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    G'day from hvb

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hvb, Aug 23, 2013.

    As I have already jumped in and commented, I'd better do the right thing and introduce myself.
    I am 69, live in country Queensland, Australia. I have spent most of my creative life as a visual artist, in particular textile and if I fill in my profile and tick 'yes' for being published, those two books were non fiction craft books. Plus two self published craft books, one, which is still being sold.

    I have always loved writing and loved technical craft writing. But really, I just like writing, but I do want it to be read, so I do the monthly newsletter for my art group, I write long weekly updates to my children, I write constantly in my journal and when I won $300 with textile art, I signed up for a 5 week creative writing course and it opened a whole new world for me. I discovered ywriter and scrivener and was amazed: special software for writing!

    I have always been a person who wants to know where her efforts are going. Designing for workshops, books and articles was great and financial returns, albeit not fantabulous, were and are satisfying.
    I couldn't get motivated writing a book that might never be published.

    That has changed. First of all, I feel now I can do it just for the creative fun, but also: if it gets to be a finished manuscript, I can put it on Amazon kindle and let the market decide if it is worth reading.

    I love kindle. I do have a lot of hardcover books, but those are mainly non fiction about all sorts of subjects we have over the years been interested in. I used to read my fiction from the library.

    I can't help but be excited by the Hugh Howey success story. I love his "Wool" books and I was one of his early fans. I love the success he has and I love his blog and his generosity. He is one author who encourages fanfiction very happily.

    No, although I love some sci-fi and speculative writing, that is not my genre. At my age, I have learned a few things about human nature , I have a plot in my head and I want to bring those two together.

    Thanks for reading
     
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    Hi hvb, already enjoyed your comments. Nice to meet you formally.
     
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    Neat! What sort of textile arts did you produce? Quilts, costumes, knitted works, larger stuffed type works? I'm somewhat interested in getting into various textile works...
     
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    Welcome to the forum @hbv, from a fellow Aussie freezing her ass off in the UK. Thank you for such a meaningful introduction, I really enjoyed reading it and I am already rooting for you. I'd say you have plenty of talent and know-how to make your book a success :)
     
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    Thanks for your interest.
    My textile history is long and varied: initially quilts, some wearable art. I taught quilting making for 25 years, then moved on to textile art. When I find out how to do it I'll send my website url to you privately.
    It is an extremely versatile medium and speaking as a very biased textile person, much more interesting than paint. But I understand, painters may not see it that way. :)
    It is also suitable for all levels. Even a first time quiltmaker can end up with a gorgeous quilt.
    hvb
     
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    Thank you for your kind words.
    What are you doing in the UK?
     

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