I have made some surprising progress with Path of the Righteous, my novel set to be released by the end of Spring.
I’m not much of an editor but looking at the story myself instead of getting someone else and waiting for them to do it for me has really brought me to appreciate my work instead of look down on it.
This book has been around since I started writing it in college, in 2008 I think. As I edit, I see why this book came to me and why I wanted to write this story in the first place.
I’m over halfway through the book and I’m excited to finish editing.
The end of Spring is approaching and with it the opening of my Etsy crafts store, Realm of the Heart!
Recently, I have been busy stocking for Realm of the Heart, trying to create items that represent me as a textile artist and that people might like. Crocheting, bedazzling, and cross stitching my heart out.
I was working on one of my projects while waiting for the bus and I think the bus driver thought I was hugging the stuffed animal. When I got on the bus (hurriedly because I was trying to get the stuffed animal back into my bag), he asked me, “Aren’t you a little too old to be playing with toys like that?”
I told him, “No, I’m working on this for my store”. Maybe he was teasing me, maybe he was irritated that I held up the bus a little–who can say. When I thought of it while on the way to the craft store for supplies, I realized my answer to his question was really just No.
No I don’t think I’m too old for stuffed animals or dolls. Especially since I’m making them and my work as an artist/writer has led me to the belief that what I do deals with issues of the heart, imagination, and the power of creation. I have adults and parents asking me to make things for them and their children all the time. I don’t see anything wrong with that. This is a part of what Realm of the Heart is about: providing handmade artwork that comforts and makes people happy.