Of Stuff You Realise After Rereading, and Crocheting Nests

Good news! Especially for me — I at last realised what is wrong with the beginning of Grove of Graves and how to fix it. Apparently my subconscious had been thinking about it the whole week after I reread the story to see where any changes are needed.

Turns out I only need to move one flashback to the beginning of the story and that should do it. Okay, with a bit of a rewrite of the scene to build on it. See, the story started really slowly and — let me just face it — a bit boring too. Moving the flashback kicks it into gear from the start and also does some exposition that is required (as it takes place just after The Knowledge Stones).

One of my goals for January and February is to outline the whole of The Ruon Chronicles properly. Obviously there will still be some changes as I go along, but I really want to get The Stuff Stuck In My Head on paper and in the correct sequence.

I’ve decided on doing it over two months as I know how hectic it can get when the year really gets going by about mid-January. This is because the school year in South Africa starts then so everyone is back at work and the city’s traffic is back to normal as well. Oh, the traffic… Time to mindplot, I guess!

I’ve really had some time to rest over the past two weeks as I could even take an almost leisurely time to finish my work during the day. And after December’s rush I really needed this time to make sure my admin is under control, etc. as well. That said, I feel ready to crack open Aeon Timeline and Scrivener (and my trusty notebook) to write again after my hiatus.

The past weekend was spent mostly at home (bliss!), with me only having to face the shops quickly on Sunday (because guess who needed headache tablets and found that she was completely out of them). Other than that I only ventured into the garden a few times to take Sir Tristan for a walk.

The rest of the time I spent working on writing, crocheting, knitting and listening to interesting podcasts and lectures.

Man, I think if I went to varsity now I would have been even more of a nerd. I was already one of the students who spent most their time in the library studying. Okay and reading oodles of books that I just found interesting and wasn’t actually part of the curriculum. Add to that lectures and podcasts, YouTube, etc., I don’t think I would have done anything else!


I managed to finished my Eilian Shawl in Stylecraft yarn — the second time that I’m actually making this pattern! It’s only a five row repeat pattern, which made it great for when I’m listening to podcasts.

Wanting to do some knitting as well just because, I started on another shawl (shawls seem to be my thing) that is also a simple pattern and one I can do without having to have a pattern in front of me the whole time. It’s really like I can switch my brain off while working on it and just forget about all the worries and stresses of the day.

It was on Friday that I received an email from LoveCrafts (whose newsletter I follow) asking for help. At first I thought it was going to be some kind of poll or something, but it turns out that it gave links to places that need help for rehabilitating the animals touched by the Australian bush fires.

I didn’t even know that they needed crafters to make nests, pouches, etc. Well now, I thought, crochet I can do and nests I can make! So, since Sunday, I’ve been crocheting nests in-between writing and reading (because my fingers and wrists can only do so much at one time!) and when I have a good bunch I’ll post them off to Australia.

If you also want to help, here are the links.

Also included on the Facebook Page are the patterns you’ll need. So, if ever you’ve wanted to learn to knit, crochet, or sew, why not take this as your chance?

There are some great tutorials available on YouTube, Skillshare, and Bluprint (some free, some paid) to help you get started.

I’ll be back on Wednesday with some more worldbuilding, and, until then, keep well!

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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