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Archive for October, 2011

I was a published author and poet, in high school.  I’ve had very little published since then.  I’ve been busy with other things, like kids and working to make ends meet.  Writing got pushed off the stove entirely.  It just wasn’t important compared to other things I needed to do.  Now, I realize that was a big mistake.  I have a really good novel written and ready.  I just have no credentials, no portfolio, no author website, and little written works that are ready for publication anywhere.  What it comes down to is that I need to write more and find places to publish my writings.  *sigh*

Time to get busy.

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Seed Swapping

Today, I went to the National Gardening Association site which hosts a seed swap.  Some gardeners, like me, save the seeds of their best or favorite plants.  I like to save flower and tomato seeds.  Since we grow heirloom varieties of tomatoes, the seeds are not always common.  For example, I’ve only seen Anna Russian tomatoes offered in one catalog.  Anna Russian tomatoes are from Siberia and were grown for their tolerance to first frost.  It typically takes a hard freeze to kill them.  I live on a mountain so first frost occurs earlier at my home than it does down in the valley were my mom lives.  Some years, first frost happens at my home three or four weeks before it does at my mom’s home.  Having a plant that is tolerant is valuable, especially since I love fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes.  We also can our veggies, so having a plant that lasts later into the season means more to can.

I grew tobacco for the first time this year.  I didn’t actually get them into the ground since the field was not prepared for them.  They remain in pots up near my house.  The hummingbird loved them!  These few plants did yield a large number of seeds, more than I will ever be able to grow.  So, I decided to offer them up for the seed swap.  I’m asking for heirloom flowers or veggie seeds.  I’ve not heard from anyone, yet.  Even though the people from the seed swap probably don’t know about my blog, I would like to thank them here anyway.  So, thank you seed swap participants for saving your seeds and for being willing to swap them!  Brightest of Blessings to you all!

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NaNoWriMo

I was a winner in last year’s NaNoWriMo.  What is NaNoWriMo?  It stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is the month of November.  When I signed up to participate in this event, I agreed to try to write 50,000 words in one month.  This means writing 1,667 words a day, which is about 3 pages in MS Word.

I’m here to tell you that some days coming up with 1,667 words was no easy task.  See, I didn’t want just any words.  I wanted the right words to convey the story I wanted to tell.  I wanted the best words for the story.  I didn’t always find the best words, but I did get a very good start on a novel that I finished several months later.  Now I get to brag a little since friends and family have told me that the novel is, in their opinions, good enough to be published.  🙂

This year for NaNoWriMo, I’ll be writing the sequel to the first novel which ended as a cliffhanger.  I’m looking forward to entering the world of “Commonkin” since being in that world is the only way to write the novel.  I’ll only be there for a few hours each day because I have a very real life out here, and I like my real life.

So, to everyone who will be joining me as a participant in NaNoWriMo, may the right words flow through your fingers.  Brightest of Blessings!

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Sons and my birthday

Tomorrow is my birthday.  Tomorrow is also going to be very busy.  A new washing machine is being delivers.  A load of firewood, too.  Then, we’ve company coming up for a bonfire/birthday celebration.

Today, my youngest son and I spent part of the day preparing an area on my screen porch for some of the wood.  We also cleaned the area around the woodstove.  I got my gardening supplies put away, for the time being.  I have some seeds that I’ll need to start very soon if I want them ready for the garden in the spring.  We also changed Thor’s splint wrappings.  Joshua, my son, decided that Thor’s outermost wrapping ought to be pink.  So, we’ll soon have a big, black dog running around with pink on his front leg.

Part of today was spent creating characters for a short story or possible novel that I’m planning.  I also cleaned my kitchen.  I’ll start a load of clothes in the morning, so I’ll separate the laundry before bedtime.

My son, Billy, called to wish me a “Happy Birthday.”  I offered to give him $20 toward gasoline if he wanted to come up to visit.  So, a second phone call just now informed me that he’ll be here in about two hours.  Yay!

Life is good.

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Birthday coming

My birthday is this Saturday.  I’ll be 46 years old.  My dad’s birthday is the 27th of this month, hence the early gift I gave him when he came to visit.

To celebrate, I’ve invited friends up for a bonfire and potluck dinner.  I thought about a cookout,…and I still might fire up the grill.  We’ll see.

Friends, family, good food, bonfire,…excellent birthday!

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Early Birthday for Dad

My dad and his lovely wife are here in Virginia to visit.  Boy do I have a surprise for my dad.  You see, his birthday is later this month.  So, not only are we taking him out to lunch today, but I have a card and gift for him.

The card is an appreciation card with statements like “You’re Great!” and “You’re Amazing!”  Inside this card, I put an empty Moon Pie wrapping.  Dad loves Moon Pies and RC Cola.  So, I thought I would tease him by saying that I bought it for him.  But, I couldn’t wait,…I was hungry so I ate it.

What he won’t know is that I have a gift box for him that is stuffed with RC Cola and Moon Pies!  Happy Birthday, Dad!!

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