I drove up to Norwich last night to see author Louise Penny speak at the Congregational church. She was there as part of the Norwich Bookstore’s ongoing author events programming.
She was wonderful, and I found myself nodding in agreement as she talked about the challenges of writing.
At one point, one of the bookstore owners asked her if one of her books stood out either as particularly pleasurable or challenging.
And Penny said that her second book was the most difficult. At the same time, she described her first drafts as big, fat and sloppy because if you’re wise, you don’t edit (let the critic in) while you’re in that state. You throw in everything you want to.
Honing and shaping is what rewriting and editing are for.
So I now have a big, fat, sloppy first draft of Thieves of Fire just waiting to be sculpted.
If you get into graphic design like I do, you can fool around with your cover image all day long.
But as Taj Mahal once said as he was tuning up for a concert, sooner or later, you gotta commit.
So I’m really happy with this version of the cover for the second Carding novel, Thieves of Fire.
And while was doing it, I figured out how to put type on a curved path (you can see the results in the moon). That’s something I don’t do very often so I always have to look it up in my InDesign reference books.
In other Carding novel news, I finally settled on a title for the third book in the series, A Face to Take into the Dark. It’s based on a line I heard a character use in the final Endeavour episode in the second season of the show.
The third novel takes place during Hurricane Irene and I’m very close to the end of the first draft. More as it emerges from my pen.
Hard to believe because we’re still, technically, in July.
But the first wave of goldenrod are starting to bloom.
There are over 50 separate varieties of this wonderful plant (yep, I love ’em) and there is one called August goldenrod. But these guys are pushing the boundaries here.
And nope, they are not the cause of sneezing. That’s ragweed which is so innocuous, we never notice it. But it blooms the same time as its showier yellow friend here so goldenrod gets the blame for this annual spike in the ah-choo season.
The Parkinson’s Comfort Project is growing and Sonja has decided to combine outreach with fundraising by choosing to vend at two quilt shows in 2015.
There will also be objects that folks can own in exchange for donations, handmade items plus books and patterns.
This bag, number one in a series of 19 (each a little different) is designed to wear across-the-body and has an adjustable strap. These are great for shopping, roomy enough for a wallet and other smallish items that leave your hands free.
The outside is sturdy canvas, the inside is fully lined, and it’s just so darned cute!!!