Writing Block

A little while ago, I was trying to think of something to write tonight. I thought I might have to dig into the writer’s prompts I keep receiving as someone taking part in NaBloPoMo. Then I remembered that while I was on Ravelry dreaming of all the patterns I’d love to purchase that went on sale tonight a bunch of emails came through. So I stopped to read them.

Now, I have a quotation scheduled for December 10th! I’m really liking posting a weekly quote so that feature is sticking around. I hope you like reading them! I hope some resonate. As I find good ones I’ve been scheduling posts for them. Wednesday’s are booked up through Dec. 10th now. Now I just need to create a graphic for them. I have an idea in mind…you’ll see next week.

Then I read an email from Tara Swiger on writing even when it seems no one is listening and building your audience and finding your Right People sometimes one person at a time. To keep going and not give up; to be brave. I am so glad I started following Tara’s book, then blog, then podcast, then joined her Starship Adventure. I know with her help and help of the community she has created I can make Bridgwater Crafts a success. She ended her email with this bit on something starting soon. I’ll let her explain:

Be brave,

Tara

P.S. I’m opening a new thing that will lead you to identify and communicate with your Right People.
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In the Midst of Fatigue and Pain

Hi!

I didn’t disappear-I promise I won’t!

The week flew by in the midst of fatigue and pain. I’m still off work. Which if it was for a holiday would give me lots of uninterrupted time for Bridgwater Crafts. Instead I was too tired to do much. I think today is the first day in two weeks I’ve been awake for eight hours straight. And I’m typing this while laying in bed. I’m not usually a napper but the Fibro flare doesn’t care about that.

I did get some Bridgwater Crafts work squeezed in between naps. This week on the Starship we’ve been map making for quarter 4 (October, November and December). First you pick your goal or goals for the quarter. Then you choose ten mile markers along the way. And finally you decide on fifty to-do items to get you to your mile markers and ultimately your overall goal. I finished my map on Oct. 13th and began following the path the next day. I mapped out my mile markers on a provided stone pathway then created a checklist of the to-dos and mile markers. My goals are to increase my social media presence and design four patterns.

Here’s my map:

My Q4 - 2014 Map!
My Q4 – 2014 Map!

I’ve already completed a few of the to-do items! And thought of a change! Tonight I bound off sample 2 of my first design of the quarter. Tomorrow I will photograph the samples and polish up the pattern. I’ll be opening up for testing soon.

My change is the planned timelines for the designs. Originally I was going to release them toward the end of the quarter except for one that’s going in to the Ebook next year. Now I plan to not postpone any steps along the design process. Once the knitting and writing and photography is done I’ll open testing. Then tech editing and release shortly after. Why wait? Why postpone potential income? Besides these first three would make great Winter Holiday gifts.

Another potential change I’ll do my best to not allow to divert my attention from the map! I alluded to a childhood dream rekindled in Monday’s post. Let me explain. One of the things we do in the Starship is help eachother out with things like proofreading. A captain had written an article on writing. As I proofed the article I remembered how much I used to write as a child and teen. I got busy and stopped in adulthood. But I loved putting words to paper.

So I’m starting to write again. I joined NaNoWriMo and will start a book November 1st. Will I be able to keep up the necessary pace to write 50 000 words in one month? I don’t know. But I’ll try!

Be Mindful!

I’m still test knitting for Pia. I think Purple Knight is a great design. I am really enjoying the knit. Everyone who sees the project loves it. I hope to knit it again in the future.

I also started a design for my ebook. I’m switching off between the sweater and this as-yet-unnamed cowl. The sweater is fingering weight and the cowl Aran. When my hands get tired of one I work on the other.

I started my Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain Management class. The classes are every Monday for thirteen weeks. I’m hopeful it will be successful in helping me learn to live with my chronic pain. I would love to be able to reduce the amount of pain medication I take. The classes are offered by the NeuroNova Centre for Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management in Toronto via The Ontario Telehealth Network as videoconferences. There were at least ten locations across the province taking part in the course! My second class was today. I found last week’s class helpful. I was in less pain during the week. The days I did not meditate I felt more pain. I just need to get into the habit of doing homework again and meditating daily.

I’m almost finished Chart Your Stars and have started Crafting an Effective Blog courses on the Starship. I am so glad I made the investment in my business and joined the Starship Adventure. The support of Tara and the other members is amazing. Everyone is friendly and helpful. There is always someone available to bounce ideas off and brainstorm with. Membership opens to the public today! I recommend joining if you have a creative business.

I got hung up on one aspect of the Chart Your Stars course. It asks you to find your value(s)/attribute(s)-North Stars-that are going to lead all business decisions/direction for the year. I had trouble narrowing down my choices. After a two day debate with myself I decided on Mindfulness and Love-two of the first I thought of. These two words are leading my personal life this year too.

A co-worker reminded me last week we have a wage raise scheduled Sept. 28th and a lump sum raise scheduled for Sept. 29th. I had forgotten it was so close. This year seems to be flying by! I think part of the lump sum payment is going to purchase some Yarn Love yarn. Smitten Yarns is running a buy any colour on any base special order sale until Oct. 1st. Another portion will go into the business.

Tomorrow morning I’m heading to the city for an appointment with my oncologist for my two year check up. I’m worried. I’m trying not to worry but I’m afraid my ultrasound two weeks ago may have found cancer again. I know it was an hour long ultrasound and she was measuring every lymph node in my neck. She was very thorough. I keep hoping that’s the normal protocol for CancerCare ordered ultrasounds. I’ll get my results on Wed.

Mira and I walked to the mailbox this evening. Inside were three parcels! I can home and tore into them. It was like it rained yarn in my living room!

Ouch!!!

Ouch!!!

I felt very odd this morning walking out the door. For the first time in months I was wearing something other than sandals on my feet! Autumn has arrived in my small town. Leaves have been turning yellow for a few weeks. I turned on the heat last night as I was cold knitting in the living room. The temperature last night dipped below zero!!! That’s 32‘F for my American readers! So this morning I wore socks and ankle boots for the first time since spring. I also wore my Knitting Den Lacy Baktus. I contemplated fingerless mitts as I started walking to work. But before I could pull them out of my bag my boss pulled up a block away and asked if I’d like a ride! YES, my fingerless mitts live in my bag! I live in the North! Any day of the year could be cold enough for mitts!

On the drive to the city Sunday I started reading the Charting Your Stars course by Tara Swiger. This is the first course I am taking on the Starship. It basically helps you create a business plan for the next year. On the drive back I started reading her book, Market Yourself.

The ultrasound was harder than I thought. I had to hold my neck in odd positions for about an hour. It was very painful afterwards. We left the city shortly after my appointment. Within an hour I had to take medication as I was in so much pain. I called in sick the next day as it was so bad I was nauseous. Moving my head was agonizing. Fortunately I had an appointment with my physician on Wednesday. Five trigger point injections later, my neck is feeling much better.

But today, it’s my right shoulder! It burns and every time I move my upper arm pain shoots down and my hand goes numb followed by extreme pain. I had to take another pain pill. It did improve with the meds but didn’t go away completely. I just want to have a pain-free day without medications!

This weekend, I plan to spend time in the Starship; do Charting Your Stars; knit a lot; and hopefully write up a pattern. And the usual groceries and laundry!

A Starship Adventure!

It’s been a busy few days-at least it feels that way!

I re-thought my ebook idea. The original just wasn’t feasible for this winter and I don’t want to hold the designs until next fall! I worked out a rough draft with my new plan. I am able to use two design concepts and a design in progress. Now to knit and write the patterns. I’d like to still get a few designs out in the next few months-preferably before the Indy Gift-A-Long!

I got it to the Starship!!!!!!!!!!!

Before you think I’ve gone crazy-I’m not! I got into Tara Swiger’s Starship Adventure! This is a great experience for a new creative business. I’m in the orientation stage right now. I’m familiarizing myself with the setup and reading threads in the forum. This weekend I hope to start my first course.

My glasses are great and so light! I didn’t realize how heavy my older set were. I also didn’t realize how blurred things were until they were crisp and clear. Here are some photos:
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My New Glasses

This Sunday I’m heading to the city for an ultrasound my oncologist ordered. He wants it done there by his team as they are better trained at spotting abnormalities that may be reoccurring Cancer cells. The test is Monday but as the city is 5 hours away Mum and I are going in the day before. It gives us a little shopping time too!