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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Heart series Question for Readers, free ARC of Heart Secret

All right folks. I'm writing Glyssa Licorice's story -- the librarian. That's her main Flair, doing research, organizing materials, ferreting out details, putting together materials for others' needs. In any event, I need a secondary creative Flair for her. I've used a lot before: embroidery, flower-drying-arranging, etc.

Currently she is at the camp of the excavation of Lugh's Spear in the eastern part of the continent (map on pinterest). I don't know that her talent necessarily needs to be portable. It MUST NOT be WRITING.

Hmmm, just had a thought. What do you all think of beading?

Her HeartMate's talent is leather working and tooling.

But if anyone else has a better idea, there's an ARC of Heart Secret for you.



Blogger K said...

What about weaving? She can use a portable loom and be inspired by things she sees along the way.

I like beading, but she'd have to have a special case to transport her materials.

I was going to suggest tatting for a second, but then I remembered that was Dufleur's mother's talent.

The only other thing that comes to mind is abstract mosaics, as in she collects rocks along the way to use in her pieces, but I don't know if she'd actually be able to create a mosaic on the road, unless she means it as a permanent installation for other travelers.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Betty Hanawa said...

Crochet is my portable creative use of my time. I use all types of thread and yarn, making everything from blankets to clothing to jewelry. Beads can be threaded onto the thread or yarn and worked into the project. Change the colors to make patterns. I once crocheted a stylized Siamese into a piece that became a throw pillow for my mom. Current projects are an afghan for a graduate, a bolero type jacket for myself to wear to a wedding, and - get this - a small coral reef for friends who used to have corals in a home aquarium. Plus I also make granny squares for a group who assembles blankets for cancer patients.

Very portable, can be very elegant in addition to practical.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Shana said...

As a librarian with a hobby of beading, I'm all for it. And depending on what type of beading she does, reasonably portable for small projects, as opposed to total stash. (Rather like knitting and sewing.) I personally go for the semiprecious material necklace making end of beading, but the people who do seed beading can make some awesome stuff.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Betty Hanawa said...

BTW, with the new hooks that have been developed, there's no visible difference between some crochet pieces and some knitting. I find crochet more versatile than knitting.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I think origami would be good. I can quite see it being considered an historical traditional pastime in Celta, it's creative, especially as you get better at it, it's easy to carry pieces of paper/parchment around and I could envision it really suiting the world setting. There's a fantastic ornate origami dragon lower down on this webpage http://www.publiczone.co.uk/agency-life/origami-lunch-club/

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Mem said...

It's not portable, but what about glass blowing? She could look for minerals to incorporate into her glass, I suppose.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watercolors? Sketching, embroidery, bird watching and drawing, or identifying bird song; some kind of meditation that enhances counseling and can be done only outdoors at one with nature.
Botanic finding new local plant and flowers for cataloguing.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I see Glyssa as someone who is very particular about her appearance. I can see her creative flair being some type of cloth decoration--painting, beading, dying, tie-dying, rhinestones--really blinging out her clothes with color and sparkles. Something that will make her stand out from the crowd.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I think china painting would be an interesting contrast.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Remember Valentine said...

Working with stained glass may be unique. Arranging colors and shapes into a sort of mural that holds a hidden meaning, like a puzzle. As a librarian, puzzles and secrets may be an interest, especially if she going to the mysterious Lugh's Spear dig.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Mikaela said...

Quilting, maybe?

12:15 AM  
Blogger dcf260 said...

How about mask making?

1:26 AM  
Anonymous Kristal said...

Why not photography? It can go from normal 2d photos to holographic scenes, it's portable.
It can be at the same time a creative work and a means of record making.
A photograph can be of an ordinary thing, but a creative view can make it seem something completely different.
I think crochet is a great idea too and it has so many uses, but maybe its better for a character that needs to relax and focus on what it is doing with its hands and not the head, like a lawyer or businessman and the likes.
I think this one needs a moving hobby, something at allow her to be in movement, because from what it appeared on Heart Search she has energy to spare.
That's why I think photography would be good, because she can move anywhere and find the perfect spot and still have to focus on her objective, it combines her two aspects well, I think.
The librarian/researcher and the bundle of energy.
I know that whatever it will be that you decide to use is the one that you think is right for her and the book.
Good luck!

2:50 AM  
Blogger Silver Phoenix said...

Or make her craft tie into her talent in an obvious way: bookbinding.

It's not all utilitarian, and there's quite a bit of sewing that goes into it. Some art-bound books are pretty interesting. Learn the basics, and you'd be surprised at how creative you can get with it.

Just don't tell any craft binders I recommended art binding as a talent. They might shiv you with a sharpened bone folder. :-)

As a less controversial art, how about knitting?

10:56 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

What about tailor/dressmaker?

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Sara H said...

How about something with music, like singing?
Or making puzzles
Or maybe making clothes?

5:21 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

How about calligraphy and illuminations. That would be a natural tie in to her being a librarian.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Charie' said...

I see someone else had my first idea of handloom weaving. Here's my second idea - Paper art created with just white paper, scissors and glue (or flair). Look up the work of Canadian artist Calvin Nicholls as an example.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I first read the blog entry, I thought of origami but that has been suggested.

I then thought, even though a masculine skill, whittling wood might be talent as it is working with wood in original form instead of in books.

Regards, Ruth (CO)

5:40 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

All right, though I think something more outdoorsy might be good for Glyssa, what really resonated with me was Origami.

Therefore, Donna and Ruth email me your emails and I will send you ARCs of Heart Secret (though, Ruth, I think you won the one in Brenda Novak's auction -- so if you are at all interested, I can send you the SECOND/REVISED AT EDITOR'S REQUEST Draft of Enchanted Ever After). Now to go post on facebook.

Thank you all for your contributions, I'm making a list. And I am thinking that the 3rd friend, Tiana, MUST love stained glass...

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Kristal said...

I know that you already decided, but here is another to add to your list.
Kaleidoscope making.
They can be very simple or artistic on the outside, and so complex, beautiful and relaxing when you look trough them.
I read somewhere that they can be used even during childbirth to relax the mother.
They can have only one layer or multiple ones, each with their own contents, creating different effects.
Other thing is that the same one can show always different things, no matter how many times or who looks trough them, they will see something unique to themselves.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Crafter Jane said...

If you do use beading at some point, combine it with wire-work.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Thanks for choosing origami - it's a really interesting and simple (not easy though) art that I think most people assume just boils down to little swans for the dinner table when it is in fact so much more than that. I love using the bold coloured papers but there are some gorgeous pastels and even sparkly ones out there and here in UK the larger Paperchase stores have a selection of handmade papers with different things in them such as dried flowers or cotton threads etc. I've sent my email to you and look forward to reading Heart Secret.

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am with you Robin. When I read the suggestion of origami, I really liked that idea. I also liked the idea of kalidescopes.


8:24 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Loved Heart Secret, great, especially the fams. My kindle is dying and PDF really hard to read on it so will definitely still be buying a copy too when it comes out - pb AND ebook - can't have an incomplete collection!

8:14 AM  

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