Mad in Pursuit Notebook

initial struggle with clay millefiore canes

February Review

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February was hard. I thought we would break up the winter with a big remodel of our kitchen/great room. But then the job got scheduled for mid-March and my spirit took a dive.

I willed myself deeper into the world of polymer clay. The morning invocations in my notebook summoned earth, wind, fire, and sea to share their energy, their power with me. Making art is not simple for me. I have to sink deep, which takes time. And then I'm filled with self-doubt.

The manuscript for my short memoir Headlong was waiting to be finished and I managed to muscle my way through final revisions.

But clay was the thing. My vision of producing Zuzu amulets* became a month struggling with the learning curve. I went from puzzling over how to make face canes, to forcing myself through exercises on color mixing, to taking a course on making "weekins," where I practiced surface treatments simple figures. Never did get an amulet done.

I continued listening to the vast Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, wondering what my own next writing project would be.

By the end of the month, I succumbed to a head cold and swore off drinking.


*Protection for those working their gifts

(Written Oct. 1, 2018)


HEADLONG: Over the Edge in Pakistan and China (2018) Traveler's tale of a 1992 adventure. A poorly planned roadtrip takes long-time lovers Susan and Jim to forbidden places and lost times. Kindle only.

THE SUDDEN SILENCE: A Tale of Suspense and Found Treasure (2015) Thailand: lovers of ancient treasure tangle with international black markets. Delia Rivera pulls Martin Moon back into the game and their quest turns deadly. In paperback and Kindle editions.

TRIBE OF THE BREAKAWAY BEADS: Book of Exits and Fresh Starts (2011) Time after time, Mary asks herself: Do I go or do I stay? She finds her power in her ancestors: Smart women turn discontent into action. An illustrated memoir in paperback and Kindle editions.

PASSION AND PERIL ON THE SILK ROAD: A Thriller in Pakistan and China (2008) The twin forces of revenge and redemption drive Nellie MacKenzie and Taylor Jackson on a crazed adventure into the heart of Central Asia. They grapple with issues of ethics, trust, rage, and bitter heartbreak -- as well as the intrigue of the international antiquities trade. In paperback and Kindle editions.



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