Monday is my return to the ink mines and am feeling far more ready for the work week than I have in many a week, or even a month. With the pain finally under control and the swelling of achy hands in relative control, my heart and mind are finally free to think of creative matters. There are lots of plans in this particular area, too, and not all of them have to do with writing.
The Summer Purse Of Knitted Wonder is waiting for me to complete the lining and begin the strap. A pair of everyday finger-less mitts for winter have also begun. I screwed up on them last night, but, thankfully there is a lot of yarn so I can begin anew and have what is in my mind’s eye instead of what I currently have. For this particular pair of finger-less mitts I am going to begin cabling. It has been a long time since I have worked cables and really would like a nice pair of decorated finger-less mitts. Along with the mitts is going to go a matching cable scarf and a hat. The hat will have beading I think. Not beading on the knitted thread but sewn on. Yes, there is a pattern/design in mind.
WHRT has waited patiently for me to return to it and I have to admit I am ready for more words to go down. The fantasy novel rolling around in my brain also needs to be investigated more. Ideas, scenes, scenarios, names, places, descriptions, etc. are popping into my head left and right for that one! Luckily for me I purchased a .94¢ composition book several weeks ago as a back-up for another journal, but now am going to put it to use as the notebook for the fantasy story centering around a scribe. He isn’t your normal scribe. He is an adventuring scribe. I am not exactly sure what this means, but we will discover this together.
Along with the knitting and the writing, I finished the book Right Hand Magic, by Nancy A. Collins. True, it was not a difficult read, but it was well-written and perfectly paced with believable characters and a romance that made me smile contentedly. The world-building is excellent and the fantastical creatures that live in Golgotham make sense. The streets teaming with this fantastical life became brilliantly clear in my imagination.
Tate, the heiress who wants to become a sculptor and be accepted as her own person, is believable and far more well-adjusted than I expected she would. Hexe, her Kymerian lover, is handsome and he has purple hair! How can you go wrong with purple hair?! Their first adventure together was almost understated in a way, but when the action got rolling it didn’t let up once until the end of the book. Scratch, Hexe’s familiar – a hairless winged, demon cat – is another one of my favorite characters. Yes, he talks. He is snarky, but loyal and, I think, beginning to like Tate despite his grumbling.
There is also a teenage were-cougar that was in trouble and is now living with Hexe in his boarding house, along with a soothsayer, and who knows else in the house! He is sixteen and in love with a Chinese were-tiger named Meikei.
Yes, beyond a doubt, the next book in the series is on my list.
Now that I have begun the Writing 101 challenge I am a bit nervous, but determined to post and follow the instructions given. I know I don’t need to post every single entry of the challenge here, but it will probably happen merely because I need to see an advancement, progress and the best way for me to see this is to actually have it here on the blog so it is easily reviewed.
The only thing I am having trouble with is actually getting the “badge” in the sidebar. Since I am having problems with this, for each Writing 101 challenge you will see the badge in the post like you would one of the normal pictures. This way, if you don’t want to read those particular posts you can skip them. See, I really do try to look after you, my Reader Friends.