Category: Creativity



Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy HookerStitch ‘n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a library book that one of the Hat Huggers members was just returning when I was at the library. It looked like a lot of fun. I didn’t read every page because, well, it’s patterns. But I copied the pages that I wanted to try for later and I’m returning it back to the library.

What I liked about the book was there was a lot of pictures with a lot of colors which was helpful to my eyes. Each row of a pattern had enough space in between that I knew my eyes wouldn’t get lost in the process. And there are some really cute things in this book that I can’t wait to try.

I’ve looked at other reviews and many people find that the patterns didn’t work for them for some reason. I’ll let you know later if that’s the case here when I try a few of these. The hat featured on the front of the book look like a lot of fun, a kind of lacy cowboy hat which would be perfect out here I have to make some for the Hat Huggers and then one for me, with my own yarn, of course! 😉

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Source: About — Samantha Mitchell

Here is another of the impressive artists I was lucky to meet at the Playa last Sunday. Her work is so Zentangle like each thin line of the grains of wood placed with consistent and patient care. Please check out her website: http://www.samanthadylanmitchell.net/


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The Art FacultyThe Art Faculty by P. J. Vye

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I picked this e-book up from BookRooster dot com quite a while ago. Sorry that I am just now getting to it.

This story was unique. It started out with a recently orphaned teen. I liked her right away. Since it was so long ago that I was sent this book, I couldn’t figure out why I got it. I just kept reading. And even though it was written in the present tense, and in the first person, I got used to it. It wasn’t long into the story that I saw that the story was a science fiction. Space flight, other worlds. Yay! My kind of story!

Look, really, this got me as it was the right-brainers, the creative, musical, artistic, and dramatic save the day. How often does that happen in sci-fi? And the main character is a female and she is the hero though not in her own mind. Yes, there is a bit of romance, but it isn’t the guiding force. I hope I haven’t given spoilers. There is so much in this seemingly quiet story. Action takes over the end of the story. Meanwhile, get to know what the main character is going through. There was so much that I could relate to.

I hope P. J. Vye, the author will get this out for the general public. This would have been a favorite story for me as a teen. There are others who will love it, too!

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Um, yeah. I have just gotten to the halfway point of the word count. I really should have worked the outline better. Still without one, I do like how the story is proceeding. Things have happened I didn’t expect and characters have evolved far differently than I imagined when I began. So even though I am not getting the cute dragon winner’s banner, I feel good for having a story to work on that I feel good about. I miss the days I could blast out a novel in the required 30 days, but many of those novels I wrote are not worth a lot. AND those quickies leave me with so much more work to do in the editing.

Meanwhile, I have still been reading a lot, so now I have a review to write. Heh!


Shared on Reno group on FB: 20548 I am so disappointed. Yesterday I was able to use my Dragon to get a bit of wordage. I’m so stuck right now. Yep, all that went before was in the outline I worked on in October. Now… Admittedly, my fibro is kicking in worse with the weather changes, but those all nighters seem to be saved for reading. I don’t have the brain to write that time of night. So when I wake at 4 in the afternoon there is no day to write in. 😦 Sorry for the whine. I know I will catch up somehow.

Word Count


4,189 Is my total today. By the way, I forgot to tell you that if you are doing NaNoWriMo you will find me there under Dars Haven. Sometimes you have to put it in as one word, other times it is two words. Wish I could have put in the apostrophe to show it is about my Haven. But oh, well, you get the idea.

 

How are you all doing? One of the people in my local group is already above 23K. Yikes! Her keyboard must be burning up! I can only do a bit to keep my fibro from flaring. But really if you can average 1667 words a day from November first, you can reach the goal of 50K on the end of the month. If you start today or later you might have to make a larger goal to catch up but it is doable. I know people that didn’t start until the last weeks. I have a hard time writing that much in such a short time, but it can be done. It does make me happy to create these stories.

 

There are many people on the NaNoWritMo.org site to give you help and encouragement. You may have folks in your own area to meet up with for write ins. I don’t go to those due to my fibro keeping me home. And I find I do better writing without a lot of people about. But I have friends that need that kind of social writing to keep their stories going.

 

Please friend me on the NaNo site so we can be cheer leaders for each other. 🙂


So here I am, again, crazily typing another NaNo. I have been doing this since 2001. I haven’t made a whole novel every time, but I have had success, just the same. I have those years I didn’t finish as great ideas to work on some other time. Most of my attempts have ended with meeting the 50K goal and some with much more wordage and still not a complete novel. The most fun I have had writing have been about my sentient planet called Haven. I would say I have 13 novelettes with that universe in mind.

Last year I tried to find something else to write about. I got to the goal, but I wasn’t as happy writing it. This year Haven is calling again. I have a new planet that is proving lethal to its inhabitants. It was a planet of centaur-like beings. In this case many of the scientists takeoff to find other planets. My character lands on Earth post apocalypse. She doesn’t know the language. Her people are all gone. Even those that had flown with her had died of injuries incurred before leaving their planet.

Haven hasn’t gotten involved yet, but that’s Her way. She likes to let folks figure out things as best they can. It makes people feel better if they can work their way through problems. But sometimes we need a little help. Not now, say my planet.

I’ve written 2690 words so far. I like to get ahead as I can because I know fibro will take it out of me as winter comes on. In fact, we had warnings of our first snow this weekend. It did dust the nearby mountains. So we begin. At least my story keeps my mind off the pain.

Good luck to all of you who have joined in this word cyclone!

By the way, if you don’t know what it is check out NaNoWriMo.org. There are plenty of folks to help you get started and keep you motivated. The book, No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty was what got me going. Chris was the originator of this fun. Joining within the first week can be easily doable. Later starts can be done but are very difficult. Try it. What do you have to lose?

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