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NaNoWriMo - Day 30

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All right, take a deep breath and relax. It's over,  or will be at 11:59 PM. You've made it through another #NaNoWriMo. Congratulations.

I'd offer a glass of wine, but all I can offer is a photo of the gift. Oh well. Now is time for congratulations and celebrations. I know when I finish a novel, I'm always up for a celebration. I've taken a long journey, and it's come to an end. There have been tears and laughter, but all in all it's been fun.

If you aren't finished, keep writing; if you are finished, take a break. You deserve one. Besides, it will take a couple days (I usually give myself a month) before you can start to edit. This way it allows me to "forget" what I wrote so I can look at it with fresh eyes. If I start editing while writing - beyond the simple clarifications and spelling errors - I tend to become sidetracked. Giving myself a month of time between, normally while writing another book, allows my brain time to disengage.

So, no…

Wednesday Wake-up

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NaNoWriMo Day 23

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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.

Fiber Friday

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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.

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 st…

Wednesday Wake-up

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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!

Last Fair of the Season

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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.

Wednesday Wake-up

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NaNoWriMo Day 9

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How's the writing coming for #NaNoWriMo?

I passed the 10,000 word mark over the weekend, so I'm feeling pretty well at the moment, although there are moments when I feel nothing's going to be written. With this book it has a lot more to do with the research I still need to do than with anything else.


The early stages of writing tend to fall into two categories - extreme ease or painful plodding. The plodding doesn't mean we haven't done research or developed the character or even know what we're doing, it's just part of the process.

We haven't hit the writer's high where everything coalesces into synchronicity and the world opens before us. I've likened the plodding part as priming a pump - the water is there, but we simply have to keep working at it until it begins to flow. On these accounts, the best solution is to shoot for the minimum word count and stop once it's reached.

The ease portion tends to be a gushing well where we have to funn…

Fiber Friday - Ancient Patterns

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The past two weeks, I've focused on why I enjoy Ancient fashions, and where I gather my ideas. This week, I'll focus on how I take the idea into a finished product. Now, for those wondering, I don't have anything specific at the moment I'm creating (sewing machine's down); neither do I have fashion sketches, so I am limited on what I can show.

All that being said, however, I have played around with the ideas. The simplest design to duplicate with handwoven fabric is the t-shaped tunics of Europe and the Middle East. These provide the underpinning of most styles with various external elements such as togas added for protection, status or both.

The photograph to the right shows one of these simple shapes in the form of a poncho - in this case one with sleeves, and more squared. I've recently added a lower panel around the waist to lengthen the overall shape providing a tunic. Still, this style, when adding the bottom, does create the same shape of many t-shaped …

Wednesday Wake-up

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NaNoWriMo Day 2

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For all those who've taken up the #NaNoWriMo challenge, I hope your first day went well. This first week is the best time to write as most as you can since the excitement is there, but remember to pace yourself. I think it's a little like cross-country - you sprint out of the starting gate to find a good spot then you relax into the run until the final sprint.

Finding the time to write is often the hardest part of NaNoWriMo partly because it's smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season, beginning with Halloween. Not only are we planning how our main character will rescue her friends, but we have to cook Thanksgiving Dinner, buy presents, and prepare for the madness that is Christmas shopping.

I've found ways to sneak my writing into my day, though. Some do work better than others, and it depends on your personality.

Wake up early/Stay up late to write when no one else is around. Sounds crazy, but I wake up around 5:30 every weekday morning to write. Weekends are opti…