Spinning Wheels and Book News

“There’s an old spinning wheel in the parlor.” Never dsc08174thought I’d be singing that old tune, let alone actually being the owner of a spinning wheel. I understand that most people wouldn’t be excited over something like this, but as a writer of historical fiction it makes my little heart go pitter-pat. Coincidentally, I’d been given a set of wool cards a number of years back. Perhaps the universe has ideas for me!

(Again)coincidentally, I have a friend who knows how to spin wool and the plan at the moment is for me to get a little instruction on this. I’m looking forward to it! Who knows I may discover a hidden talent. Stranger things have been known to happen. Or maybe when I sit down to spin I’ll have a flashback to a past lifetime and it’ll all come rushing back to me. My grandmothers both spun wool, as I’m sure many others did. It was a way of life back then. I’ve always said that history is made up of ordinary people simply living their lives the best way they could, doing the things that were before them to do, and yet when we look back we’re totally amazed at some of the feats they preformed.

While we speak about the past as simpler times there was certainly nothing simple or easy about the work our ancestors did. I marvel at how industrious people were one hundred or even fifty years ago and how we take so much in our lives for granted these days. We run to the store for most all our needs or else order it online from the comforts of our homes. What could be simpler? I’ve always felt a connection to the past from the time I was quite young. I suppose that plays a role in my writing life. When I sit down to write a story it almost always seems to end up being set in the past. It’s as if I can’t stop myself. I remember when it dawned on me that Bitter, Sweet was considered historical fiction—actually not until I saw it in the historical section in a book store. For some silly reason 1949 didn’t seem that long ago to me.

As for book news, the edits for the new anthology being put together by Vernon Oickle is moving along. There wasn’t a whole lot to do, actually. The piece I’ve submitted was previously published in The Antigonish Review quite near the beginning of my writing career. I’m looking forward to the book’s release. The works of a lot of talented writers is included in the anthology. And now for the really exciting news, the Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) have arrived at the publishers! I’m hopeful that a copy will arrive for me in the mail one day soon. While it’s not the final version (I’ll have the chance to make some subtle changes to the text) it’s still pretty cool. I haven’t done a cover reveal on my blog yet as there could still be some changes there as well. So I’ll wait until I receive the “official” cover—front and back. Should be soon since the release date is April 30th. That’s coming up quickly. When I look at the calendar I can scarcely believe that we’re so far into January. We’re half-way through winter on February 2nd—or Candlemas Day for anyone with a mind for these things. Before you know it April 30th will be hear and Cammie Takes Flight will finally be released into the world. What could be more exciting?

What has your winter been like so far? Are there any new happenings on the horizon for you?

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  1. Exciting news, Laura. Wish you all the best! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Thanks, Tess. Your support means so much! The months leading up to publication is always an exciting time! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Laura, I feel your excitement! 🙂
    In answer to your question: In December I fell into a funk regarding my writing, but I received such positive encouragement from other writers that I feel better than before it all happened. I’ve got a more focused perspective this year as I am attempting to set myself up for success. (however that looks)
    Happy New Year, Laura! I look forward to your cover reveal.

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    • Thanks Lynn. It’s always great having you in my corner. So glad we met at my book signing all those years ago! I’m glad you found some positive encouragement to help you at a time when you needed. All writers go through those times. Trust me. But it sounds as though we’ve got a plan for success and that’s what’s important. Happy New year, Lynn. I’m wishing you much success in your writing life this year! Thanks for reading and commenting. ❤

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  3. A spinning wheel. How fun is that? I can´t wait to hear how you do with your new talent. I am sure it will show up in a story. It is always exciting as you get close to launch date. Glad to hear you continue to have your wonderful stories included in anthologies. Look forward to the cover reveal and can´t wait to read the rest of Cammie´s story. I just sent Amanda in New Mexico to my publisher and am collecting ideas for Amanda in Holland. She just can´t stop travelling.

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    • Ha! I’m not yet sure if I possess this “talent” you speak of as it is still to be established. We’ll see! 😉

      You’ve been very busy, Darlene and so has Amanda! This is so very exciting.

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  4. I think you run to the store to pick up things a lot less often than most of us (since you’re so self-sufficient). Can’t wait for those warm mittens you’ll no doubt make for me after you master the spinning:)

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  5. I’m not sure you’d want mittens made of grey wool, but I have been known to knit a mitten or two in the past. As for being self-sufficient, right now I probably need to brush up on my self-reliance. 😉

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  6. How did they ever get everything done, is what I would like to know. Here in Bucerias I wash our clothes in a cement basin. It takes me all morning. Not to mention the floors need to be done every day, but I do them every other day. By the time I sit down to write it’s time to make lunch, then do dishes by hand, then sweeping once again. I’m falling into bed instead of writing until dawn. LOL. Good for you, Laura. I think spinning wool would be most relaxing.

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    • Hopefully, it will be something I’ll catch onto. I never imagined learning to spin wool but then I hadn’t planned on being the owner of a spinning wheel.

      Joylene, I can’t imagine how you manage to get any writing down at all. Yet I feel a part of you must enjoy this lifestyle. Perhaps you will use these experiences in a book one day!

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