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Hodge Podge No. 10: Free Books! Artists on Patreon, Knitting and Baking

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odge Podge No. 10!

I've passed 1200 posts! Normally I'd have some sort of contest for this... I'll have to think about something fun. An art contest? A story contest?

Visit Faded Page for thousands of free books in the public domain!


Here are all the artists and creators I support on Patreon:
Amanda Palmer music
Alice Fraser comedy and interviews
Jenny Dolfen art (including Tolkien-related art)
Jherek Bischoff music
Knitty knitting magazine
Monica Byrne writing
The Prancing Pony Tolkien-related podcast


Knitting and baking from the last week or so:

Baby hat!


Baby blanket! This one is in progress. I need to find a flannel backing for it.


The first time I have made this kind of cake. I haven't separated eggs in a long time. It came out perfectly! If anyone wants, I can share the recipe in English.


I made ice cream! I cup milk, some chopped up chocolate, and a spoonful of sugar (I used maple syrup sugar) in a bag; put this bag in another bag with ice and half a cup of salt, and shake unt…

Hodge Podge No. 9: Moose and Eagles, Tolkien, ROW80, WRiTE Club, Baking and Knitting

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odge Podge again!

First, the webcams, which are so interesting and soothing:


The moose migration in Sweden!
It's over for this year, but happens annually.
The eagles in Decorah!
Now in its tenth year!

The Tolkien Society has been hosting weekly quizzes, which are like mini-cryptic crosswords. Here's the latest one:
A bit tricky...

ROW80: I've changed up my goals a bit, as I'm not getting any editing or research done on captive of the Sea. Instead, I'm writing a piece in the style of National Geographic for school, and completing the 500-word short story exercise at thelitforum.com!


WRiTE Club is on! Drop by DL Hammons' blog to vote in the bouts!

"How about a little WRiTE CLUB history? The virtual contest started off as a modest competition loosely derived from the movie FIGHT CLUB, and from there it has grown into a writing community sensation. There are other versions (usually LIVE face-to-face events), but they are nothing like how we do it here. What sets i…

Music by Decade, Social Networks, RiP Max von Sydow, Betsy Byars and Maj Sjöwall

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ore music!

A while back, Matthew shared a post on Facebook that asked players to choose one song per decade of their life. One song? I can't narrow it down, so I've tweaked the categories a bit:

Some of my favourite songs from the number 1 chart for the year in which I was born:
"Heart of Glass" Blondie
"Don't Stop Me Now" Queen
"Sultans of Swing" Dire Straits
"The Logical Song" Supertramp
"I Don't Like Mondays" The Boomtown Rats
"My Sharona" The Knack
"Breakfast in America" Supertramp
"Cars" Gary Numan
"Message in a Bottle" The Police
"Video Killed the Radio Star" The Buggles
"Tusk" Fleetwood Mac
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Queen
"The Eton Rifles" The Jam
"One Step Beyond..." Madness
"Walking on the Moon" The Police
"Confusion"/"Last Train to London" Electric Light Orchestra
"Another Brick i…

IWSG, ROW80, and Isolation Music and Poetry

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oday is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question is: Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE?
Care to share?

If given the space, I definitely do!

I need a latte in a bottomless mug, my favourite pen, a lovely notebook, some music...

However, I usually have very limited time to write. This is not a problem when working on the first draft, because then it's not work; the ideas simply flow and I'm eager to get writing. But for all the subsequent editing stages, I have to squeeze them into the daily round whenever I can.

The best thing for me is to have a goal or deadline, or both, usually in the form of a contest I'd like to enter or an open call from a publisher with a firm end date.

Which reminds me, WRiTE Club is starting soon!

As for ROW80, I've been caught up with work and distance learning and so on, and haven't really progressed on research for Captive of the Sea. But our printer is finally working,…