I’ve been busy these last few days and loving it!
Let’s start with the Bad Ass — Jonathan Alvey. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I wrote a new chapter that fit near the end of Bindings & Spines. This opened up the way for a new final chapter to be tagged on – a sort of wrap up, on a lighter note. My editor, McKenna, over at Xchyler Publishing, told me to get to work on final edits, because she couldn’t get to working on the project soon enough. Not one whose foolish enough to argue with Muse or Editor, I did just that.
(cover art for Bindings & Spines – created my Carrion House)
I have started the edits, which will also involve adding new material. The path opened by that new chapter, allows for the occasional incursion of a tertiary plot, which I hope will be a nice, slightly comical, side line. So as I edit, when the opportunity arises, I will include new scenes. Bit more work, but I believe it will help the flow over all. If I’m wrong – I have no delusions that McKenna will allow them to stay.
Now, on to the Brass and Glass.
The other creative side of my life, the making of pretty shiny things for SCA play, has been going rather well. I made a new bronze ring for my wife, with a nice blue glass ‘gem’ set in it. And another that has a small little St.Mark lion engraved into the face. St. Mark being the patron saint of Venice, where our scadian persona are from. She didn’t have any rings that fit anything other than her pinkie or ring finger so I had to change that. Woman of the period wear many rings on their fingers, sometimes two on the same finger, so she definitely needed more.
I also am working on a brass signet ring for myself. It will have my heraldry and my makers mark on it, and will be able to be used to make a seal in wax – a very period thing for a male to posses. I have been running into some difficulty getting the soldering job to hold. I don’t know if this is because I simply haven’t done soldering of any sort in a decade, or if the solder I have is crappy, or if it’s because I’ve never worked with brass before, or if my pieces are just not fitting true enough. Many things to factor into understanding why something isn’t working. The process of figuring out just what is the the problem, is one of trial and error. Patience is a virtue when trying to teach yourself something as tricky as proper jewelry techniques, luckily I seem to possess that– at least when it comes to this aspect of my life.
I have to admit to finding this reoccurring mistake less frustrating that I might have a decade ago. This can be laid squarely at the feet of being on the right medication. Just one more reason I’m glad that we found out about my mental health issues, and worked to get them under control – no more hammers flying across the room.
Well, that’s my update, now I have to see if the latest refitting and solder job held. If not, well, maybe it’s time to hit the manuals and see why.