Miss November


That’s a misleading title to this post. It really should be Miss(ed) November. I have been trying to at least write once every 2 weeks; I find myself on November 30th not having written anything here all month! Though I definitely have been writing….

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Do you make art? Wanna make some $?

Here’s book review about a book that can help.


Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career by Elizabeth Hyde StevensMake Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

STRONGLY RECOMMEND – I am a huge fan of Jim Henson and his work. About 10 years ago, I became intensely interested in **how** he: did his work, attracted great associates and managed them, made $ too – all whilst creating wonderful art that has such globally positive messages. There wasn’t anything available that I could find….

Earlier this year, a new, much more comprehensive biography of Henson was published which I listened to (audiobook) greedily, hoping to gain more insights. Most of the insights had to do with how much of an impact his art had on me over the course of my life! Others had more to do with his seriously huge work ethic, gained mainly thru the remembrances of his colleagues. I went looking for more, and found this gem.

The author has done quite a bit of deep analysis of Henson’s life & work through which she has drawn some very sensible conclusions which are applicable to any art form, certainly not only puppetry. Hyde Stevens also references a number of other sources to support her conclusions that have added a number of books onto my “to read” pile; in addition, this Kindle book has got wonderful footnotes, almost all are hot-linked.

I’ve not yet finished reading this book as the author has not yet finished serializing it; I look forward to every “episode”!

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A bit of happy…

Dear ones,

none of the people that live in my house (and expect me to cook for them, etc.) care at all, but I know that you – gentle readers -YOU will.
Yesterday Studmuffin and I went to a local used bookstore, one we don’t go to very often because it isn’t convenient and the Lord knows we have more than enough books here. But go we did and I got this Book:

Yup, a lovely copy of the CLASSIC Elizabeth Zimmerman book – Knitting Without Tears.  I have almost all of her books but for this one.  I just don’t like the updated cover (and how much the regular new books bookstore charges for it) but now I have it. YAY!  Plus I got FIVE Sheri S. Tepper novels – one of which I hadn’t read before!! It was a very good day.

More regular posting should begin happening again next week – the Duke of Curl AND the Force of Nature are both in high school (he, a senior & she, a freshman) so I’ve closed up shop on homeschooling I think. Am now tryna settle into my own routine.


“Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course, superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage.” – Knitting Without Tears

If you haven’t read Elizabeth Zimmerman, you owe it to yourself, even if yer not a knitter, to do so.  She has such a lovely, sly humor – I love her.