NaPoWriMo, 100 Day Project, An Old Poem

In keeping with November and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel over the course of the month, April is NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing Month. I’m thinking about participating again to see if I can write more than the 12 poems I did in 2014. Are any of you planning on doing that?

April 1 also marks the start of the 100 Day project, which I participated in in 2015, with 100 days of fiber art. Wait, that’s not entirely accurate. In 2015, the 100 day project started on April 1, I found out about it from someone I follow on Instagram, and followed along through The Great Discontent. Since then, I think there have been a number of 100 day project efforts, some of them even by lone people challenging themselves. In any case, that’s on my mind as well. I don’t think I could manage 100 days of poetry, but another 100 days of fiber art might be fun and interesting and inspiring.

Back to poetry. I know none of you signed up to read my poetry. I have to say there’s nothing worse than surprise bad poetry (and no one thinks their poetry is bad), but mine really isn’t that bad – I started out as a Creative Writing major focused on poetry before coming to my senses and switching to Rhetoric (in the classical sense, not the way the media uses the word today). So. I guess to warn you all that I may do NaPoWriMo and I may start posting poems, here’s one (unedited) from my 2014 effort.

Early April

The rivers are liquid again
but the puddles still freeze in the mud on the driveway.
In the morning, I stomp on the air bubbles frozen in them
while I wait for the bus to take me to school.
I make the rounds in the yard every day:
the crocuses planted by the foundation are up,
but the daffodils by the stone wall are not.
The lily of the valley bed
still has snow: it’s in the shadow of the house,
but each day it melts a little so that last year’s leaves,
bowed down under the weight of winter, are slowly revealed.
This is just the beginning.
But there will be an ending too:
after the rain overfills the brook and the pond,
the weight of the water will break the dam and my heart.

TBT: Young Eleanor & FDR

Eleanor Roosevelt knit constantly and was photographed knitting often. I suppose it’s a bit more rare to see a photo of FDR knitting as well, but here it is. There is another much more comprehensive blog post about Eleanor knitting, so I won’t get into anything here. However, neatorama explains (scroll to the second to last point) that this photo, taken shortly after their marriage, was likely a joke: Eleanor is actually holding a cocktail glass (perhaps his favorite pastime) and FDR is shown knitting (her favorite pastime). He’s doing a terrible job holding the working yarn, by the way, which further supports the idea that this is an elaborate joke.

The Week March 20-26, 2017

Last week’s goals with progress indicated:

    • Knit 3 more wedges of Aranami.
    • Continue with Aspen sleeves.
      I’m almost done with the increases and near where I should start the sleeve cap shaping.
    • Go to TKD twice.
      This almost didn’t happen thanks to snow days, but I’m still feeling Friday’s workout.
    • Keep learning how to spreche Deutsch and hablas Español and not get anything mixed up with le Français. Or Franglais.
      I kept going, but not as often as I was doing it (daily). I’m not sure I want to include it in this goal setting exercise or keep it just for fun. 

      I also:

    • Added pictures to my Society6 page and selected a whole bunch of others to upload there.

Next week:

  • Knit 3 or more wedges of Aranami.
  • Start sleeve cap shaping on Aspen sleeves.
  • Go to TKD twice.
  • Add more pictures to Society 6 and let my FB people know.

And for your enjoyment, Swallow by Tony Pinkevich.

TBT: Boye Needle Holster

Oh, my, what knitter doesn’t need a holster for needles? Or this sweet crop top and short set? Though I have to admit I’m not a fan of Boye needles. My first set of interchangeables was a Boye set that I got at a big box craft store and the only thing they had going for them was that the tips were interchangeable. That holster, though!


While I was knitting …

I started watching Legion a few weeks ago, having not read the comic and without knowing anything about the story arc. I’d seen previews for it and was initially attracted by … well, I guess by the feel of it. I like most sci fi and I love sci fi that feels like its of or from a certain era, and Legion harkens to the late 60s and 70s; some of the wardrobe choices, the set dressing, even the lighting, and later, the action sequences.

A quick synopsis/the set up: David, played by Dan Stevens of Downton Abby fame but practically unrecognizable as the same actor who played Matthew, is a schizophrenic patient in Clockworks Psychiatric Hospital. He’s been in and out of institutions most of his life but has settled into a routine. A beautiful new patient arrives (Rachel Keller) and shakes up his routine; they’re attracted to each other but there’s something more. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, so I’ll just generalize and skip to the part where we find out that David might not be schizophrenic after all, that maybe instead he’s got some very powerful abilities that he hasn’t learned to control and that explains the growing list of odd things about him and his past.

This set up really speaks to me; wouldn’t we all like to find out our biggest weakness is really our biggest asset, if only we knew how to use it properly? Okay, maybe not you, but I would certainly be happy for this to happen and in fact I’ve been trying to take that perspective with mental illness because I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 after dealing with depression since I was a teenager.

I also like that the show plays with the ideas of reality, dreams, and memories. At points, it’s difficult to tell what’s actually happening – are the characters actually experiencing this or is it part of David’s memory or is it a nightmare, and is that nightmare someone else’s nightmare that’s being manipulated? I should probably re-watch the episodes so far (I’ve watched 5 at this point) and maybe poke around the internet for some clues about the story arc, but I’m really enjoying not knowing.