Aug 29

Clark Cable

Soakbox : Clark Cable


The Instagram shot doesn’t do justice to the red yarn, but it’s stunning (Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport – 200 yards). Included is a Fiona Ellis pattern for fingerless mitts in an interesting cable and diamond pattern. The nail color is “Poor Lil Rich Girl.” I can’t find a good swatch photo online, but it’s a classic plummy red.

My first day of school went well yesterday — only a mild amount of stress and difficulty (confusion regarding which of the published classroom numbers was correct). I had a great non-Starbucks latte (read: less expensive) and had time to enjoy it. Last week, I was feeling a little cowardly for having taken just one class last semester and only two this semester. But I’m now convinced that it was a wise move to continue with the slow transition. It will be challenging to keep up with all the writing requirements in both classes and keep up with my non-collegiate life.

Creative Writing (Speculative Fiction & Screenwriting) will definitely be my more challenging class. It’s been years since I’ve practiced writing fiction with any regularity or purpose and we’ll be writing (and sharing – eeep!) in class every time we meet. While I love speculative fiction as a reader, I’m a little timid about sharing what I write. Among other learning outcomes, we are expected to produce, share, and revise a body of original work and demonstrate an ability to prepare and format work for publication. (3 short stories, 1 screenplay adaptation, 1 original screenplay).

Texas Historya survey of political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of Texas from the pre-Columbian era to the present. I’m very excited about this class and have completed some of the required reading already (Empire of the Summer Moon, Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History). It’s a brilliant book. There’s a LOT more to Texas than this former Oklahoman realized, and Quanah Parker figures prominently in the history of both states.

Knitting-wise, I’m trying to finish (or frog) some lingering WIPs. I have at least four projects close to completion and that will be my weekend focus for the next couple of months. I’ll also reward myself with knitting during my self-imposed study breaks.



  1. Stacey says:

    You are so brave! 😀

  2. Sallie says:

    You’ll do great! Just remember to breathe.

  3. O-CHICA says:

    Oh, what a challenging (writing) and intriguing (history) class choice!
    Have fun! (^o^)

  4. LynneW says:

    Hi Janet,

    Linnea Sinclair writes, and teaches, speculative fiction. (She won the Romance Writers of America’s highest award, the RITA, for GABRIEL’S GHOST).

    If you have time, you might want to join her Yahoo!Group (I signed up for the digest version, rather than getting all the individual emails), where she often has discussions about the craft. As a matter of fact, there’s one going on there now about “where to start the story.”

    Her “How to Write” folder in the Files section of the group has selected lessons from workshops she’s taught that may be helpful as well.

    And – bonus for you – if there’s something stumping you in your class, you can post a question and many of the participants are either published or aspiring writers who will be happy to try to help you.

    • Janet says:

      Thank you, Lynne! I’m intrigued by the Linnea Sinclair group — I will definitely check that out. Starting really *is* the hardest part of crafting a story on the fly. The irony in that is that it’s the only thing I have a hard time starting 🙂

  5. kate says:

    I have yet to see a Soakbox in person. I’m not sure which is my favorite – it’s either Clark Cable or Lace Kelly. Both are so pretty!

    Even though I’ve lived in Houston for close to two years I still know almost nothing about Texas, so I think your history class sounds really interesting!

  6. Jerri says:

    Ah, the first day of class! I’m bummed I didn’t reach out to you before your new semester. Remember how much we loved this? I idolized my big sister so much (and still do). I can’t wait to see what this class challenges you to pull off…


    • Janet says:

      I *do* remember and it’s what gets me excited each new school year (when I could make a thousand excuses for NOT going). My Texas history professor is an OU alumni – Journalism department. 🙂

  7. SoKnitpicky says:

    You have had a lot of practice sharing your writing…with all of us! 😉 Sure, it’ll be a different genre, but your writing is beautiful. If you are nervous, you can distract yourself and your critics with manicured nails and a rockin’ mitt as you read your work, but I have no doubt your writing will stand on its own!

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