Mad in Pursuit Notebook

Saturday's doll face.

Saturday's Doll, 2: Sandpaper

11 Nov. 2021 [cont'd from 24 Oct]. My winter projects are piling up, but I'm going back to some basic skillbuilding. I don't get "sanding something smooth." I have no faith in it. Don't feel it in my bones. Every time I've touched sandpaper to a surface, I am panicked by the "gouges" it leaves. So I decided to be systematic. I dug out my collection of automotive wet/dry sandpaper (I've been here before, you see) and went to work on "Saturday's" head. Her skull was roughed up from getting rid of her rooted hair and her face had paint and pen stains in addition to her dolly make-up.

Summoning up my patience, I calmly moved from 120 grit (coarse) up seven levels to 1000 grit (fine). Ah, it actually worked. Her pate is smooth and her pretty face is velvety.

I have more silicon carbide paper (up to 3000 grit) and microfinishing polishing paper (up to 14,000 grit). But I'm going to hold off buffing Saturday's head to a high gloss until I figure out her future. I might be giving her a whole new body. Stay tuned.

[To be continued]


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.

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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