How to Care for Needle Felts

Wool felt likes to be kept clean and dry, but it’s pretty forgiving, and has straightforward care. Friction can cause pilling and for the felt to take a fuzzier appearance. The less a sculpture is handled, the more pristine it generally looks. With few exceptions, my felts are intended for use as decoration, and shouldContinue reading “How to Care for Needle Felts”

So long, 2018

Well, that was really hard. Not that I thought chemotherapy would be easy — every iota of evidence pointed to the contrary — but I guess I thought it would be different?I thought it would be kind of predictable (which it wasn’t) and I thought I could keep myself entertained (which it couldn’t) and IContinue reading “So long, 2018”

Quarterly Goals: Spring 2017

Update on Last Quarter: Winter was a bit of a toughie, but I did pretty well on my quarterly goals. There were a few slip ups, to be sure—I canned nothing, revised only one short story, and my blogging fell by the wayside when my mood disorder flared up—but I still ticked most of theContinue reading “Quarterly Goals: Spring 2017”

Advice for Camp NaNoWriMo

Because I am a glutton for punishment, I am participating in this April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. Although I write every day throughout the year, I enjoy the sense of community and cocksureness that comes with a NaNoWriMo marathon. I go in every year for the November event and over the past couple of years I’ve triedContinue reading “Advice for Camp NaNoWriMo”

A Writer’s Life for Me (Writer Tag)

Hi-diddle-dee-dee.. I’ve seen this kicking around on youtube and a few blogs so I thought I’d join in the fun. No one tagged me, but I’m going for it anyways because I’m a scoundrel with a complete disregard for the rules. I’m not sure who started this tag (if you know, please let me know) butContinue reading “A Writer’s Life for Me (Writer Tag)”

My 2016 Christmas Book Haul

It probably comes as no surprise that I’m a book lover or that my Christmas wish lists are usually thick with the things. My family outdid themselves this year and got me nearly everything on my (long) list. I feel super spoiled, and I’m thrilled to tuck into this stack. Oryx and Crake, The Year ofContinue reading “My 2016 Christmas Book Haul”

Writing Playlists: October Edition

I like to listen to instrumental music while I write – most often something that fits the mood of the story I’m working on and gets me immersed in the scene. This autumn I’m doubly steeped in spooky as I prepare for Halloween and work on revisions for my supernatural murder mystery novel, Steep. Here areContinue reading “Writing Playlists: October Edition”

This Is My Dog, Oscar: A Tribute on National Dog Day

This is my dog, Oscar. He’s not a very good dog, by all accounts. He doesn’t come when he’s called, he pulls at his lead, and I’ve lost more than one pillow to his insatiable jaws. He’s not a very good dog, but he’s my dog. We go on a lot of adventures, most ofContinue reading “This Is My Dog, Oscar: A Tribute on National Dog Day”