There’s always time

Is it just me, or are things getting crazy busy?  With so much going on before summer vacation starts and a manuscript hogging  my attention, I almost forgot to sew over these last couple of weeks.  Almost.

But even in the throes of chaos, there’s always time for playing with pretty fabric, right?   Maybe I’ll have this baby finished by the end of the summer!  🙂

Reading, Writing, Sewing… updates!

Even with a little mishap (eh hem, cutting up too much of my fabric in class and having to buy extra to make up for it), I’m having a blast making my very first quilt.  Tonight I finished sewing together 40 blocks and I can’t get over how pretty the fabrics are together.  Sew much fun!

While my current manuscript is being edited I’ve decided to go ahead and start writing the next book.  So far it’s going really well – already in the first chapter the characters are surprising me with their personalities and secrets!  If you’re curious what these stories are about, you can click on my sidebar’s Pinterest logo (or my flower profile pic above) and get a visual of each book.  Lola is the manuscript that’s being edited at the moment and Kate is the story I’ve just started writing.

Reading, reading, reading… I’ve had my nose buried in some awesome books lately.  My latest favorites:

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner…  by far the best book I have read in a long, long time.  An incredible story, characters that came to life with every page, and a love story that made my heart nearly burst from my chest.

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins…  I can’t get enough of this author’s books.  Her stories are always comical and sweet and so much fun to read.

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts… book two of the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy.  I’m only halfway through, but loving it so far.  Have I ever not loved a Nora Roberts book?  😉

Keeping busy

Thanks to the Modern Patchwork magazine, I finished this reflected wedges table runner without any major glitches.  And I actually enjoyed doing the binding!

I’m also doing a little celebrating this week – I finally finished the edits on my book Just Breathe over the weekend and sent it to an editor friend.   Just Breathe is my favorite story yet; I can’t wait to see what readers think of it!

Now it’s time to dig into some fresh projects… a new manuscript, a colorful lap quilt, and a few pillows and blankets for my boys’ bedrooms.  Plenty to keep me busy!    What are you keeping busy with these days?

Patchwork

It amazes me that all of these triangles and strips are going to join together to make one cohesive piece.  It kind of reminds me of my manuscript… I’m nearly finished with the edits but find that I am going back and doing some patchwork.  I’m stuffing  new strips of words here and colorful paragraphs there, trying to make it flow as smoothly as possible.

Slow and steady it’s all coming together, both the manuscript and this sewing project.  Though, I’m pretty sure I’ll be showing you the final result of this colorful kitchen runner long before you’ll see my novel.  😉

Pretties and projects

I’m closing in on the final days of my editing project – the manuscript is so close to being finished (first round of edits, anyway!) that I can nearly taste it.  Yay!

When I put so much time into my writing I have to put extra time into playing too.  I can’t write well if I don’t also enjoy a little tactile creativity.  So I figured a trip to the local fabric store, the beautiful Millie P’s, was in order.  🙂

I’m not yet sure what I’ll make with all of these pretty fabrics.  Maybe some new hot pads or table runners for the kitchen, maybe a few pillow covers for my boys or my office.  There are lots of fun possibilities – and lots of inspiration as I work my way through the rest of my manuscript.   So (sew) excited! 🙂

{Grab A Book} Trail of Trials by Amy Elizabeth

A few weeks ago I discovered the book Trail of Trials by Amy Elizabeth.  A collection of western folk poetry, it’s not something I would normally pull off the shelf, but the idea of reading about cowboys and ranching intrigued me.

For days I’ve been trying to write a review expressing how much I adore this book.   I’ve yet to write anything that can do it justice, so I thought I’d just show you a letter I wrote to the author instead…

Hi Amy!   
I had to send you a personal email to tell you –  I sat down with your book yesterday afternoon to take a quick peek while my boys did their homework, and ended up spending the rest of the evening reading the whole thing!  It’s FABULOUS!!  I can’t even explain how much I love your poetry!!
The funny thing is, I don’t normally read poetry.  But yours just resonates with me – half of the pages I felt like you’d dipped into my life and written from it.  The one titled SISTERS, I nearly called my own sis to read it to her.  Every last word held something I’ve shared with her.  🙂


Your cowboy poems paint such vivid pictures, your writing is so personal and real… throughout the book I found myself laughing out loud or nearly in tears!  It’s truly wonderful.
 
The short story at the end surprised me too – I grew up in northern Wisconsin and spent every summer at our cabin.  I could picture your story while I read it.  I’m so glad you included it with your poems. 
And I’m really glad you’re continuing to write – I’ll be one of the first to buy your western romance when it’s ready.  🙂
 
Sincerely,
Bonnie James

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Amy Elizabeth lives in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Tilden Bar None Ranch.  She writes “This book is a collection of Western Folk Poetry about life, love, and cowboyin’.  What else is there?”

For more information, visit Amy’s blog tbnranch.com.

Lucky Seven

A photo from my kitchen table this morning. Hope it brings a little sunshine to your day!

Two of my favorite writing bloggers, C.B. Wentworth and Bryna of The Everyday Epic, sent a fun little game my way.  It’s called Lucky Seven, and I’m supposed to:

1. Go to page 77 of your current manuscript or work in progress

2. Go to line 7

3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs as they are written.

Here’s what I found:

Quiet laughter rumbled in Matt’s chest. He could picture the day, see her, as clear as if they‘d transported twenty years back in time.  

“I remember a handsome boy, a few years older than me, walking toward us,” she said.  “I was sure he‘d ask one of the other girls to dance.” Her smile grew and Matt could see that she knew.  She remembered. “But he didn’t ask one of them. He asked me.” 

“And what did you think of him?”

Her hand moved to his chest. Brushing soft fingers over his shirt, she gave the fabric a slight tug.  

Ha ha!  That’s all you get.  😀    Thanks for including me in the fun, C.B. and Bryna!