Saturday, August 29, 2015

Blog Jam


Lovely days out here on the Edge of the Atlantic. Big moons, big suns. Green grass. Denim water.

What's there to whine about?

There's always something. My legs are still causing me difficulty even with the switch in meds. I'm not up to much, about 2k, and the pain is something I have to meditate through. I keep at it - Elder dog and I, she's very slow which suits me.

I talked to Ansa's groomer a few days ago. She's going to take her in as a solo with no other dogs to make the occasion as free from stress as possible. Sixteen years old (over 100 in human terms) is pretty ancient and deserving of slow pampering. I was reluctant to add the burden of clipping and shampooing to her, BUT she needs it.

I've been editing up a storm on this anthology we're producing at the end of Workshop 1. Some really good writing.

PGs are trickling in. I get a lot of last minute PGs which I decline as it is too stressful given an hour or so's notice. But I'm looking forward to a visual artist from Quebec coming on Monday and Larry The Gambler is still here and we had a lovely chat tonight.

I feel I could bore for Canada right now. I could go off on a political rant but I don't have the energy. I want to curl around the end of my current book "Girl on a Train" - anyone else read it?

And oh, I did my volunteer stint at the library today and while there I designed and made this dishcloth. Can you tell what it's meant to be?

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  1. It's a lovely whale's tail peeking out of the waves --- you clever thing you!
    Like the new look....

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    1. Thanks Molly, you got it in one!
      Yeah I like the look too, must figure out a way to post my movies watched and books read for the year without doing too much damage :)

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  2. I thought it was a flower at first, a particular one with petals curling down. But now the whale is obvious. My excuse is that I have no seafaring genes at all. I'm impressed that you finished the knitting during one library stint.

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    1. Well I cheated a bit, I had it sketched out and a good tackle made of the waves at the bottom.
      I'd like to make a fishing boat next :)
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  3. I read "Girl on a Train." Thought it was pretty good, but not as "real" as "Gone Girl." Hope your good old dog enjoys her pampering..

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    1. Tom I found it a little cliché ridden and also I'd pegged the murderer not too far into it which kind of wrecked it for me. I was hoping there was a final twist. Ah well. Yes Gone Girl was far, far better. Loved the twisty ending.
      Yes, I'm hoping it won't kill the old dear. :(
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  4. What came to mind was Zend Avesta. https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQOs661qbpoU2jrP8n-sxMCHm12Ez2c4oF5tlzOUlsTI7gG53Ks

    But that was just association!

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  5. That's one goodlooking dishrag!
    I read the first few chapters of Girl on a Train before skipping to the end to find out who the villain, etc., was and then returning it to the person who lent it to me. That's a kind of cheating but ... I was bored by it and didn't want to be dragged through the entire plot. I guess I didn't care much for the characters. Or maybe it was the writing? Not sure. Maybe it just wasn't the right book for me at the time.

    I'd read Gone Girl earlier; at least I read the whole thing.

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  6. I do hate book letdown, especially when it's a "bestseller", blah blah. I also felt like this about The Goldfinch, I nearly died of boredom, I need more meat in my books.

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  7. Sorry to hear your legs are still troublesome. Would some kind of leg exercises help, do you think?

    Hope Ansa enjoys her pampering!

    Never heard of Girl on a Train. I didn't get much out of Gone Girl either. But then I'm a very picky reader! I'd recommend The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. I was totally engrossed for its almost 600 pages (and usually I abandon lengthy books like that half-way through). A wonderful period piece and psychological thriller.

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  8. Wrote it down Nick, thanks for the rec. I'm reading an excellent one at the moment but I'll reserve judgement until finished :)
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  9. If you have to do the damn dishes it is nice to do it with such an uplifted tool. And your hand can rise and fall into the suds, holding it, and feeling it is one heck of a nice whale that would come into your house and do your dishes.

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  10. Oh Jan, I love this, I may print it on the for sale label, do you mind?

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  11. I read "Girl on a Train" and really did not much like it. I liked it enough to finish it but will probably not pick up any other titles by the author. I found that she tried to flesh out the skeleton of a good idea but did not have enough 'meat' to do that.

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    1. SB: My sentiments exactly and wasn't it Agatha Christie who originally wrote a brilliant book about seeing a crime from a train?

      Major book let down for me too.....
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  12. I abandon any book that does not live through its characters.

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    1. Good philosophy Hattie but I far too often get swept up in the best seller status, Though to my pride I did toss Goldfinch at, wait for it, 500 pages in. It was like Chinese water torture at that stage.
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    2. "Chinese water torture" - as in, The Gulag Archipelago? It felt so good when I, too stubborn to abandon it, finished the book. It took me nearly a month to slog through, during a time when I was working long hours.
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