Sunday, November 24, 2013

Busy Weekend

Yesterday was filled with tasks and today will be the same.  In the morning we went to Sorgs to get supplies for Thanksgiving.  We came home and I worked on my paper which is due on Tuesday.  We spent some time together watching tv and having lunch before we went to Ken’s brother’s retirement party.  Then it was back home to have supper and watch more dvr stuff while I crocheted.  I finished watching The White Queen series last night while I worked on another scarf for Vicki (one she is giving away). 

In the mail yesterday I got a package from Circle Magazine and was please to find a poem and essay were published of mine published inside.  The art on the page by Sophia Gill is beautiful.  She made a stylized tree which fits the poem and the essay beautifully. 

Today will be a homework day.  Ken will go to the grocery store to gather up the last of the Thanksgiving items we need.  I will work on finishing my paper, reading two chapters, diagramming four or five sentences, doing an exercise, and starting the research on my final project.

I only have three weeks left (I think) and I’m ready to be done.  Once classes are done I will have earned my second degree.  I’m not walking for graduation – it doesn’t seem worthwhile to me to sit through a ceremony which will have no relevance for me.  I’m not going out to conquer the world with my degree.  I got this degree for me – to improve my writing and editing skills. 

It promises to be a busy day as I have a lot of homework to do and some crocheting I want to get done as well.  So much to do and hardly enough time to do it in – I’m looking forward to not being in school any longer so I can focus on my writing and crocheting rather than homework.  

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Published!

If you want to read a small story that I wrote go purchase a copy of the November 18, 2013 issue of Woman’s World!  I have a small story in there about Stephanie – my youngest daughter.  It is VERY exciting to me to be published in a national magazine.  Granted it is a very small essay but they liked it enough to include it. 

Getting published is always difficult so I’m celebrating this small accomplishment!  With school, I’ve been focusing on school and work more than my writing.  One of the things I’m most excited about to be done in about a month (and that causes a great deal of panic when I think of all I have left to do) is that I plan to create a writing schedule.  Part of this schedule will be to start refining my work – both fiction and non-fiction – and go back to submitting everywhere I possibly can. 


In the meanwhile, I am ecstatic about getting this small but significant publication credit!  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Crocheting

I have been crocheting a lot lately mostly because people ask me for stuff and I’m stressed.  Crocheting takes me to a different place.  One of the hardest things when crocheting for others is working with the colors they pick.  I LOVE bright and fun colors.  They are cheerful.  But when someone says can you make me this and make it in colors I don't necessarily love it is a bit harder for me.  However, I do it because I know that not everyone is like me and loves those brighter colors.  If the colors they pick make them happy that is what I work with. 


Here are a few of my projects:

Bibs for a sweet one year old:


 Boxes for a variety of people:

      
      













Scarves:


Coasters:



Makeup pads and bag:


                                                    

Washcloths / Dishcloths:


These projects have been done over weeks of work.  Some of them will be gifts, some have already been claimed and taken, some I sold - mostly though, they were made with care and helped me destress. All I can hope is when I give them to the people who end up with them - they appreciate the work and care that went into making them.  The next project - well there are so many to choose from.  My biggest question - when is the next yarn sale? 


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