April 29th, 2006

viking princess necklace

Odd customs of the Norse

I rarely have a tyop of the day, but here's one this morning: "The icy path was barley, used until the spring." Um. Let's try that again: "The icy path was barely used until the spring." Right then. No trampling the slippery winter grains, takk.

So far this morning I have eaten first breakfast, gone to the grocery store, mopped the floors, cleaned the few fiddly bits of the kitchen markgritter didn't get to last night, run the Roomba in the rooms markgritter didn't get to last night, written a handful of e-mails, and added a few hundred words to The Mark of the Sea Serpent. I have two hours until my parents and my aunt and uncle arrive for second breakfast (everyone else's first -- I probably won't have much of a lunch, with a roll and fruit at 10:30). In that time, I need to get clean and presentable, put the house back together (kitchen chairs and rugs back on the mopped floors etc.), fold a load of laundry, and clean the fruit. I also hope to start the pear crisp, the chocolate cake, the chili, and another load of laundry, and I wouldn't say no to a few hundred more words on MSS.

I also wouldn't say no to falling over and sleeping, but I suspect that can wait until afternoon.
good mris pic

Week of April 23-29

One rejection. Slow week. Still waiting on some hold requests and revision requests. Part of the business, I guess.

Breakfast went well -- everything was ready in time -- and now I have to cook up some chocolate frosting and make a batch of cornbread, and that's about it for the "have to" category yet today. I would like to get a few things put in the frames we already have for them and hung before the in-laws get here, but I feel confident that they will survive if I don't. It's not that there's nothing to do, it's that there's nothing else I have to do.

Enthusiasm from people at Minicon tipped me over into buying Garth Nix's Mister Monday, and I'm glad I did. It followed Throne of Jade better than most books could: I was able to enjoy Mister Monday for itself and not fuss about it not being Black Powder War (which, for the two of you not following the entirely deserved uproar about naominovik's books, is not available yet). I don't remember who was enthusiastic about Mister Monday and its sequels, except that it was people in the crowd near the door on Sunday -- zwol, madmanatw, howl_at_the_sun, eileenlufkin? I'm almost sure it was neither pameladean nor mgs, but it may well have been one of the people who remain ljless. Anyway, I've gone and added Grim Tuesday to my wishlist, so that can be considered a successful book nudge.

I'm just about to start another book by someone on the friendslist, but I haven't even read the first page, so I can't say how it'll go yet. I'm optimistic, though, or I wouldn't have bought it in the first place.