My life has been a whirlwind over the past 2 weeks. The weekend of November 18th-20th I went up to Asheville to attend the NC Writers Network Conference. I've just recently joined the organization and this was my first conference. It was exciting to be with so many other writers and hear and learn about the many genres and styles that everyone was writing in. There were folks working on non-fiction and memoir, fiction and poetry too. The weekend was action packed, I learned a lot, got some good feedback and critique and got inspired about writing. I was reminded that to truly sell yourself as a writer is tons of work and lots of self-promotion is required plus the actual time to write-oh yeah-don't forget the writing part!
I was wiped out by the time I got home but there was no rest for the weary with Thanksgiving on the horizon. My brother Jon and his wife Candy came to town for the week so there was much merry making, visiting, and long walks together. And as it was Thanksgiving, we cooked and cooked and cooked some more, which meant endless dish washing, and eating too, can't complain about the eating.
Remains of the oyster festI had the bright idea of getting a half bushel of oysters through our Community Supported Fishery. I learned a few lessons about oysters:
- A half bushel of oysters in the shell equals well over 100, that is a lot of oysters.
- People from the mid-west (half our guests that night) don't eat a lot of oysters, if any at all.
- Oysters are hard to shuck
Oyster mushrooms carefully tucked into a shawl to carry home
The weather was spectacular and we spent much time outside when we were not busy cooking and eating. Over the weekend David and I worked in the garden for hours, transplanting and moving things around before the rain and cold set in. The creeks are slowly filling again and here you can see the brilliant sky reflected from above.
It's always good to be with family especially at holiday time, but also nice to get back into the normal routine after everyone has gone. I've got a busy work week coming up and then looking forward to some slower days as December rolls along.