It was a weird old week, in which I ended up doing lots of little things but didn’t get going on the writing instead. I had a few benefit renewal claim forms to fill in (one of my all time least favourite jobs!), blog posts to write, short stories to edit, print galley to read, inbox/in trays to clear, UK Meet planning, etc. Still, I feel in a good position now to dedicate this next week to writing
I finished my corset! I’m insanely proud of that fact, and it’s been a huge confidence boost in my dressmaking skills. I’m now setting about clearing the mending/alterations basket so that I can then get on with more new things. Here are a couple of pics of the finished article, which is incredibly comfortable to wear as it’s all been custom fitted:
I’ll be making an overbust corset next, and getting more adventurous in terms of fabric choice. It’s been so much fun to make, and utilised so many new skills. I was surprised at how many tools were involved, too. I had to use a hammer (eyelet punching and application), tin snips (cutting steel boning), two pairs of pliers (applying end caps to steel boning), awl (making holes for busk to go through) and a screwdriver (used for pushing the bones down inside the channels). Felt more like a metalwork project at times!
If anyone’s interested I’ll do a more detailed blog post about making this, but I don’t want to turn my blog into a sewing blog. Sometimes I think I should start a separate sewing blog, but then I remember that I don’t have the time and need another blog to maintain like I need a bicycle made of cake.
I’m buckling down and starting writing my Christmas novella (provisionally titled Life of Riley, but I expect that to change). I hope to have 15k by the end of the week. Eeek!
The only other thing I have to do, though, is finish reading through the ARC of Junk to make sure there are no typos. Oh, and work on the second round of edits for the joint anthology I’m doing with JL Merrow. Uh, yeah, that’s quite a bit actually. Anyone know where I can buy more time?
How was your week? Got any plans for the week ahead?