I really don't know the first thing about crewel, but I want to learn. While doing a bit of spring cleaning I ran across a book called "The Complete Guide to Embroidery Stitches and Crewel" by Jo Bucher. It was in my give-away pile in the beginning but the design in the photo, the one on the left, has captured me and now I want to make something inspired by that piece. Maybe a skirt with a similiar design in the corner, or a pillow.
I'm not letting myself go into google-mode yet though cause there is a part of me that wonders if my brain isn't being a bit sneaky, trying to get out of doing some real work. Like the way someone I know changes the subject when the conversation gets heavy. Hmmm...maybe. The WIP is giving my brain a serious workout. And sometimes I do feel the hugeness of it and I start to panic before I pull back and remember to take it scene by scene. And take deep breaths. It's when that great quote by E.L. Doctorow comes in handy: "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
Over the weekend I revised a chapter and wrote several more scenes in the next and a few scenes further on in the story. That's how I do it, that's how it seems to work for me. Like squares in a quilt, I am hoping, praying, it all comes together in the end. Another thing I've discovered is that I must write on the WIP every. single. day. Something. It may only be a hundred words but if I take a day off completely there is a disconnect that happens and it takes me days to gain back the momentum lost. I also need a cup of Earl Grey and warm socks. "The Illusionist" soundtrack playing in the background.
I am learning as I go.
Good things happened this past weekend. We participated in the Riverdance Challenge I mentioned in the last post. It was fun but I never got the hang of the dance. I just moved my feet around and smiled. Olivia got it right away which was no surprise. The parade was fun; the best part for me was seeing the Vikings...they put on quite a show. We stopped a Viking later on the way to the car as we were leaving and got our photo made with him. He was a sweet Viking.
And this weekend will find me heading up to Virginia Festival of the Book. Yay! I am extremely excited about this. Extremely. Last year I wanted to go so badly but we were in California and I was recovering from my surgery then. I remember laying in the hotel bed visualizing where I would be a year into the future and the festival was a part of it. So, it's important that I go this year. It represents, yanno?
(i had bloodwork done today...i get the results on wed or thursday. since i've had several days lately of feeling less than good i have been stressing this one. send a little well wish my way will you? and a wish for a number under 30. :) )