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It’s story day! Today on Lightspeed, Jeremiah Tolbert’s “La Alma Perdida de Marguerite Espinoza” is out. Go read it!

Jeremy is one of my friends, and the guy who built my Invisible Edits website, but he is also an amazing writer, so I was extremely pleased to find myself copy editing one of his stories for Lightspeed two months ago.* I emailed and offered to make him an author temari. For preferences, he told me he liked greens, but that I could do anything for the design. Since I happen to know that Jeremy is not a huge fan of the winter months, I came up with a ball that I call “Spring Always Comes Again.” It is extremely green.

Extremely green

Extremely green

I happened to have a cone of “sour apple” serger thread, about the color of brand new leaves, that was just waiting for something particular, and this seemed like the time to use it. For the main design, I decided to experiment with a yotsubishi (four diamonds) design in variegated green thread.

There’s an interesting three-lobed shape formed between the edges of the diamonds that’s basically perfect for a triwing accent, so those got filled in with the dark green outline thread.

Triwing center

Triwing center

Thanks to the variegated thread, each diamond is a little different.

Variegated diamond center

Variegated diamond center

I don’t think I ever would have ended up trying a bright green monochrome scheme on my own, but I was quite pleased with how it turned out in the end. (I did have Jeremy confirm that the temari was not too green for him before I sent it off, though. Fortunately, he seemed pleased with it as well.)

I saved posting about this temari until the story came out in Lightspeed because I’m hoping you’ll all go read it. Be sure to read the Author Spotlight as well. Jeremy’s doing some really interesting things to push some of the boundaries of the usual science fiction genre short fiction, and I’m hoping we’ll get to see more from him soon. You can find links to some of his previous stories here.

Grouping shot, for fun

Grouping shot, for fun

*Lightspeed copy edits always happen two months in advance, which is fun for me because I get a preview, but also frustrating because then I have to wait until the issue comes out to be excited about things to other people.

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