While visiting Hawaii in November, my lifelist* got a big bump. I'd been to the Big Island in 2007, but I wasn't keeping track of the birds I saw at that time. In fact, the only bird I remember from that trip was the one I didn't see: the endangered Hawaiian goose, known as the... Continue Reading →
SPOILER ALERT: Details from both the book and the movie The House with a Clock in its Walls below. When I found out that one of my favorite books ever, The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs, had been made into a movie, I was eager to see it despite my concern that... Continue Reading →
Unlike some creative projects, where starting is exciting or finishing feels like a triumph, my favorite part of knitting is the middle. I like the actual knitting, watching it grow with each stitch. So maybe it's not surprising that I balk at the boring tasks that go with knitting projects like gauge swatches and blocking.... Continue Reading →
We want our creative work to be fast and easy. Inspiration is the word we use for the magical shortcut. But is it worth the wait?
I've written before about the misconception that fantasy is just an escape and has nothing to do with real life. My own experience proves otherwise. When I made a Sirius Black doll based on a moment in a Harry Potter book, I didn't realize at the time that I was copying a moment that resonated... Continue Reading →