Saturday, May 15, 2010

The one with Random Ramblings

So, finally the dress is done (the purple and lavender one on the right). Finished the day before prom (a record for me!). But I don't think I'll be making anymore clothes until the pattern companies get a better handle on sizing. When I have to cut a size 22 and make smaller seams and other adjustments for a girl who wears a size 12/14 something is hinky. I adjusted the bodice so many times I began dreaming about it. Hate when that happens.

Now, one would think I could get back to my writing, eh? Right. In between helping my cousin paint her granddaughters' bedrooms, re-painting a kitchen I painted last summer because my brother's client decided to raise the ceiling to match the rest of the house (a paying job, so I'm not complaining too much), and painting my brother's boat house, sewing new drapes for my living room, hanging fabric on my dining room wall, and sewing bags and totes to sell I squeeze out a couple of hours in the evening to peck out a scene or two before I do a face-plant into the keyboard from exhaustion. But it's progress, so again, I don't complain too much.

And speaking of writing...I don't know if other authors, aspiring and otherwise, do this, but I've been paying close attention to what and how other authors are writing these days. Types of books, writing style and whatnot. Now, as I haven't had the time to get involved in anything new, I've been re-reading a lot of books I've read before, and I've noticed, in reading one right after the other in a series, that one more thing, as an author, I want to watch out for (because my WIP is the first in a series) is to make sure each book is different. Some series-although I love them-seem to be interchangable except in the names of H/H. The tone of the books are almost identical, and after the first four or so in the series, I no longer wait with bated breath for the next one. Some authors have it figured out. Huge kudos to Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed and Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series. I just re-read all of them one right after the other and even though the characters are fighting the same bad guys and/or searching for the same things each successive book is unique and fresh in tone and language. I don't feel like I'm reading the same book over and over. How do you do it??

On a side note to Ms. Adrian: I'm still waiting to win the free book in the newsletter. So far my email hasn't been picked. ~sigh~

Before I give my fingers a rest, a special thank you goes out to Isis for suggesting that I spend the sewing time plotting new things and working out problems. I did just that and solved an issue I've never been able to figure out. I know now how it happens! It was a true OMG moment and I stopped right in the middle of a seam to write it down. A dozen roses to you! (I think yellow is for friendship. I hope.)

Until next time, walk safely through the shadows.


  1. I love the dress. Great colors!

    I've been more focused on writing/revising than reading, but I'm striving to achieve balance in that area. I find it helpful to "keep an eye" on what is being produced in the industry. It's also wise to see what has already been done to ensure our stories are fresh.

  2. It's hard, though, to be original since almost EVERYTHING has been done at least once. I'm always asking myself if I'm too much like all the other and wondering if I'm inadvertantly impersonating.

  3. I think the key is connecting to readers. If you can touch someone, tug on their heart strings, then you have succeeded. Don't fret about impersonation. Sometimes what we absorb from our environment breaks through, but hopefully, our own heart and soul will outshine the rest.

  4. Don't forget - you can also get audiobooks from the library for while you are sewing! I find the 2 go together very well.

  5. Hey... dress looks awesome and I know you worked hard on this. However, the dress was always in very talented hands!

    Where is my book?