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An old dog trying to learn new tricks: writing stories, photography, blogging, Photoshop (ugh). Not sure there's enough life left to master ever changing technology. In the meantime, please read my stories. They may be purchased at www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MLDanielson

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Live on Smashwords

Up The Ivory Staircase, Book #2 of Mikal's Web Trilogy is live on Smashwords @ $2.99.  hope to be live on Amazon by the end of the week/year.  Don't forget to read Forest Fairies, Book #1 first.  Merry Christmas to ya'll, near and far.  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00676IKBC  ..or..  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MLDanielson

Saturday, December 10, 2011

FREE PATTERN: FOREST FAIRIES


FREE EBOOK PATTERN… FOREST FAIRIES

Approximate size 24” x 30”



Written and Published by Mary L. Danielson

Copyright 2011 Mary L. Danielson

Blog Edition 1



Blog Edition, License Notes

All rights reserved.  Thank you for downloading this free e-book pattern.  Although this is a free book, it remains the copyrighted property of the author, and may not be reproduced, copied and distributed for commercial or non-commercial purposes.  If you enjoyed this book, please encourage your friends to download their own copy at:


Thank you for your support.

To print from the blog, left click, highlight the text only, not the pink background, right click, and select “print preview” before printing.  If it won’t print you probably highlighted the background.

--OR--

Re-open the pattern on a computer or laptop, which has printing capabilities and view it in “Online Format” at the bottom of my profile page on Smashwords.  Click the print icon on your toolbar and print one page at a time.




 FREE EBOOK PATTERN…FOREST FAIRIES

Fabric Requirements

Background…1/2 yard

Green…1//4 yard

Stems…1/8 yard

Flowers…1/4 yard

Centers…from scraps

Pink…1/4 yard (9 x 45)

Border…1/4 yard

Binding…1/4 yard

Back… 3/4 yard



Applique

Applique by hand or machine: fusible applique, needle turn, or turn edges around a foundation pattern.


Background

Cut ( 2) strips 6 1/2” x 45”

A - cut 14” piece

B - cut 11 1/2” piece

C - cut 6 1/2” piece

D/F - cut (2) 9 1/2” pieces

E - cut 8 1/2” piece

G - cut 16” piece



Green sashing

Cut (2) strips…2” x 45”

Cut (2) pieces…2” x 27”

Cut (4) pieces…2” x 6 1/2”



Sew the short sashing strips to the background, as shown

Between A/B, between C/D/E, and between F/G

Sew the long sashing strips to the background as shown

Borders…

Pink…Cut (2) 1 1/2” strips

Sew to the left and bottom sides

Print…Cut (2) 4” strips

Sew to the left and bottom sides

Stems

Cut (3) 3/4” strips

Fold in thirds long-ways.  Press



Binding

Black…Cut (3) 2 1/2” pieces



Flowers and centers

Finished flower (see above)

Make a pattern from flower outline.

Each flower will have 4 petals.

Make a pattern for the flower center

Prepare the flowers and centers for applique using your preferred method (fusible applique, needle turn, or wrapping the fabric around a foundation pattern.)



Lay out the stems and flowers

Lay the longest stem piece on the quilt, pin in place

Add the small stems, pin in place

Place the flowers on the stems, pin in place

Adjust placement or add more flowers (mine were sparse for the lettering to show)

Applique the pieces to the quilt

Applique the flower centers

Highlight the flower detail with embroidery thread or do it with your quilting.

Layer/baste the quilt, quilt it by hand or machine, and bind the quilt.

Thank you for downloading my FREE ebook pattern.

Most important: Purchase and read Forest Fairies, and other stories, in my ebooks.

  
Mikal's Web Trilogy

Descriptions below.
PLEASE PURCHASE MY BOOKS
( some have free patterns ).
Available at:

At Smashwords, download to Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony, Kobo
ibook app on your iPad or iPhone: search Mary Lou Danielson
(ibooks not available on PC/Mac computers, but you may print to certain air printers)

(Free patterns are not available on Amazon)

( I cannot answer technical computer or ebook problems, but I will answer questions about my patterns or books)


Book Descriptions:

LULU  ($.99)
Billy inherits his grandmother’s house, barn, and property.  Along with the house, he inherits Lulu, the southern belle tenant, who turned the house into a Victorian tearoom.  Lulu has eyes for Billy, but Billy has eyes for Terri, the aloof bartender, at the tavern down the road.  A constant discord occurs between Billy and Lulu, as he installs a working cabinet shop in the old barn, which stands in near proximity to the prissy, tearoom.  (Winter 2012)
Free Quilt Pattern on Smashwords



SOMETHING TO LOOK AT  ($.99)
Goals, friendship, tragedy, and sacrifice, all cement, or deter, Peggy and Bobby’s relationship.  Bobby’s earliest dream is to be a major league pitcher.  Peggy, his grade school friend, becomes his unofficial pitching coach and mentor as he pursues his goal.  Goals, friendship, tragedy, and sacrifice, all cement, or deter, Peggy and Bobby’s relationship.  They both learn you must accept your adversities and go beyond them.  (Winter 2012)

THE COWBOY (Free)
After a chance meeting with a cowboy, Marcie discovers appearances can be deceiving.

MIKAL'S WEB TRILOGY ( $2.99 each )
Free patterns available on Smashwords, as each book is published.

FOREST FAIRIES,
 Mikal’s Web Trilogy, Book #1
Mikal vies to win Suzy’s heart from Jesse with covert offerings, attempting to lure her to his web.  Suzy vows to uphold her basic values and promises to errant Jesse.  Jesse has demons to face throughout his lifetime that interfere with the relationship he wants with Suzy.  She must decide which man owns her love and loyalty.  The winner loses, and the loser wins.  (Winter 2011)

UP THE IVORY STAIRCASE,
 Mikal’s Web Trilogy, Book #2
Mikal returns, and everywhere Jesse turns, he faces the ghost of Suzy’s relationship with Mikal, even though she vows he is in her past.  The three paths cross repeatedly, causing rifts in their marriage and Jesse’s rising career.  Eventually Jesse must face his demons to save everything he cherishes, while Suzy fights Mikal’s web she thought she escaped.  (Winter 2011)

BROKEN BY AN ANGEL,
 Mikal’s Web Trilogy, Book #3
The final story in the relationships of Mikal, Jesse, and Suzy.  New friendships and old loves are tested.  Jesse believed he conquered his demons when he and Mikal put their pasts away, but the biggest demons are yet to come.  These not only threaten his family, and lifestyle, but his whole inner being.  Mikal’s web is not the only web holding him to his past.  (Spring 2012)



Meet Dominic Doppelgänger.
Master photographer, master carver, unintended sleuth, and lover.
He did not intend to become an assistant police photographer to help solve crimes.  Because of his anti-establishment attitudes, the cops aren’t his favorite people.
He wants to ride his bike, make art, and make love.
(Beginning Summer/fall 2012, free patterns will be available)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Writer's Sense

Found a wonderful writers blog: Writer's Sense, from Every Writer's Resource.  They give helpful advice and list contests, publishers, magazines, etc.  Have a look.

http://www.everywritersresource.com/writingsense/

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Writer's Contest

Att: children's book writers.  Here's a link to a contest.  A 500 word essay about your book is due Feb. 1, 2012.  Check out the rules.

http://www.everywritersresource.com/writingsense/2011/11/interesting-book-contest-from-bookwish-org/

Writer's Contest

Att: writer friends.  Deadlines for Los Angeles Book Festival is January 25, 2012.  Go to link for details.  All genres are accepted. 

http://www.losangelesbookfestival.com/

Friday, December 2, 2011

Writers Meetups

Never write alone.  Never hide your words in a closet.  Share your work with friends.  People spend hours a day reading something, let it be you.

We have several writing groups in Tulsa, OK.  I belong to two.  They are wonderful, supportive friends for all levels of writers. You do not need to be published.  Come join us.
South Tulsa Writers Meetup
Tulsa-Area-Writers-Workshop

Saturday, November 26, 2011

QUILT PATTERN FOR BOOK COVER - LULU


YOU RECEIVE A COMPLEMENTARY PATTERN FOR THE QUILT ON THE COVER WHEN AN E-BOOK IS PURCHASED....  A LINK TO THE PATTERN WILL BE AT THE END OF THE E-BOOK.

PURCHASE AT: 


SOON AVAILABLE AT:   




Soon available for ibook and ipad from your ibook app


OTHER PATTERNS ARE AVAILABLE AT: 




QUILT4LULU


PATTERN…LULU













YOU RECEIVE A COMPLEMENTARY QUILT PATTERN FOR THE COVER QUILT WHEN YOU PURCHASE AN EBOOK.... https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MLDanielson.htm ....
THERE IS A LINK TO THE INSTRUCTIONS AT THE END OF YOUR PURCHASED BOOK...

Links for purchasing my ebooks are at the left side of the screen...

If YOU HAVE PURCHASED MY EBOOK LULU, YOU MAY PRINT THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR OWN USE, BUT DO NOT SHARE THEM
    
If you want to print these instructions, open pattern on a computer or laptop. www.maryldanielson.blogspot.com/2011/11/quilt4lulu.html

If you cannot print directly from the blog, copy/paste instructions to a word processor program and print it from there.  The formatting will look different.

BEGIN YOUR COPY FROM THE RED "IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED", NOT FROM THE PICTURE OF THE QUILT.  DO NOT LET THE PINK BACKGROUND HIGHLIGHT OR THE FILE MAY BE TOO BIG.


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Copy/paste the heart and bow applique pattern into word, paint, or other photo program, which will allow you to resize the pattern.  Resize to a width of 7 3/4” x 8 1/4” (aprox).  Print the applique pattern.






Copy/ paste/print this pattern










Fabric Requirements ( 12 BLOCKS )
            Background…1 yard or 10” sq scraps
            Hearts…1/2 yard or 9”sq scraps
            Bows…1/3 yard or 6” sq scraps
            Sashing…1/2 yard
            Border…1/2 yard
            Binding…1/2 yard

Background…(12) 10” squares from scraps or
            Cut ( 3) strips   10” x 45”
            Cut into  (12)..10” x 10” pieces


Sashing
            Cut ( 10 ) strips…2” x 45”
            Cut (9) pieces  2” x 10” from 3 of the strips”
        
Borders…
            Cut ( 5.) 3 1/2” strips


Binding…
            Cut (6) 2 1/2” pieces


Applique heart to background and bow to heart by your preferred method


            Applique by hand or sewing machine: fusible web (reverse pattern), needle turn, or turn edges around pattern.



Sew sashing to blocks
Sew the short pieces between the blocks first.
Sew the vertical strips next.
Sew the top and bottom last


Sew on the border

Layer, quilt, and bind quilt.
  




Thank you for purchasing my ebook Lulu and enjoy the pattern.


Other patterns available at:


Other ebooks ( some with patterns ) available at:




Ibook app on your ipad or iphone: search Mary Lou Danielson



Saturday, November 19, 2011

QUILT PATTERNS


  

       REMEMBER...I sell quilt patterns, too at
      http://easyquilter.com/patterns.htm


     Check out these and my other patterns
       Many are from 5 one yard pieces


 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Amazon ebook preview

Just uploaded preview of my book to Amazon.com:
Something To Look At.   Please read and leave comments and rating.  Oh, and then buy.  Thanks to Michael Price for the great photo of the Rolls Royce.
Link: http://www.createspace.com/preview/1090796

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Quote from my author friend, Ron Dee:


Ron Dee: “Writers don't ever really stop writing. Even when you take a break some part of your mind is writing. The part of where you actually put the words onscreen or on paper from using a keyboard, typewriter or pen is just the activity most associate with writing.”



Absolutely, I say!  My characters possess me, they roam through my mind constantly.  I often see movies in my mind of their actions.  Scenes replay repeatedly until I rush to the computer to revise them.  Can’t sleep?  May as well get up and write something, maybe just a note will do it.  For years this has happened, but never before have I let my characters loose, to tell me who they are and what they want to do.  They drive my stories more than I drive them.

My published characters have ceased talking to me.  Perhaps, once released, they find peace.  If this is true, I’m not sure I want to finish Mikal’s Web Trilogy, because for eighteen months I have shared every waking moment with Mikal, Suzy, and Jesse.  Forest Fairies (Book #1) is published.  Up the Ivory Staircase is near completion, and Broken by an Angel has a few months to go. It will be hard to hit the final Upload button to send them on their way alone, without me, into the world of eBooks. 

You can meet Mikal, Suzy, and Jesse in the free sample chapters of Forest Fairies.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Nimrod Conference for Writers

Wonderful day at the Nimrod Conference for Writers and Readers at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Opening class was a panel on Editing and publishing.

Second class was conducted by Sultana Banulescu on narration from a childs point of view, keeping in mind their age, vocabulary, experiences, and perception of the world we see and experience as adults.  Must try a short story soon, before my feeble mind forgets her wisdom.

At lunch Linda Pasten read poems and Amy Bloom read a short story.

Third class was by Amy Bloom on opening and closing your story.  Included were lists of 100 best openings and 100 best closings.  A challenge for every story.

This is an annual event for a very resonable fee.  Nimrod sponsers writing contests, so check their site.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

E-BOOK SALES

According to Galleycat, E-Book sales, year to date 2012, have increased from $221 M to $560 M,  152% increase.  All those protesters of "Save our Trees" are getting their wish.  How many GOOD unpublished writers will we discover?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

PUBLISHING SCHEDULE

THE COWBOY - July 2011
LULU - July 2011
SOMETHING TO LOOK AT - July 2011

MIKAL'S WEB TRILOGY
Book 1 - FOREST FAIRIES - PUBLISHED 10-15-2011
Book 2 - UP THE IVORY STAIRCASE - LATE 2011
Book 3 - BROKEN BY AN ANGEL - EARLY 2011

DOPPLEGANGER MYSTERY SERIES
WILL BEGIN MID 2012

Writing, and waiting for completed e-books, requires patience.  Thank you for waiting...I will make it worth your while.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ready to publish to Ebooks.

Almost a year and a half after my first words hit paper, I am ready to upload my first full novel, Forest Fairies, Book #1 of Mikal's Web Trilogy. The stories began as a fictional reflection on my young adult years in Sa Diego, and grew into three novels.  Up the Ivory Staircase, Book #2, should be complete by Christmas, and Broken by an Angel, by early 2012.  I can not count the hours involved in completing these books, but I am hooked on writing. Get ready to read.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

BEST PLACE TO WRITE

Where is your best place to think or write?

One of mine is while traveling in the car. Don't tell the cops, but my mind wanders to all sorts of imaginary places while driving. If I doze, while not driving, I go in and out of self made dreams and my characters become real and create the story.

This new IPad is wonderful for the car. The keyboard is big enough to see and use. I installed a document app where I can write my stories. I told Larry to mount it to the steering wheel and I can type while driving...everyone else does. No...just give me voice actuated typing, then I might never leave the car.

Watch out California, I'm on the roads again.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

TESTING LINK

TESTING...TESTING...TESTING
hey dwill this go to Facebook automatically???
We'll see...right now...clicking "publish"

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

PAPER vs PAPERLESS

The computer age promised a paperless society...WRONG.  I create more paper now, with my computer, than I ever imagined possible. 

Yes, all my information is in the computer...somewhere, but I have to remember where to find it and the password I need to find it.  OR...I can have notebooks in a bookcase, and in two seconds I reach for "phone numbers" and voila, my friends and family jump off the page.  All my book research can be in a binder, divided by category, with colorful post-it bunny-ears marking the highlights. Essential passages are underlined in red, with my own notes in the margin.  OR....I can go to favorites/bookmarks on the computer. Once I have the computer open, I scan through a myriad of web pages I saved, open one at a time, and w-a-i-t patiently until the page decides to open.

I write my stories on the computer (absolutely necessary), but I MUST print them on paper (multiple times) to read and edit.  I don't trust emailing passages to friends for input, so I print and mail them, and ask for written comments in return.

I receive personal and business emails I need to keep, so I print and file them. The banks send their statements by email now.  How do you balance a twenty page business statement in email to a multi page bank account on your business software?  You print the statement...more paper.

How many trees do I use each year?  How many do you use?  Computers don't save paper, they create the need for more PAPER   PAPER   PAPER   PAPER.


So what started this tirade?  My printer broke.  I was going through paper withdrawal.  I displayed cold sweats, hyper ventilation, panic, and snapped at my husband until he rushed me to the office supply store to get another one.  Once I had it home, I proceeded to install it on our three computers and sighed in relief after the first test print spewed from the throat of the new printer. 

All is normal in the Danielson household.  Sweet dreams to my friends.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

SOMETHING PUBLISHED

SOMETHING TO LOOK AT is my newest story to be e-published and ready for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MLDanielson .
Thank all of you who have downloaded THE COWBOY and LULU.
Please read and enjoy, then tell your friends. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I AM A PUBLISHED AUTHOR

THE COWBOY (free) and LULU ($0.99) are e-published.  Hooray, I did it first time without a reject, but I won't get too cocky, because that's what I thought about the blog.  After all, this stupid thing is a computer and we are always at war.

If anyone has fond ideas about self publishing, use www.smashwords.com.  Print out his instructions and follow them step by step.  They are in plain english with pictures.  I'm a computer dummy and even I did it.  Still doing final edit on SOMETHING TO LOOK AT.  Next week I can finally work on MIKAL ( novel of 80,000 words ) again, the first book of the THREE HEARTS TRILOGY.  Had to do some short stories to learn the process.  I was getting burried in the process with MIKAL.

Thank you Michael Price ( http://papaboop.smugmug.com/ ) for the photo of the Rolls on the cover of SOMETHING TO LOOK AT.  You will see his photos on some of my future stories.

Please check out my stories at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MLDanielson.
You may download THE COWBOY free.  LULU is only $0.99.  You do not need an e-reader, you can use your computer ( use Online Reading - HTML and click on View )  You may read a free sample of LULU.

Thank you one and all.

BLOG FIXED (I hope)

Welcome to my first attempt at blogging. Okay...first blog crashed and burned, but if you read this...it is fixed...maybe.  This old dog never knows if anything I do to, or with a computer, works.  

Please follow my journey through life and writing.  I hope to upload my first e-book today, to www.smashwords.com.  We'll see if I followed all the directions correctly, or if it will be another day of saying f...f...f... like yesterday when my blog didn't work after a half day of setting it up.  Only computers (and politicians) make me swear.  Wish me luck...that's the only thing that makes it happen.

Monday, July 4, 2011

REPOST BLOG

Thought new blog worked, but alas the computer grinch ate it.  Trying again.