Writer’s Journal Entry
The end of one season and beginning of another is a liminal period, a sort of ‘tween-ness’, and I love those spans of time the most.
This time of year always sends me inward. It’s hard not to become antisocial. Today I was able to immerse, almost literally, into the earth. I followed my bliss as I crawled around on the forest floor planting ginseng seeds and taking pictures.
Yes, I got filthy dirty and full of ticks, too. Being dirty doesn’t bother me. I actually feel a sense of accomplishment when I’m in bad need of a bath. It usually means I got a lot done when I’m walking around in that condition. The ticks, on the other hand, I could do without. However, I’m willing to take the good with the bad.
Most of the photos I took today are going to be used in my current work in progress.
The first in a series of many photo essay collections
My first two books on ginseng were self-published. Mainly, that was because it’s hard to get a niche book published traditionally, and the information in those books were timely and I wanted them available as soon as possible.
This Nature Journal book is a book I want to have traditionally published because I won’t be able to do it justice in print by going through Createspace and I can’t afford to have it printed professionally on my own.
So I have a few projects on the table right now, with this one stealing the majority of my attention. Also waiting to be worked on some more is the Forest Companions Card collection, which is the collage project showing ginseng and each of the companions.
I’m also still doing the FAB tutorial at my Listen website, which takes a couple of days for each lesson. I can’t get ahead on it because I only have those two days a week to spend on it, so I’m doing them right before they’re posted each weekend.
Other projects that have been moved to the back burner include my collection of flash fiction, the plant spirit cards (which has actually kind of morphed into the Forest Companions anyway), the next novel I wanted to start (based on my Bounty Hunter short story), and any other fiction I had planned to do.
I’ve decided to give myself over fully to my work with ginseng – and there are so many things I want to do it’s hard to restrain myself from starting one new project after another. There’s a calendar I’d like to produce, too. The priority right now is at least getting the outline of the Nature Journal book and the photos chosen so I can start the query process on it. Here’s another one of the tentative pages from it. This is from the chapter Before the Unfurling Begins, which moves from early through late spring:
One of the images of the time period before unfurling of the ginseng and companions.
Anyway, this is where my creative mind has dwelled for the past few weeks. I love this time of year.