latest sewing project

August 28, 2015

This is my first full garment made with the new serger:


It’s a lined wrap-around skirt.  I got a couple of yards of this beautiful, silky print a couple of years ago, not really knowing what I was going to do with it.  Then it turned out I was scared to death of cutting into it, and finishing any seams after I did cut into it.  This is the kind of fabric that starts to unravel as soon as it looks at a pair of scissors.

The serger took all that fear away.  And rolled hems on a very lightweight fabric — divine.  It was a pretty simple pattern, which is good.  I still ran into a few issues — there are things a serger really can’t do, like start and stop seams in the middle for if you want to run a drawstring or ties through a waistband, for example. (I ended up just tacking the ties on by hand.) It took a little thought to figure out how to put it all together.  But I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.



new and old and new again

August 14, 2015

I really was worried that people wouldn’t like Kitty Saves the World.  Would it live up to expectation?  Would it be a satisfying close?  Well, it’s got a 90% five star rating on Amazon.  I think that may be the best of any of them.  So I guess people liked it!

To celebrate, I posted a new G.I. Joe story that I wrote on a roadtrip last month.  It just kind of happened. And I thought, why not let people read it?  So here it is: G.I. Joe: That Famous Silent Issue.  (Which will make sense to you if you’re a real old-school fan.  Yes, it’s a Scarlett and Snake-Eyes story!)

In other news, both my parents and grandparents are in a downsizing phase, which means lots of boxes are going back and forth, to the thrift store, and so on.  The last bits of childhood stuff that my parents had stored in their basement are finding their way back to me.  Which means, my entire run of original Wild Cards novels are together again:

wild cards

Aren’t they pretty?  And yes, well-read indeed.  But I think they’re pretty because they’re well read.


August 12, 2015

I knitted an octopus.


It still needs eyes.  But I knitted an octopus.

happy Friday!

July 31, 2015

Ugh, this week, I’m just waiting for a bunch of stuff to happen and it’s hard!

But I got a new toy:


Some of you will know what you’re looking at.  For those you don’t:  this is an overlock stitch, and it requires a specialized sewing machine called a serger to make it.  And it’s awesome because it gives you nice clean finished edges while sewing a seam and saves a ton of time, and makes the end product nicer and sturdier.

I am now the proud owner of a serger.  I even threaded it myself! (Difficult, because it has four threads and two needles.  Yikes!)  I’ve been wanting one for a long time and I finally decided it was time, because I have this whole stack of sewing projects just sitting there and I realized I would probably get through them faster if I wasn’t dreading things like finishing seams and raw edges.  Plus, I have a really nice silky print that I’ve been scared to death to cut into because it will start falling apart immediately — well, not anymore, because this puppy does rolled hems!

So, I know what I’m working on for the next few weeks.

In other news, yes I have seen the Collegehumor video that happens to prominently feature a certain book:

Yeah.  That’s awesome.





Superheroism/villainy in Starling City is viral.  Slade is Patient Zero, Oliver and Sarah are carriers who, once infected, spread the virus to Roy, Laurel, and Thea.  And possibly Diggle and Palmer?  But it’s spread from person to person in that tangle of relationships.  Eventually, everybody on that show is gonna be a damn superhero.

In Central City, superheroism/villainy is acute.  That is, one inciting incident produced all the metahumans.  There won’t be any more without another inciting event.  Like, oh, SOME KIND OF COSMIC TIME VORTEX???

We’ve already gotten hints of other classic DC cities in this world — I remember Opal City getting mentioned at one point.  (Starman cameo!!! Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease.)  So of course I’m now wondering what other disease metaphors/vectors for superheroism might be possible…



I’m on the road today.  So here, have a picture that makes me smile every time I see it:

rapter jesus

my weekend

June 29, 2015

I’ve been in the SCA for just over 15 years and I finally acquired a period canvas tent for camping events.  It was serendipity, as often happens with these things.  Someone else was selling hers right when I was ready to start looking.

Isn’t it lovely?  The beautiful forested site with the burbling creek nearby (not flooding, huzzah!  But it was awfully close…) doesn’t hurt.

camp tent


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