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Writers tend to be creative people, in more ways than just one. When I’m not writing, I like doing artistic-type things, even though I can’t draw a box. For years, I’ve done cross-stitch projects. I dabbled in graphic design and also stained glass, making several pieces. I also repurpose small furniture pieces to sell in my booth at an antique mall.
Early last year, I turned in my last contracted book to my publisher after writing several stories in a short time period. I can’t say that I was burnt out, but I was tired and ready to do something different while still being creative. I watched some webinars on creating puzzle books and decided to try my hand at that.
I’ve always liked word search puzzles so I started with one of those. I decided on a USA theme then set about making over 75 word lists, all centered around United States topics, places or people. Once I had the words lists done, I put each list into a word search generator to make the puzzle. Then I had to compile them all in a book. It turned out to be more work than I’d thought, and the two-month project turned into an eight-month one. In my defense, I did have surgery in the midst of it, so that set me back a bit. I learned a lot through the process, so next time I create a word search, it shouldn’t take nearly as long. Here’s the cover of my “baby.”
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Next, I wanted to try my hand at a coloring book, but there was that little issue of not being able to draw. I settled on making a coloring book about mandalas, which are geometric repetitive shapes. The ones I used had thick, dark lines, which gave me the idea of incorporating the stained glass theme. Once one of the pictures is colored, it will resemble a stained glass image. I also incorporated vignettes of stained glass history, techniques and tools on every other page to make it educational as well as relaxing.
This book was much easier to create, since I’d already learned how to put a book together on the first project. Also, my skills in Photoshop are improving at a snail’s pace, so that made creating the cover slightly easier. Here’s the cover of my Stained Glass Mandalas book.
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There was quite a big learning process in these two projects, but I’m glad I stuck to it and didn’t quit. I enjoyed doing something different and being creative in a different way. For those of you wondering if I’ll have more fiction books out, the answer is yes. Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers release in March. I can’t tell you what’s coming next though, because I’ve started packing for a move, but I predict I’ll find something creative to do before long.
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About Vickie: Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams penning romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Vickie is a best-selling author of more than 45 published books and novellas, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Her novels include End of the Trail, winner of the OWFI 2013 Booksellers Best Fiction Novel Award. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. Song of the Prairie won the 2015 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Gabriel’s Atonement, book 1 in the Land Rush Dreams series, placed second in the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Vickie has recently stepped into independent publishing.
Vickie has been married for forty-two years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and a precocious granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, doing stained glass, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
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