Sculpey animals and writing


The other night I had the opportunity to play with some Sculpey. I made these animals. Started with the (easiest) snake, then made the crow and jackal, then the rabbit because it seemed easy and finally the squirrel, which I originally wanted to make into a monkey, but I just couldn’t find the monkey in it. Three of these animals are characters in the story I’m writing, which since I’ve begun it, I’ve been calling “Crow Woman and Jackal Man.”

I have not talked about my writing much, if at all, because it seemed like I might jinx myself. But, I am pleased to say, that it is almost finished. That is, I finished a very rough draft, and I am now through my first major revision of it. Hooray! At this point, I feel I can finally reveal what I’ve been doing to more than just my family.

Next step is to ask my daughter to read it and give me some feedback. I hope she recognizes the import of my decision, that I’m entrusting her with this mewling and puking “child” of mine!


Why haven’t I posted anything lately? Well, I didn’t want to just keep putting up drawings from the campus figure drawing group. And I’ve been doing more knitting and I had the idea to make a video, for which I’ve already shot the video but I have yet to put it together as I envisioned it. And, I’ve signed up to write 50,000 words in the month of November as part of National Novel Writing Month.

When I finish the video, I’ll put it up. Unfortunately, I just can’t seem to get to all of the things I want to get to each day. Not that that’s anything new! You know how there are periods when you have ideas and more ideas and not enough time? It happens occasionally, doesn’t it? This is one of those times. It often coincides with kids’ days off from school and long holiday weekends for some reason. I really don’t know how I’m going to write 50,000 words with a whole week of Thanksgiving vacation after already having a 4-day weekend this past week. (Thanks, parent-teacher conferences!) But my goal is not so much to write 50,000 words as to write this story that’s been in my head for over a year now. The good news: I am writing.