Pacing is difficult for a lot of authors to get just right. Even when they do get it just right (for the reader) they often still worry about it. They worry whether their pacing in a given story or scene is too fast or too slow. They worry that if they show the thoughts and feelings of the characters they will slow the pace and the story will drag. There is some legitimacy to these concerns. One can have a story in which the pace drags or a story in which things happen quickly and yet the reader isn’t really vested in the outcome.
I can amass a lot of crumb blocks in a short time. You may remember me writing about having 53 of the blocks a while back. As the number of blocks grew beyond 53 and as I began to get bored making star blocks with crumb block centers, I started thinking about what else I could do with the crumb blocks. This heart quilt is one of several ideas I came up with
Yellow Highlighter Classes are month-long classes which meet online in a private blog space three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.) The classes are completely hands on with participants posting excerpts from their works in progress and me going over them, marking them up, offering corrections and suggestions in the same way that I mark up manuscripts I edit for publication. The feedback isn’t specific to just one area, like emotion, sexual tension or plot points. Instead, the markup offered on a single day of the class might highlight weaknesses of many types and might offer suggestions for strengthening a variety of problem areas. A single markup on a single day of the class might address a point of view problem, the need for a beat of silence to break up a line of dialogue, or the news that a given scene really slows the pace and needs to be trimmed, moved or discarded.
You shouldn’t have to “remind” your reader of your character’s conflict at all. A conflict which is strong enough to support the story should be there in the character’s psyche, in his world coloring most everything he thinks, says, and does to some degree. It’s not like the character can ever really forget about the conflict. It’s there in the background weighing on him even when he’s trying to focus on other things.
110 Quilted Potholders is a 63 page book which offers up the patterns for 110 pretty potholders. The photo to the left shows the first five that I made using this book. The top pink/purple block is the Coxey’s Army block from page 19 in the book. The top orange block is the Double Pinwheel block from page 47 of the book. The pink and green block is July Fourth from page 20. The pink and yellow block is Sunlight and Shadow from page 33. Last but not least is the Single Irish Chain block from page 45.
A few blog readers have mentioned recently that one of the things they enjoy about the blog is seeing and hearing about what inspires me…and then seeing how the inspiration turns into finished projects. Given this, I thought it might be fun to share more of what inspires me…what kicks off the various projects that I do.
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I pulled this OLD work in progress out a couple of weeks ago and have been working on it off and on. The So far, everything on this quilt is paper pieced. I like paper piecing but it is time consuming, which could account for why this pretty quilt start got pushed to the back burner.
One of the common problems I see with how authors show emotion in their manuscripts is that they confuse the guidelines for showing viewpoint characters’ emotions with the guidelines for showing non-viewpoint characters’ emotions. This is important because how we show emotion in writing depends a great deal upon whose emotion we’re showing.
For those of us who make scrap quilts finding enough scraps, in enough variety, is a big deal! When we find the scraps we need we hoard them, sleep with them, and guard them…or get a friendly feline friend to guard them for us.
It takes a long time to collect enough scraps, with enough range in color, texture, and value to create a scrap quilt if our only source of scraps is from our own sewing. While I personally save all of my scraps over an inch square for quilting and I save scraps and trimmings smaller than that for stuffing cat beds, I wouldn’t have near the quantity or variety of scraps necessary to make a scrap quilt, let alone multiple scrap quilts from my scraps alone. Which brings us to the important question of where to get scraps for scrap quilts.
I first purchased this fabric and cut out the quilt pieces two or three years ago. I made a couple of blocks but got sidetracked with other quilt projects and let this one languish in a bin for a while. I’ve always liked it though and yesterday took it out and made a few more blocks. Having worked on it again, I now remember why I bought the fabrics. The floral is beautiful up close. It has lots of bright cheerful colors…bright pink, lighter pink, bright gold, yellow, and orange. There’s a bright, cheerful, enthusiasm to the fabrics that made me happy as I was working on it again.
Though I’ve been quietly in the background puttering and haven’t posted much…and it seems…even to me…like a slow start to 2017 there is a lot that is percolating. Lots of new quilt and sewing projects and I’m even embracing some new to me crafts which I think will be fun.