Wednesdays with the Arts: Lace and Nature

The Wearable Arts Edition

I promised a picture of the dress, but I decided maybe wearing the dress would be better than hanging it on the dresser and trying to get a picture of it. So makeup, a trip to a spacious nature area, and walking on wet grass and dirt in heels was on the to-do list to get the pictures.

Looking OverThanks to my mother for doing the photography for me. Once I got her started she went click happy. Good thing it was digital and not film ;). She said she was sure out of all the photos I would at least find one I liked. She knows me so well. Pretty much I don’t like many photos of me anymore; I tend to find what’s wrong with them more than no. So yeah…a lot of photos and only a few that I thought were okay which required my mother to help pick the ones to share on the Knit This ~ Sew That blog.

Anyway, for more pictures and a behind the scenes look hop over to the Knit This ~ Sew That blog.


Monday Musings: Ready…Set…Goal!

Happy Monday everybody :). I hope everybody had a good weekend. As always I’m kicking off the day with a morning workout. I have already done part of it, both yoga routines, and will do the morning cardio pole walk later this morning with my mom.

Today kicks off my second class that I’m taking while the next assignment for the first class should be up today as well. Then, of course, there is cello practice and working on writing related things. I’m planning to make today a mostly editing day when it comes to my writing work, but as many writers might know sometimes the story in progress just can’t be denied so I might end up writing some more on the current work as well.

I did finish the dress I mentioned Saturday; I just haven’t done a picture of it yet, but I will as soon as I can. It’s different for me as it is not something I would typically wear, but I like it. I’m getting ready to start the next dress in the pile—as in I already have the lace hand sewn onto the underlying pieces so it’s time to play nice with the Serger…oh boy. Oh, and my mom has allowed me to take over her old sewing manual and I have been studying. I learn better by doing, but one really should hit the books sometimes.

Other than that I’m working on goals which all the activities on my list today will help me in my effort to reach those goals.

Morning Kick Off Workout:


Fly on the Wall Sunday: New Movie in Progress ~ Behind the Name

Picking the Title

Some titles come to me before the story while some come to me in the first few pages of the story and others don’t come to me until I finish the story. The last of those is rare for me, but it happens sometimes. This one, however, gave me a lot of titles that fit, but for each one I wasn’t really in love with it, but I wasn’t in hate of it either. I liked them, but I had my reasons for not being sure I wanted to use them.

Every title out there has probably been on another book, movie, song, etc., but the titles that came to mind were all in my, “yeah, but I saw that movie,” kind of bin. They were bigger movies, and yes I know that there were more movies with the same title, but I wasn’t sure that I really wanted that title on my book for that reason.

I enlisted my mother’s help. She hates when I do that. She tells me I come up with great titles and she hates when I put her on the spot. It’s like, “all you have to do is throw some stuff out there.” She gave me one that I knew I could use. And in the process of doing research for something else I kind of felt the wheel spinning and came up with something that I plan to merge with her idea. I love it, but I won’t say what it is yet.

As for the rest of the story—well, it goes back to that story I started years ago. I am sure the first part of the story I wrote is on one of the USBs that I have here, but I started over. I knew where the story started and where it was going so I started from the beginning.

Picking the Name

My leading lady still has the same first name, but my leading man’s name was a morning of research. Thanks to my mother the name was finalized. Yeah, she picked his name while I picked his father’s name. He almost had his father’s name, but when she pointed out the other name it was like, “yeah…I like that.” A lot goes through my mind when finalizing the name. It’s a journey and like any of my other quests a name means a lot to me. It’s more than just picking one to slap on the character and be done with it. I don’t write like that.

My leading lady? Well, she’s kind of the calm to his storm while he is the strength to her weakness. They complement each other. The more I write, the more I want to know about these two. As the movie continues to play the story unfolds one scene (or more) at a time.

Creative Updates

For those interested in current sewing and knitting projects in progress you can read about them on the Knit This ~ Sew That blog and see pictures too. I will share the finished project pictures here…um…when I finish them ;). Details about my journey can be read more so on the Knit This ~ Sew That blog now.

Special thanks to my mother for helping me stay focused. You know what’s going on in my world and you won’t let me give up. So thanks with much love and hugs.

Friday Dish: Veggie Pasta and the New Student

I’m adjusting my schedule some. Working out is always first on the list. It’s my morning get up and move thing, plus I go walking with my mom to help her stay on her healthy lifestyle track. I love to workout; she doesn’t love it so much so sometimes I have to give a nudge and other times she’s up and dressed ready to go.

IMG_0015I really do have to get on a more solid schedule until I finish these classes. Of course I’m still going to fit everything in the best I can. Things like trying out new meal creations. This one here is zucchini pasta. As in the veggie itself is spiraled like pasta. I don’t eat pasta anymore so being able to make meal creations with spiraled veggies is fun.

I got the Veggetti as a gift. My mom bought it so I could cook some more ;). She got it from Walgreens in the As Seen on TV aisle. It can do thick or thin spirals but I prefer thin so these are thin.


I roasted the veggies with herbs and spices, added some freshly, kind of roasted, shrimp and spinach and voila—dinner! Yummy.


That’s all for this time. More Dish next week, same time, same place.

Wednesdays with the Arts: Indie Life Blog Hop ~ Collision Course


I have some pretty cool readers of my work and it is great to hear from you all. So thank you for reading my work and for letting me know what you would like to see more of.

Clearly I go through shifts and tilts in my writing and a lot of that is because I am still growing as a human. Aren’t we all growing? Is there ever a time when we stop becoming more, when we stop striving to be better than what we are?

For me it is a constant change in my world. As such, my changing of me also changes my writing a little too. I had a professor once tell me that every character in a book has a bit of the author in him/her. If that is the case, then I guess my fictional characters are a part of my inner me sometimes working through life changes fictionally or factually so. Of course my psych professor said every character in a dream was the dreamer’s self in which case that sucks because I don’t think I’m an alien at all.

So if you have been reading my work over the years, or even recently, you may notice things a little different, a little fluctuating, but the heart of the writer is still the same even if the mind is on a new and sometimes murky journey.

Fiction and reality do not always collide but in Pattern for Murder I have to say my leading lady and I both have a thing for sewing. She’s awesome at it while I have a love hate relationship with the art. At least I manage to give my mother a very serious fit of laughter with every project I work on. Laughter is good—for her anyway.

This is part of the Indie Life blog hop so click on the picture below and go see what other Indie Lifers are up to this month.