Tuesday, May 29, 2007

We're #1

So in this moment, I get to join with the rest of America in cheering for some great accomplishment of their city. I understand that this ritual usually surrounds sporting activities, but this is more my style.

Seattle is the most literate city in the United States!


Ok, it's only so interesting. If not for the social aspect of what pushes one city above another (poverty, social programs, accessibility, blighting weather), then why we feel the need to endlessly rank, compare, and compete.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

What I did with my weekend

First, I know that there have been more non-writing posts than writing posts lately, which is really a reflection of the current state of things. *shrug*

So onto another non-writing post.

I took a running lesson this weekend. I know it sounds odd, as we all "know" how to run, but after complaints from a knee, I thought I better examine my biomechanics. Anyway, for anyone who is interested in such things, it was awesome! I took a Chirunning seminar*, and it really helped isolate so of my more problematic form issues. My instructor is a trail runner/marathoner, who was helpful, patient, and quite articulate. I really couldn't be happier. So, here's to me running and NOT hurting my knees. *grin*

*As a note, I rarely think seminars are that useful, but this was a totally different experience for me.

This is really neat

"Asked to design a fitting repository for a client’s valuable collection of J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts and artifacts, architect Peter Archer went to the source—the fantasy novels that describe the abodes of the diminutive Hobbits.

'I came back my client and said, ‘I’m not going to make this look like Hollywood,’' Archer recalled, choosing to focus instead on a finely-crafted structure embodying a sense of history and tradition"

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

My turn

Tagged by Written Wyrdd

Here are the rules:
1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Here is goes:

1. I practice Kajukenbo, but I have my 2nd Dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

2. I refuse to have broadcast TV in my house, but I rent TV shows.

3. I'm vegetarian (for about 15 years now).

4. My brother used to make space boxes. ;-)

5. I wrote my first major fiction work when I was 13 (it was a play).

6. I used to want to be a chemist, like my dad.

7. I still feel odd for not majoring in a science (I got my degree in journalism with a secondary major in sociology).

8. The last band I played in was a marching band; that was last year.

I don't have many people to tag (who aren't already tagged), so Quinnwick will be my sole peep.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Writing blues

I am in a serious writing slump. No work on the novel, the short stories, or even the blog. I feel totally blah. I've been writing more at work, so maybe that's it. Or, maybe it's all the editing I've been doing. *shrug* So far this year, I've edited two novels (writer's group), wrote an SDK (work) and various technical docs, edited various technical docs, done a conceptual edit on a non-fiction book, and judged a literary contest. I could blame those factors for my lack of writing, but I think they were more like great distractions due to the lack of writing.

I need to write a song about having the writing blues ... oh wait ... that would mean more writing.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

More chairs

Chair #2 (painted by my husband)

It's really pretty and sort of Seussian in design.