I’m in stage of itch-itch and scratch-scratch. I know Nano July is nearing in and sometimes I even humor myself with thought of participating. And on the second thought I have 4 stories I’m currently writing that also need attention. So if I enter, it will rebel in style – wanna finish something or add words! Yeah, sounds about a good plan… perhaps I should…
I haven’t posted anything on the writing blog at the moment either, because I don’t have anything short at the moment. I might have a snippet though.
Dead Child’s Portrait – I am actively working on it. Re-reading what I have and trying to fill the holes and fix some ends. What a mess! Still hopeful though.
Fish Coat – they got moving, now I need them in destination and rocking the freak world. Somehow. Testing different writing style and it goes slower. I feel like going on with this one for the Nano July…
Nano 2012 / Rustles – is missing the last 2-3 chapters and then is ready for ruthless editing. See? I have been working!
“The Experiment” – Some time back I read from a description of a book, I think it was Winning the Story Wars, “…if you feel like graduating from boy-meets-a-girl stories…” and it planted something in my brain like alien plant bursting its tiny worm-like roots deep between the curves of your white brain cells before tossing its purple spear-like head through the grey brain cells. YES! TEACH ME! I found a method online that seemed interesting and now I’m sort of working on pre-work for that experiment so I can try it out. It is simple, yes, but with my writing style, it has potential of working. So why not try out something new?
I also dig back out Dramatica Pro. It intrigues me, despite being complicated beyond my capabilities. I may have good knowledge on writing theories, but I feel dumb just looking at it. A bit less dumber than last time I opened it up. The theory books is jewable and I can see the potential of it. Especially as it works on my older computers as well – a big bonus. Yeah, I’m still searching for a good writing program. Although each time I think I’ve found it, I end up abandoning it for Word and Excel also work well…
The itch-itch scratch-scratch problem is not only related with writing. Visited grandparents for Midsummer celebration. We don’t do something overly big, but it’s family event and kids get to play with each other and I get to cook my hearts desire (as if I don’t on other occasions) and it’s fun. That’s the main thing – it’s fun.
Yes, getting smoked was fun – this was voted the best image we got and I do have better, brighter and clearer images. The couple with grey hair in the back are my grandma and grandpa. And yes, he is that huge . Niece has already given up the party and gone for evening nap.
While there, grandma showed me her handwork – crochet bedspread made out of white cotton! Oh heavens! If there is one thing from what I call “Stepford perfection” (or the perfect world of 1940’s to 60’s) that makes me jealous of them, it’s that! Beautiful bedspreads that give the beds a nice finish. Or perhaps it’s that memory from childhood, when I was in hospital – we had like military order there how the beds had to be done. I was young enough to be influenced and I still like doing the beds like that.
Estonian old type farm house
I remember my great grandmother’s bedroom – it was in old farm house (similar to what you see here – they are awesome!). The house had no electricity (sue me – I liked houses that have no electricity) and the room there was with one window. She was superb embroiderer and I remember a big wall carpet on her wall behind the bed, similar to what you can see on the image below. The trick with these is that they are not just decorations, but they also help to insulate the rooms. In a dark, electricity free room though – if you go in there with nothing but the oil lamp light, you don’t see the black background, but you will see the bright slightly shiny embroidery and it stands out as if painted wall panel. Now that is one thing I can’t do – or perhaps if I put my mind to it, I can learn it eventually. She also had carpet that covered her bed.
Mulgimaa and Muhumaa wall carpet
I remember she also had beautiful towels with crocheted edgings that covered the daily used towels and her pantry shelves all stood out with laces cut out of paper.
It’s strange how I can remember such details even though I was only a toddler the last time I visited it. Yeah, but how can you forget early morning mists and cold feet when you ran to the outhouse in blazing white cotton nightgown that reaches to your ankles to happen on your great grandmother cooking potato peels for pigs in the outdoor kitchen? That smoke is still making me dizzy with certainty that I am also able to live that life and would enjoy every moment of it.
OH! The reason of my memory lane! Seeing granny’s crocheted white bedspread brought me back to something I found some time back and saved in my bookmarks. It looks like this. Can you hear my fingernails scratch in the surface of the table? I wanna do something more challenging than an afghan. Something from thinner thread. Something that isn’t doily. Or snowflake.
The pattern looks like this. I have no problem posting this, for it can be easily found in the internet. At this point I’m posting the pattern, because I want it to be available for me whenever I go so I can just have access to it, when I start making it.
As someone, who still has dogs and probably always will and who hates white stuff in places that are always getting dirty, I’m thinking of making it natural…sort…of…thinking… or perhaps some deep wine red… Oh wait, my dogs hair are latte and toffee. So no red.