Persevering

Persevering

Greetings, dear pond readers! I’m writing to you with a general update on things in my corner of the midwest. This winter was rough with illness and spring has continued in this vein. I’m declaring a win over my latest bout with infectious disease but with the quietest of voices so that the germs don’t hear me and change their plans.

2021 Blueberries on the Wee Bairn’s Blueberry Shrub by E.A. Schneider

Bulbs are coming up. Grass is beginning to green. The soil looks invitingly black and rich. My inner terrier wants to dig and root and inhale deeply of the rich scent of earth. I keep eyeing the garden centers in my area looking for signs of stocked greenhouses. Already I have read and reread my seed packets to sketch my 2022 Good News Garden alongside my Wee Bairn. My spouse laughs lovingly at us for being a pair of Mr. McGregors scolding the naughty bunnies who have eaten the Wee Bairn’s blueberry shrub to a lone, resilient stick and bisected multiple bulbs we planted with their incisors.

Mr. McGregor is not the only literary character on my mind. I keep thinking of Frog and Toad looking for Spring around every corner together in Frog and Toad All Year. That story is one of my very favorites and I love that I can share it with the Wee Bairn. Side by side we hurry to every plot we dug in 2021 to check for green shoots launching upward to the sky or remains rejected by naughty bunnies with picky palettes. It has smote my sore chest every time the Wee Bairn wants to linger outside to plant flowers and fruits only to be told again for the 47th time not today, not yet.

Watching Wildlife Through the Window 2021 by E.A. Schneider

Nevertheless, spring is coming. Seeds will go in the ground. Some will germinate and thrive and some will not. No matter what, it will be an adventure and I’m glad that I can share it with my Wee Bairn. In keeping with the Good News Gardens principles of plant, pray, and proclaim, I’m keen to chronicle our 2022 adventures here again. I’m having fun coming up with ideas to plant seeds and head start them effectively using up-cycled things like milk jugs, drink trays, and cardboard. We’ll see how successful I am in this but it will be fun.

First Bulb Sighting in the Wee Bairn’s Bulb Garden by E.A. Schneider

Speaking of fun, I’m happy to report that this is a big week for my E.A. Lawrence writing journey. I submitted a story to a lovely place this weekend, another story is still under consideration at another lovely place, and last night I found out my status in the NYCMidnight short story contest. Like so much this season, the news is bittersweet. The lovely place didn’t buy my story and the judges didn’t advance me to the next round of judging in the NYCMidnight short story contest. C’est la vie. The sweet part? The lovely place’s reply was encouraging and the NYCMidgnight judges gave me some helpful, constructive feedback on my story. I am heartened that I have some quality stories that just need to find the right home and I’m energized to look.

Frozen Dewdrop on Broccoli 2021 by E.A. Schneider

I’ve also been doggedly plugging away at another short story project that is due in May. Sometimes I write 10 words and reread what I wrote. Other times I write 250. Every time, I text one of my writing friends with a progress update to keep me accountable. I’m writing in my pandemic log and am on volume three. My area is littered with empty pen cartridges. Every time I think I’ve picked them all up, I or the Wee Bairn finds another. Even for as ill as I’ve been and I’ve been scary ill, I’m continuing to write even if it is only a little bit. The effort is a healing exercise. Getting the feedback I’ve gotten on my stories makes me want to seize my fountain pen and dive as deeply into the page as I can. I made a list of my drafts in progress and am cross referencing it with a table of upcoming publishing calls that look promising. I’m trying my absolute best to live up to my writing spirit animal. I sincerely doubt that I will finish all of these stories, at least to my satisfaction, but pondering the possibility gives my arrector pili¬†muscles the good kind of electric boost.

Lake Michigan Spring Snow by E.A. Schneider

The Wee Bairn has also been helping me cut out fabric and started their first hand sewing project this weekend. While sharing certain fabrics from my stash with others was met with protest, the magic of seeing shapes of fabric emerge from the Accuquilt Go was a thrill declared to be the most fun thing ever by my preschooler. I always appreciate this accolade. Of particular interest was the sight of the fabric we used to make a scarf together for the Wee Bairn. The idea that a single fabric could be in both the scarf and be cut into squares for something else for someone else was a fascinating notion to my preschooler. I’m glad. That concept has always been poetic to me. Rattling around in my heart I think there is a fairy tale on the subject but it’s still growing.

I might post these pictures again when I do my post about all my recent sewing projects but here are pictures of the scarf that the Wee Bairn helped me sew. Not only was my Presser Foot Operator on the case, we collaborated on feeding the flannel and minky fabric through the machine. Turning the scarf right-side out was also a source of great excitement and interest. The scarf has become something to cuddle and use as a lasso on the parents more than something warm to wear but that’s okay; we had fun making it together. I pray that someday my child and my future in-laws will be the happier for these early experiments in creativity and making useful, lovely things.

Spring is around the corner. It’s up to us to persevere and get there. Hopefully, this finds you well and healthy and dreaming of pleasant adventures. Are you creating? Writing? Taking pictures?

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Pumpkin Flavored Victory

Pumpkin Flavored Victory

Greetings, dear pond readers! Earlier this summer I posted about my experiment writing through the crud of life. Good news, that experiment helped jumpstart some great writing productivity. Thanks to a super awesome friend of mine, I found out about an exciting writing contest with a final submission deadline of August 31st. I’ve always thought that deadlines were useful tools even though I frequently watch in horror as they fly over my head. This time, this golden happy time, I managed to turn the headlong rush of the deadline into useful momentum. The project that I was stuck on how to re-write? I persevered through where I was stuck and successfully finished what I hope is the final draft of the next E.A. Lawrence publication. Not only did I finish, I finished two days ahead of deadline and 10 words under the max word count. There was happy dancing.

High Stepping Rhino by E.A. Schneider

This wasn’t easy. I chiseled away at my revisions in the morning, on my lunch break, and late into the night; oftentimes all three on multiple days in a week. My friends helped me stay honest. I tend to be secretive about what I’m working on and don’t share specifics but when people asked me how I was, I said working on a deadline. It felt good to say that and know that I was making progress. I like drafting new stories but I actually find revising to be more elementally satisfying. Like editing a photo, working on a revision feels like artistry to make the small tweaks that make a beautiful, unified whole.

Bumblebee in my Good News Garden by E.A. Schneider

Because one of my writer/D&D friends is also a talented baker, they gave me a giant loaf of pumpkin chocolate chip bread to celebrate my victory last week. Today I finished the last bite and while I’m always up for more pumpkin flavored everything, I find myself hungry for another writing challenge. For as excited as I am about the draft I turned in to the contest, I’m more excited about the rush of making the deadline. Win, lose, or draw on this specific contest, I have a marketable draft that I can place with a publishing home. Now, I just want to repeat this writing achievement. I have a handful of short fiction projects in various stages of drafting and editing as well as a long line of new ideas for stories twinkling across my mind. Can I find momentum to reach a new deadline? God-willing and coffee pouring, yes. Tonight I spent time organizing my calendar alerts with deadlines for submission for seven different publishing opportunities. Will I make all of these deadlines? Probably not. Will I polish up more stories that make me smile and get submitted for some of these? Yeah, I think I will.

Swimming River Otter by E.A. Schneider

How are you doing creatively, dear pond readers? Any big projects you’re working on this Fall?

Please, get vaccinated, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

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SciPhi Journal Story Available!

Happy news, dear pond readers! My new short science fiction story has just been published and is available to read over at SciPhi Journal. You can download the whole Special Summer Issue here as a PDF, if you prefer to read on your phone or print out a paper copy. You can also read it here: Silica Field Study SOP by E.A. Lawrence It even has pictures! I’ve never seen pictures with my published stories before so this is exciting. Here is a frog to celebrate.

Lithobates sylvaticus in color by E.A. Schneider

This story represents the best synthesis of my passions for science and creative writing. As a biologist with an English minor, I have often felt divided in my disparate contexts. The older I’ve gotten the more I have realized that this is an artificial construct, that there is no meaningful contradiction in these loves. Nonetheless, emotional habits are real and hard to change. A couple different people told me over the years that my Silica story, my sci-fi exploration of a new world and a unique people, was un-marketable and would never sell. Though I set it aside, I never stopped thinking about it. Finding SciPhi Journal, realizing that imaginative science writing had an audience, and seeing my work in print there has been a balm. I can hardly wait to read the other stories in the issue. I also feel energized to keep writing. I loaded up my fountain pens last night and I have high hopes to empty them all out in my journals to get all of you more E.A. Lawrence stories as soon as possible. Here is another frog and my favorite photograph that I’ve taken with my Canon SLR.

Lithobates sylvaticus in B&W by E.A. Schneider

What are you writing/sewing/growing/cooking/creating in your life? Any thoughts or questions on my Silica Field Study SOP?

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Good Things Coming Up

Hello, dear pond readers and happy spring! I have a few exciting announcements. First of all, my bulbs are starting to come up. They have survived the depredations of bunnies and squirrels as well as the vagaries of weather. I have been smiling extra since seeing the brave shoots growing heavenward.

Second of all, I have signed up for the Good News Gardens ministry of my church denomination again. Cultivating my chaos garden during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic crisis was a source of much comfort and inspiration. I am excited to recommit to participating again. In keeping with the values of plant, pray, and proclaim, I’m planning to expand my garden space and plant a wider variety of vegetables. I am still going to do chaos gardening but this year I’m going to try to plant some things more or less in rows. We will see how this turns out. No matter what grows, it will be an adventure. My Wee Bairn is keen to help me with all this hard work in the garden and they are now equipped with a set of their very own tools with a wagon to pull them in. God-willing, all this enthusiasm will blossom into a willingness to eat more vegetables. Miracles do happen, especially in gardens.

Hard Work in Progress by E.A. Schneider

Finally, the biggest announcement of late: I’ve sold another fiction story. The lovely editorial team at Sci Phi Journal is publishing a new piece of my science fiction in their upcoming special issue on xeno-anthropology. If you’re a fan of E.A. Lawrence speculative fiction, you can mark your calendars for June/July to read my latest story. I’m hopping off the walls excited about this sale and this story. Luckily for my walls, I’m channeling this momentum into topping off my tea, filling up my fountain pens, and rocking out to my music working on more stories to share. This is starting to feel like an inflection point in my burgeoning writing career and I’m so excited to see how far I can go.

How is your spring going, dear pond readers? Any exciting news or fun project updates? Any big plans for spring and summer?

Please, get vaccinated, wear your mask, wash your hands, stay well, stay kind, and leave a comment or question below. Thanks for stopping by the pond today.

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program here at Technicolorlilypond, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Some of the links in this post are part of this program and I hope that any fees will help support me as I continue writing and doing creative things here at Technicolorlilypond. Thanks for your support!

Author Interview

Greetings, dear pond readers! Today, my favorite YouTube personality, Amber Unabridged, published the interview that we did back in October 2020 after my newest short story, “Smithsonian Soldiers,” was published. If you want to learn more about my writing and Nerds for A Cure while enjoying some greenery, sunshine, and birdsong as we await Spring, check it out.

Have you had a chance to read anything mentioned in the interview? Anything you want to talk about or ask about?

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I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program here at Technicolorlilypond, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Some of the links in this post are part of this program and I hope that any fees will help support me as I continue writing and doing creative things here at Technicolorlilypond. Thanks for your support!