No standing in line on Black Friday for me. Never have I been someone who likes to shop. In fact I detest it. I'd rather be hung in the town square by my heels than spend an hour shopping. My husband is better at shopping than I am. He's the one who finds all the bargains when we journey forth to pick up supplies and food.
Bet you thought all women were born with a shopping gene. Well, not this one. My loves, after spending time with family, are cooking, driving and wandering the countryside, writing, reading and watching movies. Discovering shopping online has saved my sanity.
Last week, I was invited to spend an afternoon with two writers who hoped for some input into their desire to write better and maybe one day be published. Rowena and Barbara and I had a fine time discussing the craft in which I've been involved for 25 years. I tried to share knowledge with them where I could. Barbara was visiting from Chicago, and her friend Rowena had attended one of my all-day workshops last year. After we finished we had tea and shared several slices of pie left over from Thanksgiving.
They then presented me with a set of nesting baskets hand made in Korea. They are lovely and I'll always treasure them and remember our afternoon. To me, this is a part of what this business of writing is all about. Sharing with each other; helping those who are struggling to get started or hoping for publication.
From now through most of the winter, I'll probably hibernate, though on pretty days I may be found traveling, taking pictures and making some videos for promotion of my next books due out in 2010. My daughter has agreed to go along to help film the videos, so I hope to have some ready to post in late winter. Meanwhile, I guess I'd better find a few places to post them in addition to the standby of Facebook.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.