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Knitting and Music

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ross-posting to the neglected knitting blog today!

With all the excitement on the writing front, and busy real life, knitting has slid onto the back burner. I see intriguing patterns, and have family and friends with new babies, but can't seem to get a project started that's larger than one square to donate to a group project:

Starting out...
Oh no, I made a mistake and have to tink (unknit)...
Whew! Managed to finish a square!
Now for the inspection...
I'm also still compiling knitting-in-public images and references, as I see them. One of the more recent was a portrait of a knitter in Maison Tavel, the oldest house in Geneva:



Also came across a website listing 46 Interesting Facts About Knitting, including about its origins and history:
"In the 1350s, 'knitting Madonnas' began to appear in Europe, depicting the Virgin Mary knitting. These include Our Lady Knitting (c. 1325–1375) and Visit of the Angel (1400–1410). These paintings are important markers that indi…

A Word Wenches Christmas and Blog Lists: Writing Projects, I Need An Intern, and Blog Tasks

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rganization!

One of the things I used to use this blog for often was as an info-dump for upcoming writing projects, yearly goals, 30 Things I Want To Do, and so on. If they're written down, my brain feels less frazzled.

I've got three such lists today:

Simmering on the Back Burner Writing Projects (not counting items already started):
1930s father 1930s Springsteen 1920s hotel/class-crossed lovers Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress possible Lord Rochester romance Seeing-colours dystopian

Blog Tasks:
Update all the photos in old posts Compile posts 500 to today, the way I did for posts 1-500 during the celebrations for my 500th post Related to the above, I'd like to keep track of all my book reviews (see intern list below) Finish visiting everyone that came by on Blog Blitz Day and keep up with the blog roll Re-sync with FB and tumblr and Ello and Pinterest Consider adding tags Prepare guest posts for Tolkienist, Tolkien Library, ROW80, etc.

Things I Need An Intern For:
Type up…

Neuchatel! and Story Starts and Ends

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euchatel!

Life is intruding again but it seems to benefit the blog as I get to share lots of photos! These are from a day trip to the town of Neuchatel last month:

At the train station 
An ad for Appenzeller cheese. I think it says "the tangiest/most full-bodied secret in Switzerland".
Town centre 
Town centre 
Town centre, below the castle 
Beginning the walk up... 
Fountain 
Up the winding road... 
Still climbing, now facing the dungeon tower 
Through the arch... 
View from the top 
Looking out on the dungeon tower 
1685! Parts of the castle are even older, at least 12th Century
Collegial church 

Entry for a Janet Reid Flash Fiction Contest, CampNaNoWriMo Winner, Celebrating IWSG Day, ROW80

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ampNaNoWriMo was a success!


I was about to add "relatively speaking" but I just realised that today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day! In honour of the occasion, I refuse to feel guilty over all the editing I am not doing, and instead focus on all the ROW80 goals I've accomplished this summer, some set in advance and some unexpected but exciting. Since June, with regard to writing and transcription goals, I have:

Beta read two novels (not counting additional synopsis or query letter or scene-related assistance)
Written a short story (One to Another)
Provided my contributions to a joint novel I'm writing (s l o w l y) with family members (The Horror of Horhor)
Typed up over 10,000 words on Larksong (my 2014 NaNo novel), with only 10,000 left to go
Provided brief copy edits on a self-published novel
Submitted two requested reviews and reviewed a handful of other books read
Finished typing up another batch of Wallace correspondence transcripts (with only the formattin…