This week was rough. It seemed like everything I did failed.
A prime example of how my week went is my crochet project. You’ve seen the pictures I’ve posted of my current crochet projects, right? Well, I have to rip out two of them and start all over. Turns out I made a tiny mistake at the beginning which compounded until I couldn’t move on in the pattern. Six weeks’ worth of work down the drain.
It was a CAL (crochet along) so the pattern was only released a week at a time, but it was devastating to have to rip all that out. I’m almost caught up with one of them, and the other I’ll have to get to next week.
Yeah, so that was an example of my week. But ah, well. It’ll be alright. They can’t all be great weeks. May God be praised in the good and the bad.
So this week I started/continued some new projects.
Of course, I’m still working on my SF comic. It’s being uploaded on dA.
I’m working on a book for my mother’s church. I’m also illustrating it. I’m not so confident in my art skills, but I’m moving forward.
I’m working a new ministry/volunteer project. I don’t want to give details until at least next year, but if you have suggestions for any type of children’s, YA, and MG books, please let me know. All genres, please–including non-fiction.
It’s part of Dearest Debi’s Crochet-a-long here: http://dearestdebi.com/garden-romp-crochet-along-2017. She’s also uploading the pattern a week at a time on her youtube channel. It looks even more amazing in real life. And it’s gorgeous even though I messed up. By far, it’s the most intricate thing I’ve ever crocheted, and it’s so interesting to work on.
So I’ve started to prepare for the release of my book . . . just doing research and planning what to post about, where to go, people to speak to–things like that. To that end, I tried to think about things I could post on instagram that will connect with my teen girl readers.
For instance, some adorable diy galaxy jewelry I remember watching a tutorial on.
That set me off on so many ideas I could tie in to my book’s theme! Cute diy bleach moon shirts. Pretty diy galaxy notebooks. Maybe I could make some to use as giveaways during my launch party! I was so excited thinking about it all!
Then the doubts kicked in.
“That’s not how book promotion is done.”
“No one’s going to want to see that.”
“You’re doing it wrong.”
It’s daunting. But I won’t give up. Maybe it’ll work, maybe it won’t. But it won’t be for lack of trying.
So go away doubts! Sink or swim, I’m not listening to you anymore!
Here is the lapghan I crocheted this week. I love it; I wish I could keep it. But it was a housewarming gift, so . . .
Anyhow. I really love that Premier Sweet Roll yarn. My one complaint is that in one of the balls, I found two of the colors attached by a knot. Someone actually knotted the yarn together to make it longer. Not cool, Premier. Not cool. Keep on top of that quality control. This yarn is too good to be ruined by something like that.
But any case: Love the yarn; love the blanket; I want one!!!
Last week was a tough one for me. I didn’t even realize how tough until I came to the weekend so tired and drained and . . . quite frankly not very nice. The effects bled into earlier this week. Monday I had THE worst headache in the world! But once I refocused my mind and slept well, it all fell away.
Well, that’s my excuse about why I didn’t update last week. It’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it. Not that I forgot or anything . . .
I’m working on a new crochet project this week using this tutorial:
He makes it so easy to understand, I don’t even need a pattern. I was even able to vary the size of the squares it makes.
I’m using Premier’s Sweet Roll yarn in the Capuccino Pop color. It’s a self striping yarn that turns from blue to beige to brown. It’s gorgeous! And it happened to be on sale at my local Joann’s. I gotta tell you, I am in love with this yarn. The colors are beautiful (I also love the Caramel version), and it’s a dream to work with. This may become my go-to yarn in the future.
In any case, I hope to post a pic of the blanket I’m making–if I remember to snap one.
I’m still working on the graphic novel, BTW. You can see what I’ve posted so far on my deviantart page. Oh, and the anthology that included one of my stories was nominated for the Coyotl Awards. They announce the winners later this month. Can’t wait!