Welcome to wainscoting!

I think we’re going to do it, just haven’t picked which room will be the lucky one.

This is what most people think of as wainscoting.

We’re going in an oakier direction.

 

Totally not what we’re doing for a powder room. But the tile selection is quite nice.  Apparently way more people want to wainscot their bathrooms than I ever imagined.

 

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Not always ready for primetime (writing update)

Got my edits back and I could publish as-is, but it would be best long-term to go ahead and do rewrites.  What I wanted to publish suffered from staring at it too long myself and starting to not-see basic continuity issues.  There is a slice of life short story I will send out to magazines in the New Year, but I also have a lot more work to do to set up the pen name so it’s easy to use.  This is why self-editing is not the best approach for the vast majority of writers.  You can figure out basic spelling errors yourself, but since it’s your story, sometimes you just stop being able to step outside of it and approach the plot, form, structure and characters cold-eyed.  Pro edits aren’t expensive, even for novel-length and they’re worth it regardless of whether you pull it back or push it out.  Many self-published writers I personally buy the books of do 2 or even 3 editing passes before publishing.

Honestly, if it was a novel-length manuscript, I’d perhaps take my chances in the marketplace, because people are more forgiving with novel-length work being corrected here and there on the fly, but it was a novella and those are higher-risk and low-medium reward.

Working on arranging our household so we can all do more physical activity is going to be the main project this year.  Sounds unrelated, but having more energy and muscle mass helps with cognitively demanding tasks like writing and with the organizational aspects of finding the time in a household where a bunch of other cognitively demanding things are going on.

So the revised plan is to find time for rewrites and some other work and to submit the other story to Asimov’s (might as well start at the top!) January or Feb, unless they don’t have open submissions then in which case I’ll submit to some other “top” market with open submissions.

So I think updating every couple months is probably the best way to keep me on track.  So another update in February!

 

November reading update

I read 7 books for this month.  Another ebook only month, Kindle Unlimited had some good options.

I read Larry Correia’s second high fantasy book, the third is out next year or so.  It was a little thin, but still engaging.  T.W.O. read it too and what jumped out for him as a flaw was the lack of dance.  Dance is deeply important to martial fighters for what are no longer obvious reasons, and it’s usually absent from fantasy fiction involving martial arts these days, and this was, alas, no exception.  I continued in sequels with the latest in a magitek series written very quickly by one of the assortment of modern pulp authors.  It was ok, I’ll probably read a third or fourth.

I also read some more Tanith, short stories and novellas that were easy to check out.  I finally read Cordwainer Smith’s spy novel, published under yet another pen name.  It is all too short, but very action-filled and fascinating.

I also read one of those historical society collections of annotated pictures about a pair of counties in Indiana because it had a paragraph about Gene Stratton-Porter.  I thought it would be more than that, lol.  The evolution of the counties over a century was much more interesting than expected.  Indiana is a major cultural fulcrum point in American literature and social myth.

I have some print books I’ve been working on, but I don’t know if they’ll be done by December’s end.

Anyway, 94 books down, 6 to go.

 

Maker space

Some new shelving from T.W.O., replacing a terrible pullout pantry with regular wood shelves.

Before

 

After

We’ve been seeing less kitchen clutter since the change.  Papering or additional finishing is probably a summer project, though.

The kids wanted to race each other, so they made a starting line.

We politely requested that the dirt go back to the nice plants who needed it, so this picture is all that remains.

And lastly but not leastly, as the old poem says, only God can make a tree.