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The biggest downside of writing a book is that I’m left with pretty much zero time for sewing for myself. But it’s February and the obligation sewing is long finished, so when I had a day off from work, I was ready to whip up a little something for me. I’ve had the Myla Tank pattern from Sew Liberated for a while now (just because I don’t have time to sew for myself doesn’t mean I don’t collect patterns and… Read more »

For the majority of my most recent book-writing adventure, I did little sewing that was not related to my book. So when that final manuscript deadline rolled around, I let a couple of friends talk me into signing up for some swaps. Swaps are nothing new. I have actually taken part in a couple but it’s been years since I’ve done one. Still, I knew that my inclination would be to ignore my sewing machine for six months after going… Read more »

Another DragonCon is over and out! Four days of costumes, fandom and friends is really one of the highlights of my year. This year was a little different in that I went solo Friday. My wonderful Honey had to work that day so we put Miss L on the bus Friday morning as usual, since he was working from home. It felt a little odd to head off without them and I was definitely glad it was just one day…. Read more »

10. My husband has completely forgotten how unavailable I was while writing my previous book. 9. Daughter’s nine hours of gymnastics each week equals prime writing time. 8. I finally cleaned my sewing room. Why should it stay that way? 7. The rest of my house needs to be cleaned. 6. My 30th high school reunion is creeping up and I need something to talk about. 5. Sleep is overrated. 4. Nothing motivates me quite like a deadline. 3. So. Many…. Read more »

I have always been a researcher. As far back as I can remember, I would read and study in great detail any topic that struck me. Birds, mythology, web design. You name it, I’ve been obsessed with it. It should come as no surprise, then, that my Snow Queen hat-making adventure comes after seven years of periods of intense research, acquiring appropriate supplies and working myself up to actually making a hat. “Obsessed” is probably the nicest word I can… Read more »

I’ve had to take a close look at my costume plans for this year’s Dragoncon and do some scaling back. I’ve got a massive deadline that basically coincides with the convention (yay!) but it means the majority of my non-work time this summer will be spent working instead on that project. On the upside, it’s forcing me to not procrastinate when it comes to the two costumes I decided to make. I’m already in the thick of it with the most… Read more »

It’s a little more than 100 days until DragonCon and I’m thinking I need to actually get started on sewing if I want to have my costumes ready in plenty of time. I always start out with the best intentions but procrastination gets the best of me and I’m lucky to have my plans solidified by August 1. I tend to start thinking about costumes before the current con has even ended. This year is no different! I think I… Read more »

I don’t have PS on my laptop. I use my iPhone for maybe 99 percent of the photos I take these days. I’m waving the white flag and giving up on any pretense of polished perfection in favor of actually writing more than one blog post a year. So if less-than-perfect pictures offend you, you probably want to stop reading my blog. Life happens. A lot. So here I am, seven months since my last blog post, trying to start… Read more »