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That title could conjure up all kinds of ideas, couldn’t it. LOL

I used to co-own a business with my best friend. She wove beautiful baskets, and I made eggshell ornaments. Later, I added beaded jewelry to the mix. We used to always participate in a craft show here in my town. She would travel from Indiana to here for the show each year. When she died in May of 2011, it took most of the wind out of my sails. I did one more show, with help from my dear friend (and cover artist) Anya Kelleye. I had all of my friend’s baskets, and we were trying to sell as many of them as we could. It was sort of a bittersweet time…I missed her terribly, but doing the show was a tribute to her memory. And it helped having Anya there. After that, though, I lost all desire to craft anything. That’s slowly changing. I’m trying to get into sewing. I want to start making jewelry again. I’m not so sure about the eggshell ornaments. That’s still hard for me because that’s what we started out with, and I’m not sure I could decorate an eggshell without tears. Plus, it’s much more time consuming than jewelry making, and I don’t have a lot of time. The desire to MAKE something is coming back. I just need to fit it in with all the other things I have to do. I just need to get organized! I’m planning a big giveaway when I release my current WIP, and there will be jewelry involved. And swag. And a book…. 🙂

Do any of you do crafts besides your writing? What do you do?

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I usually do spur of the moment posts. It’s usually something that triggers a thought and I want to talk about it. So I usually don’t schedule blogs ahead of time. But I’m doing that tonight. Why? Because, tomorrow (it will be today when you read this), I’m going to have a booth in our local Apple Festival. This is going to be a really tough thing for me because, in addition to my eggshell ornaments, I’ll be trying to sell the last of the baskets woven by my best friend who passed away on May 1 of this year. This will be the first time I’ve ever done this festival without her. She lived about 500 miles away, but she always came down for this, and we always had so much fun. This year, another of my best friends (and cover artist), Anya Kelleye will be there with me. She’s always helped us set up the booth and so many other things, but this year she’s staying there with me. I don’t think I could do it if she wasn’t there. So everyone send me nice thoughts while I’m at the festival and pray that I don’t cry.

So I didn’t write last night. There was a lot to get done, and I decided I didn’t have enough eggshell ornaments done, so I had to work on more of those. And I needed to get to bed early since I had to be at the booth at 7:00 AM. Wish me lots of sales!

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I’m still working on editing Guardian Vampire. I found one chapter where I used the unnecessary “that” multiple times. It makes it sound clunky or something when “that” is used so much. A couple of years ago, I probably would have never caught that problem. I feel like I’m getting better at the editing process. I found a couple of discrepancies that I need to fix…just minor stuff. It’s so much easier to catch things when I load the book onto my Kindle.

I’m about 1/3 way through editing Jon Eli’s crime novel. I HAVE to get this done before Christmas.

I’m also working on a set of “Twelve Days of Christmas” eggshell ornaments to put on my Etsy website. I doubt I’m going to get these on in time for Christmas. 😦 Maybe if I offer two day priority mail service for the price of regular mail….

And I don’t have my Christmas shopping done!

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