Waiting for godet

Still working on my daughter’s Halloween costume, and the skirt is supposed to flare. So today I learned the difference between godets and gores. Almost done — need to get a zipper and do the hem, but it should be ready for Friday.

Listening to podcasts while I work. Today the penultimate episode of Steal the Stars came out. If you like listening to fiction, I recommend it. If you prefer to read, the novelization comes out next month. Also catching up on Writing Excuses. Lots to listen to there — judging from my saved episodes, I stopped listening sometime in 2015 (thought it was longer than that!), so I’ve still got 25 months’ worth to go.

No words today. But using different forms of creativity refreshes me, and the podcasts let me think about my work in new ways, so I’m anticipating feeling fresh and ready to go next week.

Meanwhile, today’s Inktober prompt was “ship.” I used the brush pen again to try to capture some of the strokes from Piet Mondrian’s “Waals-Eilandgracht with Bridge and Moored Tjalk Barges,” which is in the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison. Perhaps barges aren’t really ships, but close enough for me.

ink drawing of barges, after Mondrian
Piet Mondrian, Waals-Eilandgracht with Bridge and Moored Tjalk Barges, 1895-6


Most of today was spent on my daughter’s Halloween costume. still more work to go, but I think it’s coming along nicely. Might be done already if she and I hadn’t both decided on alterations to the pattern (she wants appliqué; I think pockets would be good).

So no words today. Likely none before Saturday. It’s that sort of week.

Today’s Inktober prompt was “blind.” This skull sculpture (“Ancient Fishing” by Jim Dine) sits outside the Chazen Museum of Art.

drawing of skull sculpture by Jim Dine
Ancient Fishing sculpture by Jim Dine

Challenge accepted

One of the first things I had to do today was deal with our son’s glasses. The rim of the right frame broke at the point where it connects to the bridge. I took the glasses to two different eyeglass shops, and they both told me the glasses weren’t fixable. So I bought a $20 soldering iron and fixed them myself.

It’s not the strongest repair job, but it’ll last until we can get him an eye appointment and some new glasses. Which is more than the pros said they could do.

Also got my newsletter mailed out! (And added maybe 3 words to Troll Tunnels as I decided on a snippet to include.)

For Inktober, the prompt was “juicy.” This glass sculpture is actually a flower, but the translucent portion reminds me of a citrus juicer, so I decided that counts. At the Chazen Museum of Art. I did not note the artist’s name this time, which is bad of me, I know.

drawing of flower sculpture
glass flower sculpture

Playing catchup 

Not a lot to say about the weekend (0 words), so I’ll just give you pictures for both Saturday and Sunday prompts for Inktober: “ferocious” and “trail.” The lion is on a merry-go-round at Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, and the trail was in a woodland garden section of a park we stopped at on our way home from vacation.



Such a headache!

Yesterday, a bit after 4, I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Laid down to nap for a bit, and when my son woke me to ask about dinner (I ordered pizza), the head hurt, I couldn’t handle light — basically, full-on migraine. After eating, went back to bed.

Today, I spent most of the day with sunglasses on, but I managed to get some work done. 

40 words yesterday, 0 today.

Didn’t draw yesterday, so used two prompts today for Inktober: “cloud” and “deep.” Lake is Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

ink drawing of Sprague Lake
Sprague Lake photo

Gilgamesh was a Sumer king

Of him the tablets proudly sing …

Son wanted to talk about Gilgamesh today. It was fun reading him a summary from online and snarking about it. (Like, if Gilgamesh could survive walking across the bottom of the sea with stones tied around his ankles, how can we be sure he wasn’t already immortal?) And we about the first recorded fanfic, too, “Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the Netherworld.” That was a fun conversation.

No words today either. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow …

Inktober prompt was “filthy.” I drew E. coli from a glass sculpture by Luke Jerram that was at the Chazen Museum of Art. The sculpture is not filthy; it’s gorgeous. But the bacterium itself tends to be found in less than clean environments, so it seemed appropriate.



Dance of life

Still not as much focus as I’d like, but I knocked a few things off my to-do list today, so I’ll take it. Words tomorrow, even if it’s just three sentences.

Today’s Inktober prompt was “graceful.” I considered going with a cliché — we saw a swan our first day on vacation — but instead, I took my inspiration from more art from the Chazen Museum. Think it might be better if I roughed it out in pencil first, but it’s not horrible.

drawing of dancer
photo of dancer

Day off

I decided to take the day and go to the library, work on my daughter’s Halloween costume, think about my son’s birthday next summer (there’s a game on Kickstarter that hits his sweet spot and is projected to deliver in July) … it’s safe to say the only writing-related thing I did today was the weekly operations call for SFWA.

The prompt for Inktober was “fat.” I went a step removed and drew a quick (and very rough) picture of scales from the geology museum at the Colorado School of Mines. I might have been better off stylizing it more rather than trying to reproduce what I saw.

ink drawing of scales
photo of scales

The Ides of October 

Did you know that the Romans sacrificed horses to Mars on the Ides of October? Fortunately today, I encountered nothing so bloody.

I also encountered no words, but I have a plan for tomorrow’s, so that’s progress. Just hoping I don’t spend most of the day trying to fight off a headache that can’t decide whether it’s a sinus headache or a migraine. In any case, not hide-in-a-dark-room-and-wait-for-it-to-go-away bad, for which I am grateful.

Today’s Inktober prompt was “mysterious.” Picture is from Bear Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo is actually a still from a video clip, trying to catch the water that was dripping off the top of the rock.

drawing of rocks and trees
shadowed rocks and trees

Early start

Today, the boy was taking the PSAT, which meant I was up by 7 — practically unheard of on a weekend. It also means I got most of my Saturday tasks done by 9 a.m. and then flaked out for much of the rest of the day. Family time, though, so that’s good. Even when there are no new words.

Today, my Inktober sketch is of a pair of “fierce” English cocker spaniel puppies playing at my in-laws’ house. (I didn’t draw the two who were being good.) I used the 0.3 Multiliner and the Pentel brush pen. It’s hard to tell where the ear ends and the face begins, among other things. Still, puppies!

drawing of English cocker spaniels
English cocker spaniels