WYWN: Writing a Book

The second post in my version of Carie Harling’s “What’s Your Why Not” series is about writing a book.

The notebook my latest book was outlined and written in.

I’ve wanted to be a writer and publish a book since I was four years old. I made dozens of little construction paper books about monsters and whatever. Publishing a book had literally been a life long dream.

This post is about writing a book. I hate to say this, but for me, writing the book is the easy part. Editing the book and getting it ready for publication is the hard part. I’ve written a dozen books or so, but only the latest one am I actively editing and working towards publication on.

I’ve always been drawn to writing. I would have notebooks on my desk during school, where I would work on a story or a poem, during class. (I was an A-B student, and could answer the questions when called on by the way.)

I write fiction 90% of the time. My novel writing really took off when I started college. I would spend the time between classes in the library writing. I was also writing two novels at a time: Monday-Wednesday classes had one book, and Tuesday-Thursday classes had another.

This allowed me to write on average a book a semester, and then I would type it up. I write my novels longhand and then type them up. Yes, I know it would save time to just write on the computer, BUT that’s not the way my brain works.

Because of writing longhand, I now have a lovely collection of notebooks, of various sizes and designs, with my original works in them. I take pride in those notebooks.

Story Notebooks pt. 1

Story Notebooks pt. 2

So after that tangent, what’s my why not when it comes to writing a book? I’m compelled to. I have a story in my head that must be told.

What’s Your Why Not?

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Gardening TN or Traveler’s Notebook

A Gardening TN. I was trying to figure out how to keep track of our garden and then it hit me! Use one of the Traveler’s Notebooks to make a Gardening notebook. Don’t you love when the answer to a problem hits you in the face? AND you don’t have to spend any additional money?!?

In a past post, I showed off a fabric fauxdori that I had made. I already had a TN insert with gardening notes in it, but I needed a calendar. Our wall calendar was full of other obligations, and trying to keep track of gardening information on it wasn’t working.

My Yellow Paper House Inserts!

I had purchased the 2017 quarterly pack: four booklets, split up quarterly, with a month of two pages, and a week on two pages. I had intended on my B6 traveler’s notebook being my planner for 2017, but the Passion Planner is filling the goal meeting need.

I do have some guilt about buying dated inserts and not using them. But when it hit me that I could use these for my gardening notebook, I couldn’t wait to get home to set it up.

In this video, I walk you through how it is set up:

Gardening Notes booklet: bought at Walmart in the office supplies section, for $0.88. The website link has a different price. I recommend checking your local store for these.

Yellow Paper House 2017 quarterly pack: This pack works great for keeping track of watering and rainfall, and the week on two pages has enough space to make planting and fertilizing notes on all your plants.

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Ep. 9 Finishing Needles

Knitting Podcast, episode 9: Mini Skein 10 stitch blanket, Scrappy Wrap 10 stitch, new cotton yarn, and finishing needles.

Mini Skein 10 Stitch Blanket

The mini skein blanket is coming along nicely. I’m into the third Bon Bon of the Beach package. As the blanket gets bigger, I won’t have as much progress to show off each week, BUT I’ll have more colors per side instead of single blocks of color.

I’m marking added corners and sides with progress keepers. I alternate knitting a side a day and knitting a corner, so I don’t upset my CTS or RSI (carpel tunnel or repetitive stress injury).

It still blows my mind how much yarn is in each Bon Bon. I really thought this blanket would knit up faster.

Scrappy Wrap

I’ve added 60 more rows, about 18 inches. The Bernat Plum Chutney ball is getting smaller every day. To be honest, I’m getting tired of this project. I may put it away for a little while and bring it back out at a later date.

I also think it getting warmer around here has something to do with it. Even with the A/C and fans on, I get really warm when I work on this thing.

New Cotton

I finished up the Bernat Melon Mania last week before the end of the month. This month I’ve started the Bernat Fruit Explosion, which is knitting up very nicely. This yarn is a twist, which means it’s three threads that have been spun together. Yarn weight-wise, it’s more worsted weight than double worsted that the Melon Mania yarn was. It feels thinner.

Favorite Knitting Notion

I found a video on YouTube that showed how to use Finishing Needles. I hate sewing in ends and finishing work. These needles, OMG, they have completely changed my attitude toward finishing. Here’s the video I watched:

You can find me on Ravelry as craftsbycori. Happy crafting!

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