Author of Make It Mighty Ugly, due out in fall 2014. Also, writer and editor, pusher of Mighty Ugly (the workshops), lover of nachos and summer camp.

Perfect timing. Thanks, @scalzi! My dad just arrived with your book. #booktour

Perfect timing. Thanks, @scalzi! My dad just arrived with your book. #booktour

Packing light is THE BEST. (You can call me on that when I’m panicking about some forgotten thing or another.) All that’s missing is toiletries. #booktour #ohyeah

Packing light is THE BEST. (You can call me on that when I’m panicking about some forgotten thing or another.) All that’s missing is toiletries. #booktour #ohyeah

Crappy labels and repurposed wrappings, and my first play with my new Foldio for taking photos. Soap’s coming with me on book tour! 273/365 #yearofmaking #soap #coldprocess #foldio #photojojo #diy #handmade

Crappy labels and repurposed wrappings, and my first play with my new Foldio for taking photos. Soap’s coming with me on book tour! 273/365 #yearofmaking #soap #coldprocess #foldio #photojojo #diy #handmade

Hittin’ the Road

Tomorrow is practically here. At the ass-crack of dawn, I’ll be off on book tour!

Tomorrow, at the ass-crack of dawn (credit to a friend in university for introducing that one into my daily vernacular lo so many years ago), Leanne and I will go to the airport to fly to San Francisco, where we’ll meet up with Betsy for our first book tour event (at The Booksmith).

After that, it’ll be an eventevery day but Saturday, in San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.…

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I feel much better preparing to leave town for a week now that I’ve stocked the cookie jar. Which is obviously not a jar, but whatever. This is uncharacteristically June Cleaverish behaviour.

I feel much better preparing to leave town for a week now that I’ve stocked the cookie jar. Which is obviously not a jar, but whatever. This is uncharacteristically June Cleaverish behaviour.

Seattle! Our book tour is coming to you Monday the 6th! Details: #Repost from @k8gold

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AWESOME EVENT ALERT! On Monday, October 6th, @kpwerker, @leanneprain and @craftivista are bringing their wonderfulness (and their new books!) to #Seattle! These are 3 seriously cool women, and I can’t wait to see their powers combined! The fun starts at 6pm at Seattle Creative Arts Center in #Ballard. @sasquatchbooks #arsenalpulppress

Seattle! Our book tour is coming to you Monday the 6th! Details: #Repost from @k8gold —- AWESOME EVENT ALERT! On Monday, October 6th, @kpwerker, @leanneprain and @craftivista are bringing their wonderfulness (and their new books!) to #Seattle! These are 3 seriously cool women, and I can’t wait to see their powers combined! The fun starts at 6pm at Seattle Creative Arts Center in #Ballard. @sasquatchbooks #arsenalpulppress

The massive batch of soap: sliced! I was a bit defeated by colour theory, which kind of makes me regret making such a big batch. I forgot that the last (only) time I made two-tone lavender soap, it was to use up the last of my palm oil, and therefore I didn’t use a ton of olive oil in the formulation. This time, however, the much higher olive-oil concentration along with the deeply greenish hempseed oil resulted in a far more muted purple colour. I’m still totally comfortable with the quality of the soap, but moving forward I’m going to ditch using hempseed oil in it and see if that allows the purple a little more oomph. In the foreground is a bar from the slab mould, which is like a brownie pan; in the background are the lavender-bud-topped bars from the wooden loaf moulds. Holy crap, it’s a lot of soap! 271/365 #yearofmaking #soap #soaping #soapmaking #coldprocess #lavender #handmade #diy

The massive batch of soap: sliced! I was a bit defeated by colour theory, which kind of makes me regret making such a big batch. I forgot that the last (only) time I made two-tone lavender soap, it was to use up the last of my palm oil, and therefore I didn’t use a ton of olive oil in the formulation. This time, however, the much higher olive-oil concentration along with the deeply greenish hempseed oil resulted in a far more muted purple colour. I’m still totally comfortable with the quality of the soap, but moving forward I’m going to ditch using hempseed oil in it and see if that allows the purple a little more oomph. In the foreground is a bar from the slab mould, which is like a brownie pan; in the background are the lavender-bud-topped bars from the wooden loaf moulds. Holy crap, it’s a lot of soap! 271/365 #yearofmaking #soap #soaping #soapmaking #coldprocess #lavender #handmade #diy

In my first attempt at scaling up soap production, I made twelve(ish) pounds of it this morning. Whew! Two-thirds of it looks like this, half each in a wooden loaf mould. The other third is in a flat mould that should yield as many bars as the wooden moulds, but cut like brownies instead of like bread (no lavender buds on those). All of it is two colours, assuming the purple colour actually comes out purple, which at this point I’m mildly confident about, but who knows. Worst case, the bars will be two-tone brownish/greenish. We’ll see tomorrow night! 270/365 #yearofmaking #soap #soaping #soapmaking #coldprocess #lavender #diy

In my first attempt at scaling up soap production, I made twelve(ish) pounds of it this morning. Whew! Two-thirds of it looks like this, half each in a wooden loaf mould. The other third is in a flat mould that should yield as many bars as the wooden moulds, but cut like brownies instead of like bread (no lavender buds on those). All of it is two colours, assuming the purple colour actually comes out purple, which at this point I’m mildly confident about, but who knows. Worst case, the bars will be two-tone brownish/greenish. We’ll see tomorrow night! 270/365 #yearofmaking #soap #soaping #soapmaking #coldprocess #lavender #diy

It’s going so much faster now! 269/365 #yearofmaking #knitting #knitstagram #decreasing #gaenor

It’s going so much faster now! 269/365 #yearofmaking #knitting #knitstagram #decreasing #gaenor

Book-tour Workshops: The Skinny

We’ll be offering a book-tour-only workshop in SF, PDX & BKLYN, and you should totally take it. HERE’S WHY:

In five days, I’ll be getting on a plane. For an honest-to-gods book tour. With two of my favourite women. To visit you. And bookstores. And crafty spaces. My head is spinning.

In addition to the signings and panel discussions we’ll be doing in every city we visit (please come!), Leanne, Betsyand I have developed a workshop we’ll be offering at three venues only – at MakeShift Society in San…

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