Monday, October 31, 2011

tis the season

With November being tomorrow (gah! really?), I thought I'd do a quick post about three of my upcoming Christmas shows.

November 26 and 27
The Good Earth Food and Wine Co., Beamsville

Check out my featured artist page here.

December 3
First United Church, Waterloo

A Little Bird Told Me Sale
December 10
Little City Farm, Kitchener

There will also be a Christmas Studio Sale that is yet to be planned, and I'll put up the details of that when I plan it. :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

why is a raven like a writing desk?

I have no idea. But yesterday my hubby surprised me with this:

(gorgeous bar stool courtesy of my dad and step mom)

It’s an old post office desk. And now it’s my writing desk.

I am more pleased than I can say.

Friday, October 21, 2011

keep going

I’m afraid.

There’s a story in me that wants letting out. It’s a story that’s been growing for a long time. And now that I’m writing it down, I find myself afraid.

The story feels big. Really big. Too big for me.

I know that if I want it told, I’m going to have to push myself hard. And when I get to that place where I can’t go any further, to that line in the sand, or that fence at the edge, I’m going to have to step across the line, hop the fence, and keep going.

Keep going.

What if I can’t tell the story the way it deserves to be told?

That is what I’m most afraid of.

So right now, I need to be brave. It’s the only way to get the story out.

Monday, October 17, 2011

What I Learned at the RUCCL One-on-One Conference

1. That editors and agents aren’t scary. At all. In fact, they’re rather lovely. They are kind, encouraging people who are deeply invested in good storytelling.

2. That I think I’ve found “my people”. At any given moment, all you had to do was mention an author, book, or character and someone within a five foot radius not only knew exactly what/who you were talking about, but had something to say about it too. I’m not sure I’ve ever met so many strangers that I so instantly connected with.

3. That I can navigate my way to New Jersey and back all by myself. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it at first, but here I am, back on the other side of the border, dreaming about what a great time I had.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Highlight of this Weekend's Craft Show:

This lady.

That's my grandmother. She came to visit me at my booth.
I'm pretty sure she's the most beautiful woman in the world.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Some Things

I just purchased this book from my favourite bookstore. I'm not finished it yet, trying to savour it, thinking that so far this is my favourite part:

Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.

Oh, and this part:

You will tell me the truth.
"And what if I don't?" Conor said.
The monster gave an evil grin again. Then I will eat you alive.

And possibly this part too:

Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

Unrelated to this... in my next life, I would like to be born here please. (I have a thing for fjords.)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

“The lesson for today is this: It is better to travel with hope in one’s heart than to arrive in safety.” –Granddaddy to Calpurnia, pg 322

This weekend I read The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. This book is breathtaking - in a quite, gentle way. It is tender, and heavy, and opens you up. It makes you ask important questions. Questions like: "how are we to spend the brief time that is allotted us?"