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The beads and their secrets…

Hello, all!

I apologize for the radio silence from my end for the past months, but something very silly (and also very serious) happened to me as a result of what we learned from the beads. This is a long update, but it’s pretty interesting stuff.

For me, it definitely started with Machines.

Dots Face CGB Primary Cycle web

This year, to earn a living while I went into Year 3 with the new books (an all-time record for me) I took a job consulting for a big aviation and technology company, part-time. I hoped to feed myself while I wrote, and to be able to qualify to keep my house as a newly single woman. (I succeeded at the first.)

It was a fantastic job – I worked with a Moonshot Team; a small group of people studying the edges of edge technology- signal, propulsion, ways to save the planet, turn around the climate. That sort of thing.

The information I added to the mix (driven entirely, I might add, by what I learned from the beads) was so apparently so shocking (and so resembled observed, but not yet understood aerial phenomena, and possibly also classified technology under development) that it prompted the company and the US Dept. of Defense to investigate me as a spy.

I wish I were making that up.

The counterintelligence investigation is over now, and of course I am cleared. But it was a rough time, and has cost me greatly.

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The saddest loss was that of my productivity and happiness; they stole almost four months of my life (and they have a year of my work, which I hope that they further develop.) I was really not able to speak about it at all; it wasn’t smart, and I didn’t feel safe. 

Why on earth would I scare them, you may wonder?

Well, as it turns out, if you really spend time on even this small concept, the square and the hexagon being essentially the same, or one birthing the other, it can lead you to a series of extremely disruptive understandings.

Shocking emergence


This is simple stuff, right? It’s just a few increases added to the sides of a square? As it turns out, this is actually an astonishing thing, and it’s how the Universe moves, how life forms, how surfaces morph.

You may recall me saying at several intervals this year that what we have been discovering about shape, form, and function was so shockingly beautiful, simple, and organically real that I had to take a step back.

Suddenly, through these forms, I understood the Machines, the topology, the potential in both directions. At once, so many things came clear to me that it seemed that my mind opened fully to the Universe. It was really quite remarkable, so much new information. I could feel my intellect expanding to meet the information; it felt beyond me, as if I were simply a vessel, and I was both humbled and strongly directed by what I was learning.

I shared my insights fully with the tech innovation team, and I also began adding the new information into the books as fast as it came to me. We made new Machines that also held some of the ideas. I started over writing the text for both the Pattern Book and CGB, Volume III from scratch 5 times, each time I realized that everything we knew before was strangely limited.

It was sophisticated stuff that was changing me – information was flowing through me about morphing surfaces, quantum propulsion, quantum signal, coherent waves… Suddenly, it just all made sense to me.

And it still does. It wasn’t some sort of fever dream, and I haven’t gone mad. I am still here, at my worktable, making pieces and finishing books. I have no idea when I will be done, but I must be allowed to see this through. I can see now how to use beads and Machines to describe flying carpets (and what else is a Hypar?), how to fold craft into cigar shapes that still propulse, how to change shape in real time but not change nature (or the other way around), how to talk to the water, instead of through it. Stuff like that.

Stuff that matches up to odd things we’ve seen, but cannot explain.

Look at this, for example. It is a simple Flat Peyote Triangle, but it has some specialized cells. Joke Van Biesen made this one, and it involves inserting Hypars (Warped Squares) into small slits in the fabric of the triangle. From one direction, the triangle can still be observed as a flat sheet. From another, you can see the stored energy cells expanded. Any alteration of these angles creates an entirely different energetic form.


Now imagine that this is a flying thing, and that the stored energy cells are batteries. Because that’s what Warped Squares are. They are hyperbolic sheets of stored energy; a kind of 2D that doesn’t fit even into 3D.

Topologists and mathematicians have ways to describe these forms, but most of their observations are static; they describe single states, or moments in time, not an energetic distribution. They do not examine propulsion. To really grok these forms, I had to learn from everyone. And I mean everyone, everywhere. It’s been extraordinary. I’ve been inside so many places, talked to so many fierce, intelligent people.

Again, though, why would anyone think I was a spy? It’s absurd.

As it turns out, it was not only the shocking ideas, it was the personnel on this project.

Through CGB, I interact as project leader with large number of foreign nationals, and apparently (if you work in the world of aerial defense etc.) foreigners are Scary, or are Spies, and should be avoided at all costs. This isn’t really how I think or live. I think of myself as a global citizen. I remember once when I was at a restaurant in California near one of the dark labs, my dining partner said to me, “You know, one third of the people in here are spies, one third are counterintelligence agents, and the other third work in national defense.” 

Perhaps I should have believed him.

I know that the mad, right-on things I said about signal, surfaces, shapes and ships put some people off, and of course our whole team was so productive, we were having such a wonderful time, and we included such unusual people that we were bound to be investigated by someone, for something, at some time. 

What I told people was based *entirely* on what Machines, Hypars and Triangles have taught me, but what I said was also so Out There that people outside our team (who were not at the table when I explained how the ideas came to me) apparently presumed that I must have had classified information to know what I knew, and I was actually told during my interrogation that it didn’t seem like a person of my demographic (I presume that they meant a woman in her 50s without a formal science education) could devise the knowledge any other way than stealing it.

This is an outrageous thing to say to a professional woman in 2017, but they meant it, and so into into the fire I went.

I am sorry that I could not explain what was happening to me, and why I stopped posting, communicating, or working directly with my collaborators. I’m back now, and I will do my best to begin speaking normally again.

I am writing, I am working, but I can no longer entertain complaints about how long this has taken me. No one knows more deeply than I do how long this is taking, or what it has cost, or what it might mean if I follow it through.

Most of the people on this project pre-ordered the books because they wanted to support the development. But a few, here and there, ordered only because they wanted the books. This is completely understandable. If any of you in the latter category would like a refund, of course it’s always available.

I’d like the emotional, spiritual, and creative time to heal from this little nightmare, and to finish my complex, dangerous and beautiful project in peace. The books can surely come no sooner than Spring at this point, so much longer than I thought possible. It’s gone so deep.

I love you all, no matter how well you know me, or don’t know me, or even if you have no feeling for what I am saying here, about form, function, peace, fairness, fierceness, sexism, technology, spies, foreigners, love, war, fear, beauty, creativity, humanity and the shapes of the Universe.

I must really be onto Something, to have to work this hard to birth it.


About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

105 comments on “The beads and their secrets…

  1. Kim
    February 19, 2018

    Is there an update?

    • katemckinnon
      April 16, 2018

      Kim, do you mean an update on me personally, or on the progress of the books, or the whole beautiful/terrible Ball Of String I began traveling into?

  2. Lisa Brenner
    January 5, 2018

    Kate –

    I just read about your ordeal with the Dept of Defense et al. I am so sorry you got tangled into that mess. What a waste of your time and it was obviously stressful. I hope you can put it behind you so you can use your energy for good things.

    I’m also sorry you need to sell your home. I hope that will occur swiftly and to your advantage.

    As for your books, you have my full support to take all the time you need to complete them in the manner in which you see fit. I’ll be grateful when I get them, whenever that happens. (Please note my new email address attached to this post.)

    All the best wishes to you in this new year.
    Lisa Brenner

  3. Char
    December 24, 2017


  4. Amy
    December 24, 2017

    Hi Kate,

    Wow! Sorry to hear about what you’ve been through!! I hope this is all behind you ASAP!!

    Take your time. I support you on your journey. The inspiration you’ve provided in these past few years can keep me going for quite a while.

    In the meantime, I am chomping at the bit to make one of those kaleidocycles. I haven’t been able to figure out how to stitch the connections between all the triangles. Please can you send me the connection instructions or direct me to a link that explains them clearly. I sometimes just don’t get it 🙂 🙂

    All the best,
    Amy Kohn

  5. Martha DeWolf
    December 17, 2017

    I’m so sorry your going through so much in your life, I eagerly await my books but I truly understand the delays I have had many hardships in my life and your in my prayers 💕💕

  6. Joyce Dall'Acqua Peterson
    December 15, 2017

    Kate, you inspire so many of us every day. We’re rooting for you and are full of hope that Life After Volume III will be joyous and rewarding!

  7. Elizabeth
    December 15, 2017

    I used to tell my kids, who could look at a math problem and write down the answer, that math wasn’t just an answer…it was a process, a way of getting from here to there. The process of solving a problem was really much more important than a cut and dried answer. Your process is so much more important to my beading and my understanding of new concepts of space mechanics than any book hurried to publication. That didn’t come out right, I hope you see that as total acceptance of your needs. Please take the time you need to process, create, cogitate, and recover from an abusive situation with the feds. I am so sorry for all that you have been through, and all that you have lost. Your strength, resiliency, and intelligence will bring you through this horrible time.
    Peace to you,
    Elizabeth Allen

  8. Kathy Corpuz
    December 14, 2017

    My daughter and I both have tears of anger and sadness at your plight. Wow! So glad you have persevered and made it through the ordeal. We’re keeping you in our thoughts. I can wait as long as needed for the books. I’m still learning and looking at this time for honing my skills.

  9. Linda
    December 14, 2017

    Hi kate. I read this while sitting in a cabin in Oak Creek Canyon. No WiFi here-had to drive into Sedona yesterday to get my email.

    I’m so sorry I missed the global espionage workshop in Tucson. LOL!!! Anyway, when I get home I plan to preorder another entire set of books from you.

    I patiently await publication. Take all of the time you need to recover from this recent ordeal.

    Sending a huge hug,

    Linda Wahl

    Sent from my iPhone


  10. Roberta
    December 13, 2017

    Gosh, I am so sorry about all you have been going through. You are so smart and sometimes I have no idea what you are talking about! I saw your beautiful house on Zillow. Looking at the photos I was so sad as I remembered all the things you built and all the wonderful photos of the lizards. I hope that whoever buys it will keep it intact and not make it look like a pottery barn catalog! I wish you all the best going forward. It is funny, I am finally moving to Tucson this coming summer just as you are leaving.

  11. Terry
    December 13, 2017

    I’ve waited this long ,I see no reason to give up now lol I want your books in my hot little hands and I’m willing to wait , Glorious spring and your books ? FABULOUS DARLING!!!

  12. Cheryl
    December 13, 2017

    Thank you for your perseverance and persistence! This will be a special document when you finish it. I am looking forward to it no matter how long it takes. I’m just sorry you have had your life given this level of scrutiny. All the best!

  13. karenwdesigns
    December 13, 2017

    Kate, You are amazing, intelligent, and so talented. I am still looking forward to receiving your new book; and willing to be patient. How frustrating our own government can be. Thank you for being so brave. Keep your head up and carry on. Whoa, lots of metaphors but all pertinent.
    Thank you for sharing your talent and insight.

  14. Sz Musil
    December 13, 2017

    Beady hypars and triangle permutations as spies. Not even science fiction could come up with that in their wildest dreams. So glad to hear you’re done and have survived. So totally unfair of our government. House. Livelihood. Life.

  15. Shirley Tyderkie
    December 13, 2017

    Kate I am willing to wait as long as it takes. Cannot imagine anyone more generous with their time & knowledge, freely given. You have stimulated me so much, even though you don’t hear much of me, Trying to imagine what you have been through, original thought is bad?? And you can go on, to do more. Rest & recover. we are out here and love you, even though we will never meet, our thoughts should fly to support you. Shirley Tyderkie

  16. Debby Zook
    December 13, 2017

    Hi Kate, Thanks for letting us know what was going on. I am So, SO sorry that you had to go through all of that. So very awful. I hope you are able to work in peace and do some healing. I very much look forward to seeing the books whenever they arrive and in the meantime I have at least a lifetime of beads and beading to keep me busy. Breathe, just breathe Kate! Thanks for taking on this amazing project. It is so thrilling for so many of us!

  17. Lucy Holley
    December 12, 2017

    what an ordeal! glad it’s over, thanks for the update. I am more than willing to wait for the final result!
    However, will need to change shipping info as I’m moving before spring.. will check in with you after the holidays about that. All the best!!

  18. Cheri Atkinson
    December 12, 2017

    Dear Kate-how rich you will be when the movie comes out! Unassuming little Beader from Kansas (or wherever) accused of espionage! I see Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role…keep me on the waiting list for Book 3 for whenever it’s done:)

  19. Lorraine Wolak
    December 12, 2017

    I’m overwhelmed with all you have endured. I’m even more supportive of you, Kate. You are an amazing person. You make me want to forget about making jewelry and explore the beading universe that you have opened up for us.
    Here’s to beading and beyond!

  20. Lindley A.
    December 12, 2017

    Dear Kate, You have my overwhelming admiration for refusing to give up in the face of so much interference and suspicion. I have your first two books, and although I could not pre-order the third at the time I am now able to buy it when it does become available. I feel privileged to have been on the remote outskirts of the universe you have created. Your insights are simply too big to be compressed into mere words, but thank you for trying to help us understand them.

  21. lentower
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, so sad you went through this. so glad its over.

    looking forward to what’s you do next.


  22. Betsy Waterson
    December 12, 2017

    What a horribly unfair and ridiculous experience for you to have to go through!!! You should get some kind of settlement for your loss of income and your home. You were unjustly accused! As far as the book is concerned, take as long as you need. Take some time for yourself, to breath, to recover, to heal. 💕

    • katemckinnon
      December 13, 2017

      Thanks, Betsy. I didn’t lose my house in the traditional sense; it wasn’t taken away from me, but I have to sell it, because the events that transpired for me financially left me unable to qualify for the financing. My job as a writer isn’t very impressive to banks, as my income is pretty unpredictable.

      I probably should have just delivered the books, even though I knew they weren’t complete, and kept this embarrassing thing to myself, but I just couldn’t. And they stole a lot of my forward-thinking energy with fear (which I didn’t think I was even wired to feel).

      I was trying to decide what to do about the house, so spooks decided for me.

  23. Jennifer Lane
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You are amazing! Please take as long as you need. I’m sure there is a movie in this! All the very best. You are much loved and supported I can clearly see by the comments above.

  24. scar467
    December 12, 2017

    Dearest Kate💓
    I just love reading your updates. I support your you and your creativity. It is what it is!!! The book will be release when the universe has deemed the timing is right.

    I am so sorry you have had to endure Such a terrible experience ( spy interrogation and being harassed for book release).
    I think those who are humbugging have too much time on their hands when most of us are time poor!!
    Take care sweet girfriend😀

  25. Gloria L Olmstead
    December 12, 2017

    Wow Kate that is amazing, I can’t say that I am surprised by it knowing what I know about our government and such. Will keep you in my prayers. I didn’t purchase a book, yet, as I really spaced it. But I definitely plan on buying one just to show that I support what you are doing especially if you made “Big Brother” so suspicious.

    I have a friend, Josh Peck, he has a program on, called Into the Multiverse. And I know that he would be so very interested in what you have been thru as the things that you are doing line up with what he is teaching. I wonder if it would be okay if I shared this email with him and maybe get him connected to you. I would bet that he can answer some of your questions as to what the gov is going about with your stuff. I know he would love to know about it. Let me know you’re feelings about it.

    Oh, and BTW, I am the one that had the blue tiara that you borrowed and took pictures of.

    In kindest regards,


  26. dmfbeads
    December 12, 2017

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  27. cathirosengrenart
    December 12, 2017

    Tinker, tailor, BEADER, spy!!

  28. Capitola Bradshaw
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, you have always had my support! The books are so creative and wonderful and the things I have made from them have brought me such joy! I understand your process and know that when you are satisfied with this project everyone will have an absolute jewel! It is wonderful of you to share your discoveries with everyone (pattern library) and I will be waiting patiently for the books to be finished to your satisfaction because I know it will be worth it! With fondness for you and your creative abilities, Cappy

  29. charbodo
    December 12, 2017

    Dear Kate,

    What an adventure ! I support you through the whole process of CGB and I am very ready to wait. I must say though that I am still very eager to read your book. It is a so great pleasure to see books so well conceived as yours : beauty, intelligence, perfetcness. I would very much like say all this in french, as the correct words to express myself come more easyly. Good luck to you ! Waiting with a big smile !

    Dominique Charbonneau


    December 12, 2017

    So glad you are back! Now you can apply your fantastic mental energy to things that count (like explaining how the bead patterns will interact).

  31. lettuceart
    December 12, 2017

    I love your work. Wish I could see more and wish the process of How was explained. A bit too much philosophy for me. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Elizabeth Griffin
    December 12, 2017

    I ordered you books because they seemed so fascinating because of their geometry. I understand a little of the background because I am a math-science person. This process has been so interesting. I am having trouble waiting, but I am sure they will be worth however long it takes. Please take good care of yourself and your health!
    I’m sure that you will get them out as soon as they are finished.

  33. Gemma Williams
    December 12, 2017

    Hi Kate, I can’t wait to see the movie……what a great plot for Hollywood. Can you imagine the amazing 3D movie effects all in beading glory. Rest up dear lady …….looking forward to learning how to insert hypers. Love ang hugs Gemma

  34. Julieann Boffa
    December 12, 2017

    What an amazing and unbelievable journey you and your book have had it only makes it even more special and worth waiting for it will be a real treasure so much more than just a beading book
    Strength to you

  35. Mary Lynne
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, my heart goes out to you. It never ceases to amaze me that some people can be so threatened by creative thinking. I’m glad you have survived this. I’m glad you have persisted. You have whatever support I am able to give now and always. Take all the time you need to finish your work. It will be worth the wait, and all the more precious knowing that you have overcome such obstacles to share your talents and hard-won knowledge. Sending much love.

  36. Faye
    December 12, 2017

    I am willing to wait. Don’t allow anyone to step on your creative ideas!

  37. Amy Rutter
    December 12, 2017

    Enjoy your journey! I hope to live vicariously through the books. I look forward to the making and my own journey that is spawned from yours.

    Bead on and discover new paths!

  38. susan francis
    December 12, 2017

    i am with you all the way….go for it

  39. lufrank13
    December 12, 2017

    Oh this is not my America! 😓 What is happening to us? Rhetorical question, for sure! We are being robbed, slowly, of our rights, but we are not going to stand for this!

    I am so sorry for whay yoy have had to go thru. Hugs!

  40. rhalfmoon
    December 12, 2017

    Bless you, Kate…
    You take all the time you need to heal, discover & create !
    I support your process !
    What has happened to you is both awful and enlightening.
    Screenplay next ?
    Sending strength!
    …and hugs

  41. Jean Reckers
    December 12, 2017

    You are a fascinating person! I heard about you and your work too late to order your book. I’m waiting to hear when I can order. Much luck to you. Thank you for your passion.

    • Jean Reckers
      December 12, 2017

      I just noticed that you have 2 other books that I can order.! Yeah!

    December 12, 2017

    Hi I am a French beader and I feel so sorry for your surrealistic burden .
    Could you get a financial compensation, as they found you are not guilty ?
    The beading world loves you Kate and hope for the best

  43. annaparadox
    December 12, 2017

    Oh, Kate! The only comfort I take from this story is that you survived and that it often seems that the greater the innovation of the work, the more resistance it receives. I know you are on the cutting edge — not just in the amazing geometries and inter-relations of beads and forms, but also in your collaborative and world-enhancing way of working. Your world is the one I want to live in. So glad you are tough and continuing, and always glad to hear from you. May you (and I and those who dream as we do) form the nucleus of a society where openness and the search for and speaking of truth are valued beyond jewels and may we all create just abundance together. I support you.

    • katemckinnon
      December 12, 2017

      From the day I met you, Anna, I figured that if you were OK with what I was up to, I was good to go doing it. Thank you.

  44. carol hettenbach
    December 12, 2017

    I did want to support your efforts.. you comment about certain people wanting the books NOW… only hurts the ones that were like me supporting you, but felt that you were not being honest with us. I will probably buy the books when finely available.. but you needed to be more upfront about the process and the fact that you had to put the work aside till your life was more stable.. You had my email as well as I am sure many others that paid upfront.. More personal contact would have been all that was needed..

    • katemckinnon
      December 12, 2017

      Hi, Carol – that’s what the Book Blog is for, and our Facebook page too. If you subscribe to either, they will notify you, but we really can’t communicate by email anymore, because it’s too ephemeral, and to send out thousands at a time we would need a commercial license.

      If you read back through our updates, I think you will see that the work has never been put aside. It is true that I always think I am almost finished, no matter what I am doing or how big. It’s unfortunate if that comes across to you as dishonest. I find most writers/artists to be the same; we would love to finish early and often, but usually finish late and sometimes.

      I edited my post a little bit, I hope it reads better now. I mostly just need to find anyone who is unhappy with the delay, so I can offer them a refund. The books will come soon enough.


  45. Fran Hancock
    December 12, 2017

    Take as long as you need, as far as I am concerned!I love the way you think and appreciate that you are “so out there!” ❤️🙏🌈🦋❤️

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

  46. Claudia White
    December 12, 2017

    You can’t make this stuff up. With all that is going on in the country and world right now, why they though you were a spy is crazy! I continue to be inspired by the ideas and creations in the first two volumes, I will wait patiently for the third! That is what I signed up for. Keep inspiring!

  47. Meredith McKenna
    December 12, 2017

    Wow Kate!! A super spy?? I never knew! Could you have imagined when you started all this that it would lead to all this?? I think next you should write a book on your journey in life getting to this book! It would sure be a great story! I cant wait for the book and I so enjoy hearing about your journey!

    • katemckinnon
      December 12, 2017

      I laughed over your original comment, forgive me for editing it. HUGS!

  48. Barbara Marie Steele
    December 12, 2017

    OMGosh… it caused you to lose your house… you are tough! I have the utmost respect for your tenacity and your creative gifts.

    I apologize in advance if I created hardship last month by ordering both Volumes 1 & 2 on Amazon. I have been out of the beading loop for several years and was looking for inspiration via books. When I saw yours, I was so inspired that I knew I would be propelled forward even though I felt I was going in a bit over my head.

    Since their arrival I have been reading the concepts, applying a few principles and experimenting with design/color placement. It’s as if the “lost” soul inside of me has been revived. Thank you for sharing your dream and your inspiration… it has meant more to me than you could possibly understand.

    • katemckinnon
      December 12, 2017

      Thank you for ordering on Amazon, that was nice, and you ordered from me. I like having Amazon ship them, and I sell them there for full price so as not to undercut the bead stores that carry the book.

      It didn’t cause me to lose my house, exactly, but it rendered me unable to qualify for the financing on my own, just through the circumstance of the timing (they withheld payment for my time spent for months….)

      I was on the fence about what to do about the house, so events decided for me. It will be OK. Thank you for your note.

  49. Kathi
    December 12, 2017

    Hi Kate,

    I figured something was up to delay the publication; but I thought it was that your mind was exploding, like an exploding round, with more and more ideas to include in the book and that you couldn’t get them out of your head and onto the drawing board fast enough. It sounds like that is what happened, with your whole additional experience layered (and layered) on top. Since I have your previous volumes, I know that the upcoming one will certainly be worth the wait. Take all the time you need!

  50. Judy Sinclair
    December 12, 2017

    Wow! is all I can say. I am even more eagerly anticipating the books after hearing all of this, if that is even possible, as the concept tickled my imagination from the very beginning.
    I am so sorry about the toll this has taken on you, and I send you wishes for healing and lots of positive energy for the new year.

  51. Cheryl
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, take your time and do it right – what a nightmare – perhaps your next project could be a spy thriller, although sadly this is TOO close to home. I met you in San Diego 2 years ago when you spoke, and got Vol I & II even earlier – I totally support your efforts. Having lots of fun with Hypars now and it is amazing how often I see them, especially in industrial park buildings as art/architecture. Hope you have a couple of nice quite months & Happy Holidays.

  52. beestiegirl
    December 12, 2017

    Dear Kate
    I am someone who fully supports you and your creative process. I am appalled at what this latest business has cost you and sincerely hope that you can again find joy and peace in your life.

  53. Jade McClung
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, you are the most amazing person. Take care of yourself. You have gone through so much emotionally. I love your ideas and of course your books. The science you discuss is fascinating, although it was terrible what you had to go through. My thoughts and best wishes for you always. You have changed my life and brought incredible happiness to so many people. Thank you.

  54. Sharon manewitz
    December 12, 2017

    I support the project and your fascinating work. It has given me such pleasure and nurtured my own creative needs. I thank you for letting me experience CGB through you and your team. So sorry for your ordeal and all you had to endure.

  55. Barbara Hurlock
    December 12, 2017

    My dear Kate – At 88 years old I thought that I had seen it all but your experience tops everything – what sort of world do we live in that it could happen. Hang on to your courage my dear- learn to love life and knowledge again. With much love and support. Barbara.

  56. thebeadedcane
    December 12, 2017

    Dear Kate,

    This was a truly amazing post to read. Like many others, I am sure, I wondered why there had not been any recent posts from you. I have to say an explanation like yours was the last thing I would have considered. In any case, I’m delighted you are back. I will be anxiously waiting for my [signed?] books when they are ready. What a journey. WOW!



  57. sue
    December 12, 2017

    what about those of us who don’t bead but would like to support your efforts?

  58. Paula J Clouse
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, I have been following your journey through the processing of these books for awhile. I pre-ordered to support your endeavors. I know that someday the journey will come to an end and the final bonus (the books) will be delivered. I wanted to relate that to giving birth, but instead I think it’s more like raising your offspring and then releasing him grownup, out to the world for all to see and admire. When do you know for sure that you have prepared enough for everyone to see all your endeavors? I for one will wait until you are satisfied with your accomplishments!

  59. Louise Francis
    December 12, 2017

    Kate – it is an absolute pleasure in some tiny way to have contributed to the development of such knowledge. Please heal and take your time. All my love Louise in the UK

  60. Sylvia Katz
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, I’m very proud of you; you are amazing! Take as much time as you need to complete this project. I did pre-order, not just for the book, but to also support you in your growth. I’m willing and able to help you, just call on me.

  61. amyfibre
    December 12, 2017

    I stand in awe of your mind, Kate.

    That the world cannot grasp the wonder of it housed in the body of a 50-ish woman is depressingly unsurprising. That it landed you in hot water with the government is equally unsurprising. Brava for persisting.

    As for the books – holding paper books in my hand at some point in the future has become less important to me. Of course, if that occurs, I will be delighted.

    But, that my pre-order dollars have supported you in this epic journey, that alone makes my heart sing. And what I have learned from you so far via blog posts certainly counts as adequate compensation for those dollars.

    I’m so very sorry that there are those who cannot hear you when you speak. Please know there are many of us who do….and who applaud.

    Wishing you peace.

  62. Adelle Drawbaugh
    December 12, 2017

    I’m in for the ride with you, however long it might take. It will be well worth the wait.

  63. Robin Bergman
    December 12, 2017

    Wow! That is some crazy story! Keep at it, take the time you need! What you are doing is important! You are strong to withstand everything that has happened this year as well as you have. To a more peaceful, productive year ahead! Hugs, Robin

    Robin L Bergman Robin Originals 23 Bradford Street Concord MA 01742-2971 978-369-1925 studio 617-371-8751 mobile/text

    On Dec 12, 2017 11:07 AM, “CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK” wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: “Hello, all! I apologize for the radio silence from > my end for the past months, but something very silly (and also very > serious) happened to me as a result of what we learned from the beads. This > is a long update, but it’s pretty interesting stuff. For me,” >

  64. Ruth Wright
    December 12, 2017

    Hi Kate. I can’t say that I understand the mathematics and physics in your note. I do,
    however, understand and resonate with your sentiments and appreciate you sharing them with your beading family. Since I preordered the book I have learned so much already with
    what is available online, and am anxious to continue that journey. Thank you!

  65. Susan Treusdell
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, you are amazing!! Not to mention brilliant and creative! I am so sorry that you have had to go through this debacle. I also would like to purchase your new book if a copy frees up.

  66. rene lindstrom
    December 12, 2017

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I so appreciate your sharing all your discoveries!!!!!!!!! Take all the time you need, HUGS, Rene

  67. markazo
    December 12, 2017

    God bless you Kate. I’m so glad your nightmare is over. Much love and light being sent your way

    Sent from my iPhone


  68. Ann Wilson
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, I feel honoured to have been able to help in my small way, by pre-ordering the books. If they never come to fruition, so be it, but if and when they do, that is the added bonus. Take care of yourself first, and remember, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Much love from the U.K.

    • katemckinnon
      December 12, 2017

      Never, what a thought!
      I do think sometimes that the difference for me between dying a loser or a hero could rest entirely on whether or not I have delivered my latest book before I die.
      ; )

  69. Melanie de Miguel
    December 12, 2017

    Good luck in all your endeavours Kate. The science of it is absolutely fascinating to me. Take some time for inner peace and carry on doing what you do so well.

  70. Darlene Pfahl
    December 12, 2017

    Astounding, Kate. I am so very, sorry you have had to endure such stress. You are ovbiously a strong woman in so may ways. Take time to recover, then forge ahead. I can hardly wait to see the end product of the labor of so many talented artists.

    Sandpoint, ID

  71. Lexi-Lou-Who
    December 12, 2017

    I am so sorry you had to endure this. I am waiting patiently for my books, I’m sure they will be fabulous. Please forgive me for observing that it is not surprising that a bunch of myopic govt. people would find signs of intelligent life among “ordinary taxpayers” to be unexpected and therefore alarming. Their expectations make life difficult for them. It’s what has limited scientific thinking for a very long time. Looking forward to beading these projects!

  72. Virginia
    December 12, 2017

    I know the wait will be well worth it.
    Peaceful beading is just what you need I hope you can get soon.

  73. Susan
    December 12, 2017

    Congratulations on your brilliant mind! Take a deep breadth and enjoy the Holiday season. Your work will wait for you. Don’t let it become a task. Each time I read your first two books, I am blown away that someone was bright enough to do the designs you have done. I look forward to the third volume at anytime in the future.

  74. Mary
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, your tale is sad, frightening … and inspiring at the same time. Keep breathing, and keep working on documenting your ideas.
    The following is not a criticism of your schedule, but a thought – consider issuing the books at some point regardless of whether you’ve finished inventing all the wonders inside your head. Then keep working, keep writing and testing, and issue further new ideas as digital updates.
    I suspect what you now know will cause you to continue to create for the rest of your life. Share your ideas with us periodically; but don’t wait to issue the books till you’ve written everything possible. You might never finish, gentle smile.

    • katemckinnon
      December 12, 2017

      I’m actually finishing the project, Mary, or I would definitely do exactly as you suggest.

  75. Grandma K
    December 12, 2017

    Your work is amazing – and I am so sorry you had this terrible experience!

    PS: I made my first geometric design in November and have tucked it inside a puzzle as a Christmas gift for my Rubic Cube-loving son. Once he opens it, I’ll send him this article so he knows how much of YOUR love, as well as mine, went into his gift. Thank you.

  76. Peggy Houser
    December 12, 2017

    Thank you for your dedication. I can only imagine how brilliant your mind must be and I only wish I knew you personally….. I look forward to reading your thoughts every time you post. Keep those updates coming. When the book is finished I certainly hope you will still feel up to sharing your thoughts with us. If not, there will be something missing from my world.

  77. Susan Kisiel
    December 12, 2017

    Hi Kate – what a ride that must have been for you! I’ll be honest and tell you that I’ve been getting quite frustrated, but that’s largely driven by the timing expectations you set before you got derailed and the fact you seemed to have stopped working. Now, of course, I fully understand and can patiently wait til spring. Afterall, my project list gets longer daily, I can certainly keep myself busy. I do hope you’ll re-open up pre-ordering for Vol 3. I couldn’t afford it before, and maybe can’t afford it later, but I could in the next few weeks! Hope they haven’t discouraged your muse at all, wishing you a fast track back to your normal and very Merry Christmas.

  78. Ruth Ann Kowalski
    December 12, 2017

    Kate, I did not pre-order your book because quite frankly could not afford it. I was waiting for the digital copy. But now after reading your story and understanding the full breadth of your passion I would come up with the money to support you. If anyone takes you up on your offer to refund their copy I would gladly take their place. Otherwise I will patiently wait until published copies come up for sale.
    I’m glad you are back to your blog it’s nice to see your words again..

  79. April
    December 12, 2017

    Wholey Macaroni!!! I sure am glad I’m not as smart as you 🙂 I cannot imagine a ‘beading project’ (I realize it is much more than that, to you and many others and it truly is) could have put you in such a position. It does sound like a joke, but so obviously isn’t. I hope you can relax and breath and get back to your life and your love.

    I did not join this journey until late and decided not to pre-order because of that and because pre-orders were almost closed. However, after coming to understand so much more, if you have people who want to be refunded and you would like another pre-order/support to replace them, let me know. I would like to help out.

  80. mickey2942
    December 12, 2017

    Wow, Kate I am so sorry that happened to you. And interesting how your work with beads turned theorhetical concepts into tangible objects, that can be manipulated.

    Sending you a blast of positive energy to you. Power on!

  81. Elena Darden
    December 12, 2017

    I ordered a book a long time ago but have not received it. Please let me know when I might get it and please note that my address has changed.

    • katemckinnon
      December 12, 2017

      This kind of response is surreal, but oddly quite common. It’s as if some people can’t actually hear me when I speak, or write. I will email you offliine, Elena.

      • Denny Prattson
        December 12, 2017

        I have the same problem. I speak, but no one hears me 😐 It boggles the mind, no?
        I purchased to support the process, so process on!!!!!

        • katemckinnon
          December 12, 2017

          Hey Denny!

          This is usually an artifact of technology; people get a blog update in their email, often on their phone, and it reminds them of the books, and they reply to the email without reading the update.

          I empathize with this phenomenon but it results in most of the emails asking for an update that I get in response to an update. It’s also my penalty for using too many words (which I do). These posts could be impossible to read for someone who doesn’t know much about the project, and just ordered a beading book two years ago. It’s all absurd, really, just ridiculous. Like a bad novel, or a painting of the sunset that looks colour-enhanced.

          My life.

          I am embarrassed to report all of this, of course. It seems surreal. But I think it’s better to tell it than not tell it. And I do need to find the people who just want the book, not the stories too.

          • lentower
            December 12, 2017

            good, many people understand the updates.

  82. Judi B
    December 12, 2017

    Wow, just wow! I am so sorry you have gone through all of this just because you are a smart, talented woman who can convert visions into ideas, and ideas into reality! I most certainly will wait for my book, for your knowledge, for as long as you need me to!

  83. Leayn Tabili
    December 12, 2017

    Lady, you always have and still do, blow my mind. Three cheers for the inquisitive minds of the world. I’m so glad you’re in my circle of people.

  84. Deanne Anderson
    December 12, 2017

    .. And it seems you have evolved into beading into fractal geometry spaces like snowflakes and tissue!! Wow bring it on …. there are no limits for creating art in dimensions of creations cradle. But PLEASE HURRY I am 75 and my eyes are fading I don’t want to miss this passion for your gift.

    • katemckinnon
      December 12, 2017

      Deanne, thank you. I don’t know if I can hurry, because what I need right now is to work in some peace for a month or two, but I hope it won’t be longer than that. I am so ready to move forward, onward, upward with the ideas, and I want everyone to come with me.

      I have so much love for this work.

  85. cinthia
    December 12, 2017

    I actually saw a posting somewhere about this. I thought maybe I misunderstood, but now I see it was real. Glad that is behind you now.

    • katemckinnon
      December 12, 2017

      Almost behind me; it’s still winding down, and I lost a year of work, four months of income, and I was unable to keep my house. Other than that, good to go.
      : )

      I’m tough.

    • lentower
      December 12, 2017

      losing your house was what the third paragraph said.

      i wish the government compensated people for time they take from their lives.

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