One of the ways I come up with ideas for my stories is to combine writing with another creative endeavor. Lately that’s been quilting.
Here’s the quilt that accompanied the writing of Dreams for Stones. It’s a Thousand Pyramid Pattern:
I began a second quilt while I was writing the sequel, Persistence of Dreams. It, too, is a Thousand Pyramid design, and yet the resulting quilt is very different.
Which is rather like story-telling. The elements from story to story may be the same (character facing a crisis) but the colors, textures, and design render each story and each quilt unique.
As I worked on Absence of Grace, I once again started a quilt.
The novel features new characters and a different setting than my “dream” novels, and thus it’s appropriate that I am using a different quilt pattern: a type of “string” quilt.