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Winter writing

Writing by the fire

Remember my list of ambitious winter goals?  We were barreling right through them when I signed my book contract.  Suddenly, turning my halfway completed, rough draft into a product I'd be proud of felt a lot more important than a bathtub in the house.

You know how authors often write in the acknowledgement section of the book about how their spouse did the dishes, took care of the kids, and walked the dog so that the author would have time to write?  Mark did one better --- he reminded me that the whole point of our homesteading lifestyle is to allow us to seize the day and do what feels right at any given moment.  Then he split a whole bunch of wood and parked me in front of the fire with the cats and a laptop.

So I'm writing myself out until I either finish the book or get thoroughly sick of it and need a break.  Since I feel guilty if Mark is working too hard while I'm playing on the computer, he's gone into tinkering mode too.  Even Huckleberry is doing his best to further the cause --- our spoiled cat accepted sitting in the side car (where my feet are) rather than sleeping on top of the keyboard.  Aren't I lucky to have such an awesome team?

Our chicken waterer keeps the flock well hydrated winter and summer.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Comfy chair, warm fire, laptop, cats. I can imagine worse ways to pass the time. :-)

Good luck with your writing!

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Dec 21 08:20:43 2011
I know --- feels like play and not work... But then, a lot of our "work" days do. :-)
Comment by anna Wed Dec 21 08:23:44 2011

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