Well I’m behind in posting this because of the ‘storm that really wasn’t’ by the time it got to the east coast:) winds still gusting, rain still falling and power is back.
Plenty of rain so, as a gardener, I cannot, will not, complain. I had begun at the beginning of the week to reduce the trees which needed pruning. I was behind on this because I hadn’t wanted friend from forever’s partner to try and do it when he was alive, he would have tried and he really was too ill. So some were too top heavy for winter weather.
I am doing the job in half hour bursts, lopping and sawing is hard work for the old ticker but the courtyard was safe in the high winds and the one in the front made it with no loss of limb, despite the heavy cover of leaf. From the window it looks okay elsewhere but until it stops the gusting I’m not examining further, I’m foolish often but I’m not stupid:)
I had been thinking of canceling subs to our local embroidery group – for various reasons the main being I never went last year! The meetings were in the evening and I’m just too tired at night to be a safe driver, but also the pain in my wrists had become a barrier to plying a needle, I like hand embroidery – I know – I know – machine produces amazing results – I just enjoyed the hand stitching. Anyway with these pills the pain is so much better and the group has changed the venue to the morning. I have signed up for another year with lots of good intentions!:) Maybe I need a ROW80 for this as well.
Anyway went to first this week to find we were going to be wet felting.
But no she was brilliant. I do like a good workshop leader. Despite being in a hired meeting room not a drop of water was spilled – she had worked it out to perfection.
I had given up wet felting a couple of years back it is just too intense on the wrists. Needle felting smaller stuff was the answer but I had missed the wet. I am now the possessor of two lily flowers. I will post pictures when I have finished them – it is an embroidery group after all – but I have plans also to needle felt some small (the flowers are not massive) children to nestle inside the petals – so new WIP in the craft room- Yay.
So if you read last week’s check in you know I am concerned the happy pills I have been put on has smothered my fiction writing abilities. I have been doing a bit of research about this and it does appear to affect some people like this. A great many writers and a few artists. There seems to be a difference as to how depressed or what kind of depression is being treated as to whether it helps creativity or kills it. It is difficult to sort out what is worth reading and what isn’t and am still researching because I will be going back to the doctor to discuss the matter and I want to have the arguments and theories worked out.
It will also be interesting to see if the excitement and buzz of nano will help.
So This Week in ROW80
Even less than before – how long I wonder before I can no longer claim to be a writer!
I have been getting my Goodreads pages sorted, getting books read up to date and, because I realized I was 2 off my target – 100 – for the challenge, have upped my goal to 110. This may well go up again after all there are 2 months more to read in:)
I have begun to read through the books on my Sony reader now for the e-book challenge and have sorted 4 massive books to read for the over 650 page challenge. Happy days with so many unread books.
I have a question though, how many pages constitute a book, as opposed to a short story? And is it the thing now to publish a short story at a time?
I ask because I find a couple of the ‘books’ downloaded are only 40 – 50 pages – a little long, I think, to be a short story, not really long enough for a Novella and certainly not in my opinion a ‘book’. So this old lady who is so often behind the times is asking. I enjoyed them don’t get me wrong ‘tis just a question to ensure I keep up to date:)
Reviews: yes, two short ones.
Nano: preparation yes, all ready, in theory, to go-go-go on Friday:)
Next Week, fingers crossed:)
Finish lilies and take pics to show you all:)
Hope everyone has had a good week and all the best for this week.