Les Semaines

December 31, 2006

what I'm thinking and doing § what I'm listening to § what I'm reading
what I'm writing § retrospective: old journal

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That Kind of Year

A fast year. A year of slow, quiet, background progress, where nothing obvious happened though a lot of things moved forward writing wise, life-wise, thinking. I feel like I've accomplished a lot and nothing at the same time.

A little frustrating, because I always feel I should be accomplishing more, especially writing. Should have finished a novel or two, a book of poems or two, a short story, written more regularly here.

I am starting out the year feeling in a good position for things to start happening. Work and work-at-home aren't exactly under control, but I feel in a good position to get them under control. I feel energetic and ready to start the new year. Already set up my files and shredded some old ones. I still have way too much to do everywhere, but damn that's better than too little, right? I will keep telling myself that, at least. I also have a few organizational things set up that I think will help, and I'm trying not to look at the great piles-ups of things or the fact that my email inbox now sites at 585 (sigh).

We'll see how my ambitions to catch up and keep up with things turn out. Every year I think something like this.

Happy New Year, all!

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Listening

My top listens of 2006 (no particular order):
  • Fiery Furnaces, Bitter Tea
  • Under Byen, Samme Stof Som Stof
  • Final Fantasy, He Poos Clouds
  • Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope
  • Charlotte Martin, Stromata
  • Thom Yorke, The Eraser
  • Gabriela Kulka, Out
  • Psapp, The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
  • Mari Boine, Idjagiedas/In The Hand of the Night
  • Bats for Lashes, Fur and Gold
  • The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
Other things I particularly enjoyed:
  • Quiet music for quiet people (featuring Inga Liljestrom)
  • Camille, Live au Trianon
  • Anja Garbarek, Briefly Shaking
  • Halou, Wholeness & Separation
  • Melora Creager, Perplexion
  • Beirut, Gulag Orkestar
  • Iva Bittova, Elida
  • Zoe Keating, One Cello x 16: Natoma
Older music discovered this year:
  • White Magic, Through the Sun Door
  • Psapp, Tiger My Friend
  • Xavier Rudd, To Let
  • Nicola Hitchcock, passive aggressive
  • Severa Nazarkhan, Yol Bolsin
Made 311 trades on lala.com: 161 out and 151 in. Wow.

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Reading

Elizabeth Bear's Blood and Iron is set in the world of faerie with excursions into the real world. It seems that not only is there competition between the Seelie and Unseelie courts, but a group of human magicians are also working to destroy the world of faerie to it can no longer impringe on the human, kidnap children, etc. The Seeker is bound to the Seelie queen and must do her wishes. Now she must find the Merlin, who is the Unseelie court's only chance of making it through these conflicts. Unfortunately, both the Unseelie Court and the Mages want the Merlin, too. A fun, compelling read.

There's a collection called Santa Baby of three novellas by sexy romance writers that sells under Jennifer Crusie's name, as she's the best known of the three. Hers is also the best of the three, though it's slight compared to her full-length novels. The other two stories are okay, though the sex scenes are hot. I guess that's what they're for. Ho hum. kind of a waste of time.

Karleen Koen Through a Glass Darkly is a novel about the granddaughter of the novel I finished a short time ago. This is set in the time of the Hanover kings, and features obsession love, politics, cruelty, just like the first one. A highly enjoyable read.

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Writing

Hard to believe I am still trimming, but so I am. Didn't get as much done as I might have if the holidays weren't happening, but I did continue to work, so hooray for me.

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