Friday, July 9, 2010

Busy, busy

I have been busy. As you know, I've been working on getting Out of the Shadows polished. I plan to pitch to an agent at RWA National conference. As part of doing so, I'm participating in an online pitch class given by Bob Mayer. We're a week in and I'm still working on my pitch. It's hard work, but once I get it, I'll feel more confident about my appointment.

Also, I've mentioned that I crochet. Lately I've been working on a shawl. It's made with super soft yarn that is purple with a silvery shimmer to it. The shawl is a moebius design, which basically means there's a twist to it. Well, the good news is that I finished it. I planned to wear it over dress during the award ceremony. Below is a picture of the finished product, on me, with the dress I plan to wear it with. The skirt of the dress is a bit flirty, coming just under the knees. The pic of the shawl doesn't do it justice, so if you're coming to the conference, look me up to see it in person. Anyway, what do you think of the shawl with the dress? Does it work or should I just wear the dress without the shawl?


Last, but not least, I went back to college to get the last few classes I needed to get my degree. I finished the second one last week, with an A. That leaves me one more class, which should be offered in the fall. If so, I can apply for graduation for December.

So, my shawl is finished and I'm waiting on the pattern and yarn for the blankets I want to make for my brother's twins, so I'm trying my hand at crocheting socks. I thought it would be a fairly quick project, plus I got some great sock yarn at the German yarn store.

So, that's what I've been up. What about you? What's been keeping you busy? Are you going to conference? If so, we should hook up.

7 comments:

Autumn Jordon said...

Congrats on finshing the polishing of wip and the degree. Your shaw is beautiful. I wish I possessed that talent. You'll look lovely.

Have a great time at nationals. I wish I were going. Relax during the pitch. Editors and agents feel like they're the prey. Smile and be yourself.

AJ
www.autumnjordon.com

Gale Stanley said...

Don't know how you keep all those plates in the air. You look great! Enjoy the conference and best of luck with the pitch!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Riley, you're so talented. I love the shawl--it looks soft even in the photo. Good luck at nationals! Wish I could go.

Joanne Stewart said...

That's a very beautiful shawl, Riley. My grandmother crocheted and I've been wanting to pick it up...to make beautiful things like that! Good luck at conference! I wish I could go, but alas, we can't afford. Hopefully one of these years!

Denise said...

What a cool shawl! I love the moebius design. However, I like the dress better without it. By all means bring it because you'll probably need it in the classrooms (aren't all conference classrooms freezing?), but as great as you look in your flirty little black dress--flaunt it, don't cover it! Just MHO. Congrats on the classes and good luck with the socks. Got a writer friend who knits like a fiend and she's been doing socks for a long time. Cool to watch the progress - turning the heel is a very interesting process. Look forward to seeing you at Nationals!

Nightingale said...

A woman of many talents! The shawl is absolutely lovely. And many congrats on your educational pursuits!!!

Rachel Lynne said...

Wow, and I thought I was busy! Congratulations on moving a step closer to your degree and way to go on that A!
The shawl is fabulous; wish I could crochet/knit. I have started knitting scarves several times then I lay it aside and forget how to do it all over again, lol!

I like the dress too. I'm in the process of finding a wrap for mine, I am not much of a shawl, jacket, or scarf gal but I know I'm going to freeze in the air conditioning so I'm coming prepared. My mom did manage to find me two differnt pairs of heels with evening bags but I haven't seen them yet. I got it in my head that silver would be a great accent but had no luck finding any shoes/bags here in Savannah but mother haunts consignment shops and found silver and a black pair! Now all I have to find is a wrap and a pair of comfy shoes to wear with my "career" dress and I'm set.
Can't wait to get with you, Shelley,Denise, Elle, and a whole bunch of other online friends; we're gonna have a blast!

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