Friday, 11 April 2008


First of all, I just want to remind you to click the link in the sidebar to take you to the list of books eligible for the 2008 Whitney Awards. The list is 41 books long and always growing. Start reading and nominating your favorites at the Whitney Awards site.

One of my dearest friends, Sue Ann, passed away a few years ago and I still miss her terribly every day. One of the things we shared was a love - or obsession - with embroidery and needlework. She was amazingly talented and spent much of her life learning and developing new talents. This week her husband is packing up everything so he can move to Arizona and be closer to his children. He called me and asked if I would like to have Sue's needlework patterns. I was touched that he would think of me and told him I would like that. I came home with five large boxes full of books and leaflets collected over 30 years. So I spent the afternoon going through the patterns and putting aside things I already had, or things that didn't interest me, and then trying to organize the space where I keep my patterns to hold the Sue's collection. I will never have to buy another pattern again, and it is nice to see her name written in her handwriting on the different pieces.

Then my husband and I drove too the city for "date night"- mostly just running a few errands. We stopped at the thrift store, which is one of my favorite places to buy books. Tonight I found Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul, I can't wait to crack it open.

Of course, no trip to the city is complete without a stop at Walmart to pick up some milk on the way home. We always joke that if you want to see your friends and neighbors but just don't have time in your busy schedule, head to Walmart on Friday or Saturday night and you are bound to run into half the town. Tonight was the same and we ended up going for treats with my sister and her husband, as well as saying hello to numerous other people.

I am still way behind on my writing for this month. I haven't made it past the spot that is giving me so much trouble in the latest manuscript yet, but I am still working on it and know the inspiration will just bowl me over one of these days.

And that's my Friday.


Annette Lyon said...

Can you jump over that part of the story and keep going? If I know of a scene that happens later, I'll often write it now rather than wait to get to it writing chronologically. That can also loosen up the writer's block, if you've got it.

Very neat on the patterns. What a sweet gift.

ali said...

Stephanie, that is wonderful you got those embroidery patterns. What a wonderful way to keep a friends' memory alive.

That's funny about your date and WalMart. I quite enjoyed that book - hope you do too! There's a bit in there about 'bum glue' that I swear is the best advice I've ever gotten on writing. Good stuff!

Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend -- but what a sweet legacy she left you.

Would you e-mail me at tristi at I can't seem to find your address. (Not surprising, given that I can't even find my head right now :)

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I need some advice about writing right now. I've kind of felt like a pretender the last little while. Writer's write, and I've been avoiding it, although the urge to write is still there, I'm just doing a really good job of stifling it.

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