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New Year, (another) New Start

My introverted side has been in control for a while, but I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m ready to share things again. It’s not like I haven’t been doing anything

My Cossack Poncho CossackPonchoFull_Fall2015

The “Cossack” refers to the yarn –Sirdar, and free-to-me via someone else’s de-stashing. It’s a dark, blackish-blue with strands of pale turquoise and flecks of copper — great with jeans and got a lot wear in the last few months.


2015 Handmade Gift Extravaganza

This year, everyone on my list got one of these cowls.”Only” twelve in these pics — I made a total of 15, and all done (and blocked!) before they needed to be wrapped on the 24th. (pretty sure that’s a first for me…)


And last — but definitely not least — my new Schacht Flip Loom, a much hinted-for but still unexpected birthday gift from JayZee.

MyFlip25_October 2015

A close up of the on-loom project, a scarf in self-striping sock yarn warp with weft of solid blue fine fingering yarn. It’s done and off the loom now, waiting for me to get up the nerve to full it.




Happy Solstice!


I’ve been spending a lot of time making gifts for others, but art is a gift I give myself: a Mandala to celebrate the victory of light over darkness.

Moonlight (glow in the dark!) gelly roll pens on black bristol board

Oops, I did it again

Just over a month since my last post.  Time to play catch up again.

  • MoWriMo — I got bogged down my a nasty cold in the last ten days of the month, but I managed to keep up pretty well up to then. I’ve got the drafts of 3 and a half new chapters of my novel, a total of just over 10,000 new words. I’m happy with where the story went while I was getting there and I never once had to resort to typing nonsense to keep up my word count.
  • Secret make-one-for-everybody gift project: I’ve completed 7 and am halfway through with the eighth.  That means 4 more to go, and probably more like 5, as I’m not 100% happy with the way one of the 7 looks.  Given my past history with this sort of thing, I’m absolutely on track for on-time completion.


I haven’t posted here in a while, but it’s not because I’m doing NaNoWritMo. I did that once a few years ago, wrote the first draft of an urban fantasy novel that was well over the 50,000 word goal. I proved that I could do it, but pretty much did nothing else but go to work and NaNoWriMo all month long.  (Sometimes I wrote at work as well, thanks to a little conference room near my desk that was usually not booked during my lunch hour.)  What I didn’t do is write a good novel. I’ve tried to re-write it a couple of times since and I’m still not happy with it.

However, a few months ago I came up with an idea for a novel that I think has a lot more potential. I’m really excited about it, more excited about anything I’ve written in a long time. The weekend-binge writing “schedule” I’ve been using for short stories doesn’t work so well for a novel; I really do need to work on it every day to keep the flow and momentum going.  But I know I can’t commit to the 1600+ words a day NaNoWriMo pace, and what’s more, I don’t think it would be the right thing to do. It’s not a realistic regular writing pace for me, and if my previous attempt is any proof, the words that get written are not mostly good ones. NaNoWriMo success is purely based on word count, and they all count — good, bad, and even ones that make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

So I’m doing what I’m calling simply WriMoMo — Write More Month.  My goal is to find the time to write at least 500 words a day, 3500 words a week, 15000 words by the end of the month.  So far so good: as of last night, I’ve written 2623 words, which brings me just to the end of chapter 5 of the novel.  Compared to the 3 months it took me to work through the initial idea and write the first 4 chapters, completing a chapter in less than a week feels great.  When the month is over, I want to be able to keep up the pace, until the novel is finished — and then on into the next one.

I’ve also started working on my annual make-one-for-everyone-on-the-list holiday gift project. I won’t be posting pictures here, for obvious reasons, but I’ll track my running tally and try to get a group picture to post after the holidays. (One down and at least eight more to go…)