Balance maintained

I’ve been watching the chit chat about the knit along, and I’m going to call for a catch-up day today instead of more new instruction. I don’t want anyone to become discouraged by going too fast. There is lots of time yet to finish these before The Drafter comes out and I hit the road, hopefully having a chance to take some pictures with some of your dragons along with mine.

BalanceSo, balance.

Last night, I got three of the worst reviews I have EVER gotten in my writing career, all in a row, all by professional outfits, not armchair reviewers. Did it bother me? How could it not? But in the end, it’s all . . . Meh. I figure I either wrote a steaming pile of rhino dung, or something that not everyone knows what it is.



No one really knew what The Hollows was either when it first came out, and we all saw what happened to that, so I’m just waiting for The Drafter to find its audience. And it’s out there. There will be some cross over, but really, The Drafter is so different there will be unhappy people expecting to see Rachel reincarnated. (I’m not a one-trick pony, and if this is the punishment for that, bring it on.)

Did I mention balance?

This morning, a reader told me that Sideswiped, sort of a Drafter primer, is up for preorder with an August 10th release. This is the novelette (70 pages) that was giving me so much trouble last month, but I wanted you to have it before The Drafter came out and put in the hard office time.

It will only be released as an e book, but you can read it on just about anything now with the right app–which they usually offer at the main page. Unfortunately there is no cover yet. So if you’re curious, here’s a little something to whet your appetite. Only days away.

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Nearing cut off for shirts

GreenWingsBelieve it or not, we’re nearing the cut off for getting a Drafter Tour T. If you’re not familiar with these, these are the shirts that Tim and I put together and make available for you to wear to a signing. We try to take a “family” photo at each stop with everyone who shows up wearing one, and it has grown every year until now it’s hard to get us all in the shot. The other photos we take tend to vanish over the years, but the family photos are forever, and you can still find them on the website if you look.

To get yours, check out Bedo shirts.

To see if I’m coming anywhere near you so we can compare dragons, check out the event’s page.


I know I promised you how to sew the wing backbone on today, but the copyedit for SIDESWIPED (First Drafter novella!) came in yesterday, and I had to switch to something that wasn’t video intensive, ergo, the right wing panels. I’ll have the wing backbone for you tomorrow, and then there’s a scheduled catch-up day before we start in on the feet for the weekend.

The right (red side) wings are pretty much mirror images of the left (blue side) wings, but I did make a video of that weird purl decrease from the knit side.

I also have instructions at the website if wordpress scrunches them too much.

When you’re done, you’ll have something like this.


You might notice that they are reversed with the blue (left) is pictured on the right. This is so you can see the top of the wings. When they are sewn on, the blue will be on the left of the dragon.

Instructions: Note, instructions for left wings (blue) are on this as well. If you forget any of the stitches, you can find them at the website for the left wings instructionsWingsRandL

P* from the purl side:


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Dragon Wing bones and Goodreads contest

TDhcCoverMy publisher is having a contest to give away 30 copies of The Drafter through Goodreads. If you’re not a member of Goodreads, you might want to check it out. It’s been in existence for a long time, and you can tailor it to you and your likes, keep track of upcoming books, and see what real readers are saying. It’s a great forum for readers. Here’s the link to the give-away.  Simon and Schuster give-away: The Drafter

And if you’re unlucky, or want one signed, you can get them through B&N or Nicola’s, my local store. You have to place your order by August 5th to get in on the Sept 1st shipment for Nicola’s.

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We are up to knitting wing bones in the dragon knit along. They are basically I cords, which if you don’t know how to knit, they are easy and very versatile in your crafting. Sewing them on to the wing panels might look tedious at first, but I find it very zen like.

Instructions follow:

Now that you have the five wing panels, it’s time to make the bones and stitch them together.

Much of what makes this dragon special is how it is stitched together. I use to hate stitching, which is why I spent so much time learning how to knit in the round with DPNs so I wouldn’t have to, but after playing with a few techniques, I’ve found it to be very zen like and one of my favorite parts, and I enjoy taking my time with it and treating it as part of the craft instead of a hated necessity. The hardest part with sewing wings is knowing where to make that first stitch, so I made a few videos to get you started. As before, I’ll give you the down and dirty directions first, then the explanation below with the video supplementals.
This is what you should end up with. And remember, don’t cut those pipe cleaners!


Tomorrow, I’ll give you the instructions for the right wing panels, and after that, how to attach the wing “backbone.”  After that we do the feet, my favorite part.


I cords

Knitting an I cord

Threading the pipe cleaner down the I cord and making the wing nail

Sewing an I cord to wing panels

Tightening the sewing

Move the stitching across the wing bone to start sewing a new panel on. i.e. where to start.

Finish stitching two panels together and fasten off.

Closing off the open end of the I cord between two panels.

Sewing an I cord to a slant panel
is a bit different because it doesn’t have “ladder rungs.”



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Kim Harrison’s Dragon: Beginning with Wings

GardenDragonIt’s natural and unavoidable that the people we write about have some of our character traits, likes, and dislikes, even quirks. Rachel often carried some of my “wish the world was this way” to the page. Peri is no different, but she’s a lot less like me than Rachel ever was. Peri is more like the dark sibling, and the “wish the world was this way” parts are correspondingly less moral and more sensation oriented. You’ll see my appreciation for beautiful, powerful cars, my wish for technology to live up to what technology is supposed to be with The Drafter, a society more oriented to making our footprint smaller and lighter. Peri’s world is focused more on sensational gratification than introspective musings, but she does that too.

One thing Peri and do share is, ah, knitting. I’ll be honest about it. I’m a lot better at it than her. (grin) She has trouble finishing a project, which I didn’t realize until book two, but now that I do, she’s going to have to realize it as well. Peri and I knit for different reasons, though we both appreciate the zen-like relaxation that comes from quietly using multiple parts of your brain for a complex task made up of simple things. She knits for the meditation–because it’s an Opti approved stress relief. I knit more to exercise the problem solving aspect that comes from trying to modify patterns to suit you. Case in point, my Kim Harrison Dragons, the pattern, which, after over a year of creation, I’m ready to share.

Warning: the pattern below is my own, and because this is not my day-job, the pattern won’t have the polish of professionally polished ones.

If you’re looking for the materials list, it is here:

I’m going to give you what looks like a lot for the weekend, but I wanted to err on the side of too much info rather than too little. If you get through all the panels, you’ll have something that looks like this:

Left wing

Monday, I’ll show you how to knit the “bones,” and start putting it together.  Tuesday I’ll give you the instructions for the right wing panels, and Wednesday, how to attach the wing “backbone.”  Thursday is catch-up, and Friday, I’ll start you on the front legs for the weekend.

I usually sew the wings together as I knit the panels so I don’t get confused on what panel goes where, but I thought this would be easier than giving it to you all at once.

Below are the down and dirty instructions, and below that, the explanation, and way at the bottom, the abbreviations.


The wings are five panels sewn together using pipe cleaners for support. I have found it easier to keep track of the panels if I sew them together as I make them, but for ease of instruction, I’m going to wait to touch on  I cords and pipe cleaners until next time. Downside? You need to mark your panels so you know what they are, especially if you make both the right and left before you begin to sew them together. I use blue for the left, red for the right.

If you are a novice, I’ll break the first panel down so you can see the rInc on a purl side, and a cast on on the knit side. Experienced knitters might be tempted to do a rInc on the knit side to avoid the cast on, but that will make your panel bunch up.

cast on one on the knit side, rInc on a purl:

And because I know rInc and LInc can be tricky, I’ve got a supplemental:

mark your row:

Decrease on knit and purl side:

Bind off

Panel B is almost identical to panel A with the exception of the decreases, which are only on the knit side, giving us a sharper, longer panel. For the novices, I’ve got an explanation on SKYO or Slip, knit, yarn over. (sometimes written SKPYO)


Panel C doesn’t have any new techniques, but knowing where to do the increase is tricky. If you have any questions, here’s a video:

Panel C increases

Panel C also has an odd decrease in the cast off to help keep the wing taunt at the base. If my instructions have you scratching your head, I’ve got exactly what I’m doing in the explanation of how cast off on the purl edge.

Casting off on a purl with a decrease:

Panels D and E are almost identical to each other apart from the last few rows. The also introduce a w/t or wrap and turn, which lets you turn your work in the middle of a row without leaving a hole. I use this technique a lot, so I’ve got a video to ease the confusion on how to do a w/t.



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Here, kitty, kitty, kitty

What does a kick-butt, special task agent have on their phone’s background? Her cat, of course, especially if he is as handsome as Carnac, or “stunt double” Winston, here. It seemed to take forever, but we finally got the winner of the cat contest last month on a cling, and he looks handsome!





I’ll have both the clings and mock ups of Peri Reed’s glass phones to give away on tour along with Opti buttons for the first 100 people at each stop.

The Drafter Tour stops/times

Detroit (Ann Arbor) Mi – Nicola’s
Cincinnati, OH – Joseph-Beth
Lexington, KY – Joseph-Beth
Raleigh, NC – Quail Ridge Books
Charlotte, NC – Park Road Books
Atlanta, GA – Barnes & Noble
Birmingham, AL – Books-a-Million
Nashville, TN – Barnes & Noble

But I totally understand how life interferes, and if you can’t make it to a signing, you can still get the phone and cling if you send me a SASE. I’ve even got a way for you to get a signed book, or even one personalized to you with a note.

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Barnes and Noble has a small supply of signed copies ofThe Drafter.

Nicola’s, my local store, is offering signed/personalized copies of The Drafter as well as signed copies of most of the books. You have to place your order by August 5th to get in on the Sept 1st shipment.
But to just get the phone and cling, send me a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope)

A standard business-size envelope will do.

If you are mailing me from outside of the US, don’t put a stamp on your return envelope. Tim and I will provide them because the US postal service makes International Reply Coupons too hard to understand and use.

Mail your SASE to me at:

Kim Harrison
The Drafter freebie
PO Box 498
Dexter, MI 48130

I’ve got a great post on how to make a SASE if you’ve never sent one. Click here to see how.



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I’m so not here right now.

Can you see beyond the words,

to what’s going on beneath?

Have the stories all been told for you.

Is nothing more unique?

Checking off a list,

instead of checking what is there.

Are you so quick to judge,

you miss what is laid bare?

So sure that what’s before you,

can’t possibly reach within.

Judged from a singular.

Passed over by a whim.

Or can you see beyond the words.

Can you find yourself again.








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Dude. Where did the day go?


Screen shot 2015-07-21 at 4.02.59 PMHoly cow, how did it get to be ten to four? I totally missed out on my usual morning internet, just getting my flower of the day posted and my email checked. That Silas/Peri short I’ve been working on took my entire day, but I just finished my second run through, added in a few things I know my editor will like, slapped myself with a wet noodle for cheating on the end of a chapter and went back and wrote it the way it should be, and then checked for continually errors. I know I missed some, and I feel very uneasy that someone taking a chance on my work for the first time is going to see a loved but rushed story instead of the 18 month labor of the first book, polished, pressed, and carefully structured.

But I like this short immensely, and I hope you guys do too when it drops into existence next month. If no one changes the name, it will be titled Sideswiped.

I’m already prepping this week for the dragon knit along starting Friday, trying to get some visual aids to go along with the directions. Because I don’t have enough to do, apparently. (Ug.) But really, I’d love to see some dragons while on tour. That would totally make my day. I pined for a firelizard, so much so that I made one. I know I’m not alone. To share them would make me feel good, and that’s reason enough.

And speaking of seeing things on tour, don’t forget that the tour T’s are available now and if you an’t make it to a signing that Nicolas is still taking orders for signed and personalized with a note copies of THE DRAFTER. They are going to try to send them out early so they land on the drop date.

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