The Architectural Serpent has taken a very Gaudiesque turn. This is unlikely to displease Lysa, but you never know. She may reject it. I’m making pieces for everyone on the Edit Team.
After all, the Edit Team… my God. What troopers, what geniuses, what unfailingly polite taskmistresses. They polished the book so beautifully.
I’ve noticed some interesting things about this Serpent. For one, the Horn structure is dominating the natural ruffle that the beads make where I stepped down from size 8 to size 15 rounds. The rounds echo the slope and peak of the Horns, and I can see that from one row of horns I could grown an entire field of rippling mimics with nary an increase nor a decrease ever placed.
Does Gaudi not sing out in this one? He would adore it, together we would bead a building.
I read the whole book last night. Cover to cover, sitting in an airplane flying out of sunny, warming Tucson, and then in airport, with CNN blaring in the background. Astoundingly happily, magically, the book was so beautiful, so excellent, so engaging, I just forgot the horrors both of chasing winter across the frozen tundra and of CNN’s general existence. I found myself laughing in a most unladylike fashion, honks of laughter, when I would run across an absurd bit of silliness in an otherwise admirably nerdly paragraph.
It was excellent. Most excellent.
One of the pages I changed was the sizing page. In fact, I added words to three sizing pages, words that basically said, “Look, people, this work is completely wack. No two counts have come out the same size once. Even with our combined century of power beading, we have nothing intelligent to say about sizing this work.” I mean seriously. Some pieces shrink an inch and a half, some a quarter inch. I am going to need a lot more time before I can make generalizations. I hope that the people making the work from Volume I will help inform the sizing discussion for Volume II.
I feel silly, not being able to say much except “For God’s sake make a ring to test your planned bead combination.”