Favorite Frames #8 Sharon Pywell and Self Publishing at The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Monday on the Laundry Line has me looking ahead to this week.

Well, really, it has me looking ahead to dinner, which, as Janet likes to say, we had last night. But it seems everyone here is interested in dinner again, so turkey sloppy joes it is.

I baked these scones this morning, which redeemed me in the pantheon of “mothers who do things in the kitchen at odd hours to benefit those who pass though later”.

Today, my dear friend Sharon Pywell is our guest blogger in the ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’ blog series. Her post is perfect Sharon, she catches you unaware of her trajectory until you land smack in the center of a great tale. We have known each other since Sharon’s big college girl was a newt and we would whisper though visits while that girl napped…or debated how to keep the house warm enough for that child who refused to wear clothes in deepest winter.

Sharon taught me about the real time facts of being a writer with a family. She was vigilant, before I understood why, about her writing time and boundaries. When we would visit her and her family, Sharon was always clear about when she would be writing and when we’d be visiting. I inhabit that vigilance now, as I have dedicated more of my time to endeavors that require solitude. Like right now, there is a 17-year-old filling my hearing with a loud phone call and I am tempted to go silence him, but, I will just close the door and cling to the barnacled surface of my concentration and keep working.

I have long admired Sharon’s sense of language and description. Her latest book, My Other Mother is a surprising journey and I was intrigued from the first chapter. I hope you will click through the links in her post to read that chapter for yourself.

This Friday evening the Festival presents an evening talk about self-publishing hosted by Carole Owens with Hester Velmans, Jana Laiz and Melissa Batalin. Here is where you can read the details. Hester’s ‘Out’ post is here.

And, if you’d like to learn more about the life of a self-published author, read my friend Joanne Tombrakos’ posts. Joanne appeared in our ‘Out’ blog series earlier this month.

And, finally, if you want to know how dinner turns out, come back later.

Until then, I am holding on to my concentration with a strengthening grip and shuttered vision. The dishes, the laundry and the noise can wait.

All my very best to you,

PS Have you registered for the ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’ drawing yet? I have added my own recipe for Coconut Rice Pudding to the prize list. Just subscribe to the Laundry Line to register. Winners will be announced on April 1.

PPS Here is another of Lisa’s songs, The Bottle.

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