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Ups and Downs

April 14th, 2014

It’s been a couple of months, so time I checked in here. Last time out I mentioned that I had a bit more energy. That’s continued, though I’m still not where I want to be. Better, though. You never realise how sick you are until you start to get healthy, and in retrospect this was something of a tough winter — if not as bad as last winter. Honestly, it’s been a pretty rough two or three years (relatively speaking, at least). Anyway. It is a strange thing to me how differences in my energy levels are linked to differences in how I use language, and especially written language. That is, how easy or how difficult it is to string together words in a meaningful way, with the shades of meaning that I want. We’ll see how that plays out over spring and summer, and whether I can continue to get healthier and cobble together language in an increasingly coherent fashion.

At any rate, this past weekend was pretty neat, as I got to go to different book sales three days straight — culminating with a science fiction book sale. A list of purchases follows.

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Hanging In

February 15th, 2014

So, at last report I was writing here about my plans for upcoming reading. What happened was that I found I could read a book a day — but not when I was sick at the same time. Much less read and keep producing any kind of writing. So radio silence ensued. I’ve got a bit more energy these days, so hopefully I’ll be able to be a bit more active around here.

Meanwhile, I’ve been putting stuff up at Black Gate. Link round-up after the jump.

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Reading, Second Half of October

November 1st, 2013

I read a total of eighteen books in the back half of October, which along with the twenty-two in the first half makes a total of forty. So I’ll see if I can’t keep that going on through the next two months, maintaining a pace of a book a day to reach an even hundred by the end of the year.

What I read:

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A Medieval Halloween Tale

October 22nd, 2013

is at this link. Pretty neat, and very Dante.

Spammity Spam

October 19th, 2013

Just a note to say that I’ve been getting a lot of spam lately, so I’ve turned off commenting for the moment.

I’ve begun a personal program to try to read a book per day; or, more precisely, 30 or 31 books per month. I’ve just got too damn many unread things floating about. So every couple of weeks I’ll take a quick look at whether I’ve hit my goal numbers-wise, and have a few comments about what I’ve read. To start with, here are the 22 books I read between the 1st and 15th of October.

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A Black Gate Round-up

October 16th, 2013

Geez, it’s been a while. Well, let’s see if I can’t get back into the swing of things with a look at what I’ve been up to over at Black Gate for the past few months.

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Not Dead Yet

July 3rd, 2013

So that was a longer delay than I expected. My health seemed to take a turn for the worse in mid-to-late May; nothing serious, but the chronic stuff I’ve been struggling with for a while flared up again. I’m hoping to get back on track shortly. Hopefully more new chapters soon.

I’ve also just cleared away some spam accounts that subscribed here. If you’re reading this and wondering why your perfectly valid account got torpedoed, then it’s because I got overzealous. Please do sign up again, and feel free to leave a comment letting me know I overdid things.

A Quick Edit

May 14th, 2013

Just a note to observe I made a minor error in the last chapter, referring to Scholastica as being present in the Chamber of Oak and Holly. She isn’t. So I’ve deleted that reference.

You think you’ve got all the rust off, and then you realise no, it’s still a process.

It often happens when I write a chapter — and this was an example — that I have what looks like a pretty solid structure, but as I write it out I become aware that something isn’t working. If the problem’s obvious, then I fix it. If not? I tend to find the best thing is to keep going, and see what happens. Usually what happens is that I hit a bit where things get back on track. So once I get near the end of a chapter I can go over the whole thing and work out how to make it better.

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