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Bear Hat

Since I am on a knitting kick, I figured maybe I should make a goofy hat for my child. But nothing too goofy. Hence, I have found a fabulous pattern on Fiber Flux's site. Behold, the Bear Hat.




Pattern here.

Thanks to Michael's and their 40% coupons I hope to have the yarn and needles in hand by this afternoon.

I have been writing, albeit, not a lot, but my style has changed once again. I swear my novel is going to read like ten different people wrote it unless I get a handle on my voice here. I will. I know I will. It has matured and that is what is really fascinating to me. Weird to read what I wrote not too long ago, alter it and see that it is not a hundred times better and sounds more like the character in my head. Again, formal training probably really helps with this kind of stuff here kiddies so if you can do a writing program, DO IT!!

Have a fantastic weekend!
Cheers!
MissFifi


Yummy recipe

Yeah, gotta make this delicious looking dish soon.

Orzo with Caramelized Fall Vegetables and Ginger.

Cheers! MissFifi

Middlemarch- 1994 Masterpiece Theater

After yesterday's small twitch over Gone Girl, I wanted to share something I had recently watched that was way more enjoyable. I had the good fortune to flip through Netflix and watch Middlemarch, a fantastic mini-series done on Masterpiece Theater. This is a book I should read someday, but since I have not, I will just talk about the mini-series. I liked the topic, I liked the characters, even the awful Rosamond, but what I liked most of all is that it is a story about ordinary people who do not want to be ordinary. Something a lot of people can relate to. Dr. Lydgate wanted to be a world renowned researcher and instead just ends up a society doctor. I say 'just' because that is how he saw it. His wife wants to lead a society wife's life because she has no other idea how to live. Dorothea, I liked her idealism, but sometimes she was too naive, but it made her who she was. The choices these characters, and others make have repercussions and outcomes that are quite inte…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I have finally read it.

Let me start off this review of sorts by saying Yes Virginia, there will be massive spoilers and there will be cursing.

Ms. Flynn is a good writer for her genre and I appreciate her desire to showcase the dark and very depressing side of life. I also like that she has no desire to wrap things up in bows and give us the Hollywood happy ending.

Now onto the book.

I hated these characters. I hated them because it was like watching two despicable teenagers try to beat each other for title of best text book malignant narcissistic sociopath. This was supposed to be a book about marriage and how people are not what they seem. This was more like the author took The Omen and gave him breasts. Meh.

Amy Elliot Dunne is one of the most disagreeable bitches ever written. Every word, every time she appeared all I wanted to do was punch her in the teeth. I do not enjoy reading a book where all I want to do is run over the main antagonist. I could care less that her parents ha…

Laundry/Mudroom

I am being incredible lazy, because I am incredibly busy, and linking to this post from blog Cape 27. These are awesome laundry and mudroom ideas. I especially like the one with the litter box behind a little door in the laundry room. Our cat's litter box is in our upstairs hall across from the bathroom at present and I get all grossed out walking on bits of litter. I sweep and vacuum constantly, but sometimes you have to be alright with not getting to it right away. Of course I need to wipe my feet before I get into bed so let me just say, cat littler boxes do need their own area where they can be a little messy and it does not up set your balance. Our basement is out of the question because there is no way for the cat to go back and forth unless we cut a hole in the door and that is not happening.
Anyhoo, here is the link and honestly, all of the ideas are just lovely.

Cheers!
MissFifi

Kitchen Progress Indeed

What we have here is a kitchen remodel done by the homeowners. I do not care if you hate IKEA or hate white kitchens, this is absolutely stunning and I applaud anyone who can do this kind of work. I admit I am jealous. If I knew how to do electrical or plumbing work our upstairs bathroom would be on its way.

Blog: Cape 27
Post: Kitchen Progress



Cheers!
MissFifi

Martin Amis on NPR

Martin Amis was on the Leonard Lopate show yesterday to talk about his latest book, Lionel Asbo: State of  England. I have never read one of his books, but this particular one sounds like a good one to start with.
The real reason I am mentioning Martin Amis is that Leonard Lopate asked him how many drafts he goes through before finalizing and his reply was, "First it is in longhand, the second is typed and the third is the one that gets edited."

Longhand.

Bastard.

I wish I was able to longhand my novels. My brain goes to fast and then trying to edit all over the place with pen marks slicing through paragraph after paragraph would most likely make me feel like a failing lunatic. But then I thought maybe that is the best way. Write it out, you have to take you time, contemplate the dialogue, the direction your characters seem to be going. OR is it more like write it out and fall into "The Sound and The Fury" stream of consciousness? So now, when you go to type out e…

Franzen Would Be Proud

Excellent article on Business Insider about how Novelists Are Finding New Ways To Break Internet Addiction
Apparently there are products to help block the internet from your computer so you, as a writer, can focus on your work. I understand why these are necessary to a point, but shouldn't you be able to stop yourself from checking email or blogs or comment sections? I know how it is to get sucked in. I like to read comments on particular blogs to feel a connection to others which is sad in a sense, but you have to drum up the will to make yourself close the window and get back to work. How can you not say "Ok, I am done." Do we really need a program to prevent us from squandering our time? Perhaps I am being harsh. Maybe  Freedom © and SelfControl©   are very helpful and necessary in today's world. I will be the first to admit I can easily get sucked into Wikipedia or other research sites, especially now doing all my biblical research. Okay, so maybe those programs …

Alex Clare - Too Close

Yeah, I am digging this tune big time.


Cheers!
MissFifi

The Art of Description by Anne Marble

Like an writer starting out I get overwhelmed by certain aspects of the process. One of those is I over think when it comes to descriptions. I have read overwrought, mystical descriptions, One Hundred Years of Solitude anyone, that I could never write even if I tried. Nor do I think I would want to try. I have also read poorly done descriptions where the same adjective is used so much you never want to hear it again. That is how I feel about "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. Don't. Want. To. Hear. Ever. Again.
When I write, I start to worry that I am using "walked" or "glanced" too much. Should I always use "said" like Elmore Leonard insists or can I say "growled"? He says no, but I need to write in my own voice, not his. It does make your head spin. I get so caught up writing some scenes that I never know if my descriptions are  enough or too much or too vague or too lame.
Since it is not currently feasible for me to take a wr…