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International Calm Day

Today is International Calm Day, so the Calm app which I’ve been using free for the past month, has unlocked ALL it’s staggering amount of content for meditation for today only. I’ve been pretty pleased with the regular unlocked free content (breathing bubble, unguided meditation, and the wide assortment of beautiful scenes and sounds to meditate to.) I got up early this morning so I’d have plenty of time to try out the premium material. I did the Daily Calm, then the first few days of the 7 Days of Calm, then I listened to some other types of “7 Days of Calm”, specifically for Stress and Anxiety, as well as “Emergency Calm”, the first of the Winnie the Pooh Daily Calm series, Walking Meditation (which I tried out in the backyard because I generaly don’t like walking around with earbuds), and a lovely selection of John Muir’s writings about Yosemite which was one of their “Sleep Stories”. My family is going through a very stressful time right now, so I was not only evaluating how useful the paid features would be to me, but also trying to evaluate how useful they would be to someone who hasn’t practiced meditation before. It seems to me that the paid features would be very good for people who are new to meditation. The approach is secular and the technique is good and well-grounded. There are a lot of options besides the ones I “test-drove” this morning: guided meditations focusing on things like Happiness, Self-Esteem, Sleep, Lovingkindness, Forgiveness, and Commuting (one of the other meditations I listened to also touched on handling the frustrations and tensions of traffic). There’s even meditation for Kids, and Sleep Stories for Kids. Like I said, lots of options. Additionally they have a new “Daily Calm” guided meditation every day for subscribers. I’ve been very pleased with the free options and I think that the stunning amount of material available to subscribers (which is very well-done) would surely be more than worth it for some people. Check out all the goodies free today, April 5th!

Dead Text

The final ghost story of the month is up on Wattpad! “Dead Text” is the story of a grieving woman who begins getting text messages from her dead husband’s phone. This story is public (or at least as public as Wattpad allows). This is one of two ghost stories publically available on Wattpad; there are two more accessible to followers only. The previous story, which was serialized in five parts last week, continues to climb in the rankings! This week’s story is complete in a single part. I’ve enjoyed doing a “Halloween thing” on Wattpad, which included republishing two old ghost stories stories and serializing a very long ghost story story that originally was posted on my author site, as well as writing and publishing this brand new ghost story on Wattpad. Thanks to all of you who are reading along! Follow me on Wattpad for more fiction!

So the Ravellenics are over…

MEDAL-SOCKI medalled in the Sock-Put and got the Single Skein laurel from Team Tardis (teams give laurels, “Bobicus” gives medals). Maybe next time — if I’m not in the throes of book revisions (Hahaha..like that’ll ever happen) — I’ll try something more ambitious. There were some pretty impressive projects done by my fellow Whovians in Ravelry (Who Knits group) and by Ravellers in general. Today I’m back to exploring fictional worlds in my head while knitting. Now if I could just get rid of that Olympic theme earworm…

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Ravellenic Games 2016

I first heard of this huge mass knitting event when it hit the news some years ago because the name at that time was “Ravelympics” and the U.S. Olympic  Committee sent an insulting cease and desist letter to Ravelry, the big knit/crochet social network. It hit all the major and minor news outlets (here’s the Washington Post article, for instance) and blew up big online both for the non-standard insulting language of the letter and the furious outrage of oh, a couple million or so knitters. The idea is to knit while watching the Olympics, so you’d think they’d be happy for the publicity and the bump in viewership, but no, they insisted that the name be changed, and because they were so rude and insulting to knitters the Olympic committee ended up apologizing not once, but twice, before the furor died down.

The media coverage of this was also the first time I heard of Ravelry. After I picked up my sticks again, I joined last year, so this is my first time participating in the Ravellenics. I’d joined some Rav groups, but hadn’t posted in any. A couple of local shops were participating but since I’d be using yarn purchased at Fiber Fest, it didn’t seem right to join one of those teams. So I joined the Who Knits group, a fine bunch of Whovians, who have Team Tardis for the Ravellenics. I’m making a nifty “slouch sock”. The pattern I’m using is Andie from a recent issue of The Knitter. The purl rows slowed me down a bit but I think I’m still on track to finish and get both medal and laurel in this year’s Ravellenics. I have only the foot and toe left on the first sock, then on to the second sock. I don’t know why but the second sock almost always goes faster than the first. The yarn is Malabrigo Sock, the color is Archangel.

Here’s my progress:

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