25 Oct 2015

That’s the question that’s always on my mind. I have three books coming out this fall, which is, quite frankly, insane. It wasn’t supposed to happen that way but sometimes things have a way of happening how they want to instead of how I want them to.

What's next? 1Now that those three books are done, my brain starts to ask, “What’s next?” In fact, the day after the hardcover copies of Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions were delivered to my house, I had a post-project depression attack. The only way I know how to overcome those crashes are by starting the next project. (The other two books are Stories In Stitches 5 and How to Knit Socks that Fit.)

So what’s next? I’m working on a book that I’m tentatively calling “Finding My Roots Through Knitting.” That’s the heading for a very short section in Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions and a topic that has latched onto the back of my brain and won’t let go. This book won’t be out any time soon. I’m not even thinking about how, when, or where to publish it. It’s a book I need to explore on my own for some time.

I spent the past week at a wonderful writing retreat called, “Your Brave New Story” at a castle in the Catskill Mountains of New York. I don’t remember a time when I have ever been surrounded by so many powerful, talented, creative women before. We are going to blow the roof off of the world with our medicine. But it won’t happen all at once. Making magic takes time (even polyjuice potion takes a month to brew). My spirit guide on this new journey is Tricksy the monkey. Tricksy says I must draft to discover the heart of my story and give it plenty of time to gestate and grow before I even think about sending it out into the world. (But if you have followed me for any time, you know I suck at keeping secrets and you’ll see bits and pieces of the project as it grows and develops.)

What's next? 2Because I’m generally insane, I’ve decided to sign up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and spew out 50,000 words in November, even though this book isn’t a novel. Draft to discover — get words on the page to see what I’m thinking. I write to figure out what I think, so getting a lot of writing done quickly will give me a chance to gather my thoughts and then I will be ready to begin the new adventure of crafting something new and exciting.

I won’t only be working on this new book idea. I have a lot of thoughts on how to transform my whole business into something that more accurately reflects my passions for knitting and story — making and sharing — and combines my different projects into an organic whole. So look for new workshops, ebooks, online classes, mentoring opportunities and more in the coming year as I massage all of my products and services into new forms!

Here’s to finished projects and brand new adventures!

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One Response to What’s next?
  1. Wow, I didn’t realize you had 3 books published this year, how exciting. I’m looking forward to find out what is next, I truly enjoy following your journey and hope to meet you again in the near future (I was at your Knitting retreat in June).

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