It’s a busy heatwavy week over here. As the dog alternates between sleeping and panting and I sit very slowly wishing I could do the same (everything is done very slowly during a heatwave, see), I marvel a bit about how much I’m getting done.

First, here’s a link to the interview I did with Mary Beth on Getting Loopy last night. The audio quality isn’t great, but we talked about the new Crocheted Gifts book (on shelves now!), The Creative Life project, my new blond hair, Twitter, and about how we didn’t have time to talk about the future of publishing (which is a shame, because I think that would have been an awesome topic).

Next, I wrote and recorded an essay for episode 84 of Cast On. The topic was industrial fashion, and I deliver a rant in two parts. About said delivery: I attempted to speak slowly. This is very hard for me. I think it sounds choppy and ridiculous in places, and I hope that doesn’t make you want to rip your ears off as you listen. That out of the way, the essay is about 30 minutes into the recording; as always, though, I recommend you listen to the whole thing. Brenda puts together a great podcast.

Finally, Sister Diane of Craftypod and I are going to do a bit of an experiment this afternoon. At 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern time, I’m going to interview her via Twitter. You can follow the conversation via the hashtag #weavebook. We’re going to discuss the three books she’s released in as many months—two self-published, one published with Watson-Guptill, an imprint of Random House. Not only will we talk about the books themselves, but we’ll also go into her varying experiences with self- and traditional publishing. I’m really looking forward to it, as I know Diane has given a great deal of thought to publishing and she’s one of the smartest people I know. After the interview part, we’ll open things up to Q&A, so come ready with questions!

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