I can’t believe it is April already. January seemed to drag on forever, and now it is Spring (well, in theory, it’s still occasionally snowing and cold here). I spent much of the last three months waiting on one thing or another, working towards deadline after deadline. Now, with the last deadline almost here, I have a moment to catch my breath.
My house is still working through foreclosure. I’ve made plans to move in June, presuming I can get things settled on the custody of my daughter. By the time of my hearing later this month I’ll have spent nearly $4000 on legal fees to sort things out. It might end up costing me even more and drag on past June. I’ve contingency plans for housing in case that happens.
The housing and custody issues have only occupied 3/4 of my time. The rest has been spent on my book. The publisher, Llewellyn, has given it a new name: Sew Witchy. I spent most of February and March making edits. I added a whole new section on sewing basics, including descriptions of various stitches use throughout the book. My editor also requested that I add a few more projects so I spent several weeks buried in mountains of muslin to make a robe and hooded cape pattern.
It’s eye-opening to write about basic sewing stuff when I’ve been sewing for so long. Stopping and having to describe things that I do automatically now required a lot of effort on my part. Fortunately, my editor is a self-proclaimed sewing newbie, so she pointed out all the spots that needed expansion. Even so, I spent a lot of time second-guessing my writing, wondering if I was explaining things adequately.
This week I’m busy taking the last of the photos for the book. I understand now why so many sewing books rely on illustrations rather than photos for step-by-step instructions. You don’t have to deal with lighting or fabric that won’t lie flat or wrinkles that won’t release no matter how much you press them. I have an even greater respect for people who can work a camera now.
I’ll be posting over the next couple of weeks about the book. I figured people might be interested in reading the proposal I sent out when I was looking for a publisher, and how I got my agent. There will also be more customer profiles and book reviews and sewing weirdness.