Threads of the Pattern

Archive for October 2013

Cover Art © Scribner

Cover Art © Scribner

My lunch break/bathtub reading at the moment is Under the Dome by Stephen King. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan, but I like a good number of his books, especially The Dark Tower series, which is about as extreme in the direction of fantasy as he’s ever gotten. This is probably why I like that particular series so much.

I’ve only just started Under the Dome, but so far I’m enjoying it. It looks a bit daunting at one thousand pages, but Stephen King has a very comfortable writing style that makes his books easy to read. I’m sure I’ll blast through it in no time.

The premise is basically a “dome” of sorts (in quotations because I’m told it’s not exactly spherical in any sense of the word) closing off an entire town from the outside world. I haven’t gotten too much into the mechanics of how the dome itself works yet, but it’s been made clear that one cannot get through it simply by walking.

The beginning of the story depicts the dome falling into place from the viewpoint of several different characters: a pilot and his student, a drifter who is only feet away from getting out of town, and even a woodchuck, among others.

I find different points of view on the same scene to be fascinating, so obviously I’m enjoying myself. I’ve been spoiled by fantasy authors and their love of introducing as many characters as possible, so any time I can get this outside of the fantasy genre I get excited.

I’m looking forward to getting to know all these characters and finding out what they’re going to do and how they’re going to interact with each other once the knowledge sinks in that they can’t leave. And, it goes without saying (but I will anyway, naturally) that I’m also looking forward to finding out the who, what, when, why and how of the dome itself. I’ll let you know when I get to the scary thing hiding in the sewers waiting to eat the children.

Once I finish the book, I’ll dive into the show, though I’ve heard that it’s very different, even a few episodes in.

Read this book? Stephen King fan? Fan of the show? Tell me about it! (but try not to spoil anything for me, ok? 😉 )

Tomorrow’s prompts: you today/ green/ shoes/ this happened today/ look down/ fitness/ leaves




Posted on: October 3, 2013

Suffice it to say, real life is a bitch. A lot has happened over the last few months that has kept me from writing for this blog, and feeling creative in general.

I’m hoping to get back in the groove of things, and to do so I thought I’d try some writing prompts. Turns out they’re not so easy to come by, but I did find quite a few photography prompts and I was able to think of some things to say about a few of them, so I’m going to adapt them to suit my needs. I may use a few, or just one. We’ll see.

So the prompts I’ve pulled for today’s post are: something colorful, stash, homemade. These fit perfectly with a project that I’ve been considering for a while now.

I’ve been looking around for skirts to wear at my new job (selling medical equipment to emergency medical personnel), and I’m finding the selection in stores to be quite lacking, so I’ve decided to make my own.

Being the nerdy gal that I am, I of course turn to my hobbies for inspiration. I tend toward more vintage and historical fashions, and I frequently think about ways I can bring my favorite bits of those styles into my modern wardrobe. Of course, then there are the fashions in my favorite books, though they’re usually at least somewhat based on real styles. The Wheel of Time is no different, though there happens to be a LOT of talk about clothing in the series and who wears what and why. There are a lot of wonderful specifics.

In the spirit of the series, I’ve crafted a pattern for a skirt in a style that I’m going to call Aes Sedai Modern.


I went through my fabric stash, and found a nice brown wool(ish) fabric that looks like it has enough for a skirt. This seemed like a sign, seeing as I’d definitely be a Brown Sister if I had the choice. You know, and if it were a real thing.

The skirt is planned to be a pencil style, with a ruffle at the bottom, and I decided to add pleats with colored inserts, each one a color of an Ajah. Fat Quarters from Joann’s were on sale, so I had a bit of a look through at them. I decided to play it loosey goosey on the patterns, but sticking to things like spheres, vines, flowers or just thread like squiggles. Very low stress.

All told I’m happy with my choices, and I can’t wait to see it come together!

Tomorrow’s prompts: light/change/in my cup/bubbles/cozy/car/lunchtime. No real idea yet which of those I’ll choose or what I’ll write about, but that’s the point, right? 😉

How do you break through your blocks?

Are there any styles from books, shows, history, or anything else that you’d love to wear if you had the chance?



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