Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Writing and Editing

Some days it feels like you need time to recuperate after returning from a trip. Logically, one would be able to step right back into the everyday mundane, but usually some slip-ups happen.

French Canal near Noyon
Shifting from finishing one novel to writing the next feels much the same way. Parts of one story leak over into another story, or elements from a third story illuminates a need in the first story. Currently, I'm editing three novels - two from a new series I'm trying to publish, and the third is Azure Maris' third book. In addition, I'm writing the sequel to Shamrocks of Stone, and developing ideas for another series.

While it may seem counter-intuitive, my brain works best with multiple story ideas. After all, many times an idea loses steam or turns out to be lousy. At the beginning of an idea, it looks as endless as the canal above, but very quickly I discover that I'm not on a canal, but a wild stream with no direction as to the state of the river or even its final destination.

There are two types of writers, so the theory goes - those who follow an outline, and those who don't. I tend to be a mixture of the two in that I have an idea where the story is going, but as I write, I don't follow the outline, but allow the story to grow. Normally, I cannot plot out all the various aspects within a story that crop up. Most of my added layering comes later when I edit, and see something repeating or find an unexpected element I enjoy which turns into something bigger.

Slip-ups can be the inner workings of the brain saying another path is needed. Remain aware so slip-ups are rare, but at the same time relax and allow the path to lead where it wants to go.

Friday, June 26, 2015

New Projects

With the summer fair season started, there's always the process of creating more inventory. Every now and again, I end up taking a chance and trying something new. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't.

When it comes to clothes (for the most part), my first test subject is either myself or my immediate family. On occasion, I have used others, but for the most part, my family tells me the good, the bad and the ugly.

On the Loom
The above photo was taken this morning, and is my current project. I need another nicer top for the summer, and figured I could weave one. The pattern is the same one as another handwoven top I created (seen below), but uses a slightly different bodice.

Much of what I do with the weaving also plays an important part in character development - surprising, eh? One of the characters in a new series is a weaver who makes some of her own clothes. To create the character's style, I have to experiment with the fabric I have.

There are always limitations - for one thing, the character is wealthier than I am, and can afford better supplies. For another thing, she uses wool more than I do. Despite those differences, it's been fun designing her clothes. It also gives me an excuse to play with wool and other material such as some bamboo/hemp yarn I recently purchased.

Often, when my two arts merge whether writing about a weaver or creating clothes a character would wear, I find myself learning new techniques and coming up with even better ideas.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Home Again

Greetings all! I've been home for about a week and a half now, but due to an injury sustained my last week in France, typing has been out of the question.

Lights of a bridge in Lyon, France
Still, it was amazing all the places I saw; the people I met, and the experiences there. It gave me new insight on the French people, their culture, history, and current events. Over the course of the summer, I'll add more photos, but since it is summer, a few changes are going to be made.

The biggest change will be on Friday which will now focus on the weaving (with some history and other things). I've kept up a second blog called Bryony Studio, but it seems I need to re-incorporate the two avenues once again. For those interested in weaving primarily, Bryony will still be the focus for the more in-depth discussions and projects.

Mondays will continue to focus on writing (or updates, such as today), and Wednesday Wake-up will continue the same as well.

The question I leave you is this - have there been any past series you liked and would like to see return?