Ten or fifteen years ago a quilt magazine ran an article featuring a prolific and talented quilter. I remember neither the magazine nor the quilter, but I do remember one thing she discussed. Her son was getting married, so she let her future daughter-in-law choose a quilt top from her fairly large stash of completely … Continue reading My Lone Quilt of 2014
Between hockey tournaments, track meets, Speech and Debate tournaments, my sister trip, and various family commitments, I have been home for a grand total of three weekends since the beginning of February. My life has been ridiculously busy and while it has been fun, I haven't had a whole lot of quilting or writing time. … Continue reading Home Sweet Home
As they say, anticipation is half the fun. We get to imagine perfect outcomes for any experience we may dream up, but when the job, book, vacation, or even the restaurant I've just tried doesn't live up to my expectations, disappointment ensues. Expectations make me focus on the outcome, not the journey, and I wonder what opportunities I have missed … Continue reading On Expectations
The idea that every story has already been told is a potentially depressing one for a writer embarking on a writing journey. The problem with this saying is that it’s patently false. Every story has not been told. When people say this, they mean that every story archetype or pattern has been discovered. Examples of such … Continue reading Every Story HAS NOT Been Told
Last week I pulled out a bunch of fabric to start a new quilt. It’s not that I don’t have enough current projects to work on, (there are at least eight). It’s that I like starting projects. There’s so much potential at the beginning of a project, whether it’s a new quilt or a new … Continue reading Fear of Finishing
I had an interesting conversation with one of my students this past week. He decided that since he has been suffering from a severe case of Senioritis since August, now that the Forensics season is almost over, he’d like to write a new expository speech. Apparently, his apathy might be wearing off, but we’ll see … Continue reading How do you say a word without really saying it?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as I’ve spent the last two weeks taking notes and writing down ideas anticipating the day I'd have time to sit down and write something. After working probably 75+ hours over each of the last two weeks (sometimes being a high school teacher and coach can suck every second … Continue reading Where do scenes come from?