Sunday, July 22, 2012

That which cannot be named

Amigurumi kiss

The Ravellenic Games start on Friday. This knitting and crochet challenge is apparently inspired by some sporting event or other that's also starting then; the said sporting event sent a "cease and desist" order when Ravelry called their games the Ravelympics, so they renamed them. Maybe like Oxford Street Waterstones we should call them "Lord Voldesport - it which cannot be named".

I'm not taking part. I've tried taking part in a crochet challenge before and it took all the fun out of it. I'm taking wool and hooks on holiday with me and I'll probably turn out an object or two over the two weeks away, but I can't work to a schedule.

On the other hand, I have every intention of taking part in the madness that is Nanowrimo this November. Unlike crochet, I don't write much during the year and I always need something to set me off. Maybe it's because crochet is mostly mindless by comparison with writing, or maybe I just like the feel of wool between my fingers. Or perhaps I'm just lazy.

What about you? When you're writing, crafting, taking part in sport or whatever you do for fun, do you like a challenge or do you prefer to go at your own pace?

10 COMMENTS:

Debbie said...

NaNo is a great challenge, and I'll be doing it again. Bring it on!

I like to set myself goals, and in this way I can achieve something productive.

Debbie.

fairyhedgehog said...

Debbie, I'll be seeing you over on the Nano forums then!

I really need some short story competitions to get me writing the rest of the year.

Old Kitty said...

What sporting event is happening next week!?! :-)

But seriously! Yay for the crocheting equivalent of the Games-That-Must-Not-Be-Named event!!! How wonderful!

Oh I go at my own snail's, giant tortoise, Lonesome George (RIP!) kind of pace when it comes to my writing! LOL!

Good luck for Nanowrimo! Take care
x

Lexi said...

What miserable spoilsports those people running a collection of race-type events are. But the substitute names are more fun.

I don't like deadlines, but there's no denying they focus one's mind wonderfully. Perhaps I'll give myself six months to achieve world domination...

Mwahahahahaha!

fairyhedgehog said...

Kitty, but you keep on writing! That's more than I manage!

Lexi, I'm cowering already. Just six months for me to find another world to live in.

David said...

Well, making my science fiction readable is all the challenge I can handle. Writing a novel in a month would just frustrate me, if I have to keep going when replotting and rewriting might actually make a decent work. I put the no in nanorimo, for myself only, of course.

fairyhedgehog said...

David, you've got more staying power than I have with your writing! I hope the book sales are going well.

skaempfer said...

Actually, I don't really see how anyone can trademark a two-thousand year old idea. WTF?

Anyway, about the challenges, good question. For me, alas, a lot of it has to do with whether or not anyone will notice if I finish or not. Sad, but there it is. I am considering Nano this year, though. As for the Ravelympics, I'm going to be away (yay!) from Friday for a little more than two weeks, so, bad time for a challenge...

I hope to come back raring to write.

Simon Kewin said...

Tempted by NaNo, I really am. Maybe a challenge too far...

fairyhedgehog said...

skaempfer, I know! But I think Orange have trade marked "Orange" and that's even worse!

If you need cheering on for Nano, I can do that! And jjdebenedictis makes a terrific cheerleader!

Simon, only you know if it would help or hinder your writing! You could always give it a go and stop if you feel it's getting in the way.

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