A beginning, a middle, and an end.

First of all, I want to say THANK YOU for all the kind words and well wishes this week, I love reading your comments and emails. I take them all to heart!

Last night was a “very special episode” here at La Casa Murillo.

The doorbell rang during dinner and Patrick, the kids and even the dogs tilted their heads as if to say “Huh? Who could that be?”

Not me. I knew who it was: The UPS man serving up three fresh boxes of my novel galleys!

Galleys are early book proofs. They aren’t the copies that go on sale to the public, they are for advanced reviews, press mailings, etc. But they are real enough for me.

After hugging Patrick, DeAngelo and Maya, and then taking a picture, I scooped up a couple copies to take to my parents house. They live five minutes away and I cried the entire way. A lot of visual manifestation went into the journey of this book and part of that was imagining the moment when I would present my dad and mom a copy. I came pretty darn close. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sad. It just hit me that it wasn’t the way I originally envisioned the moment. But I feel that he is right here, nodding at the cover and telling me “Very good, Kathy. You did it!” I know he is aware of everything and will still read it, some how, some way!

My book doesn’t go on sale until March 1st, so we still have a while to wait for the real hoopla. But every step of the process is so dang exciting. I wrote my first draft in November of 2004 for National Novel Writing Month and here we are five years later!

Get this: During the summer of 2004, my agent met with me here in Phoenix. We had interest from editors for me to write a novel based on this very blog. He asked me, “Do you think you can do it? A novel is very different from your newspaper stories and craft books.”

I had no idea in the world how to even start a fiction book, but I replied, “Yes! I am totally going to do it!” And he laughed and said, “You know, I believe you will! Just remember – a novel has to have a beginning, a middle and an end.”

I took notes as if it were a grocery list…a beginning, a middle, and an end! “OK, I’ll remember that!” I then went back to my desk in the Features newsroom and Googled “how to write a novel.”

Yup, I actually did that. That was a well-kept embarrassing secret, but now I can laugh about it!

SPECIAL THANKS TO KATE JACOBS (Friday Night Knitting Club), for the wonderful book blurb that went on the cover! I am forever grateful!

Back to yesterday. I didn’t have much more time to celebrate. After dinner I helped DeAngelo with his college English paper and then I hopped back on making new Dia de los Muertos designs for an assignment. I’m on deadline, but this week my creative well was dry dry dry. My first batch of projects failed miserably. I feel detached from it all this year, I can’t explain it. But something clicked last night and I wrapped up five projects that I’m proud of. I sketched out a couple great ideas and will tackle them today. Only a few more to go, and then photos, writing directions and then I’m done!

With that.

On Monday I’m to deliver an embellished mannequin for a really cool local art exhibit titled, The Mannequin is Our Muse. Scottsdale Fashion Square is celebrating the opening of nine new stores (including Barneys of New York) and invited 100 artists to each decorate a mannequin.

From the Westcor site:

Appropriately, the new wing at Scottsdale Fashion Square will officially open to the public at 10:15 a.m. on 10/15/09. The centerpiece of the Grand Opening is a one-of-a-kind art exhibit called, โ€œThe Mannequin is Our Muse.โ€ Dozens of local celebrities, influencers and artists are creating individual works of art using full-size mannequins, which will be unveiled and displayed at the shopping site center. As well, a full schedule of retailer events and promotions will be in motion throughout the weekend.

So that is what I’ll be doing this weekend.

Oh, because I couldn’t control my excitement over the book galleys, I had a little detour project that I cranked out last night. It’s drying right now, but I’ll snap a picture later and post it! It’s very, um, sparkly.

I know you are thinking, “God, woman – STOP!”, but it is the busy season for us. You can check through my blog every past year around this time – we are slammed with work all the way through November. It’s when we make our best art! I’m taking vitamins, getting 7 hours of sleep a night, and spending Q-time with family. I do this full-time so it is all about planning! Our only glitch is cooking. We hustle so much during the day, both Patrick and I are exhausted by the time dinner comes around. We takes turns cooking a couple nights a week, but too often we order out which is BAD!!!

OK, gotta get, have a super day!

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Check out my new book and product line!

Love & light,


7 Responses

  1. Congrats on getting your book.. in … your… hands – bound, edited and ready to go to those that will review it! What an accomplishment! I have to admit that I’d totally google “How to write a novel” too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hey Kathy, Congrats on the book. I can’t wait to read it. If it’s based off your blog I know I will love it.
    I am beat/bushed/exhausted just reading this post. Take another vitamin girl, you’re gonna need it. Give a couple a day to Patrick too. (My guy refuses to take vitamins.)
    Oh and that cooking dillemma, hun put those youngin’s to work in the kitchen a few nights a week and agree to eat what they come up with. It will take some stress off and one of them may find yet another calling they enjoy. And it will be easier on the check book too with two fewer take out nights. (Of course you may wish to decide on the main course and let them come up with the rest. It could may for some interesting meals. LOL)

  3. Hola Crafty Kathy! Love your blog, your art, your glitters, your imagination, your spontaneity, your boldness!!! I bought one of your crafting books a few years ago and discovered you. I have been following your blog for a while and I am amazed at how busy your life seems to be! And yet, you always find time to craft something new! Please come over to my blog for a visit when you find a minute! Everyone is welcomed too! Me encantan su arte muchissimo! Besos, LuLu (de Quebec)

  4. hello madame diva Kathy,
    i just HAVE to tell you that you are a SUPERSTAR!! Seriously…i have followed you for years… i adore your work, your brain, and all of your glitter!! Thank you for always being such an inspiration to so many – even those of us you’ve never even met! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’m so excited for you Kathy! I know that my eyes will be sparkling like gitter while reading every page of your book. Fisk-a-hugs!

    Wendy Jo
    Lead Fiskateer

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