Charlotte, our mom and I have an annual tradition that takes place the weekend after the weekend after Thanksgiving. Hey! That’s today!
We’re heading out to the Landmark Center in St. Paul, MN for the 35th annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar.
The historic Landmark Center. There’s public ice skating right across the street too!
The Holiday Bazaar is two floors of handmade goodies and treasures you can’t find at your typical commercial stores. It’s fun to shop with Mom and Charlotte because after we’ve gone through the entire affair we split up and buy stuff for each other.
Even without the Bazaar the Landmark Center is beautiful to look at.
Of course we’ll have a nice ladies’ lunch after our shopping. Then, after I get home I’ll start decking the halls of my house. The afternoon the the Landmark Bazaar has become the official beginning of the Christmas season for me.
Before the crowd arrives.
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The snow fell with abandon and the arctic freeze is descending upon us. Winter is finally here. Some people dread this time of year. I suppose the older I get the more careful I am with the ice and cold and snow surrounding me. My reflexes aren’t as quick and my bones are a bit more brittle. I have to stay upright; if I don’t I know I’ll take a long time healing. But I’m not one of those people who complain about winter. We are in Minnesota after all.
This is the season for a fire in the hearth and soup steaming in a big bowl. It’s the season for evening cocoa with a good book. It’s the season of rosy cheeks, warm hats and long knitted scarves.
Christmas is coming, but the winter season lasts well beyond that. After the gatherings and cookie indulgences the snow will still fall and the wind will become even colder. The nights will be long and the sunlight can be scarce. The silence that comes with a snow-covered ground is nothing less that peaceful.
Let’s clink our glasses to the barren winter. Let’s revel in the dormancy as it gives ourselves more time for introspection. Let’s celebrate winter.
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Hello again. It’s been a while since I’ve written on these pages.
As you may or may not know, the biggest thing that’s happened to me since I’ve been here last is…
I Wrote A Novel!
That’s right. I successfully reached the NaNoWriMo goal of writing a 50,000-word story in thirty days. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? The pressure was certainly on, and I had other things to do besides writing during November, but I did it. I did it! My story has a beginning, middle, and end as required by the challenge, but it’s far from finished. Maybe during the cozy winter nights by the fire I can do some editing and rewriting, cutting and adding to the story; then who knows ~ it might just be worthy for other people to read.
Also significant, for me at least, was the last show of the craft show season for Auntie B’s Wax. Holiday at the Depot in Taylors Falls, MN has been a one-day show in years past, but this year it went to two. I was less than excited about the additional day, but it turned out to be one of the most fun shows I did all year. Of course sales increased with the addition of another day of shoppers, but most fun of all was the bonding Husby and I did with the rest of the vendors. It’s quite an intimate little show with only ten of us, so we had some extra time to get all caught up with each other. We decided that if the show is two days again next year we’ll just have a big sleep-over in the Depot. We’re not too sure the city officials would go for that idea though.
With a novel under my belt and the craft show season behind me I can concentrate on the Christmas season. Husby and I cut a tree today so that’s ready to find a home in our rumpus room this week.
It just started to snow and Husby has a pot of chili simmering on the stove. What a perfect evening.
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I’m taking a break from my regularly scheduled novel writing to give some gratitude. First, I’d like to thank those of you who have encouraged me and this novel writing business. I’ve got ten days to go to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge, which really equates to seven because seriously, how am I supposed to have Thanksgiving plus a craft show the two days following and also write over nearly six thousand words those days? Your continued encouragement is appreciated.
Me, these days.
Secondly, I’d like to thank Kelly Robinson who is the author of the blog Book Dirt. She so graciously featured my very fun (and often irreverent and naughty) pulp magnets on her blog. Her blog is all about books, and she, being a ghostwriter, freelance writer, and essayist, along with working in a bookstore for over sixteen years, knows her books. And better still she appreciates a good book cover. I’m flattered that she finds my pulp magnets worthy of mention in her blog, but I must say I still love them myself even after making them for years. If you’re a lover of writing, a lover of books, or a lover a blogs go and check out Kelly’s blog.
Kelly points out the fact that in my Etsy shop most of the magnets only have “one available.” I’d like to make it perfectly clear that if anyone wants more than one of a certain kind I’m happy to oblige and will make more. Afterall, I’m in the business of not only making magnets, but also making my customers happy.
Thank you, Kelly, for such high praise, and the rest of you for your support in my crafting and writing endeavors. I’ll be back soon, you can be sure.
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Last night I got a little sick of writing my NaNoWriMo novel thinking it was just too dreadful, going back and forth between chuck it and there’s plenty of time for editing. Chuck it was winning. For the first time I reread from the beginning what I have written so far. Surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. I didn’t bother with any editing (and there certainly has to be
some a lot) but the main thing I was concerned about was the voice of my protagonist. I want her voice to change slightly throughout, with her having a very different voice at the end of the story than when it started. I don’t know if that’s going to actually happen or not, but I was satisfied to see her voice wasn’t all over the board only 15,000 words into the story. My writing tends to come out differently with my changing moods, and I was afraid the tone of my story would reflect that and not have any continuity. Listen to me, talking about protagonists and continuity. I sound like a real writer!
Jane Austen was a writer. A real writer. But does the fact that she’s been published and that her works are considered classics make her more of a writer than I am? Well, sort of, I guess.
I’m still not on board with the whole “if you write you are a writer” thing, but it kind of makes sense. If one plays the piano she is a pianist whether she does so professionally or not. If I write then I am a writer. It seems like people have different expectations when you tell them you are something. That’s bugged me for a long time. When people ask “what do you do?” how does one respond? I cook, I clean, I write, I craft…the list can go on and on. But when someone asks “what do you do?” they’re always referring to your profession, or how you earn your money. For those of us who earn a living with a job we feel no passion for, that question can be annoying at the very least. To a stranger or acquaintance we’re defined by our jobs and it’s only until someone gets to know us that we become more complex and interesting. We could be interesting at the outset if we told strangers what we really do rather than how we earn money.
How great would it be if when asked “what do you do?” people answered with what they do to find joy in life rather than their profession. If they answered “I’m a writer” because they keep a journal. If they answered “I’m a baker” because they love the feel of flour on their hands. We’d find out more about who that person is rather than how they earn money. Or maybe we should change our initial question to “what do you like to do?”
Right now I’m a writer. It’s consuming a lot of my time, and whether it will eventually earn some money for me or not it is, among many other things, who I am. Now, off I go to do that voodoo I do so well.*
* You don’t even have to do what you do well to claim it as what you do. That’s the beauty of it all!
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Here’s the thing about furious writing – it isn’t good writing. At least in my case it’s not.
I’ve kept up with writing my NaNoWriMo novel for seven days now. My word count is above par, but only slightly. The trickiest part of this write-a-novel-in-thirty-days thing is being able to ignore my inner critic. I’m so tempted to put my furious writing on hold to do the editing that is so very necessary. But editing comes later, or so they say. I don’t know what will happen when I read my finished product at the end of thirty days. Maybe I won’t even think it’s worth editing!
So that’s the question. If I don’t edit as I go along will the story stink so much I won’t want to bother with it anymore? Or will the raw story inspire me to work on the editing in the months following NaNoWriMo? One thing I know for sure is if I stop to edit as I go along I’ll never get the whole story written by the end of the month.
I’m heading into a four-day weekend and have big plans for more furious writing as well as getting some things ready for an upcoming event at The Farmer’s Daughter next weekend and the Holiday at the Depot craft show on Thanksgiving weekend. I found out the Depot show is going to be two days instead of one, so I want to be sure I’m prepared.
I kind of wish NaNoWriMo was in March. I wouldn’t be so busy with the upcoming holiday season both on the personal and business levels. I suppose there was a reason the NaNo gurus chose November but I haven’t figured that out yet. Despite their seemingly unfortunate decision to use November I’ll plug away at my novel the best I can.
To all my NaNoWriMo friends out there, I hope you’re doing well and keeping up. I’m rooting for you! God have mercy on us all.
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