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March 2017



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if you wanna pray real basic. if you want to help us make it. don't forget you're alone.

Somewhere between 2500 and 3000 words on "Refining Fire" (the current chunk of the secrit projekt, which isn't actually the current chunk of the secrit projekt, but chunk number eight, but what does it matter, the damned thing wants to turn into a novel anhyway and it is not allowed to be one...) today; I lost track, because there was a lot of editing, and I cleaned out the used-up notes from the work file. A lot of words happened, anyway, and it felt pretty good, because it comprised a significant chunk of story. 

The list of Mean Things is too long to even go into, but it starts with sleeping on tile floors and ends with teethbrushing, and if you don't think teethbrushing is a Mean Thing, well, get back to me once this thing hits print. Also, my illustrious cowriter squicked me today. (I squicked her before. We may be slipping in our conviction that we are not horror writers.)

Word, by the way, knows "Gandalf." (ETA: But not "orcs".) Refreshments included cooooooffee. The cat is bugging me. I wonder if I should start doing the formal Progress Notes again; they had gotten too elaborate and boring, but I could cut them back.

No darlings. They would all be too spoilery.

Pretty good night at archery. My first end on the three-spot was boss, and when ashacat and I switched to a food-shaped target, we made mutton out of the poor thing.

I need to work on my anchor point and my focus.Also, I wish I had better eyesight. It's as corrected as it gets, but when I squint through the peep, at twenty yards all I can see is bright blurs and dark blurs. And yes, I am using a giant peep.

...That was completely not in English, was it?

On the other hand, all the weightlifting is paying off. I'm going to have to get my bow set higher. I think it tops out at fifty three, but since I don't use it for hunting that's enough. (I would not want to try deer with a bow that light. You'd be following the poor suffering beast for miles. My recurve is only a thirty: that one's a total girl bow.)

In other news, still no final word on Eunice. The garage promises to tell me what's wrong with her by noon tomorrow. Saturday is likely to be a car-shopping day, once I retrieve my maps, flashlight, shovel, etc from the truck.

Alas, Eunice. I knew her, Horatio. A pickup of infinite jest....

Tomorrow morning, I really ought to walk up to the bank. I can pretend that it's exercise.

22..6 miles to Rivendell, because what with one thing and another, I have not been getting enough walking done this week.

This girl is the black eye. She's the bruise on your knee.
She's the ashes of the people that you really meant to be.


My next trick is handguns, I think. They're opening a range not too far from here soon.

I've shot a few times, but I'm not, you know, good. High and to the left, every time.

A group is the first goal.

Getting the group in the right spot is the second goal.
I always loved your progress notes!
You ever think of shooting more traditional archey? If you go to a recurve or even a longbow you could shoot with a more traditional style. Once you no longer are trying to use peep sights, and are doing more "instinctive" shooting, those vision problems with the peep sights aren't going to matter as much.

Of course, that might not be appropriate for whatever club/leauge/etc, you're shooting in, but it's a thought.
I'm always in support of more traditional archery. Barebow recurve (with a hunting length, 58", rather than olympic) works very well for me. And I have no hope of seeing where the arrows actually are until I get to the target. :-)

And that was perfect English, by the way, don't see the problem ... *g*
Actually, I was completely stuck, and not progressing at all, until I switched to the compound. Now I'm shooting better with the recurve, too, because the compound is teaching me and the recurve wasn't.

I need to get a better recurve one of these years, because mine is a traditional laminate with no chrome, and not particularly accurate on its best day.
If you read my post, you'll notice that I mentioned that my recurve is a thirty-pounder.

Hm... my giant peep can improve my archery...

... probably not.

Of course, now I ought to actually go find out what a peep is in archery since my terminology is limited to "bow", "string", "arrow", and "pointy bit." Google ahoy!
(Well, I could probably guess without Google, but I might as well read up on it.)

It's a sight where you peer *through* the string to sight the arrow.
It all made sense to me.

Then again, it has often been said my version of English is... quirky.


Technical vocabulary!
Nice shooting. :)
Back in the day, I used a 75/60 compound, since I wasn't weight lifting, I had rather imbalanced muscles in my arms... These days, I'm not sure I could even pull it.

As for handguns, I think I'm officially the worlds worst shot. My great-grandfather let me use his WWI M1911, and I literally missed the broadside of the barn at 30 yards. OTOH, I love rifles and I can manage to hit the center of the target out to 100 yards using iron sites. Disclaimer! The poster is aware that this advice is completely unsolicited, and in no way, shape, or form implies any request for advice on the part of the original commentator. [ also... ;) ] Have you considered taking up target shooting with a rifle? A .22 is fun, since there's little kick, they're fairly inexpensive, and they're easy on the ears. As much as I love shooting my .306, I usually wind up with a head ache from the racket it makes.

As for Gandalf being recognized... of course he would be! How else would Word be able to pass?...
I used to be pretty good with a .22 rifle, but they don't excite me that much, I'm afraid. If I'm not going to make a bang, I'd rather use a bow.

Handgun would be mostly a professional skill. The more I know, the better I can write it convincingly.

Also, I kind of want to take Massad Ayoub's graduate handgun course one of these days, and you need a concealed carry permit to be eligible for that.

you do archery

you cool

I haven't shot an arrow since 6th grade and have this 'thing' about wanting to do it again ... sigh ... must keep working out, must ... get ... stronger ...

Re: you do archery


Decent training bows start as low as fifteen pounds.

Just saying.

Re: you do archery


I imagine I could manage a small, or smallish end of medium type of bow, actually. Not a total wimp.

The only problem I have now, is I just googled for archery lessons/ranges in my area and they are all big hunting places ... I can't even kill deer and bunnies in warcrack ...

ok, maybe AM a wimp!

Re: you do archery

The place I shoot is a hunting supply store, but there are plenty of target shooters there too.

You can spot us because we have prettier bows.
Anchor point Good. I did target archery for a few years then quit. A few years after that, I got involved with an archery medieval reenactment group, who had many remarks to make about pussy target archers who wouldn't hoick the string back past their ear like the Proper Manly Period Archers. And then they had to squirm a lot because my grouping was so much better than almost everybody else's. (Even as a target archer I never used an actual sight. The closest I ever had was a round headed map pin stuck through a piece of tape on the front, which I'd tweak for range after a couple of shots. Eventually I stopped using even that because by then I was better off without.)

Alas, those days are long gone now, mainly because of the tendency of groups of people to breed politics, and that takes the joy out of it.
I can hoick a string back pretty damned far, but why would you want to? 1) It's not what the bow is designed for. 2) that extra oomph doesn't do you any good if you are delivering it to an oak tree downrange. 3) arrows are expensive.


Oh yes, the politics. Got that t-shirt... :-P
We were using Gurt Big Self Longbows modelled on the Agincourt era, which were made with clothyards in mind, y'see. This did tend to make my 28-inch draw look a bit of an underachievement. (And it made them feel all Manly, I think.) The extra oomph was useful for the demo we did where one of the group would put a series of broadhead arrows through a car panel to demonstrate the power of the longbow. Not, I hasten to add, a car panel still attached to anybody's car, however tempting that might occasionally have been. Usually we used an old car bonnet from a scrapyard. Of course, as we were using Silly Lengths of Arrow, we more or less had to make our own, which does work out somewhat cheaper than buying them ready made.

It was fun whilst it lasted, though it was a shame how many good friends we lost because of the politics.

Apologies for the late reply - I've had a slightly hectic couple of weeks. (And this evening had trouble deciding whether it was a greater impoliteness to reply this late, or not to reply at all.)