I approved the cover art for my novella Homespun this morning. It is bee-yoo-tee-ful and I can’t wait to share it! 😀
After fifteen years of doing graphic design, it is really fascinating to be on this end of the process for a change. I was worried that I’d have more trouble letting go of the creative reins, but the artist really knows their stuff and I was thoroughly happy with what they did with my ideas.
I also did something a little wild: I signed up for spinning lessons. (What kind of wild woman am I, anyway?) There’s a certain amount of method to my madness here. Homespun is set on a sheep farm and deals in part with fibercrafting. I’ve always enjoyed fiber arts — knitting, crochet — but spinning raw fiber into yarn is one thing I never learned (despite writing detailed descriptions of it in Homespun). So I figured the release of the novella would be a great excuse to learn. I’ll be buying a drop spindle and having a private lesson with a local spinner in about a week, and then I’ll blog Layla’s Adventures With Homespun Yarn in the weeks leading up to the release of Homespun. Maybe I’ll do a yarn giveaway — how does that sound?
In other local news, my husband and I went berry-picking this weekend in the bog behind our property. (We live on eleven acres of semi-rural semi-swampland north of Fairbanks, Alaska.) How about some pictures of Alaska blueberries at my other blog?