Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Mission Accountability

So far so squat! Really! My goals for the week on Mission Accountability were to finish my travel essay for Bizim Anadolu and write some scenes. What I've actually done:
Wrote the first paragraph of the essay twice!
Applied for a new post at work and taken an exam for it where I cranked out a 300 word essay in 20 minutes. Good grief. I think I'll start using an egg timer for my own writing...
Sorted through my 2000 vacation photos (darn these digital cameras!) to find scrapbook-worthy ones to print - I still have 1000 and my goal is 200!
But seriously. Today at lunch I must finish a draft of the essay. That leaves Thursday/Friday lunch hours to write for the novel - with the egg timer! - and nighttime for sorting photos.
I haven't been in Austin's world for almost three weeks, though I think of him every day. I can't wait to dive back in and see how he's doing!

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Sunshine Peeking Through the Clouds Over the Bosphorus

A Nasreddin Hoca Tale

A short tale featuring Nasreddin Hoca, as coloured by me, age 10:


One day, Hoca ran into a gossipy neighbour, who remarked, "There's a tray of baklava going by."
Hoca snapped, "what do I care?" (or "what's it to me?")
"But I think it's going to your house."
"Well then, what do you care?" (or "what's it to you?")

The Adventures of Snail's Tales

Snail mishaps:


Hat Photo For Stephanie

I mentioned my latest knitting project to Stephanie and then promised I'd post a photo of it, so here goes:

Hat Still on Needles:

Finished Hat!:

What Did You Not Get Done This Weekend?

The weekend is not over yet! But I've spent all morning on coffee, the paper, tidying up, playing with Frodo and Sam, and watching classic Simpsons episodes. Kristin van Ogtrop, Managing Editor of Real Simple (best magazine ever!), on her Adventures in Chaos blog, ponders the very same issue... I had a list as long as my left arm and leg of what I wanted to accomplish this weekend, but when it comes down to it, nothing really seems to grab my interest. I do have some beta-reading to do, and will try to write at least one scene - those are the important items. As for the rest... I've got a cocktail party tonight! And I'll post a few more photos from Turkey, and of the hat I knitted while on vacation/not writing.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Changes Abound...

Despite being on vacation (!) I've been plugging away at writing the missing scenes, and hope to have a snip or two (teasers!) up soon; as well as updates on our visit to NYC and my trip to Turkey. Just gotta finishing packing...

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Alexandria by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Testament of Experience by Vera Brittain
  • Zoom sur Plainpalais by Corinne Jaquet
  • Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
  • Burning Sky by Lori Benton
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Hermit Crab by Peter Porter (poem)
  • The Hidden Land by Private Irving (poem;
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • Dear Mr Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • My Own Two Feet by Beverly Cleary
  • Managed by Kristen Callihan
  • beta read! (JB)
  • The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett
  • The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • A Daughter's A Daughter by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • A Girl From Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
  • Sunlight by Margaret Rucker (poem; floating in a cocktail glass)
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Preface to The Hobbit, by Christopher Tolkien
  • Ilk Defa... by Beste Barki (essays)
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers (essay)
  • The Moon and I by Betsy Byars
  • The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
  • Rogue Warrior by Regan Walker
  • Beauty and the Beast by Villeneuve
  • Black (what was this? I don't remember!)
  • Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
  • Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev. Awry (26 book collection)
  • beta read (Born to Run by RB)
  • The Little Turtle by Vachel Lindsay (poem; reread)
  • The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson (poem)
  • Android's Dream by John Scalzi
  • The Mysterious Tadpole by Stephen Kellogg (reread)
  • Yashim Cooks Istanbul by Jason Goodwin
  • Miniatures by John Scalzi
  • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  • Kitty-in-Boots by Beatrix Potter (illustrated by Quentin Blake)
  • All or Nothing by Rose Lerner (short story)
  • Merry Christmas, Emily (board book)
  • Extra Yarn by __ and Jan Klassen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Outlandish Companion II by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion I, Revised by Diana Gabaldon
  • MacHinery and the Cauliflowers by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Dileas by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • The Gold Watch by Alistair MacLean (short story)
  • betty, butter, sun by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • The Very Cranky Bear (Scholastic)
  • various haiku by R. Wodaski
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
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