As will soon become apparent, November has been a helluva month. That’s all I’ll say about that.

  • Although I appreciate the pop-culture phenomenon that is the LOLcat, I’ve never much been a fan. The only in-that-vein site I consistently find entertaining is the Fail Blog, from which the image above comes (via my friend C., who loves her some LOL blogs and really I only pay attention to them when she tells me to.)
    • I imagine one might thus conclude that cute animals don’t make me happy, but making fun of the failures of others does.
      • If you’re inclined, do feel free to discuss the greater meaning of that. I submit there is no such greater meaning.
  • I freaking hate it when people use quotation marks to emphasize text. It’s inappropriate, people. No exceptions.
    • If you need to emphasize something and you can’t use rich text and you don’t want to shout (as using all caps would have you do), might I recommend the asterisk? Making something *bold* this way can be mighty effective. Pass it on.
  • The winter issue of Interweave Crochet is done. There are some very, very nifty patterns in there, the likes of which I’d never seen before. I hope you like it. The preview will go up online in about three weeks.
  • Loveland, CO, occasionally finds itself downwind of a town that plays host to a massive beef processing facility. For two full days of my stay there, the town smelled bad. Very, very bad.
  • For two days of my stay (a different two days, I might add), it was so warm, the only way I could describe it was “end of days warm”. It’s just not supposed to be 26 degrees C in mid-November. Creeped me out.
  • I’m reading We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver, for book club. I was tempted to put it down because I’m severely bothered by it, due entirely to personal issues that have nothing to do with the quality of the book. I’m not putting it down precisely because of those issues; I might gain more from reading it than I’ll lose to discomfort. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it in time for book club, but maybe I’ll surprise myself.
  • In case it’s not obvious, I’ve ditched NaNoWriMo in favour of editing the interview recording. My mic worked great; Joss’s phone, not so much. He’s totally understandable, but I’m trying to make the whole thing go down easier. I’ll also transcribe it.
    • I’m enjoying playing with Audacity. It’s possible my text/image-only time on the web is over.
  • Still, I’m so glad I even started in on NaNoWriMo. I’ve now written more fiction than I ever had, save for that one time I was forced to in high school. I’ve said before and assert here again that the crap I’ve written makes me extremely happy, and although I’m sure none of it will ever see the light of day, I did accomplish quite a bit in thinking through this story. So just because I’ve ditched the novel-writing challenge this month doesn’t mean the story is dead. Au contraire.
  • For the first time in many months, I did some spinning this weekend. That’s really all I have to say about that.
  • We went to the One of a Kind craft show this weekend. Although the stuff there was great, I wasn’t terribly impressed with the show overall. The array didn’t seem very original and the number of vendors was small for the hefty admission price. I wonder if I’m getting craft-fair fatigue; everything’s starting to look the same to me. Sigh.
    • I’m tempted to start thinking about this in the context of handmade gift-giving being an answer to the bland overcommercialized mass market, but it’s too late and I should go go sleep.
  • Yay, short work week ahead!

14 responses to “I’m Not “Dead” Yet (Weeklyish Roundup)”

  1. Carrie Avatar

    ooh, the book sounds disturbing – I don't think I could read it. also. I cannot wait to hear the Joss interview! I use Audacity for sound stuff at work pretty often – it's so easy to work with.

    I don't know if you've seen the Blog of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks (, but it's a treasure trove of ridiculous quotation mark use. my big pet peeve? misused apostrophes.

  2. Kim Werker Avatar

    Oh, dude. That quotation-marks blog raised my blood pressure. Had to close it after only a little scrolling. I think reading it regularly would shave years from my life.

    I think now that I'm passed the first 80 pages, or so, I'll have an easier time with Kevin. The whole teenager killing his classmates thing isn't what will bother me; it was the mother writing about her ambivalence to motherhood that totally freaked me out. As I said, personal issues.

    Audacity is great. I'm not actually sure I'll be able to enhance his parts very much, but I should be able to at least make the overall recording sound better. I definitely want to set up some new interviews, in large part so I can learn more about recording better and to have the excuse to learn more about Audacity and sound engineering in general.

  3. gleek Avatar

    i saw that image at fail blog and nearly died laughing. total WIN!

  4. kristi Avatar

    I am _so_ with you on the “quotation marks”. Right up there with the misplaced apostrophe in the pantheon of grammatical mistakes that I ought to get used to but just won't. As a wise man once said, “The crux of the bisquit is the apostrophe.”

    Also, flattered that your comment to me still makes your current comments.

    Also, now that you've Canadianized and adopted all those U's, are you still missing the American Thanksgiving? The *real* Thanksgiving and not that metric October equivalent? I've measured the inside of my oven and am hosting 17 of 4 distinct generations tomorrow! Plan to introduce fiber and Kool-Aid as common thread. That and pie.

  5. Kim Werker Avatar

    Just like we did a big Canadian Thanksgiving dinner with our friends when we
    lived in the U.S., we're having our annual U.S. Thanksgiving feast on Friday
    night (we delay by a day since people here, you know, have to work
    tomorrow). We're already prepping to feed 25 (only two generations to be
    represented, though).

  6. kathy Avatar

    I don't think I misuse quotations or apostrophes (well, nobody is perfect, I'm sure there are instances) – but if you have a hyphen/dash aversion, our friendship may just be in trouble :) I completely and knowlingly toss inappropriate dashes in my writing. In my head, it's how I talk. Sometimes it should be a comma, sometimes a period and other times there shouldn't be any punctuation at all. Okay right there where the period is, I wanted to put a dash and keep going. It's just a bad habit and since I have to reduce my caffeine intake, I'm keeping my dashes for now.

  7. Kim Werker Avatar

    I see a whole new self-help series in the making, Kathy. A Substitute For
    That Monkey On Your Back: The Dash. :)

    (BTW, I love dashes—long and short. I also love parentheses.)

  8. kathy Avatar

    Thank goodness, cuz next to dashes, parentheses rule.

  9. Debbi Kuipers Avatar
    Debbi Kuipers

    Have you seen the quotation marks blog? my roommate's sister runs it, definitely worth checking out =)

  10. Debbi Kuipers Avatar
    Debbi Kuipers

    Oh, and another favorite just-'cuz is the Passive Aggressive Notes blog —

  11. Kim Werker Avatar

    I've seen it, but I avoid it for the rage it instills. :)

  12. Debbi Kuipers Avatar
    Debbi Kuipers

    Have you seen the quotation marks blog? my roommate's sister runs it, definitely worth checking out =)

  13. Debbi Kuipers Avatar
    Debbi Kuipers

    Oh, and another favorite just-'cuz is the Passive Aggressive Notes blog —

  14. Kim Werker Avatar

    I've seen it, but I avoid it for the rage it instills. :)

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