Work progresses on my paper -- very very slowly. It's interrupted by
various things, including grocery shopping and finishing Mad
. Hobb really does a good job of incorporating surprises into
the text, more so than anyone else I've read recently. You think you know
what's happening, what's going on, and then something else just happens --
out of nowhere, but also quite reasonable a thing to happen, and it
changes everything. Impressive how she manages that.
I've also started putting up Xmas ornaments. Started and finished, in
fact. I decided not to do a tree this year -- just too much trouble, and
it takes up a lot of space in my little apartment. But I love my
ornaments, and I couldn't bear to leave them in a box. So while I was at
the grocery store, I picked up some ribbon, and used that to string up the
ornaments around the place. I really like the way they ended up; red and
gold in the living room, blue and silver in the dining room, green and
gold in the little hall leading to the bedroom. Most pleasing.
Anyway, back to the slave mines. On the plus side, I've also paid bills
and cleared away all sorts of little items that had been hanging around on
my desk. It's amazing how writing papers gets so much else accomplished
in the house...