|I'm pointing at the instructor's landscape, not my own.|
|Lisa was a star at Paint Nite!|
|The first draft of my novel|
Bath inspired my book, and it plays a key role in the development of the characters and their relationships. I may have to rewrite the story a dozen times before I’m ready to share it, and I’m not sure that anyone will want to read it when it’s finished, but it was quite a rocket ride to write. For the past two years, I’ve been collecting historical facts from various sources, like the Maine Maritime Museum, the Bath Historical Society, and the Georgetown Historical Society. I’ve also worked with the research team at Sagadahoc Preservation, Inc., who traced the history of our Federal-style home on Washington Street back to 1823. Reading the history of my own home helped me imagine Bath in the 1800’s and first quarter of the nineteenth century. I’ve also relied on two great books for maritime guidance: Live Yankees by W. H. Bunting and A Maritime History of Bath, Maine and the Kennebec River Region by William Avery Baker, a two volume set that my husband purchased at Open Door Books, Bath's quirky used bookstore on Front Street, for Valentine’s Day last year. Joe knows me well. It was truly a romantic gift, and it helped me explore the rich history of a region I have come to love. Truth inspires fiction, and sometimes fiction is more believable. Nevertheless, I changed the names of the genuine ship masters and shipbuilders who inspired my characters. The sins of the father are not the sins of the son, but they have the power to captivate us for generations. Writing about the past, certainly makes the present fly by, and I’m grateful for the cold weather that kept me inside at my desk, and encouraged me to finish a story worth telling word by word.
|Beryl's Pastries at Bath Farmers' Market|
In December, I found and purchased the best scone pan at Now Your Cooking and so far I’ve mastered two varieties, blueberry-lemon and mini-chocolate chip. Next, I’m going to try making Todd Coffin’s favorite ginger scones. If I succeed, I will have three quality scones to offer friends and family whenever they visit, and that leads me to the talking and entertaining part of my winter strategy for survival.
Perhaps you’ve already guessed that I love to talk almost as much as I love to write. Obviously, the two go together like movies and popcorn. When I’m in Bath, I find myself longing for Saturday morning because I can walk up to the Farmers’ Market and talk to the bakers, the farmers, the candle and coffee makers. In spring, summer, and fall, the market is held outdoors at Waterfront Park, and it feels like a peaceful gathering on the green, but in winter it’s held at the historic Bath Freight Shed, and it feels like an indoor festival with music and twinkle lights, and everyone lingers at the booths filled with produce, bread, donuts and muffins. For four marvelous hours, the shed comes alive and everyone is talking to someone! It’s a joyful noise, and it makes me happy in winter! Of course, Saturday is only one day in a week of seven, so one must plan to visit, and you cannot expect to visit if you don’t entertain, so I enjoy entertaining when it’s cold outside.
And there is always some occasion to celebrate: Boxer
Day, New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day, My
Granddaughter’s Birth, The Oscars, Saint Patrick’s Day. There’s always a reason
to fill all the chairs, cover the table with food and drink, and toast to
winter and the blessings of the season: friends and family! When we gather
around the table, I love to talk about meaningful topics, like family,
politics, faith, peace and justice, and most of all, how good the sun will feel
|Celebrate winter with friends and family!|