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Sunday, August 12, 2007  

First: The book proposal didn't happen on the 10th, so that means it should be this Friday, the 17th. There's no guarantee, unfortunately, because it has already been put off a couple of times, but I've got my fingers crossed that this is it. I've been keeping pretty cool throughout this process, but now that it seems like this is a solid date, I'm starting to get nervous. Eek! Here's a sneak peek at one of the projects I prepared for the proposal. Shh, don't tell.

I can't really tell you much about it, because any project that ends up in the book is supposed to be new-to-the-world. Sneak peeks are okay, but full disclosure is a no-no. So, if the book goes through, you can read all about this in the book, and if it doesn't go through, I'll tell you all about it next weekend.

Everything Else: Less than two weeks to vacation! Woohoo! Mostly, I think two weeks from now is SO FAR AWAY and I can't wait for vacation, but a little part of me is all "OMG, only two weeks?!?!? I have SO MUCH to do before then! Ack!" My schedule at work has been picking up as they assign me more books, and I have so many things I need to get out the door, to authors, proofreaders, indexers, etc., before I leave for vacation. It's going to be another crazy couple of weeks! But, I don't think it will be anything like the end of July (I hope!).

In spite of being busy at work, I had a pretty nice week. I re-read the sixth Harry Potter book and then FINALLY read the seventh. I like the HP books, but I'm not a huge, crazy super-fan, but despite that, I just couldn't seem to put book seven down. All of my spare time was spent reading until I finished it. I did really enjoy it, and I'm satisfied with the close of the series, but now I'm glad to have my life back. It felt like I fell into a Harry Potter black hole for a few days! It's been nice to do something other than obsessively read these past couple days. I did a bit of spinning on the English Gardens bombyx and some knitting on Fleurette. The end is near with Fleurette, so if I get some quality time with it, it ought to be an FO soon. I'm looking forward to finishing it and planning for a new project. I've got a few ideas for my next knitting project, but I may end up being boring and starting my holiday knitting early. Socks, here I come! Of course, if the book goes through, I'll be working on projects for that for quite awhile.

My last bit of spinnerly news is that I received a very nice package in the mail this week from June. She and I swapped some fibers and I'm very pleased with my end of the deal! She sent me some bombyx, dyed in beautiful blues and greens, a Twosheep original,

and some lovely merino and silk that she carded together.

I can't wait to dive into both of them! The silk is even more beautiful in person than it is in the picture, and it has really gorgeous, subtle shading. I can't wait to spin up a sample of this! And the merino/silk is so lovely and fluffy. June did a wonderful job carding it, and I just can't stop petting it. I did a very quick 2-yard spindle sample on this, and the color is just begging me to make a Frost Flowers and Leaves shawl (A Gathering of Lace) from it. That perfect, barely-there aqua with the lovely silk sheen and the pretty purple highlights would be perfectly lovely in any number of shawls, but I'm definitely feeling the Frost Flowers mojo. Must... spin... faster! Thank you for a lovely swap, June!

One last tease, and then I'm off to bed. Tomorrow night I'm off the hairdresser's for a big change. I do love my curls, and I've enjoyed them, but I've always wanted to do something wild with my hair, and I've always been too much of a goody-two-shoes. Well, screw that! Life is too short, it's just hair, and I want a little bit of my crazy inside to show on the outside. I'll post pictures when the deed is done. For now, I'm kissing this mop goodbye!

I can't wait to see what you do with your hair! How fun!

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for the book proposal.
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