Still Working….

Posted: May 26th, 2023 under Uncategorized.

Last stitch is still annoying me.  Lots of good things have been accomplished with Kate’s help, but I will need to keep at it after she goes home next week.  And for the next few days, of course, as well.   Boxes and bags of stuff has gone out in the trash.  Yarn and stacks of off-season clothes have gone into bins for later final sort and storage.  All the tech stuff but one has been accomplished, including some unexpected wins and some (expected but not exactly welcome) fails.  The most visible difference is in my study, but there’s more to do there, too, and no room is *completely* done: three are markedly better, however.

I have managed to pull off an additional thing…a thank=you to the ER crews at the hospital, which should cheer them up when working on a holiday weekend.   Really, REALLY happy with the cooperation of a pizza shop!!  And a Paksworl-related short thing is coming together nicely, though I can’t work on it steadily while we’re trying to do this other stuff.



  • Comment by Jim DeWItt — May 26, 2023 @ 3:07 pm


    I had three surgeries recently to carve out melanoma on my left forearm. Each included the sort of subcutaneous stitches that are supposed to be resorbed. They weren’t. Instead they slowly emerged from the scar, itching furiously each time, catching on clothing and towels. A total of seven in all. So you have my sympathy for your last stitch.

  • Comment by Chuck Gatlin — May 26, 2023 @ 6:10 pm


    During all the sorting and excavation of geological strata, have any of the old long-lost notebooks of Paksworld history/notes/world-building re-surfaced?

  • Comment by Annabel Smyth — May 27, 2023 @ 4:00 am


    I think I need Kate to help me sort out this flat!

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — May 28, 2023 @ 5:26 am


    Speaking of the last stitch – in a Nero Wolfe story the girl is complaining about a nasty guy who would lure a girl to his apartment and then pressure her into removing the last stitch. Needless to say he got his.

  • Comment by elizabeth — May 30, 2023 @ 9:10 pm



  • Comment by elizabeth — May 30, 2023 @ 9:21 pm


    She’s a miracle-worker. Granted, there’s more to do in the rest of the house, but my study is now 99% done. And she was working with an impaired client, thanks to the face-plant, until maybe the last week. 2 new computer systems installed for 2 people, new wireless system acquired and installed, a laptop that had apparently failed recovered and put back in action, two old tablets rehabilitated and reconnected to their accounts, a “dead” netbook re-awakened, two old hard drives persuaded to work long enough to recover their data, plus the study restored to functionality from the indescribable mess it was. When I write today’s post, there’ll be a picture of the almost-finished project (that I know I can finish alone; she’s leaving June 1.) Three more rooms had starts made on their restoration. At last 98% of my yarn stash was recovered in usable condition.

  • Comment by elizabeth — May 30, 2023 @ 9:25 pm


    Chuck: Yes. Today. The topic of the next post which I’m about to write. I didn’t find *everything* but I found a lot of the material I most wanted to find. Including more verses of the songs in the books, some of the music, old tales, etc.

  • Comment by Leslie — May 30, 2023 @ 11:13 pm


    Have the Paksworld songs been recorded, or any chance that might happen? among my well loved CD’s are the Harper Hall songs of Pern. It would be amazing to know the tunes to sing along with your books.

  • Comment by elizabeth — May 31, 2023 @ 12:02 pm


    Not that I know of, Leslie. I’m really slow at notating music so I often just hear it in my head, but then of course I can forget it quickly, too. If I could get together with someone who knows how to write it down, or if there were a keyboard that could convert it to notation as I played, and play it back (handling the notation of keys and tempo is hardest for me; I always played and sang by ear, though I can now read music good enough to get by as a chorister…or did, the voice is going.)

  • Comment by Fred — June 13, 2023 @ 4:41 pm


    I’d love to hear your ideas for the music.

    So, two possibilities for getting the music into more usable form:
    1. Online computer transcription at
    (Works with either recordings or a microphone)
    2. On a local computer: (again, works with either recordings or a microphone. This one is a bit more work, but seems like it is more accurate)

    I have both of these – so a third option would be to send me recordings (perhaps only one melody as a trial), and I could run it through either or both. My email is in the comment submission.

    -Fred (singer and engineer)

  • Comment by elizabeth — July 28, 2023 @ 10:07 pm


    I’ll need to get back to this after ArmadilloCon–I’ve got this revision request pending. I’ll see about getting some way of recording (I used to have a tape machine that worked, but apparently it sat too long and now makes that “dead” click when turned on. Thanks for the time and thought you’ve put into the project.

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