Print Story It's half past October.
Books
By ana (Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 10:39:04 AM EST) Fun Challenge, WTFC, FFC1 (all tags)
Do you know where your WTFC entry is?

Deadline is currently October 31, 2009. And I'm thinking I'll leave it like that.

Other stuff within. Also a few things, and whatever else I can think of.


Gee, it's been a while since I wrote a diary.

Life goes on, pretty much as always.

We got the house painted, and one decorative panel that was beginning to show some rot replaced. And then painted. The carpenter did a fine job, so we've engaged him to rebuild the back porch. That's something I could, in principle, do myself, but it ain't gonna happen soon, and if he does it, it'll also be pretty. Besides, we're stimulating the economy. Next up: a scary inspection of the electricals, which leave much to be desired.

The curate at our church left recently. He'd been there seven years, and it was time, at least speaking of his career, for him to be independent. But we'll miss his organizing skills, and his management of the softball team. He organized a couple of series of lectures in pubs and bars about philosophy and theology, which were well attended by the 20- and 30-something crowd, and even won some awards. We wish him well.

Into his unfillable shoes comes a new curate, who's most recently been serving a church in DCia, but ultimately comes from Mississippi. We hope he turns out okay, but with the above origin, it's somewhat difficult to be hopeful. And there's no way he can squeeze his family of five into the condo across the street from the church.

Hm. Creativity. I'm in the middle (for various values of "middle) on several projects.
  • A novel with the working title But Before That, on time travel, based on a short story or two I submitted to WFCs here, and then expanded into a NaNo in 2007, and then rewrote, finishing about a year ago. It needs more work. I'm kinda burned out on the project.
  • Yet another diary kind of thing that's going noplace.
  • A few characters that refuse to be herded, or take much initiative to make something of their story.
And it's half-past October. I kinda like being in the middle of writing something new. It'd help if I had an idea.

We have tickets for a reading by Barbara Ehrenreich tomorrow. Should be fun.

Friday night, the woman who taught my novel workshop a year ago is having a book release party. Details at map.audreybethstein.com. Sounds like an interesting read; right up my alley in some ways. And she certainly had interesting things to say about the process of writing.

Sun! Woo!

With the waning of the growing season comes a change in what's in the weekly farm box. We're told this is it for tomatoes (and it's been a bad year for them anyway, what with Late Blight in the area). So now, for a while, kale and spinach type things, and turnips and potatoes and squashes into the winter. And then they'll be bringing stuff up the coast from further south.

I like google calendar.

One of the odd things about having my office overlooking one of the more popular doors to this place is that lots of folks come out and use the deck as a telephone booth (since cell reception is crap inside the building). Yesterday it was a woman whose English, while very good, is not native, and who tends to study people's faces closely while conversing with them. It was odd, watching her talk, phone pressed tightly to her ear, gesturing with her free hand.

We need more long weekends. This one recently past was wonderful. We (read: toxicfur) got a lot of yard work done, and I fixed up a few things around the house, wrote some stuff, chatted with the carpenter about exactly what we want, porch-wise. We took the dogs hiking, which they loved. I did not work on my WTFC entry.

I have two largish projects at work which seem about equally pressing, and neither of which has immanent deadlines. I'm unmotivated to do much to either one. This is me, multitasking. Hear me whimper.

It's lunchtime. Enjoy.
< Password incomplete: do you wish to add rider? | Looks like I'll have a job after I'm done >
It's half past October. | 16 comments (16 topical, 0 hidden) | Trackback
Cell phones by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 11:28:23 AM EST
I've also noticed that people seem to need to pace while on cell phones. There's no reception in the bar next door, so people must go outside, where they pace up and down the sidewalk with phones pressed.
--
I pace on any sort of cordless phone by infinitera (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 01:01:56 PM EST
I would pace with my desk phone at work if I could.

[…] a professional layabout. Which I aspire to be, but am not yet. — CheeseburgerBrown

[ Parent ]
We're expecting freezing weather tonight by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 11:38:03 AM EST
and even living in the city, my garden might be dead tomorrow, we'll miss the basil.


Here also. by ana (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 11:45:38 AM EST
We brought in the pot with the sage and rosemary in it. We'll harvest the rest of the basil and friends tonight. Basil can be made into pesto and frozen in ice cube trays for later use.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
Note to self: by ana (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 02:05:17 PM EST
The chives are in a flower pot out front, and could be easily rescued.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
a scary inspection of the electricals by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 12:42:55 PM EST
Years ago I lived in a house with a fusebox (not a breaker box) and wiring that was older than I am now. A new roommate moved in who was an electrician. As soon as he could afford a better place he moved out.

After I moved out the place was condemned.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

We have fuses, not breakers. by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 12:54:45 PM EST
And I sincerely hope that we're not condemned (that would suck). I suspect that quite a lot of the electricals (like everything else in the house) was DIY sometime in the late 70s by the previous owners who -- like many DIYers -- did things just well enough to get by, but certainly not professionally.
--
The amount of suck that you can put up with can be mind-boggling, but it only really hits you when it then ceases to suck. -- Kellnerin
[ Parent ]
Hmmm. By the late 70's? by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 01:50:47 PM EST
I think everyone, even DIYers, was using breakers by then. I haven't seen fuses in anything younger than 1970.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

[ Parent ]
Scary Electricals by mrgoat (4.00 / 2) #7 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 01:25:39 PM EST
We toured a house while househunting that was advertised as having "new electricals". In the basement, growing out of the fuse box was a massive tumbleweed, about 3 feet in diameter, of tangled, uncapped, and in some cases un-rubber-outsided-of wires. I'm pretty sure it streched into extra dimensions - a Hypertangle.

We didn't buy the house.

--top hat--

"We"? by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 01:51:29 PM EST
"house hunting"?

Did I miss a memo?
--

[ Parent ]
Yes, the we're all mrgoat memo by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 02:09:42 PM EST
which explains why you weren't at the meeting.


[ Parent ]
Depends - by mrgoat (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 02:58:13 PM EST
Are you up to date on your TPS reports?

--top hat--
[ Parent ]
NaNo this year? by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 07:11:17 PM EST


--
Click
Dunno yet. by ana (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed Oct 14, 2009 at 08:23:17 PM EST
If I'm rewriting BBT yet again, prolly not. But I'd sorta like to do it anyway, and perhaps let BBT rest for a while longer.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

[ Parent ]
I say the same every year and then by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #16 Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 08:30:17 PM EST
Nov 1, boom I'm writing 1500 words.


--
Click
[ Parent ]
The thing is by Herring (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 02:43:04 PM EST
the deadline date is my 40th birthday. And in between now and then, I have a tremendous amount of brooding, introspection, self doubt and angst to get through. And also this beer.

I will make an effort this weekend.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

It's half past October. | 16 comments (16 topical, 0 hidden) | Trackback