Friday, June 30, 2017

Writing By Hand Does Break The Block


   


I've been on a writing funk for the last 2.5 months because I've been reading like crazy and every time I opened my Scrivener (fiction) file to write, I couldn't do it. I felt an aversion to computer screens but hammering out my monthly roundup blog post using Scrivener on my MacBook Air is fine. Strange. So, I thought about buying a 1969 Royal Signet Portable manual typewriter on eBay for $29.99 (because I love typewriters and because this particular model was the legendary typewriter that brought my words to life on the page back in high school) but with the lack of typewriter supplies and how heavy and noisy it is, it's not possible. That and I don't particularly like buying stuff that will serve as dust collectors. The next thing my brain latched onto was the Freewrite Smart Typewriter by Astrohaus (it's more like a word processor) but the price tag of $549.00 turned me off. I mean, really, it's a typewriter that has built-in WiFi for use to sync documents to cloud storage like Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote, has E Ink display and 4 weeks of battery life. Not to mention a bit bulky and heavy at 4 lbs. My MacBook Air weights in at 2.38 lbs and 9 hrs of battery life. Despite amazing reviews, I'll pass for now. Sigh, if only the iPad Pro uses Mac OS, that would be the best as I used to write my first drafts on my iPad Air which my husband now uses because I prefer to read on an E Ink display eReader and I now work from home, so there's no real need to keep the iPad since my MacBook Air is right there on my desk along side the Beast (aka my HP Elitebook 8570p day job issued laptop). 

Anyway, I wasn't worried about the amount of writing that wasn't getting done. I've accepted the fact that I have creative seasons but June came around and suddenly, my fingertips felt the pull of the words. I wanted to write again but at the same time I still have that aversion to computer screens. So, on Father's Day, I went out and bought writing supplies in the form of a pack of white Office Depot Junior Legal Writing Pads (I just love the portable size), a Pentel Quicker Clicker 0.7mm mechanical pencil and a small pack of the Office Depot eraser caps and dug out my Junior Writing Padfolio that was given out to employees at one of my previous day jobs. Since then, I've been writing long hand and churning out pages like crazy. Which is a good thing. They say that changing up your writing environment works wonders for breaking through the block. I can say that it's working wonders for me so far. Yay!



On the yarn craft side of things, I'm still participating in the Summer of Romance CAL hosted by Claudia and Clarisabeth of the Crochet Luna and Crochetcakes podcasts respectively. There were numerous times (the 2nd repeat of the entire pattern and on the 3rd repeat of Row 4 of the Virus Shawl pattern) where I felt like frogging the whole shawl out of sheer frustration because the written pattern needs to be improved upon (yes, it's still flagged by Ravelry Editors to improve the written instructions) and because on the 3rd repeat, the stitches doesn't match. I've even frogged 4 rows back to make sure it wasn't me that made the mistake. Nope, stitches still didn't line up. So I fudged it up a bit to make the Row 4 Virus pattern fit. I'm honestly not too thrilled about it. I wrote to the designer about an updated pattern but she doesn't have it and at the time, I was thinking of drafting up a chart for the whole pattern and so I asked her if it's alright to share said chart on my blog and she said yes and that she'd love a copy of it. I'm halfway through remaking the chart and the written instructions but now, I just want to get this shawl done. I'm not sure if I'm still going to continue with the charting and written instructions because to be honest, as a designer, it is her responsibility to provide a well-written pattern. It's not my job to do that for her. Maybe if I feel generous but then again, I can't waste my time on re-charting this shawl when I have other original patterns to write up myself. Don't get me wrong, I love the design and the designer was nice enough about it on her email. It's just that the written instructions suck. And boy am I so glad my determination to finish this shawl won over pattern frustrations.


Books I've Read Since Last Blog Post



Currently Reading 


Currently Writing

  • Finally finished Chapter 4 and writing Chapter 5 of Helena and the Dragon


Finished Objects

  • Elizabeth Bennet Meets Mr. Darcy Shawl for the Summer of Romance CAL, it's currently blocking in our guest bedroom




Currently Crocheting

  • First Crocheted Toe Up Socks - I'm using Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight 50% super wash Merino Wool, 25% Bamboo and 25% Nylon 230 yds/50 gms in Lavender Topaz for the Patons Kroy Socks Toe Up Socks pattern with a 2.75mm crochet hook. It doesn't look like it but I've had to frog the sock with the red stitch marker 2x now. The first time, I couldn't get the stitch count right on round 3. The second time, the join was forming a very crooked line up the length of the sock and by the time I got to round 15, my OCD kicked in (even though the side with the joins are going to be on the bottom side of the foot) and so I frogged it and started over again. And by the way, the sock with the red stitch marker was the first sock I started. So now, the shorter sock is playing catch up with the second sock.




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