Thursday, March 29, 2007

A visit from a new blog-beast

The kid indulged in her obsession with stuffed animals over the weekend - and Peeko Uglydoll was brought home and added to the extended family. Thankfully he turned out to be quite helpful. The kid, the middle sister and I were making up a basket of crafts supplies as a donation for a fundraiser, and Peeko decided to help.



Although I suppose laying in the basket at first wasn't particularly helpful, it was kind of cute.

Then he gathered up the paper flowers for decoration.



And here he is admiring the finished basket!

There were 38 baskets donated, and thousands of dollars were raised for expenses for the eight young men and women from the kid's step dancing school that are on their way to the World finals in Glasgow tomorrow. Good luck to all!



Not much knitting time here at Chez Edits-a-lot. But The Secret Language of Knitters has left my hands for what is allegedly the last time before I see it bound.

Did I mention I am going to go to TNNA in June to give away copies of the book? Did I tell you this was my idea, and I was so happy that the PR department thought it was a good one and offered me a ton of support? So should I tell you know that I am in a cold sweat panic about unveiling my masterpiece in front of 10,000 of my closest fibery friends? Nothing like a little pressure to make you decide that you can't write a coherent sentence and what was your agent thinking when she signed you? And what on Earth am I going to wear? AAAARRRRGGGHHHH!

If you are going to TNNA and have a shred of compassion in your heart, please say hello if I haven't already melted in a puddle on the floor.

Thank you.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Phew!


Many things are finished - yay for all concerned.
The edits for the knitting book? check
Signing off on the cover and design? check
All of the articles that were, ahem, slightly tardy? check
St. Patrick's Day and all 1200 of the Kid's appearances?
check (and I even got a beer out of the deal)
The dog's prescription? check and can I get an amen!
The soapstone book draft? And yes, I know I probably said that one already but I am so happy I want to say it again. check
The grammar school multi-culti night? ditto and check
The cute little crocheted mittens that the lovely and talented BB is holding? check and how much fun were those! I have now officially finished the five items I committed to Dulaan this year, so anything more I get done will be much appreciated gravy.
Blog post? check

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Is it April yet?

If I can just get through the month of March, life will be normal again. Meaning still hectic, but not to the point where I constantly feel like my brain is about to leak out of my ears.

So many exciting things that I haven't had time to take pictures! Ah well - you faithful readers have proved to me that you will read the text without the pretty pictures, as long as I don't make you do it too often...

The Secret Language of Knitters is zipping through production at an unholy speed. This is good news/bad news. The good news is I will have copies to show at TNNA in June (the better news is I get to GO to TNNA in June - my first time and I am very excited!) The bad news is that I have to go through all the scut work like looking at cover art, marketing text, copy edits, etc in record breaking speeds. Which means I have been up late for the last few nights with a green pencil in my hand (the copy editor used red so I had to pick another color). Almost through though - and I have an amazing team to work with which has proved to be a real blessing. I can't show you the final cover just yet, but will post it as soon as it is completely approved.

The soapstone book is starting its own meandering pass through production at a different publisher. Thankfully we aren't rushing anything on that book - it will be out this fall.

My "I'm so late with this article I am embarrassed to call myself a professional" pile has shrunk from 5 to 2, and both of those 2 should be finished by the end of the week, so that will be a relief. Then, of course I will have to go hustle for some more work, but at least I won't be late with anything.

The Kid is still dancing pretty much every night of her life - everybody and their dog wants an Irish Step Dancer at their event in the month of March. No feis until April though, so I just drive and dress her, drive and dress her, and realize no nights are my own until the month is out. Television? What's that? Knitting for pleasure? Who has time? Sleep?????

And speaking of dogs - the princess Cinderella is feeling much better now. The warmer weather seems to be perking her up as well - she ran around the front yard like a puppy this morning just for the fun of it.

Okay - back to the green pencil. I promise photos as soon as I have done something photo-worthy!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

And a good weekend was had by all!


The kid had a bit of dancing to do this past week - her private lesson with the dance coach on Thursday, the grammar school multi-culti night on Friday (which entire event I got to stage manage - yippedee doo dah SO glad that's over with!) a feis on Saturday (4 events) a feis on Sunday (4 events) a personal appearance at a senior citizen's home Monday, dance class Tuesday. And for those who asked, the plural of feis is feisanna (fesh and fesh-ahnna for you Gaelic-impaired readers).

As you might see in the photo - Ms. Kid had feet of flames of her own and walked away with seven trophies - one first (in prizewinner for those who are keeping score of her run up to the Oireachtas- WAA-HOOOO), five seconds (novice and PW) and one third (PW). This is a pretty big freaking deal, guys. Three of the five second place finishes were off of first place by one half of one point. That's .5 out of 100. She danced very well - better than she ever has. The dog, as you might see, wasn't that impressed.

We are both in a coma, but wow, she done good. I also got a hairpiece lesson on Saturday in an effort to not snatch her bald by the time the season is over - she has a lot of hair and it is tough to stuff it all under the wig. And since the new wig was over $100, it seemed like a good idea to let a professional give me some pointers.

Then I finished the soapstone book I have been whining about for the last year - as in finished, downloaded onto CD-ROM and sent off to the publisher. Then I found out I was accepted into ASJA - the American Society of Journalists and Authors, which totally made me jump up and down with joy. It is a membership group for professional writers, and I am planning on attending the annual conference in NYC in April. I was hoping to qualify for the members only day, and now I did.

Then, my body noticed I had half a day off and completely freaked out - I have a wicked cold and can't stop sneezing. But three more articles and I can actually schedule a day off. A real day off - a whole day off. It's been a good week and it's only halfway over.