Chaotic…

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I’ve been pretty busy recently but this chaotic mess on my computer table is my unfinished set of gloves. As you can see, I’m working on finger number two, the ring finger, of this left handed glove. My idea for the pattern, such as it is, is to alternate the colors for the fingers. I’m not very fond of working with DPNs but will do it if necessary. I much prefer to use my fixed circular needles. However, the size I need for this project is engaged with another project at the present. Even so, I’m going to get these and the hat done before November because I must.

I have been very ill and only half engaged in day to day life. Which is not a good combination. I am actively recovering from a very bad cold while essentially holding down the fort for just about everything else. This has given me no time to rest and exacerbated the cold into bronchitis. These past few months have been a lot of pain and very little fun. It has pretty much been a plethora of doctors appointments and traveling around on the bus (how I got the cold) from place to place to place. I’m not going to dwell because it is too depressing.

I’ve decided that I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. To be honest, after the last two Camp NaNoWriMo failures, I was considering not doing it. Then, a story idea came to me and bopped me over the head with an admonishment to get thee to the dashboard. So, I’ve got my cover art done and a working title. All I need do is write the darn thing. Who knows? Perhaps this will be the time I finish a story rather than drag it out for several years. I hope so at any rate.

I appear to be working on a blanket the Maternal Parental is supposed to be working on. She made it known that she wanted a Granny Square blanket and sought my help in making said blanket. Given that I am eager to have a crafting buddy, I was willing to teach. However, she seems to be most unwilling to learn.Of the one hundred thirty five squares she’s supposed to crochet up, I’ve done nine. I get bored waiting for her to come learn how to crochet when I can find the time. So, I end up crocheting a few blocks to fill the otherwise wasted time.

I’m getting really tired of people taking advantage of my skills and good nature. I am not crocheting another block until she picks up the hook and does nine blocks herself to match my own work. If she doesn’t, then that’s 3,060 yards of yarn sitting there collecting dust.

I really need to crack open a few books. I am desperately behind in my Goodreads reading list quota. I am eight books behind schedule with exactly eight books in my queue. Things in my life have been so hectic recently that I haven’t had time to read much beyond day to day life reading. Sitting down with a good book has been a luxury I haven’t been able to afford. That changes tonight, I’m going to knit and read at the same time. I hope I don’t mess anything up in the process.

For languages, I am now learning two languages instead of one. While practicing German last night, I thought to myself that I wasn’t stretching myself as far as I could linguistically. So I decided to open up a Spanish language tree on Duolingo. I’ll also be purchasing a Spanish/English Dictionary when next I can find the money. Admittedly, this is the more practical of the languages I’ve attempted. Especially now.

Well, I’d better get to knitting and reading. I’m going to be diving into Singer: The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing by Nancy Langdon for my first choice. I hope to finish my gloves at the same time I finish this book.

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

NaNoWriMo 2017 Participation

Greetings All,

 

This is my formal big announcement (as opposed to the small one on my writing journal) that I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo for 2017. Year after year, I only manage to get to the fifty-thousand-word threshold before losing steam. My problem is usually one of a far too complicated world for a month’s worth of writing. One story, in particular, Forsaken Paladins, has forty-seven directly referenced characters. That’s not counting the *spoiler alert* attacking or defending forces. The next year’s story is much the same. I plan on finishing both, I just need to make the time. Hopefully, there will be the time in December.

 

This year, I’m trying something different. I’m using a minimum of characters and I’m changing genres completely. I am so far outside of my comfort zone. Previously, I was writing Fantasy and now I’m writing a Romance. Well, we’ll just see how this goes. Shall we? I don’t know the first thing about writing one of those things. Erotica, sure. That’s easy enough but Romance…drawing a blank.

 

Nevertheless, I’m going to try because to not try isn’t going to get me anywhere at all. If I fail, at least I can say I did try and put forth my best effort in the process. If I succeed, then I’ll have a usable Romance novel on my hands. Maybe I could flog it!

 

I’ve put the Mir Ist Kalt sweater on ice until after I’ve gotten past the fifty-thousand-word threshold. Hopefully, that will be the ending of this year’s novel. If not, I will pick up knitting the sweater once I have achieved that goal. In the meantime, I am knitting a temporary Winter hat for myself due to misplacing my Crocheted Mexicana Rainbow hat. The hat I’m making now is nothing more than a transitional hat and won’t be worn long because I have a truly epic hat in the planning stages.

 

The hat currently on the needles is based on the Beanie 212 pattern and is being knit using Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool in the Natural colorway. The hat I will be making in a few weeks is the Nomad Hat and Scarf, designed by Kat Coyle. I have at least five different colorways going into this hat when it is finally knitted up. Though, Kat Coyle’s hat is for weeks from now when my sweater is finished. For now, I am only working on one project and that is Beanie 212. It is getting cold out and I really need a hat.

 

Anyway… Lots to do. Things to plan and a hat to knit.

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Mir Ist Kalt and Other Quandaries

Wow, I’ve been away for some time. Well, “away” is the wrong word. Preoccupied is more appropriate.

 

I’ve had my plate pretty full during these past few months. Between making the Hobbes dolls, knitting for myself, crocheting for charity, sustaining my relationships with my guys, and learning German, I’ve barely had time to eat, let alone do anything else.

 

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The Hobbes dolls are slowly being made. As I get a visit from one of the recipients, I complete one. It isn’t due to boredom that these are getting done so slowly but more due to preoccupation with the other subjects. I also may need more orange yarn. I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew but I’m still, stubbornly, trying to make it all work out for the best.

 

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Mir Ist Kalt is my new blue sweater, though I am not directly knitting on it right now. This is due to the lack of a long enough circular knitting needle with which I may try the sweater on as I knit. The pattern I’m using is by Tin Can Knits and its called Flax. I’m hoping to get my new 60 inch needles by the thirteenth and get back to knitting on that same day. I am presently still knitting the yoke stitches.

 

 

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Between Duolingo, books from the Library, my translation dictionary, and (to a lesser extent) Memrise, I’ve been really drilling the German language into my head. Thankfully, unlike past adventures with languages, this time, it has been sticking. I have only missed three days out of seventy-seven. I consider that a pretty good record. I just hope I can keep up the pace and continue to learn. I want to take classes at some point but I am struggling to find the money. I am hoping that one of those legendary Medical/Clinical/Research studies that pay a lot of money will present itself to me so I can test my abilities and, hopefully, grow in my learning capacity.

 

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Charity wise, I am so far behind. While I am on hiatus for the sweater, I am crocheting this scarf. When I am crocheting the Hobbes dolls, to give myself a break, I plan on crocheting these scarves. When I am in the street, running various errands, I am meant to crochet still more scarves. In a few weeks, I hope to have at least twenty of them to turn in to the charity contact person, if not more. My deadline for this particular project is the end of October. At present, I have one completed and this pink one on the hook. Sisyphus is pushing that boulder uphill in my mind. Nevertheless, I am determined to do this.

 

Not only will I be giving to charity, but I’ll also be clearing my yarn of acrylics, thus enabling me to fulfill my promise of using only natural fibers in my knitting and crocheting. It’s also one hell of a destash if I can get it done like I want to.

 

NaNoWriMo is getting closer and I am still no closer to an idea for this year’s story. I am thinking of delving into my own life either past or present, but I’m wary of digging up emotional landmines I’d rather not deal with. So, I think, if nothing comes to me, I will be delving, just for the sake of change and challenge. Heck, it would be cheaper than therapy. Rolling on the floor laughing

 

Until the next time, have a safe and fantastic journey around the Sun. Take care, my friends. Rolling on the floor laughingRed heartRainbow

Vampire Writing Hours

I’ve been so stressed out lately. I’m giving serious thought to inverting my schedule just so I can get some peace and quiet to write in. Apparently, it takes the passage of midnight for people to stop banging on the friggin’ front door or ringing the phone. Sometimes… *glare* …not even then will the noise stop.

 

The only writing I’ve gotten done is a story I’ve completed after nine years. It’s not for NaNoWriMo but it’s something I’ve been anxious about completing. I consider it done now at thirty-nine pages. Thanks to my friend, it has a title. I’ve put it up on a few sites, including my own InsaneJournal behind F-lock. I may put it up on another site a friend just told me about last night but, for that, I’ll have to go over it with a fine toothed comb for errors. I do that now but, as of now, it’s just me reading my writings. No Beta reader. I’ll just have to up my game of checking after myself. I did get positive feedback about it though. That’s something. Now, I just have to keep churning them out.

 

Finally have an appointment for the doctor to get this bronchitis checked out. I don’t have the strength or the patience to go to the offices with more open appointments available, so I’m waiting for the one in my area even though it’s got fewer available appointments and on a later date.

 

Speaking of appointments, I have an appointment to donate platelets in forty four days. This will be the first time I’ve been back in almost four years. Life and various tiny illnesses/injuries just kept getting in the way. Like this darn bronchitis. Hopefully, I’ll be in peak physical condition come my appointment time. I normally pull a high number too, whatever that means. I’ll remind myself to look up what that means. It’ll just be fun to be helping out again.

 

I’m also taking my buddy, Winky – the Blood Drop.

 

He’s a squeeze ball. I made him off of a pattern I found on Ravelry.

 

I’m getting sleepy now. So, I’m going to take a nap, so I can wake up at 1am my time to write. Later!

Celebrating Success

I am so not letting this illness get me down. Instead, I’m going to wax ecstatic about all the things growing in my room as well as the achievements I’ve accomplished.

 

First, an achievement.

 

Four chicken pot pies! If the swipes of tastings are anything to go by, they’re pretty tasty too. I wish I could eat some but they’re not for the household. They’re for the Maternal Parental’s brother and sister.

 

I would have included the Peanut Butter cookies I made along with them but…they sort of got eaten up. On well. Better luck next time.

 

In the realm of gardening, I’ve gotten a monster crop of Jalapeno peppers coming in (vlog coming tomorrow).

Also included is a little junior partner in the Equality Salsa Garden. Ladies, Gentlemen, Multiforms, and Variations Thereupon, I present to you the first developing tomato in my garden.

 

 

In the realm of crafting, I completed one last project, the little Yummy Yoda, prior to the beginning of NaNoWriMo prep for me.

Not bad for a first go at the pattern. I’m going to get some more DK weight yarn in various colors to see how well I can do on making the other figures.

 

The other projects I was working on prior to the beginning of NaNoWriMo Prep will just have to wait forty five days on my desk.

 

Speaking of the writing… I have my Novel title, summary and brief excerpt up on the NaNoWriMo site. I have absolutely nothing else except for a randomly written filling of the world of my story. I live in hope though as I have fifteen more days in this month and another whole month in November to write this out. I’m trying not to procrastinate, like I normally do, but it’s only making me do just that.

 

I’m going to make a revised schedule for myself tomorrow. Either that, or stick to the one I have up on my wall. I still have loads more research to do and characters to create. Wish me good luck.

All By My Lonesome

I’m very proud of myself. I’ve managed to put together my desk all by myself. I carried it up to my room a piece or two at a time and then I struggled with it for six hours until it was all put together. I even deconstructed the old desk and took it downstairs.

Sisters really are doing it for themselves.

 

In addition to this, I finally managed to get the book and kit I’ve been desperate for. The journey to getting this crochet kit has been long and hard. I found out a few things in the process of receiving this:

  1. Some of my neighbors are thieves.
  2. Even my favorite delivery carrier is capable of incompetency.
  3. There is actually worse out there than my formerly least favorite carrier.
  4. I can crochet even when I’m super tired.

 

Now that I have the kit, I’ve been studying, practicing, and making some of the figurines. My first project from this book is Yoda. As of today, he is unfinished because my exhausted body finally crashed on me yesterday. I’ll be working on him again as soon as I eat something.

 

 

Once he’s finished, he’s going to my friend Sylvain.

 

Then, as soon as I get the yarn from Knit Picks, I’m making Boba Fett for my friend Sam.

 

My body is still so sore and covered in bruises and scabs from putting this desk together. I look on this pain and temporary marking as proud battle scars for a job well done.

 

On a similar vein, the bed I was so anxious to get may be too big for my room. I was doing the measurements across the Wall of Inspiration and, even if I tried to, it wouldn’t fit comfortably. So, the concept of a bed is right out.

 

Oh well.

 

My Aerogarden peppers are super producing right now. Every time I look in on the plant, I see more and more Jalapenos with more and more leaves and flowers falling. I might tweak with the feeding a little bit to see if I can get the plant to retain more of the flowers for fruit production.

 

The tomatoes are almost the same height at the pepper plant. I’m really hoping to get a new Aerogarden once I get rid of the sewing table and machine. That way, I can have one Aerogarden dedicated to pepper production and another dedicated to tomato or herb production. Oh, who am I kidding? Tomatoes. I’m determined to lick this tomato growing.

 

Last but certainly not least, NaNoWriMo. I have three more days until I’m fully dedicated to preparing for this upcoming pain festival in November. I have the beginnings of a story. I’ve run it by a few friends and they all say that it seems original. I’m just hoping the melding of my old unfinished stories and this main story go smoothly. I think I’m going to spend the next two days writing character sheets or something.

 

I really need to eat something now. Later.

It’s Getting Real Rather Quickly

I had quite forgotten I’d finished a significantly long (for me) story at around this time of year in 2013. Thank you, Facebook’s On This Day, for reminding me. I’m going to take that as a positive indicator that I can do NaNoWriMo and stop panicking.

 

Also, new vlog coming up soon-ish. I got a 128gb card for my phone which freed up my 64gb card (999 minutes) for my camcorder rather than the 2gb (30 minutes) card I was using. Now, it’s only battery life holding me up and my camcorder can film while plugged in so…it’s just a question of finding a good angle to position the camera or cord with length to make that possible.

 

Yesterday was the twenty-seventh anniversary of the death of one of my greatest friends. She died in a fire in 1988 ten days shy of her eighth birthday. For the first time since then, I haven’t gotten hyper morbid or super depressed. I suppose that’s progress? When I finish this novel, I’ll see about dedicating it to her memory.

 

Come 15 October, I’m not going to be online as much as I normally am as I’m fully dedicated to completing this novel. I’ll try to check in from time to time though and I’ll definitely be back after 30 November hopefully with a completed book under my proverbial belt.

 

The Rainstorm II socks are a little over half complete now. I should have them done just in time for my semi-hiatus. I sincerely hope, because everything except dear ones, eating, bathing, and other necessities is getting put on hold starting 15 October.

 

 

Anyone got any good writing music recommendations to keep me motivated during this?

 

Oh yes, I’m getting a newer, better desk on Wednesday. Finally! Yay!

 

I’m lugging 124lbs of material up my stairs by myself tomorrow before doing a two person effort by my lonesome. I reckon I’m good for it though as I’ve previously put together the television stand mostly by myself and two bookcases completely by myself and they’re all by the same manufacturer, South Shore.

 

I think that’s everything. I wish you all the best during this month and a half of minimal communication. Now I go to knit. Later!