Monday, November 23, 2015

NaNoWriMo Day 23

Canal in France, 2015
The final week is upon us. Time to set your goals, reach them and relax. I hope everything has gone well for you. My book has taken unexpected turns along the way (even with the general outline done). I love writing because even when I have everything somewhat planned out, things still surprise me.

It might seem like there's no way you can finish, but take heart, and keep writing. It isn't the finishing that's important right now, it's the writing. Just keep writing. If you don't make it to the end of the novel, keep writing until you do. You have an excellent running start now so you can finish.

It can still seem endless, the writing process even after 50,000 words. For a few of my novels, that's the half-way point, but it takes time to write, to edit, to evaluate, and the writing stage is the first part.

Take a deep breath, and write.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fiber Friday

This past week, I got a new sewing machine. Yeah! Now I can sew again! Over the past year, my sewing machines have been breaking down, partly because they're old, and most likely because they haven't been serviced in a few years. Now, granted, I could easily have taken them to be serviced, but the last time I went looking for a foot for my sewing machine, I was informed my sewing machine style would be defunct.

Best to purchase a sewing machine where I could still find parts, I thought.

This one happens to be a Brother sewing machine, and previously (including the ones from my grandmothers) have all been Singers. It's been different getting used to little things like where the reverse stitch button or foot lever are. I like the new machine - it works well, came with several different computer features including some fun stitches I've been playing with.

New Machine with First Project
It isn't easy to see with the photograph, but the bag has a vine type stitch on it which is one of the built-in stitches which came on the machine. It's these little elements (not to mention the quilting attachments) which helped make the decision. So far, I like it. It's practical, provides a few extra features, and sews well.

Monday, November 16, 2015

NaNoWriMo Day 16

Halfway through #NaNoWriMo! Hurrah! How are you doing with the writing? Keeping the word count up, or were you able to plug several more words in each day?

I happened to hit the half-way point (25,000 words) Saturday morning which was a blessing because Sunday was a long day, and by the time I returned home, I didn't want to write. I'm back at it this morning, and already made the word count for today.

Keep writing. Even if it seems to be struggle, the discipline's good. It doesn't matter if you hit the 50,000 mark or not - the point is that you've sat down each day to get your word count. You've disciplined yourself to write, and believe me, disciplining myself to write everyday is a hard job. You can't wait for inspiration to hit because it's fickle. You have to write, even if you write badly, write because you can always edit well.

Keep writing!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Last Fair of the Season

Tonight and tomorrow I'll be back up at Canalside for the last show of the season. I'm looking forward to this weekend - seeing regulars and meeting new people. Hope many of you can come to Buffalo's Canalside.

NOTICE: Found out this morning that this has now been moved to December 11 & 12 due to the high winds in Buffalo, not to mention the flooding and all that. I'll be up there on the 11th and 12th, so I hope to see you there.