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  1. (Just dropped in on this site after long absence. I love worldbuilding — almost to the point of doing that and not working the story. Sigh.)

    I, too, and a fiber arts enthusiast — I’ve done embroidery for 40 years now (I gasped as I did the math on that), and particularly enjoy counted cross-stitch and variations on blackwork.

    I also enjoy color symbolism — my 10th grade paper on The Scarlet Letter got me started in that area.

    With those preliminaries aside, I would like to point out that Susan Matthews has a system of cultural communication (best way I can think of to describe it) called “weaves.” Yes, a weave is a fabric pattern — think of the importance of tartans in Highland history — but it is also a song and a description of land holdings. Her protagonist, Andrej Koscuisko, collects the weaves of his iniquisition victims out of guilt, lest they die out altogether.

    From what I have read above, I don’t see any conflict, but more like a good idea expressed in a different way.

  2. This is unrelated to anything you’ve really posted recently, but I just wanted to say that I’m glad you’re busy – because it’s better than being hungry, that’s for sure! But I do miss your regular posts (I check your blog daily and have for years), and I hope you’re doing well.

    Also, I managed to get my hands on a copy of I See You when I was in Penn Station the other week, and finished it in a day. It was different – and while I think Midnight Rain is still my favorite of your paranormal romance/thrillers, it was definitely good. (Also, keep in mind this is a genre I never intended to read in, and only pursue because I’ve followed you from your crossover from fantasy to thriller-romance. The things we do for authors we love.) Sadly, I still have yet to find Talyn anywhere.

    Again, best wishes and hoping for your continued success, be it in both paychecks and enlightenment.

  3. Being both book- and fiber-obsessed, this concept ranks super-high on my Cool-O-Meter. I can’t wait to read more about it. Will spinning factor into the magic? I would think the creation of the yarn would matter almost as much as the creation of the finished project.

  4. Katherine, that was only a small portion of the worldbuilding on that section. I have more colors, stitch patterns, and a lot of other things finished already. But red does have a special significance.

  5. Wow, this is a really original idea. I thought there were none of those left!

    I like the way you didn’t simply choose primary colours and it makes me wonder whether red will have some important significance later on. A forbidden magic or for swearing perhaps.

    Ahh the possibilities are endless. Have fun.

  6. This sounds just way too cool. I am currently finishing an afghan and searching for my next project.

    Ahem. Hint, hint. Ahem

    It’s good to hear you sound like you’re having fun again. Especially with such a brilliant idea.

    It reminds me of the way slaves used to use the stiching in quilts as a map for the underground railroad.

    Have fun!

  7. . . . now that’s just cool. =) I love magic systems that are different. Off-topic: LOVED Talyn. Loved the small bits, like the Sisterhood of Socks and Darts and the little Tonk dancer and Snow Grell–and the magic system was excellent. Sorry to hear that Hawkspar is giving you trouble–good luck with it. I’ve seen your drawings for it and it looks like it’ll be every bit as cool as Talyn.

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