No is a complete sentence

Camp NaNoWriMo Winner

2014-Winner-Vertical-BannerIt’s official – I successfully completed my goal of 10,000 words on my work in progress, The Fifth Anchor, since July 1st. This brings the total word count over 25,000.

While this may not seem like a lot to some writers, it gave me a huge boost of oomph on my story and the drive to complete it. That right there is worth its weight in gold. Or books, rather.

I think there is another 10,000 – 15,000 words on this story. I’m hoping to wrap up a first draft in another month. That’s the great thing that Camp NaNo helped me with – consistency. I’m going to continue on the pace that I started in July until this story is finished. Luckily I have another fellow camp buddy to keep me accountable.

Write on, dear ones. The story will only finish if you make it happen. I’ll keep the candle lit for you.

No is a complete sentence

Tree in Progress

I’ve discovered that when I work on a quilt, I hate it. Until it’s finished, my work just looks…wrong. I’ll piece or applique a section wondering if it’s really going to come out like the vision in my head. And then I start quilting. The commentary running through my head is – what the heck was I thinking to stitch like that?

Take for instance my current piece. I have high hopes for this wallhanging as it’s the second time I’ve worked with this design, so I figured I’ve worked out the bugs already. Yeah, right…I edge stitched and free motion quilted the tree. And it looked ok to me. So this morning I moved on to the braided duponi silk. I stitched the first circle and all I could think was that I ruined the quilt. Instead of abandoning the project, which was honestly my first thought, I decided to keep going and add more. Ignoring the doubt monster, who was telling me I was crazy for continuing since the piece obviously was ruined, I added a couple more lines of circle quilting following the braid. Once I finished and really looked at the overall composition, I’ve finally been able to realize that it’s ok, and that I need to keep going.

That’s what I’ve taken away more from this work in progress. I don’t like the piece until it’s right. As soon as I start to like what I’ve done I know I’m ready to move on to the next part. Hopefully the next time I feel like tossing my work out the window I remember to just keep going forward instead.

Back to the studio to deal with the rest of the issues in the quilt and convince myself that I will find solutions and I will like the quilt in the end.