One Stitch at a Time

One Stitch at a Time

This is a traditional time of year to reflect on the year behind, and think about what we would like to accomplish in the year ahead. Resolutions, goals, whatever you want to term them. This has been tying up my brain recently, what I want to accomplish, how I have failed at meeting personal goals in the past, and how to set myself up for success. So, instead of talking about that, I’m going to talk about knitting. A blanket (which happens to be what I’m working on at the moment), sweater, scarf, cock cozy1, whatever, does not spring off your needles fully formed. Likewise with writing, a novel does not just spring into existence. Even when I’m in “the zone” and where the fingers cannot move fast enough to keep up with my brain, it...

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Failure to Post

Failing to keep to a regular update schedule? Gold star for me! Making a post that is links to other peoples posts? Double gold star! Brilliant advice from the lovely talented Diane Duane on reviews and feedback. A post from Amy Lane on measuring success, and how you may need to re-frame “success”. And Seanan McGuire reblogging Seanan McGuire about professional author success. (It is worth clicking through to the original post to read about a pirate site.) All three of those posts rolled through various social media in reasonable proximity, so I thought I would consolidate and share. In personal news, work is going well. I have been at my new job 3 months tomorrow. There is no shortage of things to do, the feedback I’m getting is good, and the...

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Happy Solstice

Being raised in a Protestant branch of church, Solstice was not something I paid a lot of attention to, growing up. I was exposed to it, mainly through the writings of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot. I have enjoyed reading about her traditions the past few years and  hearing her stories of her holiday joys (and tribulations, told hilariously,) are helping me solidify in my head what I want out of the holidays. Christmas is about family, sometimes whether we want it to be or not. Solstice, that I’m going to take for me and mine. It’s just the cat and I here this year, but in a little bit, I’m going to unplug from the internet, clean up from making the delicious dinner over there on the right, and spend the rest of the evening doing...

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Christmas Is Coming

Christmas Is Coming

“Christmas” being a shortened version of the title: “It’s Christmas Everywhere But Here,” which is now on the Coming Soon page at Dreamspinner Press. The release date is December 3, 2014, which is a heck of a lot closer than it should be, yow. I have been busy the last month and a half because I got a new job, and then had to do all the things that come with a new job, like finding an apartment and moving and racking up the credit card and dealing with a paycheck when direct deposit hasn’t kicked in and the holiday makes the mail all wonky. Have been knitting a little, writing less (boo) and mainly just trying to settle in and find a new routine. And Thanksgiving is next week and my book releases the week after that and holy...

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Quick Notes for Weds

A week from now will be the cover reveal for It’s Christmas Everywhere But Here. Might as well put this out there: I’m job hunting. If you know anyone who needs a statistician with a computer science background, let me know! Have some cheeky British boys getting Ripped & Stripped for a calendar and “making of” video. If you like your calendars with a little more clothing, check out Yoga Men 2015. It is time for some website/theme maintenance. I will be fiddling with the website at some point over the next week or so. Also, due to Facebook’s recent bullshit, I am reconsidering having my author profile here at all. I haven’t made any firm decisions, but that may go away in the next bit. That’s it for...

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Growing Up White Bread

The area I grew up was not, at the time, especially racially diverse. My high school yearbook is packed somewhere (if it didn’t get pitched in the last move) but I can recall only one African-American family (and one incident where a teacher said something horribly offensive) and other than a couple exchange students, I’m not recalling anyone who was Mexican-American. So, I find things like this article on racial origins by stirringwind on tumblr very important, and very personally helpful. In a lot of ways, I think our culture teaches us that melanin content = race, and that is not the case. And that’s something I’m trying to work on, as one of my goals is to be more inclusive as an author. I am trying to make my casts more racially...

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