Winter has always been the time of year when I cocoon. I’m introverted all year round, but during the winter I tend to take it to another level. It’s like I take all the observing and interacting I’ve done the rest of the year and THINK extra hard on it on it, and then bring those conclusions and decisions to that disciplined level of actually creating something with them.
And I read a lot too.
This year, I started early. I think I simply reached my limit of stimulation, frankly. Not that I’m complaining! It would be hard for my life to get any better. I’m settling into what lays beyond the newlywed phase of marriage, I’m coming up on the one-year anniversary of my new job, and I’m expecting my first baby in the spring. A family member passed, and others got sick (and then better). I also taught a workshop about something I’m passionate about and joined the board of a creative reuse center.
It’s no wonder I read four books in the past week.
So, since I haven’t updated in a while, I thought I could use this entry to share a little bit of my early winter with you.
With a baby on the way, I’ve been nesting in my own way. Mostly, I’ve been scouring spoonflower.com for custom fabrics to make baby clothes and accessories with. My husband has been doing most of the creative nursery planning. All I had to say was, “Art Nouveau Nursery” and he was off and running. Although, I did have to fight for some saturation in the colors. I usually don’t argue color decisions with him, because he was raised by a painter and I was not. I guess I can blame pregnancy hormones?
Anyway, I made an adorable little baby swaddler. I have the fabric for a second one, but I still have to put it together. I also started a crocheted baby blanket, which is half done. I’ve also been collecting patterns for things like bibs and plush blocks and summer dresses. But people keep laughing at me because I feel I cannot buy fabric for summer dresses because I don’t know what coloring my little girl will have yet. Even my husband, Mr. PickyAboutColors, thinks that’s hilarious.
My mom brought over a bunch of baby clothes that my Nana made, which was awesome too.
I already mentioned the haiku workshop that I taught recently. That went fabulously. I’m participating in the New Year’s Postcard Exchange again, so, soon haiku from around the world will be arriving. I’ll share my design in time for the New Year!
I’ve also been making some headway on a story that has been in the planning phases for a very long time. It’s not the one I thought up in HS, but it’s close. And it’s in the science fiction genre, which I haven’t really shared before. It makes me nervous to share, because science fiction is my favorite and I’m really picky about my stuff being trite. But, the plot and outline are done. The characters are alive in my head. What’s left but to sit down and write it? Nothing. So, off I go. That’s my plan for the actual winter, to get a few hundred pages of that down. If I don’t do it before the baby comes, I fear I never will.
Not that I’m letting go of monologues. I found out there is a neighborhood storytelling event that fits in with this nicely. Once a month, people gather in a bar for an open-mic sort of event, where people share five-minute stories on a pre-determined topic. I’m going to check my first one out in a few weeks.
Like most readers, I have a “To Read” list that lives in my head and in wish lists, as well as a “To Read” pile of actual books and Nook files. Because I knew I wanted to do a lot of writing this winter, I decided to tackle the pile with selections I thought would motivate me.
First up, Kate Noble. At first glance, you might be confused that someone who writes monologues and who wants to write sci-fi would find a writer of deeply historical romance motivating. Indeed, have I ever even read a romance novel before? No, I have not. I highly suspect they are not my thing. But (insert Will Ferrell’s voice from Elf here), “I know her!” We were actually sorority sisters in college. I think it’s fabulous that she is able to be an actual author for a living. Seriously, kudos. If I weren’t happy for her (because she’s a lovely person), I would be supremely jealous, and if I could shore up those bits of jealousy, I’d probably be motivated to write more.
The books have been in the queue for a while, but, like I said, being romance novels, I suspected they wouldn’t be my thing. Except, these are historical romances. Deeply so, which evidently means they are heavy on the history and light on the sex. Perfect! I like historical fiction, so, it could work, right?
Like I mentioned above, I read four this week. I think there are only two left, which I’m saving for next week.
I’ve also been compiling a nice list of “To Read” female science fiction authors that are new to me, like Doris Lessing. Where has she been all my life? I also renewed my subscription to Analog and Asimov’s, which I haven’t read in a long time. I’ll be posting any thoughts on new books read on my Goodreads page, so keep an eye on that if these thoughts interest you.
That’s all for now. Wishing you all a lovely winter, whenever you want to enjoy it.