Filling the Well continued


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From Pat Rice:

This is my day to blog but I still have some lovely replies left over from Friday's Ask-A-Wench question about filling the well, and well, I'm immersed in so much work and travel that I'm amazed I remembered what day it is. If this gets posted on Tuesday, please be forgiving!

The question was–how do you fill the creativity well?

From Sherrie Holmes: This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I think mostAaw writers are artistically creative in other ways than in writing—be it gardening, painting, dancing, etc. For me, it’s making cards and decorating my house (I’m a closet interior designer). (Pat says: I’ve seen the pictures. Sherrie might design closets occasionally, but she also paints every surface in sight and designs rooms with a delightful eye for color. “G”) I no longer have time for oil painting or watercolors, but making cards is a well-replenishing task for me. I have over  1,000 rubber stamps, and an entire rainbow of

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miscellaneous accompaniments—ink pads, lace, yarn, colored paper, and other embellishments. I can easily spend 1-2 hours on each card, and the finished product fills me with a sense of pride and accomplishment. (Probably the modern equivalent of a Regency miss talented in embroidery) ~

From Anne:
Once your creativity becomes your work it's very easy to forget to nourish the inner child and play — especially in writing. I used to write all sorts of silly things for fun, often going to a lot of trouble, but once writing became my work, I thought all my writing should be for work. Big mistake.
Now I'm more careful about replenishing the creative well — it's a serious reason (excuse?) to have fun.

Aawanne The thing that most refills the well for me is giving myself time to dream. You don't have to be in a bed to dream — having your hands busy and your mind dreaming is a perfectly satisfactory way to do it. I will chop vegetables or garden or make small things  or walk and dream at the same time. I make things all the time. They're nothing very wonderful, but they satisfy an urge in me and keep my hands busy while I'm watching TV—or dreaming up a story. I make necklaces and bracelets and earrings and paper beads (Pat notes: Anne's beading is no trifling thing! She made all the wenches at RWA last year gorgeous beaded necklaces. I wear mine constantly!) and foist the results on my friends (and occasionally hapless acquaintances,) I make cards (though not as beautiful as Sherrie's) and christmas decorations. Sometimes I make teensy things for dolls houses. Currently I'm decorating berets.

From Barbara Samuel I learned about going on 'artist dates' — giving yourself an experience that keeps the magic alive and the well refilled. There's a good explanation of it here: http://paperartstudio.tripod.com/artistsway/id4.html
The very best thing I think is travel — being thrown out of your comfort zone, interacting with new people, places, cultures — but it's not always possible. Hearing live music always makes me feel wonderful and refills the well; making live music with friends even more so. I also love to soak up beautiful things by going to galleries and museums, and I love to get out of the city and spend time in wild and lovely places. But if I'm pressed for time, even just a walk along a beach at twilight or dawn is enough to set me dreaming.
 
And then, of course, there's reading, which I do everywhere and anywhere and always have. While a new book is percolating in my head I tend to read outside my genre. Currently I'm reading the Kushiel fantasy
Aawkushiel series by Jacqueline Carey, a very dark, fascinating series set in an alternative medieval European world. Each book has haunted me long after I've read it, and for me, there's nothing like dwelling in a different imaginary worlds to refill the well.

And if you try to live in the moment and appreciate what comes, even routine events can still renew your spirit.  I walked my dog very late the other night, a chilly, dark winter's night, and bumped into a friend walking his dog. We walked along the wilderness path beside the creek in the dark, not talking much, just aware of the sounds of the creek, the breeze stirring the leaves and various sounds of the night, while the dogs darted and snuffled back and forth in search of who knew what, and far in the distance the hum of city life. And then the moon rose and the darkness turned to silver and shadows. A little moment of magic in the mundane.

From Andrea:

Garden Writing is such an intense discipline that on finishing a book, I really do need to replenish the well of mental energy. Because I have to focus so hard on choosing each and every word, and how to fit them all together in sentences and paragraphs,  I find that doing things that are very “physical” or “intuitive” help me relax and recharge. I try to visit a museum or art gallery to look at visual images. Or I walk, bike, or play golf—all things that stimulate non-verbal parts of the brain. “Mindless” activities, like weeding in the garden, are also surprisingly satisfying, as is cooking. Trying a new recipe is always fun because it’s quick, and creativity is so quickly rewarded with a tangible result—especially if it involves chocolate!

I also catch up on my TBR pile, but purely as a reader, not a writer. I take joy in being transported by the magic of someone else’s story. After a few days of puttering, I usually find that my new ideas have percolated long enough in my head that my fingers are itching to once again start the process of capturing them on cyber-paper.  

From Susan:

When the creative energy feels depleted, what works best for me is to try to do something nearly every day to recharge the battery — such  as listening to music, reading a little, going for a walk, or doing  some tai chi (that and qigong can help center and fuel the creative  effort, and also keep me healthy
Paint can with the long writing hours!).  Reading can fill the well too, as I feel an urge to write my own stuff, though sometimes reading does the opposite–I tend to stay away  from reading anything similar to what I'm writing when in the midst of a project.
 
 Sometimes I have to recharge and calm down not because the well is so empty — but because it's spilling over. The brain can get  overstimulated from high intensity writing and researching, and there  are times when the ideas are jumping, but the brain and body are  wearing down. A little downtime is a great remedy for that, and a  quick fix is to watch a little TV or a movie–though for me, the best  antidote for Too Many Words is to do something three-dimensional and  hands on, such as painting (this can be a wall, a room, or just a  small piece of furniture) or moving furniture around, knitting,  beading, whatever is easy and rewarding and doesn't involve written  words at all. Gardening and cooking work really well for filling the  Well, too, though I'm a better painter of walls and shover of > furniture than I am a gardener or a cook. After finishing a book, I've  painted whole rooms, and there is just something so satisfying about  finishing a 3D project in a day or so.
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 The important thing is to recharge and refill often, not just when  you're creatively exhausted, in ways that make you feel good and happy, and that lend some balance to your life as well as more  creativity.

From Jo:

Brief answer — write something different, even if just as a play break. Read different things, fiction and non-fiction. Go somewhere new. Meet someone different. Go on the internet and hang out in a group of people with an interest you can't begin to understand.

Pat back: LOL on Jo's prophetic words–hang out here with people so weird you can't begin to understand!  So, what do you do to "fill the well of creativity"?  Hobbies? I know Jen Stevenson does roller derby. Aggression, anyone?

70 thoughts on “Filling the Well continued”

  1. This was interesting to read! Thanks all for sharing. Sometimes I feel ‘guilty’ when I know I should be writing, but just feel the need to take a break and cook, garden, etc. Now I can say that I’m allowing my creativity to bloom!
    On another note, I’m going to RWA this year (first timer). I just finished my first novel, and I’m going to learn and network. I read the reference to RWA last year above, and was wondering if any of the wenches were going this year?

    Reply
  2. This was interesting to read! Thanks all for sharing. Sometimes I feel ‘guilty’ when I know I should be writing, but just feel the need to take a break and cook, garden, etc. Now I can say that I’m allowing my creativity to bloom!
    On another note, I’m going to RWA this year (first timer). I just finished my first novel, and I’m going to learn and network. I read the reference to RWA last year above, and was wondering if any of the wenches were going this year?

    Reply
  3. This was interesting to read! Thanks all for sharing. Sometimes I feel ‘guilty’ when I know I should be writing, but just feel the need to take a break and cook, garden, etc. Now I can say that I’m allowing my creativity to bloom!
    On another note, I’m going to RWA this year (first timer). I just finished my first novel, and I’m going to learn and network. I read the reference to RWA last year above, and was wondering if any of the wenches were going this year?

    Reply
  4. This was interesting to read! Thanks all for sharing. Sometimes I feel ‘guilty’ when I know I should be writing, but just feel the need to take a break and cook, garden, etc. Now I can say that I’m allowing my creativity to bloom!
    On another note, I’m going to RWA this year (first timer). I just finished my first novel, and I’m going to learn and network. I read the reference to RWA last year above, and was wondering if any of the wenches were going this year?

    Reply
  5. This was interesting to read! Thanks all for sharing. Sometimes I feel ‘guilty’ when I know I should be writing, but just feel the need to take a break and cook, garden, etc. Now I can say that I’m allowing my creativity to bloom!
    On another note, I’m going to RWA this year (first timer). I just finished my first novel, and I’m going to learn and network. I read the reference to RWA last year above, and was wondering if any of the wenches were going this year?

    Reply
  6. Thanks to everyone for sharing their “filling the well” tricks. In a way, I’m lucky because I have a family, and when the well is running a little dry, I start baking/cooking up a storm. I have a lot of “make ahead” type recipes for dinners, so I fill the freezer with them, and with cakes and pies and loaves. At the same time, I listen to music (usually traditional Irish), and that seems to reawaken my creativity.
    I also have a lake near my house, and I’ll often go there to think, dream, and plot. There’s nothing like the smell of sand and lake water!
    And if all else fails, I pick up a book by one of my favorite authors!

    Reply
  7. Thanks to everyone for sharing their “filling the well” tricks. In a way, I’m lucky because I have a family, and when the well is running a little dry, I start baking/cooking up a storm. I have a lot of “make ahead” type recipes for dinners, so I fill the freezer with them, and with cakes and pies and loaves. At the same time, I listen to music (usually traditional Irish), and that seems to reawaken my creativity.
    I also have a lake near my house, and I’ll often go there to think, dream, and plot. There’s nothing like the smell of sand and lake water!
    And if all else fails, I pick up a book by one of my favorite authors!

    Reply
  8. Thanks to everyone for sharing their “filling the well” tricks. In a way, I’m lucky because I have a family, and when the well is running a little dry, I start baking/cooking up a storm. I have a lot of “make ahead” type recipes for dinners, so I fill the freezer with them, and with cakes and pies and loaves. At the same time, I listen to music (usually traditional Irish), and that seems to reawaken my creativity.
    I also have a lake near my house, and I’ll often go there to think, dream, and plot. There’s nothing like the smell of sand and lake water!
    And if all else fails, I pick up a book by one of my favorite authors!

    Reply
  9. Thanks to everyone for sharing their “filling the well” tricks. In a way, I’m lucky because I have a family, and when the well is running a little dry, I start baking/cooking up a storm. I have a lot of “make ahead” type recipes for dinners, so I fill the freezer with them, and with cakes and pies and loaves. At the same time, I listen to music (usually traditional Irish), and that seems to reawaken my creativity.
    I also have a lake near my house, and I’ll often go there to think, dream, and plot. There’s nothing like the smell of sand and lake water!
    And if all else fails, I pick up a book by one of my favorite authors!

    Reply
  10. Thanks to everyone for sharing their “filling the well” tricks. In a way, I’m lucky because I have a family, and when the well is running a little dry, I start baking/cooking up a storm. I have a lot of “make ahead” type recipes for dinners, so I fill the freezer with them, and with cakes and pies and loaves. At the same time, I listen to music (usually traditional Irish), and that seems to reawaken my creativity.
    I also have a lake near my house, and I’ll often go there to think, dream, and plot. There’s nothing like the smell of sand and lake water!
    And if all else fails, I pick up a book by one of my favorite authors!

    Reply
  11. Kristina, enjoy your first RWA experience! It will be overwhelming but so much fun.
    As far as I remember, none of the wenches are attending this year. We partied pretty hardy last year “G” and decided to do the smaller conferences this year. It’s hard for our international members to come regularly.
    Cooking and baking to feed the well is much more productive than my driving through cornfields! But oh, I envy Cynthia that lake right now…

    Reply
  12. Kristina, enjoy your first RWA experience! It will be overwhelming but so much fun.
    As far as I remember, none of the wenches are attending this year. We partied pretty hardy last year “G” and decided to do the smaller conferences this year. It’s hard for our international members to come regularly.
    Cooking and baking to feed the well is much more productive than my driving through cornfields! But oh, I envy Cynthia that lake right now…

    Reply
  13. Kristina, enjoy your first RWA experience! It will be overwhelming but so much fun.
    As far as I remember, none of the wenches are attending this year. We partied pretty hardy last year “G” and decided to do the smaller conferences this year. It’s hard for our international members to come regularly.
    Cooking and baking to feed the well is much more productive than my driving through cornfields! But oh, I envy Cynthia that lake right now…

    Reply
  14. Kristina, enjoy your first RWA experience! It will be overwhelming but so much fun.
    As far as I remember, none of the wenches are attending this year. We partied pretty hardy last year “G” and decided to do the smaller conferences this year. It’s hard for our international members to come regularly.
    Cooking and baking to feed the well is much more productive than my driving through cornfields! But oh, I envy Cynthia that lake right now…

    Reply
  15. Kristina, enjoy your first RWA experience! It will be overwhelming but so much fun.
    As far as I remember, none of the wenches are attending this year. We partied pretty hardy last year “G” and decided to do the smaller conferences this year. It’s hard for our international members to come regularly.
    Cooking and baking to feed the well is much more productive than my driving through cornfields! But oh, I envy Cynthia that lake right now…

    Reply
  16. Let’s see…garden, make silly little jewelry pieces, read, play my piano or compose a bit, or sometimes, because I back to a nature preserve, I just take a cup of coffee and sit on the deck out back and soak up the sounds and sights.
    I think it would be a great idea though if you showcased some of these things the wenches do to refill, like the painting and jewelry and such. I’d love to see them!

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  17. Let’s see…garden, make silly little jewelry pieces, read, play my piano or compose a bit, or sometimes, because I back to a nature preserve, I just take a cup of coffee and sit on the deck out back and soak up the sounds and sights.
    I think it would be a great idea though if you showcased some of these things the wenches do to refill, like the painting and jewelry and such. I’d love to see them!

    Reply
  18. Let’s see…garden, make silly little jewelry pieces, read, play my piano or compose a bit, or sometimes, because I back to a nature preserve, I just take a cup of coffee and sit on the deck out back and soak up the sounds and sights.
    I think it would be a great idea though if you showcased some of these things the wenches do to refill, like the painting and jewelry and such. I’d love to see them!

    Reply
  19. Let’s see…garden, make silly little jewelry pieces, read, play my piano or compose a bit, or sometimes, because I back to a nature preserve, I just take a cup of coffee and sit on the deck out back and soak up the sounds and sights.
    I think it would be a great idea though if you showcased some of these things the wenches do to refill, like the painting and jewelry and such. I’d love to see them!

    Reply
  20. Let’s see…garden, make silly little jewelry pieces, read, play my piano or compose a bit, or sometimes, because I back to a nature preserve, I just take a cup of coffee and sit on the deck out back and soak up the sounds and sights.
    I think it would be a great idea though if you showcased some of these things the wenches do to refill, like the painting and jewelry and such. I’d love to see them!

    Reply
  21. Sherrie, here. Pat, I forgot all about cooking and baking! I love to cook, and come from a long line of good cooks. My sister and I regularly get together for what we call Baking and Bonding days, where we spend the day trying new recipes and experimenting.
    But making cards and doing other artistic things sure does refill the creative well. I’m also really into photography (can you say obsessed, boys and girls?) I take my camera with me everywhere, even when I run errands, and last week I managed to get a gorgeous sunset-over-water picture because I happened to have my camera with me. Good thing, too, because I had a 5 minute window for taking that picture when all the lovely colors were just right. By the time I whipped the car to the side of the road and roared down to the beach with my tripod, I only had time for 2 shots before the colors washed out and the moment was gone forever. Getting that once-in-a-lifetime shot filled my well to overflowing!

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  22. Sherrie, here. Pat, I forgot all about cooking and baking! I love to cook, and come from a long line of good cooks. My sister and I regularly get together for what we call Baking and Bonding days, where we spend the day trying new recipes and experimenting.
    But making cards and doing other artistic things sure does refill the creative well. I’m also really into photography (can you say obsessed, boys and girls?) I take my camera with me everywhere, even when I run errands, and last week I managed to get a gorgeous sunset-over-water picture because I happened to have my camera with me. Good thing, too, because I had a 5 minute window for taking that picture when all the lovely colors were just right. By the time I whipped the car to the side of the road and roared down to the beach with my tripod, I only had time for 2 shots before the colors washed out and the moment was gone forever. Getting that once-in-a-lifetime shot filled my well to overflowing!

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  23. Sherrie, here. Pat, I forgot all about cooking and baking! I love to cook, and come from a long line of good cooks. My sister and I regularly get together for what we call Baking and Bonding days, where we spend the day trying new recipes and experimenting.
    But making cards and doing other artistic things sure does refill the creative well. I’m also really into photography (can you say obsessed, boys and girls?) I take my camera with me everywhere, even when I run errands, and last week I managed to get a gorgeous sunset-over-water picture because I happened to have my camera with me. Good thing, too, because I had a 5 minute window for taking that picture when all the lovely colors were just right. By the time I whipped the car to the side of the road and roared down to the beach with my tripod, I only had time for 2 shots before the colors washed out and the moment was gone forever. Getting that once-in-a-lifetime shot filled my well to overflowing!

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  24. Sherrie, here. Pat, I forgot all about cooking and baking! I love to cook, and come from a long line of good cooks. My sister and I regularly get together for what we call Baking and Bonding days, where we spend the day trying new recipes and experimenting.
    But making cards and doing other artistic things sure does refill the creative well. I’m also really into photography (can you say obsessed, boys and girls?) I take my camera with me everywhere, even when I run errands, and last week I managed to get a gorgeous sunset-over-water picture because I happened to have my camera with me. Good thing, too, because I had a 5 minute window for taking that picture when all the lovely colors were just right. By the time I whipped the car to the side of the road and roared down to the beach with my tripod, I only had time for 2 shots before the colors washed out and the moment was gone forever. Getting that once-in-a-lifetime shot filled my well to overflowing!

    Reply
  25. Sherrie, here. Pat, I forgot all about cooking and baking! I love to cook, and come from a long line of good cooks. My sister and I regularly get together for what we call Baking and Bonding days, where we spend the day trying new recipes and experimenting.
    But making cards and doing other artistic things sure does refill the creative well. I’m also really into photography (can you say obsessed, boys and girls?) I take my camera with me everywhere, even when I run errands, and last week I managed to get a gorgeous sunset-over-water picture because I happened to have my camera with me. Good thing, too, because I had a 5 minute window for taking that picture when all the lovely colors were just right. By the time I whipped the car to the side of the road and roared down to the beach with my tripod, I only had time for 2 shots before the colors washed out and the moment was gone forever. Getting that once-in-a-lifetime shot filled my well to overflowing!

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  26. Though meeting all of the Wenches would have been fantastic, meeting Cara/Andrea and Jo will be great!! I’ll be sure to say hi.
    Mary Jo – I also have no desire to go to Florida in July. PA has been horrible! And DC as well!

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  27. Though meeting all of the Wenches would have been fantastic, meeting Cara/Andrea and Jo will be great!! I’ll be sure to say hi.
    Mary Jo – I also have no desire to go to Florida in July. PA has been horrible! And DC as well!

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  28. Though meeting all of the Wenches would have been fantastic, meeting Cara/Andrea and Jo will be great!! I’ll be sure to say hi.
    Mary Jo – I also have no desire to go to Florida in July. PA has been horrible! And DC as well!

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  29. Though meeting all of the Wenches would have been fantastic, meeting Cara/Andrea and Jo will be great!! I’ll be sure to say hi.
    Mary Jo – I also have no desire to go to Florida in July. PA has been horrible! And DC as well!

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  30. Though meeting all of the Wenches would have been fantastic, meeting Cara/Andrea and Jo will be great!! I’ll be sure to say hi.
    Mary Jo – I also have no desire to go to Florida in July. PA has been horrible! And DC as well!

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  31. I envy all those folks who can do artistic handwork — I’m talking about the beads here, Anne. Yes. You.
    Me . . . not so much.
    I had occasion to try to do some knitting. It was research for FORBIDDEN ROSE and I was just bound and determined I was going to do this. You must picture me leaned over, gritting my teeth, my fingers all twisted up, grim as the Reaper . . . kniiiittting.

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  32. I envy all those folks who can do artistic handwork — I’m talking about the beads here, Anne. Yes. You.
    Me . . . not so much.
    I had occasion to try to do some knitting. It was research for FORBIDDEN ROSE and I was just bound and determined I was going to do this. You must picture me leaned over, gritting my teeth, my fingers all twisted up, grim as the Reaper . . . kniiiittting.

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  33. I envy all those folks who can do artistic handwork — I’m talking about the beads here, Anne. Yes. You.
    Me . . . not so much.
    I had occasion to try to do some knitting. It was research for FORBIDDEN ROSE and I was just bound and determined I was going to do this. You must picture me leaned over, gritting my teeth, my fingers all twisted up, grim as the Reaper . . . kniiiittting.

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  34. I envy all those folks who can do artistic handwork — I’m talking about the beads here, Anne. Yes. You.
    Me . . . not so much.
    I had occasion to try to do some knitting. It was research for FORBIDDEN ROSE and I was just bound and determined I was going to do this. You must picture me leaned over, gritting my teeth, my fingers all twisted up, grim as the Reaper . . . kniiiittting.

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  35. I envy all those folks who can do artistic handwork — I’m talking about the beads here, Anne. Yes. You.
    Me . . . not so much.
    I had occasion to try to do some knitting. It was research for FORBIDDEN ROSE and I was just bound and determined I was going to do this. You must picture me leaned over, gritting my teeth, my fingers all twisted up, grim as the Reaper . . . kniiiittting.

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  36. Hey, Jo Bourne, did any heads fall into your basket while you were knitting? That’s the trouble with revolutionary knitting — those tricoteuses (sp?) , I understand, did their knitting at the foot of the guillotine. Messy business.
    There’s not a lot of skill in the beading I do — it’s fairly kindergarten — threading beads onto string. It’s the beads that do all the work, looking pretty.
    I make dolls house things that are cute but a bit wonky — come to think of it, most things I make are a bit wonky, but they give me pleasure in the making and that’s what counts
    As for knitting, I think we could do a double act there. I was required, one year in junior high school, to knit a garment. I knitted a bootee. Yes. One bootee. Other students knitted suits and jumpers and hat-and-scarf-and mitten sets. Evil Miss Glass refused to accept one bootee as a garment, so I failed knitting.

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  37. Hey, Jo Bourne, did any heads fall into your basket while you were knitting? That’s the trouble with revolutionary knitting — those tricoteuses (sp?) , I understand, did their knitting at the foot of the guillotine. Messy business.
    There’s not a lot of skill in the beading I do — it’s fairly kindergarten — threading beads onto string. It’s the beads that do all the work, looking pretty.
    I make dolls house things that are cute but a bit wonky — come to think of it, most things I make are a bit wonky, but they give me pleasure in the making and that’s what counts
    As for knitting, I think we could do a double act there. I was required, one year in junior high school, to knit a garment. I knitted a bootee. Yes. One bootee. Other students knitted suits and jumpers and hat-and-scarf-and mitten sets. Evil Miss Glass refused to accept one bootee as a garment, so I failed knitting.

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  38. Hey, Jo Bourne, did any heads fall into your basket while you were knitting? That’s the trouble with revolutionary knitting — those tricoteuses (sp?) , I understand, did their knitting at the foot of the guillotine. Messy business.
    There’s not a lot of skill in the beading I do — it’s fairly kindergarten — threading beads onto string. It’s the beads that do all the work, looking pretty.
    I make dolls house things that are cute but a bit wonky — come to think of it, most things I make are a bit wonky, but they give me pleasure in the making and that’s what counts
    As for knitting, I think we could do a double act there. I was required, one year in junior high school, to knit a garment. I knitted a bootee. Yes. One bootee. Other students knitted suits and jumpers and hat-and-scarf-and mitten sets. Evil Miss Glass refused to accept one bootee as a garment, so I failed knitting.

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  39. Hey, Jo Bourne, did any heads fall into your basket while you were knitting? That’s the trouble with revolutionary knitting — those tricoteuses (sp?) , I understand, did their knitting at the foot of the guillotine. Messy business.
    There’s not a lot of skill in the beading I do — it’s fairly kindergarten — threading beads onto string. It’s the beads that do all the work, looking pretty.
    I make dolls house things that are cute but a bit wonky — come to think of it, most things I make are a bit wonky, but they give me pleasure in the making and that’s what counts
    As for knitting, I think we could do a double act there. I was required, one year in junior high school, to knit a garment. I knitted a bootee. Yes. One bootee. Other students knitted suits and jumpers and hat-and-scarf-and mitten sets. Evil Miss Glass refused to accept one bootee as a garment, so I failed knitting.

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  40. Hey, Jo Bourne, did any heads fall into your basket while you were knitting? That’s the trouble with revolutionary knitting — those tricoteuses (sp?) , I understand, did their knitting at the foot of the guillotine. Messy business.
    There’s not a lot of skill in the beading I do — it’s fairly kindergarten — threading beads onto string. It’s the beads that do all the work, looking pretty.
    I make dolls house things that are cute but a bit wonky — come to think of it, most things I make are a bit wonky, but they give me pleasure in the making and that’s what counts
    As for knitting, I think we could do a double act there. I was required, one year in junior high school, to knit a garment. I knitted a bootee. Yes. One bootee. Other students knitted suits and jumpers and hat-and-scarf-and mitten sets. Evil Miss Glass refused to accept one bootee as a garment, so I failed knitting.

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  41. Kristina, I forgot to say I’m not going to RWA this year. It’s a long haul from Down Under and I don’t do it every year.
    Have a great time. The best thing about conferences is the people you meet.

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  42. Kristina, I forgot to say I’m not going to RWA this year. It’s a long haul from Down Under and I don’t do it every year.
    Have a great time. The best thing about conferences is the people you meet.

    Reply
  43. Kristina, I forgot to say I’m not going to RWA this year. It’s a long haul from Down Under and I don’t do it every year.
    Have a great time. The best thing about conferences is the people you meet.

    Reply
  44. Kristina, I forgot to say I’m not going to RWA this year. It’s a long haul from Down Under and I don’t do it every year.
    Have a great time. The best thing about conferences is the people you meet.

    Reply
  45. Kristina, I forgot to say I’m not going to RWA this year. It’s a long haul from Down Under and I don’t do it every year.
    Have a great time. The best thing about conferences is the people you meet.

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  46. Anne, count me as another candidate in the failing in the knitting & crocheting class. I did OK in the embroidery class, but failed even more spectacularly in the sewing class when my the waistband of my skirt was far wider than the circumference at the knees. Ahem. And I had stenciled designs on the pockets but um ran out of time to embroider them. Interestingly, come summer, I wanted a Rubix Cube so bad, I finished the embroidery in record time.

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  47. Anne, count me as another candidate in the failing in the knitting & crocheting class. I did OK in the embroidery class, but failed even more spectacularly in the sewing class when my the waistband of my skirt was far wider than the circumference at the knees. Ahem. And I had stenciled designs on the pockets but um ran out of time to embroider them. Interestingly, come summer, I wanted a Rubix Cube so bad, I finished the embroidery in record time.

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  48. Anne, count me as another candidate in the failing in the knitting & crocheting class. I did OK in the embroidery class, but failed even more spectacularly in the sewing class when my the waistband of my skirt was far wider than the circumference at the knees. Ahem. And I had stenciled designs on the pockets but um ran out of time to embroider them. Interestingly, come summer, I wanted a Rubix Cube so bad, I finished the embroidery in record time.

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  49. Anne, count me as another candidate in the failing in the knitting & crocheting class. I did OK in the embroidery class, but failed even more spectacularly in the sewing class when my the waistband of my skirt was far wider than the circumference at the knees. Ahem. And I had stenciled designs on the pockets but um ran out of time to embroider them. Interestingly, come summer, I wanted a Rubix Cube so bad, I finished the embroidery in record time.

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  50. Anne, count me as another candidate in the failing in the knitting & crocheting class. I did OK in the embroidery class, but failed even more spectacularly in the sewing class when my the waistband of my skirt was far wider than the circumference at the knees. Ahem. And I had stenciled designs on the pockets but um ran out of time to embroider them. Interestingly, come summer, I wanted a Rubix Cube so bad, I finished the embroidery in record time.

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