So What Have I Been Doing?

OK, since I haven't been working on a novel, and I obviously haven't done much posting to my blog, what have I been doing with my time? Considering I'm 'between contracts' right now, that's a pretty fair question.

Well, I've been braiding of course, completing a very long braid that took me most of a week of braiding, some useful braiding to actually use for something, and a bunch of screwing around experimenting. In braiding-related project work, I made a third marudai, this one constructed with nuts and bolts so it can be disassembled for travel.

I also read Neal Stephenson's latest book, Anathem. It's 890 pages of theory and practice, plus a glossary and some appendices. I liked it a lot, but then I'm a big fan of his writing. I know that quite a few people find his books insufferable, and this one probably won't change their opinions, but it's a good book and a I enjoyed it. It's a constant surprise, which is difficult to maintain for ~900 pages, but Stephenson is a master.

I've also been doing a bit of woodworking, on a project that I don't want to talk much about right now, but has needed a fair amount of precision work, so it's taking a bit of time. I'm really happy with it so far.

Lastly, I've been taking care of some things from the "Dumb Things I Gotta Do" category in my To Do list. Examples of things still on the list include putting new planks on the tops of my sawhorses (3/4 complete, but the last one has some stuff sitting on it) and repainting my license plate frame. Excitement!

2008.11.17 at 12:00am EDT