Lost Weeks and Invincible Summer

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Well, everything last week went horribly downhill the day after my last blog entry. I got sick with a nasty, feverish cold, MrD got sick with a much worse virus (missing three days of school), and worst of all, I got really awful news from home that left me stunned and sad. There are times when it’s just not possible to write. Now this week, I’m scrambling to catch up on everything I fell behind on last week, with deadlines looming in all directions.

So it was really lovely timing to get a message from a wonderful jeweller I know, Kimmi, who makes beautiful jewelry out of broken china plates and cups. I’ve loved her jewelry for a long time, so when I sold The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, I decided to finally treat myself…by commissioning a necklace from her! I asked for the china fragment at the necklace’s center to be dragon-themed, and I wanted the necklace to somehow include the phrase “Invincible Summer,” from one of my very favorite quotes in the world:

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. (Albert Camus)

It’s a quote that’s meant a lot to me over the years, during the worst of my M.E. crashes, when I was trapped in bed, and also during long rough spots in my career. In other words, it’s a quote that’s given me hope and faith during some very, very difficult moments in the past.

Well, Kimmi just sent me photos of my finished necklace. The china fragment shows a dragon tail giving an insouciant flick past a castle (which is just right for my book, for so many reasons!) – and oh, it’s all just perfect:

dragon-necklace1 (Just click on any of the photos if you want to see larger versions.)



I love it so much. It’s so right for my book in so many ways, and it’s such a good reminder for me. I’m hoping to pick it up tomorrow, and I’ll be wearing it during all of my writing sessions this week.

What about you guys? Do you have any pieces of jewelry that hold really special significance to you?


  1. It actually gave me chills to read this. The quote is so right. And what a brilliant way to celebrate ‘The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart’!

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