On my desk… fabric and a novel

On my desk today is a little pile of Japanese fabrics from Patchwork on Central Park — the strawberries are very, very cute. That’s also a bit of Rosa’s ribbon draped casually across it. Under that is a Moleskine dedicated to “ideas for my online store”. Under that is a canvas for a painting I am going to start working on today. Under that is my folder of patterns which needs to go back on the shelf.

To the right, sitting on my sketch books, is a little removable thumb drive which contains my NOVEL. In moments of enthusiasm I am writing a modern Chick-Lit tale of love, loss and umm.. bad writing, mostly. I started it last September and haven’t written very much since. However, I have just finished reading Melanie La’Brooy’s Serendipity which was quite fun, and was inspired to read Room with a View again, so now I am contemplating tackling chapter two, in which my heroine (and her two children) move to the mountains. The hero is a rugged, forest dwelling type. The bad guy is a washed-up television writer with stone washed jeans and nicotine stained fingers (of course). Her mother, who is gorgeous and bohemian (and looks like Miriam Margolyes), is a botanical artist (I might have to pick your brains some time Prue!), and her father, a retired country doctor, (who looks like Bill Nighy) is a pessimistic old bastard who has lost his joie de vie, and plants seeds of doubt as he has nothing better to do. I think he might be healed through vegetable gardening. That could work.

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14 Responses

  1. tamara says:

    Oh I could look at this pile on your desk for ages! There’s so much possiblity and potential there…good luck with the novel…PS: I’ve been meaning to comment for a while – I keep on fwding your link to my friends, as a melbourne blog-link…so glad you began posting again!

  2. sarah says:

    love this on my desk feature. a novel is big and unwieldy and daunting thing. good luck.

  3. Prue says:

    No worries on picking my brain. Anytime!

  4. michelle says:

    Your novel sounds fabulous!

  5. Kirsty says:

    I’ll be keenly anticipating the launch of your novel Claire. The characters sound fantastic. I’m particularly attracted to the mother and I know I’ll adore the father – I like a bit of grump.

  6. CurlyPops says:

    That novel is going to be fantastic. Can’t wait until you get published!

  7. Kathryn says:

    “Under that is a Moleskine dedicated to ideas for my online store’.Now you’re just teasing! 🙂

    If I could just slip my pencil tip into the picture and lift the corner of that notebook and just sneak a tiny peek at what’s coming…

    All the best with the novel. I once wrote a huge sci-fi novel, then lost the entire manuscript in freak computer/coffee incident. Possibly no great loss to literature, however.

  8. Maureen says:

    Well good wishes for the novel. Luck has little to do with it, and it’s just a bunch of words here, and then more and then more. But you know that…Love the lines…and under here is…BTDT but occasionally the heap topples.

  9. ani says:

    i’m thrilled that you are writing a novel. i’ve been thinking about doing that myself and it’s always inspirational to hear when others are doing the same.oooo, more online store! yes! yes! we love the print we bought from you about 3 years ago.

  10. farmgirl says:

    writing is a craft, & just like any other, it takes practice! keep on writing as much as you can, whenever you can…congrats!

  11. Jasmine says:

    Hi thereI love your blog, and I keep on meaning to come back and read everyday, so I should add you to my blogroll, if you don’t mind.Well done for tackling a Novel, oh my goodness, I have always dreamed of doing that, I have started a few – but thats as far as they have got.Please keep us up to date on the progress!Jasminex

  12. jerusalem says:

    oh what a fun and inspiring pile! and your novel sounds delicious! you must heal the Bill Nighy character. I love crusty old men who turn out to have soft underbellies.

  13. Daisypatch says:

    I just found your blog and I’m loving it! Looks like I missed out on some pretty cool pics on Etsy. Don’t be a stranger there! How does one find time for Kids, Life, Crafting, Painting AND writing a novel??? My hats of to you! xo

  14. Hello from Seattle. I found your blog through a link on Angry Chicken, which is linked to my friend’s blog, Band Aids required.You revitalize me with your lively site, filling a sunny space in the universe with creativity! My own blog is more a place I practice writing about things that amuse me.I am writing a book and working outside the home, and I can guarantee you the stacks on my desk are nowhere near as tidy and inviting as yours!

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