You know the cool thing about sequels? Scratch that, there are lots of cool things about sequels (not least of which is that the list of decisions you have to make in producing them is way, way, way shorter than for first books in a series). You know a cool thing about sequels? You don’t have to be all secretive about them.
You all know I’m working on Curls 2 (gray, gray, all glorious gray). So instead of being alarmingly coy and discreet and saying ‘a project for a new book came in’ I can just ‘holy yarn fairies, the first of the new curls came in, and wow is it pretty.’ So much more direct! I can even show the projects off a bit if I get the urge.
It’s Swans Island, it’s reversible, and it’s making me want to curl up in its comforting embrace and take a nap.
- April 15, 2015
- tags: pantsville press
Oh yeah, so the photo shoot wasn’t the only thing laying claim to my attention over the last week or two. There was also this.
It’s all because the last shipment, you know, the one that came seven weeks ago, is gone. Totally totally gone. So I had to go ahead and do this.
- April 13, 2015
Oh. So we’re at this point. I know this point.
This is where I spend 45 minutes trying to grock all the rules around hyphens and the nuances of various kinds of dashes. You’d think some day I’d just start remembering this from one book to the next, but so far, no.
And yes, of course, I have other people edit it before you see it. But I like it to be as close to perfect as possible before they see it, so Chicago and I spend some quality time together first.
- April 10, 2015
- tags: photoshoot
The photo shoot is always a little scary. It’s the one point in the whole book making process where I pull in a bunch of other people, assemble them (and the knitting) in one place at one time, and expect magic to happen.
And somehow, it always does.
I’m pretty sure this is because I have amazingly obliging friends, a really good photographer, an awfully nifty Boy, and a penchant for advance planning. The combination seems to work well. That doesn’t mean there aren’t occasional hiccups (like “oh surprise, it’s pneumonia” or “what do you mean, we lost the knitting? How exactly did we lose the knitting?”).
This time it was rain.
I’ve actually had really good luck with photo shoot weather. It’s occasionally been a bit warm or a little chilly, but we’ve never had really bad weather for a shoot. This time we got rain. Buckets and buckets and buckets of rain. It rained all night the night before. It rained that morning as we loaded the car and drove to pick up the photographer. It rained as we drove to the location. But then, about 10 minutes before we got there, it stopped.
Now don’t misunderstand me. The sun did not come out. The clouds stayed put and menaced us the whole time. The ground was soggy (see that bit above about obliging friends who will clamber around on wet walls and stand in soggy flower beds and look good doing it). But it didn’t rain. We got the shots (oh my goodness did we ever get them). Then, just as we were loading the car to come home, the skies opened up again. If it had to rain, the timing couldn’t have been any better.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a pile of pictures to sort through (and exclaim over…there will be a fair bit of that going on, too). I may even share some in the next week or two. But for now, for now I’m just going to enjoy them all by myself.
As far as I can can tell, the key to photo shoots (quite possibly to books in general) is lists. Lists of knitting. Lists of photo ideas. Lists of props. The list of props for this one looks something like this.
That’s an old trunk, a blanket, a pair of pajama pants, handkerchiefs, fancy hangers, a tea cup, a champagne coupe, a bottle of champagne, a pair of boots, a stack of old books, yarn, and a basket. And yes, yes I need them all. There is a plan for each and every one of them, and I think they’re going to be fantastic.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go double check all my lists. Again. Just to be safe. The photo shoot is tomorrow (and it’s supposed to be rainy…if one of you could fix that I’d appreciate it), and I am going to be pretty much useless today.