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Historical costumes and some editing

Once again, no new words for me since the last post. Today was another granddaughter birthday, and since the girls really like (or at least they claim to like) the custom-made Barbie dresses from their Grandma, I got out the sewing machine again and put together a few more creations:

OOAK Barbie costumes

The Barbie on the left is wearing a Galadriel dress I found on the Internet. I even removed some of the Barbie’s atrocious eye makeup with fingernail polish remover. But I just don’t have the time to go whole hog and get rid of everything and start repainting her face, so that she looks less Barbie-like and more LOTR. The girls probably wouldn’t appreciate it anyway. 🙂

The doll in the middle is Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Lisa requested the movie for her birthday, and I thought it would be cool to give her the doll as well, but Esmeralda has been discontinued, and I could only get her naked. So I googled and tried to replicate her outfit as best I could.

I personally like the pseudo-medieval dress on the right best. It’s based on bliaut patterns on the Internet that I adapted to fashion doll size, using materials I had available.

Not particularly writing-related, I realize, but, on the other hand, since I do write historical fantasy that’s strong on the historical, it might come in handy some day to know how to make a bliaut. 🙂

Writing-wise, the last few days have once again revolved around editing rather than creating new words. It’s been some time since I’ve worked on A Wasted Land, so I printed out everything I have until now and am working through it in hard copy, making notes and editing. For some reason, I find it easier to be brutal with myself on paper than in digital form, and sometimes that is exactly what’s needed. For me, when editing on screen, it’s so easy to just tweak here and there without considering the big picture. On paper, it’s much easier to slash unnecessary sentences or reorganize sections with big circles and arrows — and sometimes even with scissors. *g* (With that confession, I’m definitely showing my age.)

Anyway, I’m about a fifth of the way through A Wasted Land in hard copy now. Which probably sounds better than it is, since some of the earlier sections have been through previous edits, either to be workshopped, or to be shared on this blog. So what I did this last week was the easy part. 🙂

Another creative outlet, and my quarterly accounting post

Yesterday, I dragged the sewing machine out for the first time in months (at least!) Not only do I have tons of mending to do, I wanted to do something creative other than writing for a change. So I made this medievaly fairy / elf outfit:

I realize Barbies are politically incorrect and lead to inferiority complexes, but they are also ubiquitous. I played with them as a girl, as did my daughter, and we both turned out to be fairly reasonable adults, with fairly healthy egos. And the dolls are fun to make dresses for. *g* I’ve actually been playing with the idea of making some historical costumes for a while. It was nice to do something almost completely without purpose (except for some upcoming birthdays), and messing with fabrics and designs was a kick too.

So, on to the update, which is not quite as fun as a Lord-of-the-Rings-inspired Barbie costume. Below I have listed my goals at the beginning of the quarter and what became of them.


– Write an average of at least two hours a day, five days a week (10 hours a week)

I did pretty well on this one, at least until December rolled around.

– Finish the first draft of A Wasted Land

Nope. Got waylaid by the need to do more research and brainstorming, I’m afraid.

– Brainstorm the next two novellas in The Glassmakers trilogy, Facets of Glass and Shards of Glass

Got a little bit of brainstorming done, but not much.

– Start (finish?) Facets of Glass



– Be at least 240 pages into the Big Translation Project by the end of the round

I’m afraid I’m about 100 pages behind on this goal. 😦

Writing business:

– Publish Chameleon in a Mirror and Island of Glass

Nope. They’re finished, but I’m still waiting for feedback from beta readers for both. And the last thing I want to do is bug people who are doing a huge favor like read and comment on a whole book for me!

– Prepare CreateSpace version of Shadow of Stone

DONE! Shadow of Stone is now available as a trade paperback. 🙂

– Publish Shadow of Stone to B&N, Smashwords and D2D


– Publish “Mars, A Traveler’s Guide” to Amazon and make it free


– Publish Gawain and Ragenll and make it free

DONE! Gawain is now available free at most major ebook sellers. And it actually seems to be helping my sales of Yseult and Shadow of Stone a tiny bit.

So it looks like next round I’m going to have mostly the same goals. Hopefully without the Christmas season I’ll have a bit more success with them. 🙂 I’m not going to kick myself, though. I got a lot of words written, started a new project I wasn’t planning, “won” Nanowrimo, and made my granddaughters very happy at Christmas. And that’s pretty high up on my list of priorites. 🙂

Hope everyone else is happy with the progress they made!