It’s been what, six months, since my last post here, Editing My Garden While Weeding My Non-Fiction? Since then, my first non-fiction was released and the goodies from my first large gardens were picked, processed, and stored.
Every time I post a promo for Sticky Girls – Why Women Stay In Bad Relationships, or read an email from a grateful reader, I think back to the struggle (for me) of writing and editing a non-fiction. Being used to writing fiction, I never had to spend hours upon hours researching, listing and citing my research sources, or triple check for statistic updates on the material included in the book.
Every time I bring up a basket of red potatoes from the basement, or carrots from the freezer, or sip homegrown chamomile tea, I think back to those summer days when I had to mound piles of dirt around crops that got washed away after a hard rain, or when I had to hand-spray plants with homemade pesticides, critter proof the entire perimeter of my gardens with homemade cayenne pepper concoctions, or crawl around on hands and knees to pick ENDLESS weeds.
Was it worth it? In either case? Hell yeah.
In the end I held a book I was proud of, which I hope will help others, and had enough food to sustain my immediate family throughout the winter, feed family at the holidays, and provide close friends with jams and breads.
My original thought after all was complete, was to put any big writing projects, or planting projects, on hold for a couple months. You know, just do some light writing, poetry, and blog posts. Just fuss around with my house plants. That thought lasted exactly two days.
Thanks (please note the sarcasm of this non snow lover) to record high snow accumulation in New England this year, I have actually been quite productive over the past two months in regards to writing and indoor gardening.
In addition to the light writing, poetry, and blog posts, I am nearing completion of my next romance novel, completed an entire season of Ancient Sanctuary (12 episodes – part of an author collaboration for BigWorldNetwork, based on the story Cardinal Directions, created by Michael Young), published a bunch of poems at WriteHere.com, and started research for Sticky Girls – Volume 2.
I grew a good supply of indoor herbs, ordered a slew of heirloom vegetable seeds, started planning the next gardens, and have been turning the compost bins (not very) faithfully.
Winter is supposed to be a time of rest. I kind of did, physically anyway. Mentally? No can do. For me, writing and gardening go hand in hand. Busy in one, busy in the other. Perfect synchronicity.
About May Woodworth
A self-proclaimed ‘nature girl’ and avid traveler, May weaves her love of the outdoors in all of her tales. May began exploring the US and the Canadian Maritime at the age of 16, leaving her Boston roots to travel cross country and camp throughout Nova Scotia, the northwest woods of Oregon, the southern beaches of California, and everything in between. While pursuing a career in human services and raising a family, she also volunteered for countless organizations pertaining to ecology and wildlife conservation.
Buy May’s book, Heart of the Hurricane, HERE!