Sunday, February 17, 2013

Words & Wool

The cold is back. After a few days of sunshine and highs nearly into the forties we are back to nights in the single digits and midnight runs to the wood stoves to keep the home fires burning. I just finished up my first week of being back into my writer's schedule with the new book, and it is making me realize a few things about myself. The most prominent being that I have a seemingly endless well of energy when it comes to the farm and animals, but creative energy, the stuff of blog posts and books....that has a glass ceiling. I find that I can write in the mornings post-chores for the book and then I need to reload myself with inspiration. I can't go from book-to-blog unless I am copying and pasting content. (Which isn't fair to book or blog reader, honestly.) So I get my word count in every morning and then spend some time doing something outside or totally mindless. I do some groundwork with Merlin (by the by, I need the farrier back here soon...) or I make a cup of coffee and sit down to watch something on Hulu or Youtube to get me excited again. The first week of farm book writing was padded by The Walking Dead. I could watch a new episode every 500 words. If that sounds like bribing myself, it is. And it was somewhat hilarious to go from writing about the sunshine in a spring garden to little Sophia shambling out of the barn...

Point is, I got through my first week. And writing feels natural in this cold spell of winter weather. I find myself being torn between the blog and the book, and you'll know who won that day by how much I wrote to you here. I guess I'm trying to explain that some days content here will be light and others I will let out a landslide of falconry, farm, and garden-planning stories. Please be patient.

Next weekend is Words & Wool, a two-day workshop on all things fiber. It'll be a full house and I am excited about it. I have the spinning instructor coming up from NYC and plans to hop over the fence and sheer some wool right off a sheep for the wool-cleaning and preparing demonstration. I want folks to see wool go from sheep to being spun and knit, all in one weekend. I've been in a knitting slump so I think this weekend of women and wool will be a power punch right in the ol' yarn stash.


Blogger Unknown said...

As someone who is just returning to the habit of writing again I appreciate seeing others admit to having a limit and bribing themselves.

February 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger eidolons said...

I just had to share this with you: my oldest son and I are reading Chick Days right now. He's reading it partially because I'm assigning it as school work but also because he asked if he could read it, too. He's 10, by the way.

All three of my boys and I watched a bunch of your videos the other day. My youngest two were completely enthralled. Every time I start up the Youtube app on our GoogleTV they ask for Cold Antler videos now. (:

February 17, 2013 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

I appreciate this post so much...I wondered how a writer has so much to write in a book AND even MORE to share on a blog! Now I know...maybe there isn't always enough for both. lol! I love reading about your's admirable.

February 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

lol! You crack me up. I should do the same thing to get me motivated - housework and then The Walking Dead.

February 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Do you have a schedule for the wool weekend on 2/23? I don't know if I can make all of it but I certainly want to be there for most. Thanks,

February 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I can't wait for the Wool Weekend! See you soon!

February 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM  

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