My Creative Life

I thought about doing a blog for years.  I love to write so it makes sense that I’d want to blog.  But it took me a while to figure out what I had to say.

I thought my next book would have come out in 2014.  But 2013 I was caring for my elderly parents and then lost them both in early 2014.  I tried to get back into writing that fall by doing a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project.  I started writing a book that wasn’t a part of the Keeper series.  But I got hung up in the story when I couldn’t figure out how to get my main character of trouble.  I never seemed to have that problem with Meg, Jake or Sam.  So, I just put it away and thought my writing career was over.

In 2015, my daughter had a little girl and  I felt sad that she wouldn’t get one of Mom’s sweaters.  Mom was this amazingly creative person.  She won first place ribbons at the county fair in New Jersey where I grew up for quilts, sweaters, needlework pictures, anything she entered she won. Although I’m an author and Mom loved my books, I never thought I could measure up to her standards in these areas.  So while I always wanted to make a quilt, I never tried it.

I found that I started spending time in craft stores looking at fabric and yarns.  I got a few subscriptions to magazines Mom had and began to image all the beautiful things I could make.  Having spent several years in 4-H as a kid, I had learned how to knit and sew.  I picked up some yarn that I thought would make a cute sweater for Olivia.  I had to do watch a few Youtube videos to refresh my memory, but I did it.  It was just the start!  I’ve made three quilts for my other grandchildren.

All this creativity in other forms has sparked writing creativity.  I found that I want a life that is creative regardless of the art form.  The feel of the Peruvian wool in my knitting project, textures of material in the quilts, and the words on a white screen all enrich my life.  I’m enjoying this new rich creative life.

My blog is being built around my creative journey.   I always encouraged people to pursue their dreams.  I’m finally pursing a big one of my own.

My first quilt and my beautiful granddaughter, Eve.

1 thought on “My Creative Life”

  1. I love your books and am so happy to see you are writing again. I’m looking forward to reading your blog and the next installment! Yeah!

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