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24 March 2011 @ 09:47 am
five things make a post  

Thing One: Thanks to my mom, who is a hero of the revolution, I got 300 of 400 pages revised yesterday. There’s as much work to do in the last hundred as there was in the first three hundred, but at least I’ve got all the groundwork laid. At the moment I’m even up by 2K, because I haven’t started any major deletions yet. That, however, is not going to last.

Thing Two: I’m tired. I have eleven hundred projects I’d like to work on, some of which are important, and a vague sense of desperation regarding how to manage it all. My mother, the other day, said, “There’s something wrong with my children. I don’t know where you got your ambition from. We told you you could do anything. We didn’t tell you you had to do everything.”

Deirdre and I both looked at her with incomprehension.

Thing Three: Also, I said equally vaguely, anybody know where I can get a dark blue cotton flannel (or denim) long-sleeved shirt and red-with-white-dots kerchief, a la Rosie the Riveter? Seems like the kinds of things I’d be able to find in a Salvation Army in the States but I’m dubious about locating them here…

Thing Four: I’ve been reading Dick Francis novels until my dreams have taken on a horseracing backdrop. The man knew how to tell stories. And I keep finding myself torn between buying an e-reader and, well, not, because I’d like to read more, but it’d be nice not to add to the bulk of materials in the house.

I think part of what’s keeping me (aside from the cost) is the vague fear (apparently it’s a vague morning) that Young Indiana will not understand Mommy is reading books if I’m reading them off a screen. This is patently absurd, because Young Indiana is going to grow up in a world where huge numbers of people read books off screens, so it’s hardly going to warp his little mind. But having grown up in an analog world myself, the fear lingers.

Thing Five, via Ellen Kushner/ellen_kushner: A “Storybook dress” made from Little Golden Books. It’s *beautiful*.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
martyn44martyn44 on March 24th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC)
When you can't find your e-reader just find Young Indiana. Its that or buying him his own.
kitmizkit on March 24th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
Either would, in fact! But I was sort of hoping for a sort of five dollar version, as it's just for a costume piece for someone smaller than I am. I suppose I could get a nicer one in a size that would fit me and wear it.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on March 24th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Ah. How about this one, from Asda? If you let me know your size and they have one in stock, I can pick one up for you from my local store and post it.
kitmizkit on March 24th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Turns out my mom has something suitable! But thank you!
Mary Annepers1stence on March 24th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
How close are you to a library and does your local carry the books you like?
kitmizkit on March 24th, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
I'm not far from two libraries, and dunno if they've got the books I like. The problem with me and libraries right now is that I very, very frequently don't get a chance to read books for months or years after I've gotten them. And my experience is that checking books out from the library so I have a deadline doesn't help. I just end up returning them or paying fines (or both) and feeling guilty about it all.
Laura Anne Gilman: citron pressesuricattus on March 24th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's my problem with libraries, much as I love and support them: I need the books to be patiently waiting for me when I have ten minutes, not pushing at me with Yet Another Deadline...

Also: We told you you could do anything. We didn’t tell you you had to do everything.” -- I have NO idea what you're talking about. At. All.
joycemocha on March 24th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Me three on the Library Problem. I love my local branch dearly (and Multnomah County Library is a reasonably sweet system), but damn, I just can't seem to get the books read in time. I might as well buy them, then have them ready to grab when I have a moment. At least if I have to buy the darn books, then Book Lust has to be reasonably managed. When I go to the library, there's far too much of Teh Shiny That Must Be Checked Out.

And someone said we didn't have to do everything? Um. Yeah. Can I get back to you on that? Got stuff to do.

(walks away whistling innocently)
Kate Kirbykirbyk on March 24th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
One of the three things I like about e-readers actually, is that they reduce the bulk of materials in the house. I mean, I love having full bookshelves, sort of, but books take up a lot of physical space, especially when it's time to move. Electronic books don't clutter!

(The other two are: immediate gratification of finding a book I want, downloading it, and starting to read in minutes. And lack of weight, especially when George R. R. Martin or J. K. Rowling drops a new work.)

kitmizkit on March 24th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
This most recent move is what pushed me over the edge to wanting an e-reader. I love books, but god I'm sick of jackassing thousands of pounds of them around.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on March 24th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Staring at the collapsing boxes of books in my storage unit that I've been storing for a decade now, I'm all for less bulk! I need to go to my storage unit and go through the books and viciously prune out what Needs to Go. Alas, I don't then know what I'll do with them, as there are no good used book stores that buy genre books near me and I hate my library. Hate. Hatehatehate.

Did I mention I hate it?

P.S. I love love lovelovelovelovelove my Nook. And it is patiently awaiting the pre-ordered Spirit Dances to be available to download. :)

Edited at 2011-03-24 09:18 pm (UTC)
Childlightchildlight on March 24th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
I hope to never buy an e-reader. Although that means there are books and stories I will never have a chance to read. I am like Giles on Buffy I love the smell of books, the feel of the pages. Reading books on a screen just isn't the same.
dqg_neal: Cutedqg_neal on March 24th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Since when did an e-reader add bulk to the house?

Besides... if you have an e-reader at least Young Indiana won't think that you are utterly and completely addicted to the computer. With all your research and writing time, get yourself away from there now and again.. Stare at a different screen. :)
kitmizkit on March 24th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
If you will read more carefully you will deduce that the point of an e-reader is to reduce the bulk, not add to it.
joycemocha on March 24th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
With regard to the e-readers, you might well want to pick one up to help Young Indiana learn early e-literacy awareness. There are a lot of nice easy readers available on the iPad, for example (and probably on other devices as well). At some point literacy skills aren't just going to be about knowing how to pick up a hard copy source and reading it, they'll also include knowing how to navigate e-readers.

Lady Doomlithera on March 24th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
An e-reader, you say?
kitmizkit on March 24th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
An e-reader, I say. I hear they are spiffy. :)
Lady Doomlithera on March 24th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
I might know something about those, even the ones useable in multiple countries.

Shocking, I know.
mikaela_lmikaela_l on March 24th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re e-readers: E-readers are great. But a warning: Before I got my Sony I didn't have a TBR pile. Now? I have. All those free or cheap books ( all legally obtained.)... Also, I have spent way too much money on books. Just because they are so cheap. (Buying Giftcards to yourself is a great way to avoid that)
Kes Yocumkesmun on March 25th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
I have ONE thing to say to you after finishing Spirit Dances. It's not even spoilery!


I love you. I love you tons. But... BITCH!
Kes Yocum: celtic ravenkesmun on March 25th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Though I will say that one point toward the end, I nearly died laughing. I seriously cracked up so hard.