Rug hooking has been around for hundreds of years. During all that time, people have hooked with what was available, yarn, wool fabric strips, even silk stockings! Did you know that there are 2 billion T-shirts produced every year worldwide? Yes, billion with a B. Where do they all go, besides getting stuffed into drawers… Continue reading T-Shirt Treasures!
There are times when you are writing when the words seem to flow with ease. These are the passages that you read months or years later that take you by surprise that you actually wrote that. Then, (more often of course) you write something lame, a ‘placeholder’ that you will surely be able to go… Continue reading Finding the words…
Elizabeth George once said if you want to write about a place, if at all possible, go there. As writers, we use our imaginations to conjure up all sorts of things, but if we’re writing about a specific place, and it still exists in the world, there is no substitute for going there, being there,… Continue reading When (*#!?) Gets Real
Ah, Labor Day. The last gasp of summer. The last barbecue kegger before school begins. Time to stock up on all those great mattress deals, right? That’s what Labor Day is all about. But, of course, there’s more to the story than that. As a matter of fact, an incident that led to this fine… Continue reading Why Do We Have a Labor Day? So We Can Get a Good Deal on a Mattress?
My first observation after pitching two books at the PNWA Writers Conference is that you should listen to the experts. (Yes, I was a silly person who tried to pitch two books, more about that later.) That’s obvious, right? You read the articles and books, maybe you even attended a seminar or three to get… Continue reading A Newbie’s Guide to Pitching Your Book
I have been writing non-fiction craft books and articles for over twenty years, but I never thought of myself as a writer. For me, writing was a means to an end. It’s a fantastic skill to have, don’t get me wrong. It’s like driving; a helpful, useful skill, but I wouldn’t tell people I was… Continue reading When Do You Know You’re a Writer?