Sunday Roundup

100 words for 100 days: Am now at 11 days straight. It’s getting surprisingly easy to get the words done, which is good; writing regularly hasn’t been a habit for a while, so these baby steps are good for getting my feet back under me.

Knitting: Blocked the Aeolian Shawl, though I think I need to re-block the edges because they aren’t pointy enough. Have finished the right front of the Diagonal Jacket and am currently working on the back.

Books: Finished A Countess By Christmas. Started another book that proved a major Did Not Finish. Am finally reading Wolf Hall, which I bought months ago.

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Signed up for the TBR Challenge for 2011. My husband has informed me this isn’t an excuse to buy more books. Of course, he’s not the one managing the Kindle library…

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Treated myself and signed up for the Discovery session of Storywonk that starts on January 16. I’ve been looking for a method to compromise between my urge to be a total and utter pantsers and the feeling I need to do something to keep myself from falling into large potholes a third of a way into a project. The workshop sounds almost exactly like what I was looking for, so I’m looking forward to it.

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When I am in the middle of a project, one of my standard pieces on my iPod is Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” as performed by Benny Goodman and his orchestra. If nothing else, the driving rhythm keeps my fingers moving. Below is a clip from the 2000 Tony Awards when the musical Fosse, which celebrated the work of the legendary director and choreographer, was up for an award.

There was a time when I used to be able to move like that and back in the day when i was young and a dancer, I remember practicing for hours to get my hands to move just so in the Fosse style.