My Labyrinth Baby Quilt!

You remind me of the Babe.

My Angry Ginger had one of the cutest babies in the whole entire world, and I’m not saying that because I’m her friend. I know a darling babe when I see one. Her nursery is decorated in Labyrinth, because her parents are insanely awesome and geeky. So I made what I think is my favorite quilt yet, the Labyrinth quilt!

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It’s cute, feminine but not too girlie, and who isn’t in love with those tiny Ludos? I know that I am!

I never in a million years would have thought I’d enjoy making blankets, but I do. I really do. It’s a stress-reliever for me, as long as I’m not under any pressure to do them. And Labyrinth! Do you love it as much as I do?

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The Best DIY Present For An Author!

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This gift is so insanely thoughtful, I can’t even tell you.

My Angry Ginger made these beautiful shadow boxes for my birthday. She took her favorite passages from each book, printed them out on gorgeous paper, and put them inside a shadow box she bought at a craft store. Then she put the corresponding book cover on top with a foam inert to give it some depth.

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Beautiful. Meaningful. Simple. I teared up when I opened it, and I can’t wait to hang them on my wall. She promised to do the same to the rest of the Bone Angel trilogy when it comes out. Won’t that be a thing of beauty?

I know many authors who frame their book covers and hang them, but this is the first time I’ve seen these shadow boxes. I adore them. Please let me know if you make one for yourself or the author in your life.

Miss Murder’s DIY: Easy Halloween Monster Craft Tutorial

I should really call this Angry Ginger’s Easy DIY because she’s the one that made these lovely things. They’re so charming!

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You will need:

wine glasses (she purchased hers at a dollar store)

spray paint

black felt

a hot glue gun

a permanent marker

scissors

bandages and googly eyes for the mummy

bolts for Frankenstein

jewels for the witch and vampire

Step 1: Spray paint the stems of the glasses and let them dry.

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Step 2: Spray paint the rest of the glass and let dry.

Step 3: Use scissors to cut out felt for hair, vampire widow’s peak, etc.

image2Step 5: Draw the faces on with marker

image4Step 6: Glue on jewels to vampire’s tux and witches hat, or bandages and googly eyes onto the mummy.

That’s it. Six steps. They’re charming, simple decorations that make great gifts. Enjoy!

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Miss Murder Learns to Knit

I tried once before, in Seattle. My very dear friend Rachel took me to Third Place Books, and we browsed and shopped and then sat in comfy chairs so I could Learn To Knit.  It was a grand thing! I was going to make so many darling projects! I couldn’t wait!

Oh, how I hated it. I hated stabbing the beautiful yarn with sharp sticks and it made me angry. It gave me headaches. I tried and tried and tried, and while Rachel was a wonderful, calm, soothing teacher, I just couldn’t get it. I wrote a short story where my character kicks a knitting needle through somebody’s eye. I abandoned my needles. That was that.

It’s nearly ten years later, and my bestie here in Vegas, my Angry Ginger, made me a beautiful red scarf that I wore to my grandmother’s funeral.

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It was so lovely. So bright and cheery and feminine. She assured me the scarf was easy. I accused her of lies. There may have been some fisticuffs. A black eye or two. The Ginger bites. Just sayin’.

But she picked out some bamboo knitting needles and we chose gorgeous yarn.

Honestly? The second I sat down, the old feelings of hate and anger welled up. Some rather colorful things were said. But Angry Ginger was so patient.

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You know what true friend’s do? They sit on their Angry Ginger’s feet.

It took maybe twenty minutes before I got the hang of it. After that, it really was a cinch.

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And then two hours later, I had a scarf, modeled by my Middlest, who is five going on fifteen. What a sweet, beautiful girl.

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I loved it! Seriously. It surprised me greatly. My Angry Ginger swooned about me being a natural, but that can’t be the case. The yarn made it really easy. I just stabbed sharp sticks through holes while watching a documentary on The Original Night Stalker. All in all, it was a fabulous time.

Yay! Scarves!

My Angry Ginger and the Interdimensional Wombats, Or, Pushed

So, as expected, it’s been a time of ups and downs lately.  The surviving triplet is still in NICU and is on the countdown to coming home.  (Yay!) But I’m still dealing with, and will be dealing with the fact that the other babies were lost.  While optimism is the name of the game, it’s unrealistic not to expect bad days. And bad days (or weeks or months) means no motivation.

Ideally, I’d like to edit my demon novel before the babe comes home from the hospital, because (gasp!) I doubt I’ll suddenly develop more time after she arrives.  But nothing is lighting the fire under me. So what did I do?

I called in my backup.  I sat down with my writer’s group and my resident Angry Ginger (we’ll call her “Honey”) and said, “I need you to do this for me.”  I told Honey that I’d send her two edited chapters by 9 PM every night.  She didn’t need to read them but she needed to verify that I had finished them.  If I missed my deadline, she was to call and yell at me.  And she did! She used my full name, and soon I was sending three or four chapters a night.  Honey can be very forceful. 😉

My writer’s group, the Interdimensional Wombats, are also following up on my demon novel progress.  I have to present the clean pages at our meetings.  But more than that, I threw down a jumbled list of deadlines and they quickly broke it into bite-sized pieces.  “This is due first, so have it by next week.  On Tuesday we’ll record this in the studio.  Follow up on this by the time we see you next,” etc.  Because honestly?  At this point my mind is consumed with the everyday things. Thank you cards, getting my son off to his month of summer classes, planning with my husband so at least one of us gets to NICU every day, etc.  Grocery shopping takes all of my mental prowess, so I have very little left over to organize other things.  Writing is a joy (editing, not so much) but I can do it once I get started. I just need somebody to push me off the diving board.  So thanks, my friends!

How do you work when you’re down, scattered, or just plain don’t want to?