Already my new date book looks worn. I have nothing ready for this month’s blog post. Instead here’s an update on my life and writing life. I finished a nice new science fiction short story that I’m submitting here and there. Still looking for an agent for my novel, but I have started my next book project. I’m going to write about my grandmother Adele Dawson 1905 - 1992. She was an artist, writer, and herbalist who inspired me, and many others in Vermont and beyond. I had the idea recently of writing it as a biography and then continuing the story after death as a novel all in one book. She was interested in dowsing and other esoteric fields so it would seem appropriate. I think I’ll learn a lot from this process, researching Adele’s life and the herbal movement she was a part of. I also hope to continue writing short stories more often too, because it is much easier to have an idea and immediately write it and finish it … other wise I store up all these story ideas with notes and sketches and it becomes too overwhelming to look back too much of a tangled ball of yarn that I can’t find the end of, like quicksand.
Here are some links and pictures of some of the new things in my life:
Middlebury Women for Democracy, an informal group recently started to get more women in elected town government offices. The picture below was taken at a meet and greet for the women candidates at the Ilsley Library. I have also been involved in groups opposing the Addison County "natural" fracked gas pipeline, a much larger issue. But all these things are related and by being alive in all our places we promote the health of the planet.
|Photo credit: Ruth Hardy pictured at far left took the picture with a timer, next from left to right is Susan Shashok, Alice Eckles, Laura Asermily, Heather Hoxie Seeley, Jennifer McCarty, and Amy Sheldon|
I've become involved in an effort to preserve and improve our town theatre, and its new sister non-profit Addison County Arts Council (we just sent in the papers, so officially I'm not sure we exist yet)
|Photo credit: From the Marquis Theatre Google Plus page|
I have a new job at a new restaurant in town, the Lobby. Read all about it in The Middlebury Campus here
|Photo credit: From the Lobby's facebook page|
And I found this group that assists me with my interest in science fiction-ish sorts of things: Geek Mountain State. Also, Phoenix Books is a wonderful bookstore in Burlington and Essex Vermont that I support as a reader, and supports me an an author.
|Photo credit: From the Geek Mountain State website|
The last new thing in my life that I can think of for this year is regular yoga practice at Vermont Sun with my friends Ambika and Prem
|Photo by Ruth Eckles|