Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Terrifyingly neat and meticulously maintained

...is how Bob Calder describes my work space in the President's Report in freeLance. Ha! I like that. The comment is in reference to the display of work spaces called "A Room of One's Own" at the last SWG Fall Conference. Calder goes on to relate a rather terrifying work space story, which I will get H to read as a preventative measure. No one is allowed to tinker with my stuff.

That said, whenever I go away for a few weeks to concentrate on my writing, H will spend a fair bit of time in my office on my computer, doing things I hate doing. Practical things like cleaning up the hard drive. Making space. I really appreciate that.

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The latest issue of The New Quarterly arrived today. I know I go on and on about this magazine, but I do so for good reason. I just finished reading "A Passel of Poets / A Snicker of Critics," a conversation drawn from a panel discussion on criticism that took place in St. John's. The panelists: Mark Callanan, George Murray, Amanda Jernigan, and Carmine Starnino. Lots of good stuff to think about here. For example, Starnino says criticism is a context builder and goes on to explain what he means. That alone is well worth the price of a subscription.

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In other news, I finally settled on a headdress for the medieval feast that I'll be attending. I had considered a simple wimple, but decided against it. Constructing a convincing, low cost wimple is not as easy as one would think. I decided to go with a hennin instead.

9 comments:

sms said...

is H allowed into your workspace? No one may enter mine at any time without permission, and certainly they may not touch or look at anything!

I used to think this was hard line. Now I know it to be survival.

I'll take a pic of my revised workspace and will post it on SWTB. It was my January project and I'm very pleased with it.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Yep, this has been our arrangement for many years. When I go away, I ask him to whip my digital work space into order so it's as terrifyingly neat as my physical work space. He's very good at it. :)

Looking forward to the pic!

keith said...

what ever happened to the simple elegance of a tiara?

Brenda Schmidt said...

Ha! If I showed up wearing a tiara I'd never hear the end of it.

A hennin is more my style. When I put it on, I call myself Conehead the Brendarian.

Ariel Gordon said...

Hey Pinhead,

Where's my colony update, huh? Huh?!?

Brenda Schmidt said...

Uh, that's General Pinhead to you.

Ok, mini update:

Midnight blue leather sofas.

Wireless.

Poems pouring out.

Endless supply of cookies.

sms said...

are you at colony?

give my best to the abbot please and all the others and enjoy the Mardi Gras Feast...

lucky you

Ariel Gordon said...

Sounds ideal...enjoy!

Brenda Schmidt said...

Thanks guys. Wish you were here! Lucky indeed! I always feel lucky to be here. And I ended up getting my favourite room. East light, I love east light!

And this morning they served French toast. I love French toast!