Now – October 26th 2015

I used to do snapshot posts a while ago of what was on my mind and what I was working on. I read Shawn Blanc’s Now page, which refers to Derek Sivers Now page, so I’ll put mine up periodically. Link in the sidebar or these posts. I’ve added a category of Now so I can find them again.

Reading: (updates and archives here)
Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” (working through this in work with two people I’m mentoring)
Kate Fox “Watching the English, second edition” (a slow read)
Marcus Aurelis “Meditations” (feels like this is the source book for a lot of others I’ve read)

The To Read queue is getting unweildy, I might use Blinkist to knock some of these out if they’re available.

Second of two hats as a wedding present for a friend
Orange Feather and Fan scarf
Really need to finish the Jackeroo cardigan, it has POCKETS. So many pieces of women’s clothing are lacking a functional pocket.

Thinking about:
My 2015 NaNoWriMo novel plot, with AI and genetic algorithms, my 11th NaNoWriMo novel
A Core Curriculum I’m building (inspired from this Shawn Blanc post) using a Levenger Circa notebook
How to start and maintain a daily sketching habit
How to learn enough JavaScript to create a simple, deliberately broken website
How to run a team of 30 software QA people in 3 offices across 2 states without micro-managing them

Strength and endurance training at the gym, definite improvements since June in lunges, wall-sits, planks and kettlebell swings (20lb weight)
Training for black belt in Chinese Kenpo at Tracy’s Karate, several black belt techniques still left to learn.

Snapshot – August 2008

It’s been a while since I did one of these. September and March in 2007 were the last. Similar to phoeknits weekly thing but a lot less frequent:


Eris is back in the lunchtime knitting slot, which is pretty much the only time I knit. I have one, maybe two, Christmas projects planned which will be started soon so they don’t stress me out. Neither will be difficult or overly time consuming and I already have the yarn and patterns. Once all those are complete, I found my next shawl to knit, Sivia Harding’s Waves in the Square. Fingering weight yarn, shaped to fit over the shoulders, not pointy, it’s perfect. Also has an interesting beaded picot hem.


I’m in trouble here. I have one bobbin with less than an ounce of Polwarth on, one bobbin with a similar amount of Cormo, and some pretty Gale’s Art black BFL in Cherry Blossom arrived this week. I only have three bobbins and I need one free to navajo ply the Polwarth or Cormo, so I can’t start anything else on the wheel unless I make a microskein and clear one bobbin. There’s still grey alpaca on the Tudor Rose spindle, which is wonderful to spin.


Re-reading "Undestanding the Borderline mother" and "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince". Going to start adding re-reads to my Currently reading page.


Urban fairy story #2 is 2750 words and growing, the big confrontation is coming up. Monthly meetings with the post-NaNo group are a great impetus to get something written. Anything written. Hubby helped me come up with a good villain for my NaNoWriMo novel this year but it’s going to need serious plot work to make a time travel story work, especially one told with a lot of flashbacks. Starting to get excited about NaNo.

Listening to:

Enigma – MCMXC AD (1990 in Roman numerals. Primary school had us use Roman numerals for everything for a week and long multiplication took forever. But I did learn the numbers.)

Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc

Loreena McKennitt – The Mummer’s Dance

Fatboy Slim – Praise you


Witchblade the TV series. Season one was far better than season 2, but it’s still a shame it got canned. Season 1 has several cityscape shots that show the Twin Towers in New York.

Snapshot – State of the Onion

Apologies to Bloglines and Google Reader people, I cut the RSS feed to a summary to make it harder for thieving spammer weasels to steal my posts. Hope you like the rotating image at the top of the page (hit refresh to see the others).

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Normally I try to post three times a week, but things will be lighter through the summer. This is the current state of play:


Going to the yarn store in the hope of picking up another skein or two in my dyelot because of row gauge issues on Eris. I’m in the "knit stocking stitch until your head explodes" part of the pattern. I have a skein of Mama Blue BFL sock yarn wound up but not swatched in case of head explosions, and an Adipose that’s missing a leg and a face and a destination address (Bristow, where are you?). Love how Eris looks now that I can try it on.


Working on 4oz of pin drafted Cormo, undyed white, squishy soft, and lovely to spin. Slowly filling a bobbin. I want to try spinning the carbonised bamboo on my lightest spindle and maybe get a support spindle for the Pima cotton Rox sent me.


Urban fairy story #2 is in progress. I’m secretly hoping someone in the post-NaNo writing group will borrow one of my characters for their story, I love the cross-connections that form between stories. I know the plot, I just need to get it written. And come up with a plot for NaNoWriMo this year. Got a potential setting (Europe circa 850AD) but no-one to put there.

Snapshot – September 2007


Finished a fascinating book over the long weekend: Another day in the frontal lobe by Katrina Firlik, a neurosurgeon.

The Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine is my other current read. Finished Ill Wind, started (but not finished) Heat Stroke, and got most of the way through Chill Factor.

Listening to:

Plain White Ts: Hey there Delilah

Ladytron: Beauty 2

Loreena McKennitt: The Mummer’s Dance

Regina Spektor: Better


NCIS season 4 on iTunes. Love this show! Hubby’s parents got us hooked one time when we visited.

The Dresden Files season 1, which has been canned by the Sci-Fi channel. It was an excellent story of a present-day Chicago wizard helping the police.


Seraphim Shawl, only 10 rows to go now. Never thought I’d be a shawl wearer, but this will definitely get worn.

Next up are Boudica socks, also by Miriam Felton, then maybe some socks with the Lipstick Lava yarn from Dream in Color.


The never ending 8oz of superwash merino on my wheel (2.5oz done so far, I’ve been avoiding it).

Baby camel fluff on my Kundert spindle.

Snapshot – March 2007

Reading: Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

Writing: A mystery short story, and editing my 2006 NaNoWriMo novel for Bristow.

Listening to: Witching Hour by Ladytron.

Knitting: Chiral socks (my own design) with Sweet Georgia Superwash Sock in Slayer from The Loopy Ewe.

Spinning: 2oz hand-dyed tussah silk from Spunky Eclectic.

Watching: House MD, season 1.

Women’s knitting morning is tomorrow, on the second Saturday of every month. Border’s Cafe on Brentwood from 10 till 12, come and join us! I have one chiral sock almost complete, and I need some help designing socks for Martha. Picked up Folk Socks by Nancy Bush on my birthday and there are some interesting new heels and toes to try.

Figured out my main spinning problem is impatience, leading to lack of decent drafting, overly thick singles, and saying "stuff it, this is good enough" when it really isn’t. Spinning 2oz of silk, instead of the usual 4oz, might help, plus this stuff is amazing shades of cream, scarlet, burgundy, and dark red.

Writing a mystery is hard work, more so because I only have 1500 words to play with. For inspiration and writing-avoidance, I finished reading Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, and moved onto Day Watch, the second part of the trilogy. The layers upon layers of scheming by the characters is incredible. The books are about the Others, who are magicians, witches, vampires, and shape-changers that have chosen to be good or evil. Night Watch monitors the Dark Others to make sure they don’t get out of line. Day Watch monitors the Light Others, and ordinary people are caught in between. Well worth reading!

Snapshot – March 2006

Listening to Train "For Me, It’s You" and Emiliana Torrini "Love In The Time Of Science". I have to be in the right mood for Emiliana, but she’s written some beautiful mellow songs, definitely worth listening to. The Train CD was a birthday gift from Hubby and I love it! It’s in the car, which is the highest honour I can bestow on a CD. Also listening to Alanis Morissette’s cover of Crazy. I loved the original by Seal, and she did a great job of it.

Reading Crawford Killian Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, P.G. Wodehouse Very Good Jeeves, and Anne Lamott Traveling Mercies. I have an eight week sci-fi writing course starting at Writer’s Village University on the 22nd, and Killian is the textbook. I picked an eight week course to break me in gently for the six week journalling course I’ve failed to complete twice already.

Geeking out about a new WordPress theme, Painted Desert. I might try it if I can get all my headers and footers in order. It’s the first theme that’s really caught my eye. It’s left-menu, not a right-menu like the rest of the site, but it’d be nice to have a change once in a while. Also need to install the WordPress 2.0.2 upgrade. WordPress upgrades are painless providing you don’t delete your config file in the process. The coders have a sense of humour too. You start the upgrade at a given URL on Step One, click the relevant link, wait a few seconds, and get a message saying "You’re done, go play!".

Snapshot – November 2002


Reading The Hundred Years War by Desmond Seward

Listening to Let Go by Avril Lavigne

Watching Babylon 5 season one DVDs

Programming test code for the CalendarPanel on Chronicle

Looking for a hassle-free flute pre-amp that works

(NOT Barcus Berry, theirs was nothing but trouble and is now

an expensive paperweight)

Wishing for many things, but especially a GPS unit, a Digital

Blasphemy membership, and a few extra hours in the day

Learning unit testing (JUnit and IntelliJ Idea) and touch typing

Planning Christmas shopping