Gloomy gloomy rainy day, perfect Portland writing weather! It stays twilight-dark all day long and leaves sail past the window like parade confetti. I'm drinking my gallon of morning coffee with eggnog instead of milk in it, which Jim and I do from the moment eggnog first hits the grocery store in October to the last sad carton on the shelf in January. Yummy eggnog coffee.
I've been idly thinking of something crafty I can make this season. Last year I made nuthin, being in the last brain-dead throes of finishing draft 1 of Silksinger. In previous years, the holiday season would always come upon me with a little twinkling notion of something I wanted to make and I would go to the craft store for supplies and then get completely lost in a new obsession for a few blissful weeks. It's how Laini's Ladies first came to be, and the paper dolls that led me to create the Dreamdark characters, and there was mosaic one year, and then, these guys:
But this year. . . what? I dern't kner. If I knew how to sew, I would have more options, but I don't. Not a jot. And I've sort of sworn off knitting and crocheting because they were too much of a time-suck and like to tempt me away from writing. ("Laini, come and crochet and watch a Jane Austen movie. It's so much easier than writing. . .") But if you do sew, and you're looking for crafty projects, one of my favorite blogger's first book just came out! I'm going to buy it even though I don't sew, because it's so pretty:
Stitched In Time by Alicia Paulson, aka Posie Gets Cozy. There's another marvelous sounding book that's just come out, by Jane Brocket, called Cherry Cake & Ginger Beer and it is all recipes for the foods in classic children's books. Rice pudding and scones and stuff. Doesn't that sound wonderful? A great gift for a children's book lover!
Totally off the subject, you all know how I feel about Proposition 8, and if you care about it too, on one side or the other, here is Keith Olbermann's take on it. Passionate, articulate, intense. Love this guy.