Happy Yule-Tidings!

Today is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night. It is winter solstice 2014.

This always feels to me like a more appropriate time to celebrate the eve of a new year, and so I do. I think of the things I’d like to do differently and plan things I’d like to try or begin or do during the next year. New Year’s Resolutions, but now instead of Dec. 31.

One of those items on my list is to create gift baskets for next year to sell at the farmer’s market – here’s a pic of one we did for Christmas gifts to family this year, but I think they’d make great anytime gifts if I change the box decor to something less seasonal:

Wild Ozark boxed gift set
Each box contains our home-roasted coffee (whole or ground), Rob’s shagbark hickory syrup, my herbal remedy syrup, wild hickory nuts.

Other items on my resolution list include submitting more frequently to magazines. I’d slowly stopped over the years and began using most of what I write for articles on my blog. But I’d also stopped because it seemed all I ever got anymore were rejections and I grew tired of the disappointment. Well, the reality is that if I don’t submit, then there’s no chance to ever get acceptances, so I’m going to try again to make some doors open. Besides, I have a lot of drafts saved back to use for blog posts if I find myself short on ideas.

May the Yule fires burn warm in your hearths this night! Happy Solstice, and Merry Christmas to all of you. It may be next week before I post here again… working out a regular posting schedule is another one of the items on my resolution list 🙂

Here’s a link to the 2015 Yule post, if you’re interested in it and it doesn’t show up in the placards below.

First Hunt by Ima ErthwitchPredator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, not published yet, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.

Nature Farming

Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.

About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods

I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.

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