Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Starting From the Beginning

Today was Zack's first day back to school, and after dropping him off, I had this urge to drive my Bug somewhere.  I don't think I've driven anywhere at ALL in the past two weeks, thanks to the holidays, and the awesome-super-fantastic CD I made was just waiting for a reason to be turned up really, really loud.  Who cares if there was a bit of snow blowing through the air?  Crank it up and zoom, I'm outta here.

Flowers in the vase of my VW Beetle.

Instead of driving 45 miles to Annapolis like I usually do when I want to shop anywhere other than Target and Walmart, I went the other direction and drove an hour to Salisbury.  My destination -- the new Hobby Lobby for their big bead sale.  I rarely buy retail beads, but Hobby Lobby has Vintaj and Zack and I needed some crafty goodness, and I can easily get lost in a world of happy there.

LOVE the Vintaj toggles -- you can buy this bracelet by clicking here.


Of course, if there's a book store around, I head there, no matter if I have a stack of unread books to the ceiling or not.  Plus, they have Starbucks.  But no pie.



A big difference -- I bypassed the beading magazines and went straight for the writing magazines.  I already have a few really good books about writing memoirs, but that's not the only thing I want to write. 


I immediately honed in on Writer's Digest because my favorite author, Diana Gabaldon of "Outlander" fame, was on the cover. 


One of the goals I have this year is to get some significant writing done.  I just finished an article (not a tutorial!) for BeadTrends and I'm itching for more opportunities.  Picking up this magazine was a great first step for January 2012.


I'm doing my best in these early days to stay focused -- not necessarily on one BIG thing, but on the little things that lead up to it.  One of my focal points is staying centered and balanced and knowing how much I can really bite off and chew without spitting it out on the floor.  To that end, I'm using my handy perpetual calendar.


You fill in the number dates at the top yourself, so if you skip a few weeks, you won't feel guilty staring at those empty blocks on regular calendars.  There's a limited amount of space, too, so it makes me prioritize.  So far, so good. 

But it's only week one.

Let's not get cocky.


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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

34 comments:

  1. Good for you! If you can find a writer's conference or group in your area, I think you'd really enjoy it and learn a ton.

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  2. I achieved part of my goal today -- undecorated the tree and hauled the dried carcass out of the house. I have not actually put away all the ornaments yet, but that's a really good start for me.

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  3. Good for you to just go and explore. Wandering sometimes leads us to right where we need to go. Happy first week...

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  4. I read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and the other parts of the series. It is one of the reasons I really want to go to Scotland.

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  5. Remember, it's not always the destination but the journey that makes us grow. Enjoy the ride ~~T

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  6. You are already working towards your balance and stability. I applaud you for your efforts of balance. Enjoy your time writing!

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  7. An article -- fantastic! Love the bracelet, too. Glad you had a fun trip. New year, new motivation!

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  8. Ha! Loved your last line! So optimistic, and yet... anyway, it gave me a chuckle!

    It sounds like a delightful day, but what, NO PIE? They just don't make bookstores like they used to! Ah, that would be a no. ;-)

    Hope Zack had a great day too!

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  9. Good Job! Stay focus but next time drive through Seaford and visit me at Walmart's personnel office! Hope you found dome great stuff at Hobby Lobby!

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  10. Hooray! I second Michelle's suggestion for a writer's group. They are extremely helpful.

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  11. We are getting a Hobby Lobby in my area soon. I did check one out and was also very happy to find Vintaj, sometimes you need parts right now. Love the bracelet it's really cheery.

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  12. Sounds like you had a good time. Congrats on trying to stay focused, whichever directions you decide to go. I'm anxiously waiting for the sign up for the BSBP and your new Cup of Bead soup process.

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  13. You drive a VW Beetle? Now that is cool. And those toggle clasps look great. Every now and then I find an online store over here that sells Vintaj.

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  14. How cool is that. Never thought about writing magazines. I don't think we have something lile that over here. And the calendar is cool. I try to reserve one hour every day just for me this year and someone told me to write this in the calendar too. I will absolutly try that one!

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  15. Loved your last two lines, Lori. They made me laugh out loud. Congrats on already being published too! The bracelet is so pretty! I love VW Bugs...used to have one myself and kind of wish I had one now. I like my Flex alot but I'm more a veedub kinda girl.

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  16. Two thumbs up Lori! From articles, to short stories, to novels, it is all with in you!
    Therese

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  17. Kathleen9:28 AM

    Lori, I think I've been following your blog for about one year. Even when my days are full, I always read your entries, because they are always well written, so genuine, and generously shared. I think it is wonderful that you feel called to write, because you certainly have a gift. I wish you all the best with this and all your endeavors in 2012!

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  18. Great post! I really like this perpetual calender! I'll have to try to find one - I have been using a notebook - this looks better! A great way to see where you've been and plan ahead! I too have to drive far for most everything - Walmart and thank goodness a new TJMaxx is the closest everything else is 1 hour away! It usually makes for an all day trip!
    Have a great week,
    Kathy

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  19. go on, be cocky! It's more fun that way!

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  20. I love the last couple of lines in your post as well and got a chuckle too because I felt it applied to me this year so far!

    Best wishes with the writing - you'll do great and it will be well written for sure!!

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  21. I like that calendar...I may have to look for one for myself!! Best of luck with your writing ventures!

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  22. good post..great start to the new year..

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  23. We just finally got a hobby lobby within driving distance here. I've been at it the past two days. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE that store!

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  24. Sometimes just driving is great!! Not all who wander are lost. I wish you all the best in your writing adventures!!

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  25. The closest Hobby Lobby to me is in Richmond, VA - 2 hours away. I do not see a trip there in my future. Love that you have flowers in a vase in your car!

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  26. That sound so good.
    For me, my new year doesn't start until the 9th of Jan, as we are still on Christmas holidays, as here in Spain we get our presents on the 6th of January, as we get them from the three Wise Kings, who took presents to baby Jesus.
    I love the idea of that calendar, I think that one of my priorities this month will be finding one of those!
    Even though my "New Year" has´t started yet, I am again finding time to post on my blog and I am enjoining again, and so I am back reading so many others blogs.
    Take care and Happy New Year to you!

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  27. Dear Lori,
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog. I'm happy to meet you through Allegra.
    What a pretty place you've created here! I'll be back to look around soon.
    Blessings and Happy New Year to you.
    -Karen

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  28. Great post!!! Glad you got out driving. Writer's Digeset is the best magazine. I agree with Michelle a writer's conference or retreat will work wonders for your writing. There is so much energy and sharing.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  29. Hey Lori - I have a friend who will probably write that big novel someday but you might enjoy what she does - she writes flash fiction and more. She also lists the current contests and such. Go and look at her blog...It's Janel's Jumble. She's a great person and my friend to boot.

    Bookstores and Hobby Lobby - it's an addiction. Me too!

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  30. Happy New Year, don't you love the "New" part of that. Another accomplishment - another year well spent for the most part. Picturing you driving off in your bug made me smile. Perfect car for you! I am trying to decide if I should do the next bead hop or concentrate on my quilts for our local quilt show coming up in March. Of course I want to do it all. I have taken a break from reading blogs but I missed you so I am back! I admire your organization skills. Haven't dusted mine off lately.

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  31. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    It is wonderful to have some 'alone' time. How I miss Borders in the UK, so loved grabbing a selection of books/mags and sitting with a cup of Starbucks coffee to make the big decision which ones would come home with me.
    Best wishes for 2012 and look forward to hearing how your writing progresses.

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  32. "Get outa town" There is a Hobby Lobby about a hour away from me in Rochester where the Mayo clinic is. I can only dream of having the freedom to just get in my car and drive. Kudos Lori.

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  33. I would love you to write more because frankly even when I miss a few posts reading yours just inspires me.

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  34. Where did you find your perpetual calendar? I think it would be perfect for me :)

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