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Release Day

In case you haven’t already seen, Book 1 of The Adventures of Einarr Stigandersen is now available for purchase more or less wherever you want to buy. In addition to the story chapters, which are still available here and at Royal Road Legends, any of you wonderful people who decide you’d like to support the story this way get access to some bonus content available nowhere else – a glossary, of course, and some maps, but also a telling of the actual Legend of the Isinntog.

Many thanks to Paraenesis, who did an awesome job on the front cover for me, and to my friend Jill for proofreading. I’ve tried to make sure the chapters up here are relatively clean, but it’s always good to have a second set of eyes.

Also, if you haven’t already picked up a copy, for the next week Advent of Ruin is on a Kindle Countdown Deal. For another day and a half yet, you can get the ebook for just 99 cents.

Einarr Stigandersen and the Jotünhall

Paranaesis_Jotunhall_Wolf_mockupOnce upon a time, Stigander Raenson had been heir to a thanedom. Then a curse drove him and his family and crew out of their home. Dispossessed, the crew of the Vidofnir wanders the cold seas in search of treasure, glory, and a way to end the curse.

Einarr, son of Stigander, lives a vagabond’s life on the Vidofnir, never giving much thought to the home he barely remembers. That is, until an unexpected squall and the attack of a demon-headed ship send them to winter at the Hall of his father’s childhood friend.

Now Einarr has just a single season to convince the Jarl that he would be a worthy match for the Lady Runa, the Jarl’s only child. Will he return in one piece, or will the Jarl’s impossible quest be Einarr’s undoing?

Pattern modification

So as some of you already know (if you follow me on Facebook), DH and I are expecting our first come May. I’m doing everything in my power to make sure there will be no interruptions to the web serial schedule, and at the same time working on getting a few other things up on Amazon. (No, I’m sorry, at this point I don’t know when Dance of Desolation will be done.) Coming up in the next few months, though, I expect to have a collected volume of the first book of Einarr’s adventures available, and probably of the second book as well before the little one arrives.

In the midst of all this, and making Christmas presents for some in the immediate family, I’m also having to expand my wardrobe, and I thought I’d share some of how that’s gone so far.

First, a month or two ago now, I made a couple of belly bands from some purple jersey knit following the instructions on Make It Love It. Those have been really comfortable, but I’m not entirely sure how much longer I’ll be able to wear them… or my jeans.

On Thanksgiving, I followed the tutorial here in order to make the tee-shirt from Simplicity 4275 maternity-friendly. I did that in a periwinkle jersey knit and added drop sleeves, and while I’m not wild about the color, and the neck is a bit wide, on the whole I like it. At the moment I don’t have photos of it… but seriously, it’s a tee-shirt.

Then, just last night, I finished what ended up being a long-sleeved dress version of that same top, more or less inspired by the tutorial for a bodycon dress on Cotton and Curls.  I spent longer than I like to admit playing with the measurements from there before it hit me: I could take the modified version of Simplicity 4275 and just make it longer. The result, styled so you can see I’m not entirely a boat, is below. Once again added drop sleeves, because this is not the weather to be going around without them. I need to fix the right sleeve a bit (rookie mistake: always add ease, even with super stretchy knits), and the material choice was not the best, but on the whole I’m happy with it.

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Pardon the bad selfie and the spot on the mirror.

Super comfortable, and works for either “I just don’t care today” (without accessories) or a little nicer (once I add the scarf and some long jewelry). I could do another one in this burgundy knit I have… but I have an idea to use the surplice top from Simplicity 4291 in a similar way, and that almost has to be in red.