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Bees are the theme around here right now. I homeschool our two little boys, and we’ve been reading a lot of spring-themed books. The boys love bugs, and bees are so cool. I’m reading Chalice, by Robin McKinley. It’s one of my favorite Robin McKinley books (okay, so that list includes most of her books, and there are none of hers I dislike) and would make it on my all-time favorites list too. I even love this cover for Chalice. It’s so pretty. I first read the book on Kindle, but bought the paperback afterward because I loved the book and cover both so much. Chalice is about Mirasol, a beekeeper, who has become Chalice for the land where she resides. She and the new master of the land, who is different and feared by many, have to work to save their land. It’s a beautiful story.

Chalice, by Robin McKinley

Two of our favorite picture books right now are The Bee Tree, by Patricia Polacco, and The Honeybee Man, by Lela Nargi and Kyrsten Brooker. The boys are also enjoying Usborne’s 1001 Bugs to Spot. We have a great library system!

The Honeybee Man

I’ve also been planning and working on inventory for an Etsy shop. My vision is to make knitted products, mostly fingerless gloves, inspired by story and legend.You can follow my knitting account on Instagram @lindnorknits. This is my current project, using a honeycomb pattern.

honeycomb glove

I’m working on the second glove now. They will probably be named Telling the Bees, and I think the research on that folklore is going to inspire a short story! My health has crashed again recently, which took a toll on my writing. I’m hoping to dig in to some short stories soon though.

Edited to add: I did mention the Etsy shop idea in my last post! I thought I had, but when I did a search for “Etsy,” it turned up nothing. Apparently there was a typo, which is why I couldn’t find it. Oh well! Going to fix that now…


Down to the Wire

It’s down to the wire now on finishing up Camp NaNoWriMo! By the way, do you know where the phrase “down to the wire” originated? It comes from horse racing, back in the late 19th century when they used to string up a wire across the finish line to help determine the winner. The horses would race down to the wire. I thought it was a sports term of some sort, but couldn’t remember for sure. I find information like that fascinating.

So. Down to the wire. Camp ends in 5 days and I’m way behind. It’s not too terribly much left to write really, since I kept my word count goal at the low number of 12k. But I haven’t written for about half the month and have been fighting a nasty cold and allergies, so I came into today with about half my word count left and less than a week to go. I almost gave up this afternoon. But then I didn’t. I started getting all these ideas and decided I wasn’t going to let this beat me! It’s Camp. Unlike November’s NaNoWriMo, I don’t have to write a novel. I can write whatever I want, so I’ve worked on about 8 different writing projects today. Words!

Other big project in the works: I’m going to start an Etsy shop! I have a lot of health struggles, and don’t have the strength and energy to do a lot. But I find when I feel bad, I enjoy knitting while reading books on my Kindle. So I decided to combine my different loves and I’m going to start an Etsy shop for knitted things with names, and sometimes patterns, inspired by stories. And read while I knit! I love it. My plan is to work on building up supply over the spring and summer and officially launch the shop probably late summer. I did already make a custom order for a friend, and might try to do more similar things. And if I have enough ready earlier, I’ll go ahead and put them in the shop. So that’s in the works!

I’m currently reading “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)” by Felicia Day and “In the Labyrinth of Drakes” by Marie Brennan. I love Felicia Day and her book is a really fun read. It’s her memoir, but not your typical memoir. It’s funny, I can relate to a lot of it, and it’s very encouraging to me right now too. And hilarious. Coincidentally, the Marie Brennan series is a fictional memoir, but it’s about dragons. I’m loving that series too. I’ve discovered some wonderful books so far this year, and added quite a few to my list of favorites. That list is only a mental list right now, but eventually it might get written down. Check out my Goodreads profile if you want to see more of what I’m reading!

Also, I’m so glad I had this post in Scrivener, because something crashed as I tried to post and the draft wasn’t even saved. Always back up your work! *creeps away to backup everything written this month*


Classified Ads: Spider

I’m reading over some of what I wrote during Camp NaNoWriMo last year in hopes of inspiration (or maybe just in procrastination). This is one of my favorites so far:

Large Spider. Free to any home. Must pick up from my living room. Eats small dogs and large rats. Must be gone today.


Camp NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year again! April 1, which kicks off the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year. I set my word count goal for the month at 20k words, and I’m beginning a new novel. I’m pretty excited about it, and can’t wait to see where it goes. I have a loose idea of the story, but don’t know a lot of the details, so I’ll be figuring it out as I go. It’s about an exiled sea prince and a baker from a village on land. I’ll probably work a bit on other projects as well, but this novel will be my main focus. The working title at the moment is The Sea Prince, but that’s not going to be the final title. It’s set in a high fantasy world, one in which I’ve already started a few stories. I’m looking forward to exploring that world more and seeing where this story leads!