A quilter or seamstress invests in the machine best suited for her hobby. She has a sewing room stocked with shelves of materials, trims, and embellishments. A knitter has baskets of yarn, pattern books, needles, and accessories. Artists have easels, paints, and brushes. Most of these crafters have supplies they will never use.
A silhouette artist works with minimal materials. A person chances by. A smile or turn of the head alerts the artist. From a canvas of black paper, he captures the profile with clean, sharp blades. He creates curves and angles that detail the subject. The framed product becomes a visual treasure.
My sewing machine and serger sleep like Rip Van Winkle. My knitting baskets overflow with yarn, needles, and supplies. I’ve donated my colored pencils and construction paper to a charity.
I’m a writer. My hands are my tools. I mold the shape of a head, add a beard or mustache, and dress a dapper character. If the look isn’t pleasing, no need to rip out stitches, or change the canvas, or discard the paper. I can add a hat, shave the beard, and update the wardrobe—all with words that dance across my computer screen at the command of my fingertips.
The Pleasanton Library hosted four Sisters in Crime authors on Sunday, October 10th. The quartet moderated by Penny Warner included mystery writers Hailey Lind (a/k/a Juliet Blackwell), Rhys Bowen, and Terry Thayer. Add Penny Warner for a multiple treat quintet. Never know what she’s going to write next. I love the way Hailey Lind–or whatever alias she chooses for the event–talks about paranormal as routine and explains art forgeries as normal. Terry concentrates on quilting and rubber stamping crafts as background for her mysteries. Rhys (pronounced Reece like the candy) delves in British mysteries. Nearly a dozen adorn her double-sided laminated bookmaker. I imagine her delightful English accent and humor as she talked about her recent travel to England, Wales. I flip to the bookmaker side with the Royal Spyness series. This bookmaker is laminated, so I use it when I read. I rarely need to mark my place beyond where to stop for coffee break. I devour a mystery, cover to cover, in one sitting, and then return the bookmarker to my collection.
P.S. If you haven’t read my archived blogs, bookmarker is a clue to my work in progress. Mystery bookmakers are my favorites. I’m polite, though. I only take one from each author for my personal stash.