Announcement One: Yesterday, a package finally made its way to me from Paris and a certain lovely blogger there who picked my name for a contest of hers a while back. It contained a British child's shoe last "purchased at Chatou in France" and an old French "sideways" key. I am convinced that these two pieces, which have taken up residence on my bookcase, will be taking up residence in my imagination in some wonderful words soon...oh, the stories they could tell!
Announcement Two: I also decided yesterday that I will have to officially declare myself a NaPoBloMo drop-out this afternoon. I have found this process of posting every day so incredibly interesting. It shook up my ideas about topics, my writing style, and comments...and so I am incredibly grateful for having done it for (almost) half of the month. I hope you all will visit my page and cheer on my friends as they finish out the second half of November with their daily posts. I am literally *this close* to getting my book done and the spark to do so is a motor running through me right now.
Announcement Three: I feel like my creativity is finally returning after a hard hitting summer-slump and then a fall full of more upheavals and changes in my life than I can ever fit into one blog post. But, slowly...slowly...the mysterious alchemy that transforms emotion, thought, and magic into words is flaring back up through me. I have learned the hard way that when my muse beckons--I'd better get myself in gear or she'll make me pay for it.
Announcement Four: Petunia wrote an amazing piece for her school competition and will be posting it on her blog this afternoon (after her long blogging-hiatus). If you'd like to see how my girl's muse visited her, I know she would be thrilled. I think she'll be posting fairly regularly now that she has decided to compete for a spot in one of our local art schools for junior high in creative writing, and one of the elements they look for is that the student has a website. (Um, yes...for kids entering 6th grade--amazing, isn't it?)
Announcement Five: I have been incredibly fortunate enough to be named Columns Department Co-Editor for the amazing online magazine all of you have hopefully read by now, Literary Mama. If you want to see my bio there--(and I know some of you have seen it elsewhere and may not find it quite as exciting as I do, a-hem)--you can go to the About Us page and scroll down until you find me, happily situated among the other S's. I was a fan of this magazine long before my interview with my beautiful and inspirational writing-friend was published--and now, to work as a department editor feels like I've come full-circle there. I am looking forward to getting to work!
Announcement Six: I wanted to give a special thanks to each of you who stopped by during my daily ramblings...I will have more to offer soon, after I take a few days to rest my "blogging-voice". This experience of NaBloPoMo was wonderful and wild...did I mention that I quit NaNoWriMo last year as well? I think I must have a pathological resistance to daily writing commitments...the illicit, unscheduled scribbling affair will be continued...