Book: Secret Science Alliance by Eleanor Davis and friends

So the work continues, but I essentially need to refuel in mid-air. One of the ways I do that is by reading things that come at me out of the blue (often recommended by my daughter). They can't be long. They have to be interesting enough to break through my fatigue, and different enough to … Read more

Spinning Deborah Pulliam’s wool

On September 24, 2001, my friend Deborah Pulliam sent me a box of fibers. Inside she tucked a note:  Deb's Down breed sample assortment (sock wools to follow!) Enjoy— I opened, patted and admired, and set the box in a safe place to enjoy later, when I could truly appreciate the fibers. Deb Pulliam and … Read more

High IQ Kids wins Legacy Book Award

I just received this message from Free Spirit Publishing (I’ve added some links): "High IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts (978-1-57542-261-9), edited by Kiesa Kay, Deborah Robson, and Judy Fort Brenneman, has won the 2008 Legacy Book TM Award in the parent category. "The Texas Association for the Gifted and … Read more

Finished book: High IQ Kids!

A UPS truck pulled up at the curb in front of the house early this morning and delivered an author’s (in this case, editor’s) copy of High IQ Kids! This is an "advance" copy, although not an "advance reader’s copy" or ARC, because it’s the real book, freshly unpacked from the printer’s shipment before the … Read more

Ethnic Knitting Discovery: It (and some other stuff) will happen

The pivotal people involved in making a new book come into existence—writer, publisher, production person—often feel like they spend years like Sisyphus, pushing a rock up a hill only to have it roll down again. Fortunately, each time this particular type of rock tumbles it doesn’t get quite as far toward the bottom of the … Read more

Doodle knitting

Some people doodle with pen and ink. When I pick up those tools, I actively sketch some nearby object or person or scene—not doodling, which I think of as having busy fingers and an almost disengaged brain. I doodle with yarn. Often my doodles end up serving useful purposes, but the time when I’m actually … Read more