un-creative writing

I have never, really, taken a creative writing class. When I talk to people about writing, I think people always assume that I studied creative writing, or that the whole graduate school thing was about writing programs or some such. And while I respect and a number of people who are involved in the discipline of "creative writing," I am not terribly enticed either by the possibilities of the field as a dialogue, or by the utility of the training for myself.…

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Camp Report #4 (final)

I'm sorry for not posting when I got home or twittering from the road, but I seem to have survived the ordeal of the drive. I did the drive, which is about 520 miles, in almost exactly eight hours. Which means I averaged did the speed limit ;) In any case, I think that was pretty good. In any case, by the time I got home, I was in no shape to do anything except sleep and knit.…

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Camp Report 3

1. Franklin tried on my tychoish henry viii sweater. I need to take such better pictures of my knitting. 2. I did pretty well in the contest, I got some hemp/wool yarn. The shawl I raffled off to support camp scholarships, did pretty well, and it went to Carol Anderson of Cottage Creations who is a great deal of fun. 3. There were great dirty jokes at the end of class.…

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Camp Report #2

I don't have a lot to report. I knit a lot, that was really good. The party promises to be great tonight. I got my 1000 Knitters Project portrait taken today. I'm somewhere in the 900s, and I'm within 20 of people like Meg (and Cully!) Swansen, Medrith Glover, and Emily-freaking-Ocker. How cool is that. I'm also going to be in the project as tycho garen, rather than my real name.…

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Camp Report #1

Knitting camp. Where to start. This is an analogy that will only make sense to the morris dancers in the audience, but it's sort of like an ale, with more yarn and less dancing (of course) and much less singing. It's the lack of singing that I find most disconcerting actually. This is the session that has history, out of all the sessions of this camp. There are a few people who have been coming for 35 years, and many people who have been coming for way more than 20 years.…

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Of Email Filtering

Email is a beast. While I would say that I don't--at the moment--get a huge amount of email, I get enough that if I didn't have a system in place for dealing with the email, it would be completely useless. I've not written about it here, but I have spent some time over the past few weeks working out how to replace a good but faltering system with a much more robust set up.…

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The Plan

Hey friends! So I might have mentioned that I'm going to knitting camp at the end of the week. A long drive on Thursday leaving far to early in the morning. Followed by four whole days of intensive knitting, and then a drive back. As a result the blog schedule will be a bit--disrupted. Last year when I was at camp I posted a fair piece, and I suspect that I'll want to opportunity to recount camp stories a bit as they happen.…

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