It took a few months for me to get my work life in order earlier this year so I could do as little work as possible on the road. As it turned out, that ended up meaning a bunch of stuff I did before May came out while we were away. In case I did a sub-par job of letting you know about it when I was relying mostly on my phone â€“ with terrible cell service and nearly nonexistent wifi â€“ here’s what came outÂ while I was otherwise cavorting through the desert with my family:
- Next Steps in Crochet, my new Craftsy class. It’s an advanced-beginner class, designed to be, um, a great next step for people who are comfortable with basic crochet stitches and techniques and are ready to up their game. If this is you, I hope to see you in there! Here’s way more about the class.Â (And if you don’t know how to crochet yet, my beginner class will get you going. I promise.)
- I did a long and meaty interview with Dave Conrey on the Fresh Rag podcast, inÂ which I talk about a bunch of things I rarely addressÂ explicitly (like how my religious non-belief relates to my creative life and my identity as a person and my own internal consistency across my personal, work and creative lives,Â and more). I finally had a chance to listen to the interview, and I’m proud of it. I agree with everything I say â€“ which doesn’t always happen, because it can be hard to say a complex or sensitive thing well when you’re doing it off the cuff and it’s being recorded â€“ even when I was readyÂ to cringe because I was sureÂ I was going to say something not quite right or downright dumb. Also, there areÂ shout-outs to Wil Wheaton, JK Rowling, Oliver Burkeman, and my drinking buddies from college. If you have a little over an hour, I hope you’ll give it a listen and let me know if it brings anything up for you.
- From our hotel room near Disneyland, I wrote a post for the CreativeLive blog about how connecting with people through social media enhanced our long trip.
- I was also on Tara Swiger’s Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast, talking about how things in life spiral around. It’ll make more sense if you listen to it.
I finished up a huge editing project before the trip, which means I have some time available now, if you have a project you’d like to work on together. I have time enough to take on a larger project like a book/ebook, or a bunch of smaller project, like craft patterns/tutorials, essays, etc. (If you’re new to the editing game, I’ll walk you through what I can do for you. Just ask!)