Well, the last few days have been working more and more desperately on my outline, and trying to get it from a synopsis (which was difficult enough to write) into an outline I could send to publishers. I was getting stuck.
So I fired an email off to my writing coach, who made a bunch of really good suggestions, but now I have to go back and completely rewrite the piece I just finished writing.
(Not that writing the synopsis was wasted effort–I needed to finish it in order to be able to write the outline–but I had sort of hoped to get it done sooner, with a little less effort.)
Well, least said, soonest edited, I suppose. Back to work I go.
Meanwhile, I had a break in self-control today and ran down to a quilting shop to get a book on crazy quilting, and some fat eighths of fabric that I could use in putting together a crazy-quilt tutu top! The plan is to use a heavy silk habotai (which is a lightweight fabric) as a foundation, then crazy-quilt various colors of cotton/silk fabric to it, and embellish the heck out of it with ribbon, buttons, embroidery thread, sequins, and whatnot. (Lots of whatnot.) I’ll probably use a princess-seamed garment and piece together each pattern piece separately, before uniting the whole. Then I’ll do the embroidery, etc. Combine that with a standard lining and lo! a tutu top the gods would envy. (If gods wear tutus, that is.)
Tomorrow I do a longish bike ride (I’m hoping for about four hours) and then I go back to work on the outline. If I get really stuck I’ll try working on the crazy-quilt.
Tuesday night my friend Lena, the translator for the Tibetan lama, shows up. She’ll be staying with me for six weeks–really looking forward to it, she’s one of the most interesting people I know.