A harvest festival

In the forest, the earth has succumbed to a peculiar alchemy. Far below the canopy, in twisted root and shady hollow, the fruits of the wood have bloomed. These flowers of autumn are strange blossoms: bruised purples, sickly yellows, blood reds, viscous whites. Waxy, slimy, gnarled blooms with names that hint at death and decay: fly agaric, sickener, shaggy inkcap, brittlegill. Some are delicate sprinkles as though a character from a fairy tale has carelessly scattered a trail of crumbs. Some are enormous, meaty things, the size of dinner plates, crawling with insects and already rotting inside.   They are the stuff of fairy tales, stools waiting for their toads.

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It is the sunset of the year, when the seasons once more inch towards balance. At the autumn equinox, the hours of darkness and daylight will be the same, but the year then tips into darkness. If we’re lucky, this is a time of plenty, when we gather in our final harvest to see us through the winter. This is when the year suddenly makes sense. The work of growing and nurturing pauses and the shape of the past year can be seen. And just as the fruits of the fungi emerge from the earth, so our dreams are ripe for foraging too.

At Candlemas, I took a handful of seeds and swaddled them in darkness. These were the dreams that emerged during the dark months, the ideas and the projects I wanted to work on this year. At harvest, I will unwrap them and consider whether they have been fulfilled. I’ll look back and wonder whether I did all I could to nurture them. I’ll celebrate those that have reached their potential. And then I’ll let them go. For this is a transition time, when we must leave behind what no longer serves us and begin to seek the seeds of new dreams.

My dreams this year were dreams of creation. I wanted to write and I wanted to paint. In fact, words took precedence over images. A dozen short stories written, my novel readied for submission to agents, an outline of a non-fiction book produced. This year writing has been about work: completing projects and submitting them. There has been a modicum of external recognition – a short story publication coming soon, another publication that almost came off before the magazine stalled, invitations to guest blog. I haven’t achieved all my writing goals for the year (the biggest being to find an agent), but I’m happy with the fruits of my harvest.

My painting has been about pure enjoyment.  I’ve resisted the temptation to see them as something that I might one day sell.  The paintings have been personal.  Some of you may remember that I have a vision of myself as a landscape painter  but haven’t been able to stop painting portraits.  Some of you suggested that I could combine the two. So landscapes have begun to creep into my portraits. And unexpectedly I’ve had my first offer of a sale.

Have you ever been to a harvest festival, where the best of the harvest is gathered, displayed and celebrated? Well, I’d like invite you to a harvest festival of creativity in which we’ll celebrate what we’ve created this year. In the comments, please share your greatest creative achievement of the year (big or small, whatever means the most to you) and insert a link to your favourite post that you’ve written in the last twelve months.  (For those of you in parts of the world where harvest is still months away, we’ll call it a celebration of spring!) My contribution to the festival is a coming magazine publication that I’m particularly pleased with (of which more soon) and a link to my favourite post I’ve written this year: The small wild things  And now, over to you. Don’t be shy about your achievements, this is a celebration!

119 thoughts on “A harvest festival

  1. I love your paintings. I’m less keen on mushrooms, however. For some reason, they creep me out. 😉

    I finished my second novel this past year, and it’s now in the hands of an editor. I’m also a good way into my third, so I’m happy with that. But still so much to do…

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  2. I love mushroom and toadstools. I have never dared to pick my own to eat but they do here in the south of Spain. Your paintings are just as beautiful as your writing, Andrea.
    Well, I am VERY please I started my blog this year, and have been getting more and more creative, Not only am I drawing Andalucia but I am now doing illustrations for my novella on my blog. And yesterday I had a new idea for my next project, so I think I have found the seeds of new dream already 🙂
    My favourite post is the one I did of my cat, as Bastet for my novella.
    http://alleycaty2k.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/bastet-daves-rabbit-chapter-five/
    No idea how to do a link, sorry! 🙂

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    • I’d never dare to forage for fungi either, Wendy – there are some that are easy to identify, like the fly agaric, but it would be too easy to get it wrong with dire consequences! I’m glad you like the paintings – I just couldn’t stop painting dogs this year 🙂 You just did insert a link Wendy 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve found such inspiration – blogging has really stimulated my creativity too. I’m really enjoying your novella as you know and it’s a beautiful drawing of your cat – there’s a definite sense of the deity about Sabi in that picture.

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  3. What a wonderful idea!

    The creative work I’m happiest with/most proud of this year is the series of quatrains that started shortly after my arrival in Scotland. 2013 was a bad year for me in several ways, and I wrote nothing the entire second half. These felt like a gift to me from my new home.

    My favorite single post would be this one, for all the obvious reasons.

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    • Your quatrains are beautiful Maia – so evocative in just a few lines and always with that reverence for nature running through them. The post you’ve linked to was one of my favourites too – I was waiting with anticipation for your secret admirer to be unmasked and it could have been an anti-climax, but most definitely wasn’t.

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      • Thank you; I’m hoping the place provides me with more now that I’m back for good. I enjoyed writing them, which was a lovely bonus.

        I think Iain and I have our stuff together now. I had my fit of headlong flight, he had his, and we’re both remembering that when we don’t complicate it, this has been easy and good.

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  4. Andrea the paintings were wonderful. The ‘shroom photos were gorgeous. Now i’m craving some of the multiple mushroom, tofu, and noodle soup i made last winter. Not quite cool enough for me to make soup yet though.
    My achievements…I’ve been interviewed when i wasn’t expecting it (author interviews). That’s all i’ve got, so i’m claiming it.
    However the only achievement i wanted, the one i’ve put hours and hours of effort into was getting a job somewhere else (relocating — any job, just about anywhere) by October… and i wasn’t being picky — about anything. I’ve been trying for four years. I’ve failed miserably.
    I guess i’ve succeeded at trying as hard as possible, and thinking outside the box to come up with new ways to go about it — even though they didn’t work.
    I have that dull hollow feeling now, after the biggest opportunity was flat-out cancelled this weekend.
    For six months my readings have alternated between telling me “everything is going great” and “you can’t have what you want.” Annoying, as i’m being incredibly flexible. Darned cards. 🙂
    Even so, I celebrate Mabon with you. It is my favorite, most connected time of year. That means a lot when you’re in a location where you feel disconnected. So a very happy Mabon to you. Huge hugs!

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    • Thanks Teagan, the interview is definitely an achievement! I’m sorry though that you haven’t been able to get what you really want and it must be difficult to find another job in this economic climate. I’d guess you don’t want me to say that there must be a reason and that the right opportunity will find you, because I can feel how disheartened you are – those pesky cards don’t always give us the answer we want or sometimes any answer at all 🙂 This is my favourite season too, though my favourite festival – Halloween – is still to come! So come on Teagan, give us a link to your favourite post 🙂

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  5. I love that you’re talking about creating for creating’s sake. I need to get back to that. Feeling the pressure to publish and not having the time to collect thoughts around it stifles creativity. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • It’s hard to avoid that feeling that you should be working towards something, rather than just doing it for enjoyment. My writing has still been enjoyable even though I’ve been doing it with goals in mind, but the painting has just been time to switch off and play. How about sharing a link to your favourite post of yours Kay?

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  6. Andrea, I never have, but I feel as if I have attended after looking at these wonderful pictures! The mushrooms (toadstools?) are marvelous, and I love your paintings. What a delightful post.

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  7. Love the photos, Andrea, and this season as well. There’s something about the changes that make me take note and appreciate the fruits of Nature. It’s a wonderful idea you have to celebrate what we’ve done in the past year and share our bounty. Thank You! I’m happy for you on the many things you’ve accomplished throughout the year. You’ve been a busy girl.

    For me, I’d like to share my 2 biggest accomplishments and those are the videos on my walkabouts. They were both this summer, one in Pine Valley Ranch Park and the other on a spontaneous ride over Kenosha Pass. It was quite the techy experience in editing these videos and photos and putting these stories together. Here are the links if you’d like to check them out:

    http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/pats-walkabouts-pine-valley-ranch-park-and-the-pagoda/
    http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/nearing-the-end-of-summer-a-kenosha-pass-walkabout/

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      • You’re welcome, Andrea. Still got a long way to go, though, before I would say mastering videos. But, it was an interesting challenge to say the least. I’m happy you went along.

        I enjoy your landscape, too. It looks so green and lush. We had mushrooms this year, same as you, with all the rain we got but that’s not a regular thing. I’d like to see it more that way, though, and can appreciate what you must have all the time. Thank you for the harvest festival — a great idea. 🙂

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  8. What colorful mushrooms! I love the red, typically I only see the white.
    Your paintings are wonderful, Andrea. I love the one with the dog by the sea, he looks so determined. Congratulations on your offer of sale!
    One of my favorite blog posts was: http://jillweatherholt.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/i-wish-i-could-draw
    The reason it was my favorite is because I’ve always been embarrassed by my lack of artistic ability…even my stick people needed improvement. The encouraging comments made me feel less artistically challenged. 🙂

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    • I’d always wanted to see some fly agaric Jill, because they really are the toadstools of fairy tales, so it was good to see them peeking through the trees. And thanks for your comments on the paintings – that one is Winston, our dog, in his alert pose – it took me ages to capture him in the right pose! That was an interesting post on the talents we all wish we had, when actually, we already have some wonderful talents 🙂

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    • I just don’t pick them at all Dianne as I wouldn’t be confident that I’d identified them correctly 🙂 Thanks for your kind comments and I hope you do start to paint again when you’re ready. I missed the post you’ve linked to as I hadn’t ‘discovered’ you at that point, but I love to see the places that writers use to write – it certainly is a wonderful nook and must be very inspiring 🙂

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  9. What a wonderful reminder of what Autumn brings and allows us to let go. This has felt like a creative year for me as well–from experimenting with more knitting projects and drawing more to developing my own blog. I have been grateful especially for the opportunities I have had to spend time in the wilderness with dear friends. This is one post of such an experience that pays homage to the year past and illustrates reminders about what to make time for in the year coming. Thanks for your post! http://partridgepineandpeavey.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/yet-another-fishing-trip-cutthroat-trout-brook-trout-and-wildflowers/

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    • Thanks Hazel. Congratulations on your creative achievements this year, I’d be interested to learn more about those creative pursuits as well as your outdoors ones 🙂 What a wonderful post with some great photos – you helped me to experience that trip without being there and those dough boys sound delicious!

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  10. Love this post Andrea, a cornucopia of good things. Short stories? Let us have a peek at just one?

    I’ve had a sort of fallow year – hopefully the ground is growing richer in nutrients and things will start happening in the Spring. That said I hope to self-publish novel #4 before the end of the year.

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    • Thanks Roy, well…you’ll get to read my first ever attempt at flash fiction soon as I’ll be guest storytelling next month…and another will be published in a magazine at the beginning of October…Looking forward to reading number 4 Roy, how about a link to one of your favourite posts?

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  11. wonderful post Andrea 🙂 how marvellously talented you are! love all your paintings (the bottom two being my favourites). I draw but would love to paint but that may a few years away 😀 I have to agree with you that this time of year is a time of plenty both in a material and spiritual sense. I love mushrooms and cannot walk past a large toadstool without wondering if someone is home. (lots of fungi here in the forests at this time of the year). I am proud of the fact that I finally shared with the world 😉 a few of my poems. This one being a favourite http://ygmcadam.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/poem-the-last-song/

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    • Thanks Yolanda. I used to draw a lot but had never painted, so it’s definitely a work in progress, but not putting pressure on myself for them to be any good means I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Noticing all the fungi is all part of the fact that I now pay more attention – I was in the woods at the same time of year for the past two years and didn’t notice so much, so either it’s been a more productive season this year, or it just shows how much my paying attention has improved 🙂 I’m so glad you shared your poems, as I’ve greatly enjoyed them – this one that you’ve shared here is a particularly poignant and evocative one.

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  12. Wow, I can definitely form an appreciation for fungus that’s as thorough as my appreciation for flowers in looking at these. Not that I am a huge flower appreciator, but that’s probably just because I don’t spend enough time in nature and am too oft behind a keyboard (or out being a city mouse). It’s a good thing I have these photos at least.

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  13. A dozen short stories, Andrea?? Wow, that’s great – well done! I, on the other hand, am extremely proud of this one short story I’ve just finished. Not quite sure what to do with it yet, but feeling positive about it and I’ll continue to polish until it’s ready to submit into a competition. I’m also very proud to have just launched a writing services business, http://www.thewritetime.com.au, and already have a few projects on board. It’s a very different process of writing, but I’m loving the mix. As usual, a beautiful, inspiring post – thanks!

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    • Thanks Gemma, yes, the short stories just kept coming this year! Congratulations on both your short story and the launch of your business – that’s a real achievement and to have projects ready to go already, well done 🙂

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  14. I loved seeing those fantastical photos of the ‘shrooms, and also your paintings. Thank you for sharing those with us, and also your wonderful accomplishments. I’m proud of them with you. Great job.

    I haven’t had much of a great year since my husband’s accident. I’m looking forward to attending a writer’s conference next month to decide what to do with my finished novel. Hopefully, my health will hold out.

    In the mean time, keep up the inspirational work.

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  15. How interesting — our mutual interest in photographing fungi. (I have an archive of them).

    Joke from my Ken: A mushroom walks into a bar… hangs his head and says, “I don’t understand why I don’t have any friends… I’m a fungi!” (pun)

    Your dog-portrait paintings are original. (I would not say so, unless it were true!) If you want to “market” yourself as a painter, I think you might have a future in doing commissioned pet portraits.

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    • That must be an interesting archive Tracy. I remember in one of my favourite novels as I was growing up, one of the characters kept a drawer full of fungi she’d collected – there was that fascination with what they were but also the innate deadliness they have. Great joke! Thanks for the comments on my paintings, I have thought about it but at this stage don’t want to jump into that in case it takes the enjoyment away from it, something to think about for the future…Would you like to share a link to your favourite post of yours and / or your creative achievement of the year?

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      • Interestingly, my creative achievement of the year doesn’t “feel” creative, although it is. I learned to use InDesign (THE book design program) to produce print books, and I learned enough HTML to do some cool things on a blog I helped someone with. That’s political, so I don’t want to link to it (I keep my politics private).

        But, perhaps one of my great creative achievements this year, is that I have found a way to keep my blog going, without spending anywhere near the time I formerly spent on it. I’m putting in 2-3 hours/week, when, for a while, I spent 2-3 hours/day, 5 days/week. And I feel like the content has improved, rather than suffered (at least I hope so!). So I’ll link to my alphabet of help for living well, series, because I’m quite proud of it. Thanks, Andrea!

        http://tracyleekarner.com/2014/09/17/l-if-for-let-it-go-dump-5-things-to-increase-happiness/

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      • Thanks Tracy. This post offers some very useful advice for those who need to let go of things that are holding them back. Congratulations on getting to grips with book design and HTML, those are very useful creative skills to have. And for getting the balance right on your blog – this is a time of balance so a very appropriate achievement!

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  16. Hi Andrea!
    My favorite painting is the one with Winston caught in motion. I love when I see a dog like that, so focused and steady on what it is seeing.

    This has been an insightful year for me personally. I think my blog is a reflection of a desire to share and reach out and also as an avenue to articulate what is important to me. Looking back over my posts, I realize how many of them involve books! And now I understand in a concrete way why reading has meant so much to me over the decades.

    In that vein, my post on having discovered children’s classics as an adult is probably one of my favorites. http://travelightly.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/remembering-enchantment/

    I would also like to take this moment to thank you for the way you have encouraged your readers to discus and share our art and achievements and the kindly environment you have created here.

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    • Thanks Laurie, that’s one of my favourite poses of Winston – he does it all the time, except of course when I was trying to capture it! I remember the magic of that post and the quote you began it with – the books we read as children are so magical, one of the reasons I’m still seeking magic as an adult. I’m happy you like the celebration – whenever I hear about a success or read a great post, I wish for more people to see it – I feel as though there is a real community here so I take a maternal pride in my fellow bloggers successes 🙂

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  17. I love how you work your creativity around the seasons and then write about it so beautifully. Your painting is pretty good too!
    As far as my own writing goes, I’m trying not to be so lazy – I’m getting down to some serious thinking (well, it’s a start), about forthcoming competitions etc. A novel would be a long way off for me at the moment as I don’t have the time to commit to it at the moment. As for blog posts I’m pleased with – it’s difficult to say – I’m very self critical- but given that I had some fantastic responses recently for writing about a theatre trip I organised for some of our disenchanted kids, I’ll choose that one. Here’s the link:
    http://wp.me/p2L1xh-uP
    Thanks for letting us share in your harvest, Andrea!

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    • Thanks Jenny! I’m sure it’s busyness, not laziness! The highs and lows of submitting are wonderful and terrible, but you can’t beat the feeling of getting some success from it 🙂 That was a particularly touching post Jenny, about the difference you can make to a young person’s life by believing in them and relating to them on their own terms.

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  18. I have finally made it over here Andrea and of course I am delighted to read of your creative successes and many congratulations on your upcoming magazine publication – that is wonderful news and I look forward to hearing more about it! Also the news of a sale of one of your delightful paintings 🙂 I love how philosophical you are but I am sorry you haven’t heard from an agent…yet! I love this time of year as we prepare for the shorter days, it’s when I feel most creative. I struggle in the summer when it’s hot and sunny outside. You certainly love your toadstools! I wouldn’t dare pick any not knowing the difference in case they are deadly, I’m content to stay with my imaginings of the fairies flitting all about them 🙂 I love how you bring in the seasons with your cycle of creativity and the way you are able to look back and then move on to your new dreams. I want to thank you so much for this post because you have exhorted me to look back over the year and remember some of my accomplishments. I am far too hard on myself and when I wrote my ‘fear’ post I realised I needed to let go of my disappointments and perceived failures. Now I am reminded, thanks to you, that I’ve had two poems published in a poetry anthology with a creative non-fiction piece soon to be published in a ‘slice of life’ anthology that I am pressing on with my memoir. Yet, in thinking about which post I would consider my favourite I would have to say it was ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ – My Son’s Way Back’ http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/11/18/smoke-and-mirrors-my-sons-way-back/ because I was so deeply touched by the kindness shown to my son in his time of grief. Also, ‘The Power’ – How Has Writing Changed You?’ http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/11/07/the-power-how-has-writing-changed-you/ which I wrote when I felt so very raw and actually, although I didn’t say so at the time because it was too close to the events, I needed to work out some conflicting emotions I was feeling over the girl who broke my son’s heart and the way she treated him so badly. That post showed me that it is okay to write these things out and share them. Sorry for cheating with two. Happy autumn Andrea and I wish you every continued success in all your creative endeavours 🙂

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    • Thanks Sherri, all in all I think it was a great year for me creatively – and although the one achievement outstanding is the biggest one, I’m not downhearted, I’ve only made few submissions so far 🙂 I think this is the most creative time of year, when you can cosy up inside and feel that you want to look inwards. I’ve never seen so many toadstools Sherri and some of them really should have had fairies lounging on top 🙂 Congratulations on your achievements this year Sherri – I have that book of poems sitting on my bookshelves! I remember you sharing your son’s music with us and how talented he is. And I also remember including ‘The Power’ as one of my favourite posts of the year at the end of last year, it was a very powerful piece of writing.

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      • I still feel very confident that you will find your agent Andrea, I really do. I wonder what it is about there being so many toadstools this year? Are they a predictor of the kind of winter we might be in for? Keep an eye out for our fairies won’t you? 😉 Thank you again for your ongoing support of my writing, it’s lovely to know that you have a copy of Heart Whispers and I remember very clearly your pingback on The Power last year and how much that meant to me. Now I must re-read your link to your favourite post 🙂

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  19. My goodness, you have been productive! I admire your creativity, Andrea, and your talent. I am writing my second novel, and await news on my first novel which is being considered by a publisher who requested the full manuscript after reading a partial and synopsis.

    Where is your short story being published?

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  20. I needed some free time to return to your post, Andrea. ‘Liking’ wasn’t enough. My favorite posts on your blog are the ones that link our human creativity to the seasons. Fall can be the perfect time to gather the ideas that were planted in our minds during the long summer days to give them a chance to bloom. It seems that many people favor summer to write. I used to be that way but less now. There is a freedom during the summer months that call for reverie. But when the days shorten and I get to spend more time indoors, I feel the need for longer writing days.
    I love your photos (I love mushrooms!) and your beautiful paintings.
    The orange color for your background is gorgeou too.
    Enjoy the fall season and its creativity, Andrea. And to everyone reading you, best fall wishes.

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    • Thanks Evelyne, that’s what I love about autumn – all that time indoors, in the warm, to dream and create – and then being scoured clean by the elements when you do go outside. Would you like to share your favourite post and the achievement you’re most proud of this year?

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  21. “…stools waiting for their toads…” I love the phrase, though I’m not crazy about mushrooms, or as my neighbor called them, “those dangerous toad stools.” A wonderful post, and the paintings are great.

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  22. I love your picture of Winston – the way the paw is raised and the look out across the sea. You have really captured a moment there. And the Cherry Blossom is gorgeous too – a close up shot, all you need. Congratulations for all your fruitful efforts, both the writing and the painting. The agent will come – the trick is not to give up!

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  23. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A great idea to celebrate our year by looking back at all we have accomplished and brought to harvest. I have a great deal going on in my life with moving house, writing projects and when I look at the fruit of this year’s labour I guess that in the 10 months since I began blogging everyday has been the most satisfying and rewarding. In large part because of the interaction with others who have gone from being nodding acquaintances over a post or two, to friends who support and communicate in all sorts of different worlds. Does not get much better than that – belonging to a community of like minded people.

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  24. Andrea what an awesome year you are having, all that hard work is paying off. I love the art and think you could sell your work easily, beautiful. I love the images of toadstools too they are magical. I guess I am a long way off from finding a publisher for my picture book but I am happy to say I am happy with my manuscript and the illustrations are coming along so that is one of my proudest achievements this year. Inspiring post.

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  25. I really enjoyed this post. You captured the mood of autumn perfectly. Congratulations on such a bountiful creative harvest. As for me, I just started blogging, so that’s my creative focus right now. Thank you for inviting all of us to share our achievements.

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  26. What lovely paintings! You capture the soul of the dogs so well. And how wonderful to contemplate on your creative goals at this time of the year and so sweet to ask us to think of ours. I tend to make my goals, creative and personal, in the Spring. So far I’ve written the outline for a nonfiction project and I’ve started sketching again.

    My favorite blog post – it’s hard to answer, but I liked my last one: http://readinginterrupted.com/2014/09/06/beatrix-potter-and-the-mouse/

    Hope you have a wonderful Autumn, Andrea!

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    • Thanks Letizia. I’m intrigued by your goals, hope you’ll share more about them in the coming months – and maybe some of your sketches! I loved the serendipity of that last post – the real mouse and the fictional one 🙂

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  27. I love your paintings–the dog by the water is particularly beautiful. I understand the difficulties in finding an agent. I’m sure this will work out for you soon. Regardless of that, congratulations on all of your writing accomplishments. You achieved a lot in a year. You certainly have been thriving!

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  28. Those dog paintings are amazing, Andrea. You’ve so captured their personalities. I think they are definitely worth buying. Perhaps, one day, when I’ve earned some money from my writing (positive thinking) I will commission you to do a painting of a certain chocolate Labrador that I live with.

    You’ve certainly achieved a great deal in the last year. Well done.

    I’ve not quite achieved what I hoped, which was to have my novel snatched up by a literary agent , who then goes on to hold a mighty auction between publishers. Hah, hah! But I have had the next best thing, which is agents saying some really nice things about my writing, although no takers yet.

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    • Thanks Sarah! I can certainly empathise with the wait for an agent, but as you say, you’ve had some great comments, so just waiting for the right agent to take a chance. Would you like to share a link to your favourite post?

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  29. What a lovely and creative way to celebrate the harvest season with us, Andrea! And it looks like this community is ever more growing.. the scrolling I have to do to reach the comment box at the bottom 😀 It takes me forever also because I like to read what others have written in a comment to your post (I’m a slow but thorough reader)
    Congratulations on so many achievements! And those yet to come.. a magazine publication? Wow, I’m so much looking forward in hearing more about that, Andrea.
    My biggest achievement.. hmm, I guess making it safe and sound to Texas haha. I had some work related plans and goals in mind earlier this year that took flight in spring and summer but have been stalled again now because of the move. However I’m confident I’ll find new opportunities over here and actually this re-adjustement may be an invitation to re-evaluate and take up some study again. Looking forward to that as well.

    It’s hard to pick a favourite post. Country girl goes urban http://karinvandenbergh.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/country-girl-goes-urban/ because I so much enjoyed my stay in New York and I’m pretty pleased with the pictures as well. But I also like the more introverted tone of Return to Essence. Two completely different posts that well reflects my inner complexity 😉

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  30. Three links here …
    1. Your guest storyteller post has gone live on my blog this morning http://sarahpotterwrites.com/2014/10/04/octobers-guest-storyteller-andrea-stephenson/
    2. An achievement — the monthly guest storyteller slot that I started back in January is still going strong
    http://sarahpotterwrites.com/guest-storytellers-2/
    3. My favourite post — Although I’m not generally into reminiscence, I rather enjoyed writing this http://sarahpotterwrites.com/2014/09/13/school-and-all-that-blah-six-word-memoirs/

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    • Thanks so much for the guest storyteller spot, I’ve just visited and re-blogged it. As one of your alumni of the guest storyteller spot I think it’s a great idea and definitely a creative achievement. I enjoyed the post you’ve linked to – first hand experience of something that I think many of us wanted to do, though the reality was obviously very different 🙂

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