A few weeks ago, Nathon Bransford, a writer and blogger I follow, wrote a post asking the question "How long does it take you to finish a draft?" My first gut reaction answer to that question was "F-O-R-E-V-E-R," but sadly, I couldn't figure out how to embed this little video clip into the comments on his blog. It's … Continue reading Draft #1 – Done!!
This past year, I was blessed with a student who has an IQ many, many points above mine, probably higher than most anyone reading this blog. He decided to read Atlas Shrugged. My Dad had re-read it a few years ago and kindly gave it to me for my birthday last year. It’s a hard … Continue reading Literary Black Holes – Part 1
After I started quilting, I discovered quilt fiction. I had no idea until I started reading a few books with a quilt focus, but this is almost a genre unto itself and it actually has been since the mid-1800’s. Apparently quilters' obsessions with anything at all having to do with "quilting" has existed for centuries. … Continue reading Quilt Stories (or Quilters’ Obsessions with Anything Related to Quilts)
I’ve been surprised over the past few weeks how this project is coming together, kind of piecemeal, not all orderly like I approach most of my life. I am a list maker, an outliner, a planner. My kids tease me that “Mom, it’s okay not to ‘have a plan’ for the day,” assuring me that … Continue reading Starting in the Middle
I am apparently compelled to create. I finished a large scrappy quilt project last night, finally putting the last hand stitches in the binding and the label on the back for posterity’s sake. I made the quilt for my sister for her 43rd birthday. It’s a scrappy “fairy garden” for Megan. My sister has an … Continue reading Blogs, novels and . . . piles of fabric?
In this whole novel writing process, I’ve learned a whole new term – story world. What happened to plain old setting? I teach high school English and one of the basic standards is that a story takes place in a setting ie. it has a place, a time, and a mood. However, novelists apparently don’t … Continue reading Story world? What happened to plain old setting?
I started a new book called The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. It was published in 1980. I’ve been writing and thinking about muses/inspiration, and on page 3, Eco writes in the introduction to this historical novel, “There are magic moments, involving great physical fatigue and intense motor excitement, that produce visions of … Continue reading A Visit from my Muse