Friday, April 07, 2006
For a while now I've been wanting to get into jewelry making. It's kind of odd as I don't wear a lot of jewelry, though I do have some pieces I really love, and do wear for just the right occassion...Some of them were given to me by special people, but others I bought for myself. Just after my first fiction sale, someone on one of my writers groups mentioned meeting an author and commenting about her lovely jewlery, and the woman replied that it was in commemoration of one of her stories. Apparently she had decided to purchase a pice of jewlery with a portion of the profits from each of her sales. I thought that was a lovely idea, and have followed suit, so I have some pieces that are not only stunning (according to my tastes) but also very meaningful as well.

It seems to me that making jewelry could have the same sort of satisfaction -- something you've crafted with your own hands, something beautiful, that brings beauty into other people's lives. That is part of what I try to do with my fiction (aside from the polemics that almost always color my work.)

This week I had the opportunity to make three very simple pieces of jewelry for my daughters (two bracelets and a necklace). Even though they were with simple glass beads, it has given me the confidence to try making some more grown up samples (once I get the supplies). I've never thought of myself as being very good with color -- when I try to paint, my pictures are always ruined by symmetry. Of course, jewlery is often symetrical, although the sort I want to make wouldn't be. It will at least be an adventure!
You know I totally swiped that idea from you, too. Waiting for my check this summer, and it's off to buy myself a necklace or something ;)
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Cane River
An interesting exploration of the gradual whiting of a family through slavery to modern days.

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This is just a short list -- a few of my favorites.

English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The ACLU I'm a card carrying member. Hope you'll become one too. The organization that has done the most, as far as I can tell, to pull the countries progressive side together.
Network of Spiritual Progressives. Working to reclaim religion and morality for the religious left.

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Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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