2017 Best Wishes 2 U

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Aloha from Chilly Foggy SW MO!

Ok, I took a break. I admit it. And thoroughly enjoyed the holidays and especially the very end of the year. I think I enjoyed this time more than any other year. I hope you did, too. It’s foggy this morning and we’re expecting 0 temps soon. January and February–especially Valentine’s Day–are my favorite times of the year.

Reflecting on 2016: I am so thrilled with the reception of my Basket Series. So many kind people posted their reviews and I sent copies to my sister, who is not on Internet. Thank you so much! This was a series I’d waited to write and I already have the rough draft of a short story to follow–whenever.

First: The Cradle Contents and the Website Ideas Contest are now closed. The Cradle Contest had multiple winners with the same very good ideas and the prizes will be my books. I have some of the items on hand for the cover of The Cowboy and the Cradle.

I am so pleased that people remembered the Tallchief series and their very nice comments are most appreciated.

These are boxes my daughter wrapped. I had more fun with these perfectly wrapped boxes. She could have just sent empty ones. Weren’t they gorgeous in the previous basket shot? I love that basket. In fact, I love all my baskets as you can guess by my Basket Series.

 

This is a gift I wrapped for friends, complete with a Tunisian crocheted mat and The Basket Maker’s Wifeย andย The Egg Basket. I also crocheted dishcloths and caps, some for messy buns. Now, isn’t that a word for hairstyles?

I started on a new series last night and had been mulling ideas. I drive a lot when thinking, just open road, the wheels on the pavement and no media. Lots of good thinking/ideas come from that time. I’ve driven across the country and up into Canada and am planning some trip, somewhere this summer. I lost my favorite seagull picture and I want a good shot of an old windmill.

And my homemade 2017 planner? It’s filling up. It’s a new project, one of many. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s it for now. I’d love to hear from you. Write to: Cait London.

 

 

Building Stories

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This is my painting in my daughter’s home. I’m hoping to do a bit of painting during my break at the end of the year.

Thank you for subscribing to my blog. I’m learning as I go on this new website, so look for changes (what gizmos work or don’t) and please let me know what I might post that interests you? Just write.

I’m a very visual writer, and I like color, though the two–painter and writer–cannot work at the same time. It’s a choice.

For those who have followed my books through the years: Thank You.

I’m “nesting” right now, building a story, building a series, taking notes, developing characters and story lines. Life amid Missouri’s Ozarks gives me lots of visuals for ideas.

One book in particular–Sleepless in Montana–centered on an artist, and I found myself very much involved in his art, feeling the colors move around me, feeling how Hogan would feel about objects and lines.

Another book, Be Mine, a Western Historical romance, came from a country drive. An Amish girl, bonnet/long dress, was riding a paint pony beside the road. The pony was galloping, her long skirt lifted to expose jeans below. That visual caught me. I understood much of Emma, raised in a strict German family, her neat, waste not/industrious nature. I understood because my parents were of German descent, so I had a model for Emma.

Nesting is really difficult. This is where it may get weird for you, btw. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nesting is like some big nebulous haze with little sparkles of ideas floating around. Some will work; others won’t. I can only explain it like this: Tails/tales are out there, floating, tantalizing, and if I can grab one and hold it as a good idea for a story, that’s good. But the next idea (tail of one) floating nearby, will not work with the primary. This is difficult/straining work, believe it or not, just thinking, pushing, waiting for a basic idea to gel.

It sounds all very mystical, doesn’t it? But then, I was/my writing was studied in some college course somewhere as an author who uses myths and legends as basics. True. But not on purpose. I have read a lot of Roman/Greek/Viking mythology and epic sagas, so that comes out, I guess.

Basically, I incorporate my experiences and life into my stories. Writers need experiences and a story is grown, much like a baby grows. Someone once said, paraphrasing here: A Writer must get out from behind a desk to experience life. (Yes, my life experiences about. I have thrown a tomahawk, btw. :))

It is so hard to cut that umbilical cord from one story to the next. After my Basket Series last book, The Bride’s Basket, I wrote a short story (not published), about one of the characters to help tie off that attachment to the series. Have no fear, readers who asked for more, I have another story planned for the series, but at this time, I’m wanting a fresh start. Creative minds move on to keep fresh.

I’m at that point now, starting a whole new series. Some writers can repeat the same story and that is their style. But I am one who needs diversity, and you can find that in my Printable Book List (on my website).

And that is how I get my stories, but what is in me–my experiences, my interests, visuals and whatever else is in the package, like a traveler, a mother, a friend, a cook, etc. Most writers are intimately connected with their stories. And I was originally contracted and worked with by top editors to get those stories out of me. I asked about that once: why the editors worked so intensely with me. They replied that I had a lot of stories in me and they wanted to get them out. That hit me so strange at the time. Now it doesn’t.

Wish me luck on this new story I’m starting?ย And please let me know what you would like to see in these posts? Thank you for subscribing.

Peace in the Holidays

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Thank you for subscribing to my Blog. This website is brand new and I’m making adjustments here and there. Please visit the For Readers page and enter the Contest there for what you would like to see on my Website? Thank you!

My daughter sent these packages and I thought they were so pretty that I put them in my favorite basket–a thrift store find and quite large, lightweight. Someone called this a French market style. I have no idea, but to me, it symbolizes many gifts that we are given, including those not material.

I’ve just gotten the bones of my website lifted, more little pieces to adjust, etc. I am learning as I go. No easy road. But it has been a struggle and a time/energy sucker, now completed. Yes, I am creating it, no designer for me, though they do marvelous, artistic work I appreciate. I’m a do-er as you’ll find out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yep. Love to do stuff. Busy, busy, busy. ๐Ÿ™‚ And feeling so blessed to be able to live/do/create as I want–mostly. ๐Ÿ™‚ And there is this friend, at the ready when I need encouragement. I called her just last night and we shared a virtual glass of wine and friendship.

I intend to settle into the last of this tumultuous year with gratitude and peace in the holidays. The reviews on my Basket Series, out this year, humbled me. Truly. Truly grateful for each one, each person who took precious time to review. I’d waited to write these stories and they are different from those of my long-time career.

My Big Holiday Plans: Candles, easy chair, fire, calling friends, Tunisian crocheting and do hope to get started on canvases–I’m a painter–that have waited. My teapot is steeping green tea now and I’m set for an evening of working with new stories. (I’m studying how to read tea leaves, thus the tea. :)) Brainstorming, or nesting as I call it, is no easy task, yet fulfilling.

Wishing you a wonderful peaceful holiday. We so often forget to take time to enjoy blessings, but we can. We will. We will seize this time to reflect, to plan, to enjoy peace in the holidays.

Cait London/POB 1096/Hollister, MO 65673