Working Wednesday, January 31, 2024

And there goes January.
My work got kneecapped when I plunged my hand into my dishpan and impaled my right hand ring finger on a hidden knife. Bled like a stuck pig. Two days later, I still have four bandaids wrapped around the finger because it would not stop bleeding. It’s amazing how many things you do with the ring finger on your right hand. Like type. And crochet. But I am persevering. Just a lot slower than usual.

How did you work go in January, 2024?

Happiness is Slowing Down

My life has been so hectic for so long–clearing out an old house (Mollie did a lot of the work there), packing, moving, unpacking (still in progress) while writing two books (third coming up), trying to get all the technical/legal relocation stuff done (still not done), working on promotion, covers, rewrites and more–that I decided this last week to just slow the hell down. My to-do list is never ending, so there’s no point in worrying about getting to the end, now I just knock something off it every day and congratulate myself for the progress I’ve made, not depress myself with the progress I didn’t. I highly recommend this approach.

What made you happy this week?

Working Wednesday, January 24, 2024

I’m part of a stash down group on Ravelry, which means I’m not only supposed to be avoiding yarn purchases, I’m also finishing up WiPs to get those out of inventory. The WiP part is going fairly well, but thanks to sales I bought 28,000 yards of yarn in January. Yes, I have no self-control. But I have finished a cardigan, very close to finishing another, finished four hats and a headband, and frogged a cardigan (because I had screwed it up beyond saving). So there’s that.

What did you work on this week (month)?

Exploiting You: Lethal Crafts

So as you probably know, Bob and I are writing a three book series that takes place in Rocky Start, home of many retired spies. The second book is very male-oriented, but the third book is more female. Somebody is killing the female agents in town, so they’re meeting at the coffee shop one of them owns to strategize. And they all brings crafts to make the meeting less obvious. It’s stitch and bitch, except more stitch and strategize. Stitch and slay.

So the crafts. Rose crochets and she’s the only one who isn’t an ex-agent, so that’s fine. Betty knits and I think she’s sharpened her needles. I asked on Rav and somebody suggested she use Hiya Hiya Sharps, and they do look capable of damage, but it think Better would sharpen them more.

That leaves Lian, who I think embroiders, Bea, Louise,and Coral. There will probably be a couple more, including one character who’s a doctor and not an ex-spy (Jacqueline), so she probably hasn’t weaponized her craft.

So: lethal crafts. Got any ideas?

Rose: crochet
Lian: embroidery (I think)
Betty: knitting
Coral: (German background if that helps)
Bea: (beekeeper)
Louise: (man trap, home wrecker)
Jacqueline: (doctor, not an ex-spy)
Character to be named later:

Happiness is You All

I’ve been swamped but I finally took the time to read through all the GBT comments on Friday. You are all so great, so smart, so voracious about books, and so good to each other and me. My best read this week was all of you. Thank you.

What made you happy this week?

Working Wednesday, January 17, 2024

We’re still working on Very Nice Funerals, although it’s coming together nicely. We’re also looking at the last cover in the Rocky Start series. I think it needs to be more evil, so I changed the bee to be nastier. The designer probably hates me at this point, but the jolly little honey pot we had before was not evil enough. But bees, bees can kill you.

What did you work on this week?