Monday, April 24, 2017

Random Doodles 4/25/2017

I was traveling last week and my knitting was going almost as fast as we were.

I've been so proud of myself for this project. I ordered a batch of custom dyed yarn from my friend Merry Elizabeth at The Writer Knits Etsy Shop, found a pattern, consulted with my housemate/best friend/big sister about how to purl, and merrily went along making it. It's a Daisy stitch. I tried to make a chart for it and that was a complete failure, so I just photocopied the pattern out of the knitting recipe book and carried that around. It's a scarf; long and thin, and I have no idea how long it will end up being. It's about the yummiest thing I've made, and that's including the autumnal jewel tone craft spun silky yarn with sequins that I knitted into a scarf for my housemate. *swooning*

I've not been very motivated to write this week. Knowing April was going to be super crazy busy, I set my Camp NaNo goal really low, at 6,000 words. I had that done halfway through the month. After my book came in the mail, I haven't really done any writing. Just enough to make it by for my Write Everyday For A Year challenge. More than a hundred words a day, anyway. It's mostly been blog posts and poetry.

I wrote a poem in ten minutes on Friday night, to humor my friend Phoenix (Phoenix's Facebook Page) who wanted a word war. I don't even know exactly what to make of the poem. It's odd and I think I need to revise it. I was tired.

I planted peas last week, and found a frog, and weeded ten feet of a twenty-eight foot garden bed that didn't get planted last years so is all full of grass and weeds and things. I'm going to plant it this year so the grass and weeds and things need to go.

I've got my glass globe up in my apple tree, and am continuing on my rock wall down there in my corner. The bulbs I dug up from the garden next door last summer before the house was sold, took, and are sprouting. So are my irises. The lilacs out front got badly crunched by the heavy snow this winter and need to be cut back and thinned out.

I drew the other day too. It's been a while since I've done that.

All in all, as much as I love words and writing, I've not done a lot else in the past year, and I'm enjoying a bit of a break. I've been doodling on some poetry and writing some non-fiction pieces, as well as reading a lot - I should do some book review posts, I think.

(PS: When I dated the title of the post, I almost wrote 2015 instead of 2017. Welp.)

Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spinner of Secrets, Update Nine

So, I got my proof copy in the mail on Saturday.

 Saturday, April 15th:
Excited? Maybe a tiny little bit.
I TOTALLY did not shriek loudly half a dozen times today.
Also I broke the rules and shrieked in the library. (It was just me and my librarian, Julia, who was excited too, so it was okay. At least, she didn't tell me to SHHHHH.)
I ran away this morning to go write at the library for two reasons: one, because the current story I'm working on works much better if I hand write first and then type in into the computer, and two, because today was Saturday; that meant it was the last chance for my proof copy of my book to come in the mail before Monday. I could handle waiting until Monday, but waiting to see if I needed to wait until Monday, that was hard. So I went to the library and wrote for an hour or so, then walked home again, checked the mailbox, got my book, ran upstairs to show Hannah, then went back down to the library to show Julia, because I was too excited to sit still.
I proceeded to continue being very excited up until this point, at which it is 8:00pm and I am finally starting to settle down and I am going to go watch a movie.
But people.
I have a book.
I have a real, honest to God, print copy of my book.
*distant shrieking*

It's been four days and I feel like it's been eight weeks, it's been so much happening in such a short period of time.

And of course, Elli needed to be in the picture.

It's spring, have a happy rabbit. I need some tea.


Copyright 2017 by Annie Louise Twitchell

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spinner of Secrets Available for Pre-Order!

My release date is May 14th, 2017! I'm over the moon excited, as you can probably imagine.

This story has been nearly two years in the making and I'm so excited to have it coming together so well.

It will be available in paperback as well as on Amazon Kindle. If you pre-order it now, you'll get the e-book delivered to you on or around the 14th of May, depending on where in the world you are.

Amazon Kindle Pre-Order


PS: I definitely have not made lots of loud squealing noises that spooked my rabbit recently... Absolutely not.