I’m starting a series of guest blogs about what authors do in their spare time because generally if we’re creative, we do more than write. We bake, we garden, we sew, we paint, etc.
Sherry Gloag is the first author to share one of her hobbies with a craft I have never heard of: selenite crystals. Take it away, Sherry.
Thank you, Joselyn, for inviting me to share one of my hobbies today. Although I have many, I’ve chosen to talk about working with selenite crystal.
Because in many ways, it is a bit like writing a story! When it flows, everything evolves before your eyes and when it’s finished you wonder where the inspiration came from.
Unlike diamonds, selenite is very soft, indeed it is used, in its powered form, for plaster casts in hospitals, and is an ingredient in many road surfaces. *grin* And yet, it can also become a thing of great beauty.
Occasionally I am asked to create something specific, but mostly I tend to let inspiration (is it instinct or another genre of muse?) guide me. I go through my pieces of selenite, choose, and then, I suppose, I bit like a sculptor I look for what is within the crystal, and begin working, and am often totally surprised by the outcome.
As in the writing of my latest and best-selling novel Vidal’s Honor, the craft work doesn’t always go smoothly. Sometimes I have to set it aside for a while before returning to it. But it is always worth it in the end.
Working with selenite opens door to various craft fairs in my area, and in doing so has garnered me some amazing friends, both among the other craft-workers and the visitors that pass through.
LOL! Perhaps one day I will weave my crystal craft work into one of my stories.
Now there’s a thought!
Fascinating, Sherry! And here’s a little about what Sherry is writing:
When plunged into a world of spies, agents and espionage during the Peninsula wars, Honor, Lady Beaumont, flees for her life when the French capture her husband at Salamanca, and relies on his batman to arrange her safe passage back to England.
Viscount Charles Vidal is ordered by Robert Dumas, the First Lord of the Admiralty, to travel to Spain and escort the only woman he’s ever loved, Lord Devlin Beaumont’s widow back home before the French discover her whereabouts.
Their journey is fraught by danger, least of all knowing whether they are surrounded by friends or foe. Will they survive long enough to explore the possibility of a future together or will whispers of treason be enough to see Honor dispatched to Tyburn first?
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