Here’s a picture of me as a teen.
I’m a bit older now, and though this picture might make it seem obvious how I came to write A Stitch in Rhyme the way from start to end is not direct.
A Hill of Beans
I like to learn new things. I’ve taken classes in creative writing, screenwriting, music composition, film scoring, filmmaking, photography, and drawing. I’ve built web sites, debuggers, and smartphones. I can play the piano, clarinet, accordion, guitar, ukulele, drums, and musical saw. I’ve played in a rock band and a concert band. I learned to fence and even faced an Olympic fencer in competition. I’ve written two (unpublished) novels. I’ve knit sweaters and socks and crocheted cloaks and sacks. I can cook and bake. I even make my own cat food (for the cat, not for me).
But how could I make this smattering of skills amount to anything more than a hill of beans?
You Seek (Amigurumi) Yoda
I’ve had the idea for A Stitch in Rhyme kicking around in my head for years and at one point even attempted to write it as a traditional fantasy novel, with little progress. I could feel the idea had potential but was stumped as to how to turn it into reality.
Then, fatefully, my wife gave me a kit to crochet Star Wars amigurumi figures. I’d not heard of amigurumi before, but it turned out to be a particular style of crochet used for making people and creatures. As I worked on making amigurumi Yoda, an epiphany came: this story in my head took place in a world where magically imbued substances—like cathnid silk—are woven or crocheted to shape their magical properties. What if I made my characters out of crochet, just like amigurumi Yoda? And if my characters were crocheted, why not crochet everything in the world?
Walking in a Wooly Wonderland
This was the moment when the story finally began to find traction, but I didn’t stop there. I realized I could publish it online and then I wouldn’t be constrained to tell a linear story. I could build an online world and fill it with side stories, art, people, places, music, maybe a movie, a fictional newspaper, games and puzzles…everything I like to do!
I’m not there, yet, of course, but I hope to get there eventually.
I hope you enjoy walking in my wooly wonderland!