It occurred to me this week that it was a bit insane for me to finish three large knitting projects, write a knitting book, and write two novels and at least three short stories in the next twelve months while holding down a full time job. And also blogging and you know, having a life. It sounds dumb, but it really did take me taht long to realize that the reason nothing was getting done was because I was trying to Do All The Things…and doing them at the same time!
So, I’ve reshuffled a little bit. Since I have outlines for the novels, but am currently a bit bored with them (these being versions 2.0 and….6.0? respectively), I’ve decided to set them aside. The post club stories are complete, but will probably be revised at some point. I would like to do some more short stories this year, but they will likely not be for publication, rather for character development purposes on the novels. I guess they’re more writing exercises than anything else.
I’ve jotted down notes and the beginnings of two or three potential novels since the beginning of the year, but I’m not sure they will go anywhere. For the moment, my creative writing is either parked or idling, inching forward when I need a break from knitting.
I’m focusing all of my efforts into “Censored.” About 50% of the patterns are written at this point, and most of them have been test knit. I’m working on putting together a submission packet as we speak, and will probably send it out in June, goddess willing. There is a possibility that I’ll have to hire someone to do some sample knitting, or perhaps find someone willing to loan me one of their test knits. I’m keeping Kickstarter in the back of my mind for this reason.
In the coming weeks you’ll probably see a lot more knitting on this blog than previously–not just what I’m working on, but also inspiration shots. I’m open to answering questions or posting tutorials, as well, so if there’s something you’d like to see, drop me a line. I’ve also got some book reviews lined up, as well as some posts related to textile history and conservation.
The writing and typewriters aren’t going to go away, they’re just going to be set aside, for a little while. They’ll still pop up from time to time, but if I’m going to get anything done this year, I need to narrow my focus a bit before I go completely mental. Considering I’m already halfway there, I don’t need any encouragement.
P.S. Speaking of test knits, there is currently one running on Ravelry for “Charlotte.” If you’re not on Rav and would still like to take part, please email me.