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I am a mother...

So what's it like being a mother at home again after so long? I took the boys to school then I did the dishes and cleaned up the breakfast chaos, hung out the washing. A friend called round from the Hutt for morning tea. We talked a lot about paint and decorating and her quilting ventures. Then I had to take Christy's clarinet in for orchestra. I left a long note for her dean. I chatted to a new mother I know who was showing her baby to the girls for some class or other. I met one of Christy's school friends, a really nice girl from South Africa. I drove down to the wrought iron factory place and talked about some gates we want. I wandered round Freedom Furniture then I was looking for the loo and I found the most AMAZING children's furniture shop that just opened back in October! The site is here
http://www.cileknewzealand.com/index.htm
Click on the lilac and flora tabs to see what Christy likes the most! I stopped at Miramar to buy sweet Hong Kong buns for the boys for afternoon tea.
I posted something off to Cari and the lady behind the counter called me 'sweetie' OMG!

I did some writing. I have now officially finished with Safe... I think. I wondered if just too much happened to Keeley in the end, but *shrug* that's how the story went. And I skim read through a book my friend Sue gave me, 'The New Zealand Writer's Handbook' and that talks all about publishing. It even lists NZ publishers and what sort of things each one publishes so you don't waste your time trying, say, to sell a novel about a gay safecracker with a primary immune deficiency to a firm that only publishes writing about Maori history in Northland...
I don't know if I'd pursue publishing at any stage - the book talks about planning your writing so that your story will sell. I was never interested in that. I'd have to do something different, I suspect. Still. Who knows what the future might bring, huh! Can't hurt to fling the fic around the country a little...

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vivh
Feb. 28th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
I found the most AMAZING children's furniture shop that just opened back in October! The site is here
http://www.cileknewzealand.com/index.htm
Click on the lilac and flora tabs to see what Christy likes the most!


"lilac" was a little too pink for me, but I like "flora", I liked some things in the golf range too!

I did some writing. I have now officially finished with Safe... I think

Does that mean I get to see it soon?*g*
natesmountain
Feb. 28th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
-Does that mean I get to see it soon?*g*
Yeah, now that I have finished being the Most Thick Person on earth, yeah, I'll send it along in an email, huh?
vivh
Feb. 28th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
I'll look forward to it!
natesmountain
Feb. 28th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
Should be there already!
vivh
Feb. 28th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
Yes it's here!!!
natesmountain
Feb. 28th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
Honestly, the wonders of modern technology, it's quite extraordinary, that I could finish tonight and you have it five minutes later on the other side of the world.
vivh
Feb. 28th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
I know amazing isn't it! (break to stir pan - playdough nearly burnt!) I do love having the internet!
natesmountain
Feb. 28th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)
Me too, but I always make my playdough in the microwave! Is it easy in a pan?
vivh
Feb. 28th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
Yes, I've always done it that way!
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 28th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
I posted something off to Cari
Hooray!

the lady behind the counter called me 'sweetie' OMG!
I went to take a test yesterday and the woman called me "hun" about six times!

I think Safe is worthy of publishing, but I would understand if you didn't pursue publishing. I know how much that story means to you, and I could see not wanting to publish.
natesmountain
Feb. 28th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
- the woman called me "hun" about six times!
Hee! When I arrived at my wedding, we were really late (incredibly long and frustrating story) and I was absolutely furious because I am never late for anything, and my father pulled up outside the church and I leapt out. The photographer (a famous Wellingtonian who was sadly killed a few years later in a helicopter accident) rushed up and said, 'get back in the car, love, I want to get a picture of you getting out' and I backed up against the car and said, 'fine, but if you call me love again I'm going to punch you in the nose'
OMG! I'm embarrassed now, twenty years later! *blush*

-I think Safe is worthy of publishing, but I would understand if you didn't pursue publishing
Thanks. It's better now than when I sent it to you! But I still think it's kind of too ESF - well, what would you call it, EKF??! for an audience of more than the few here LOL! I might be embarrassed by that. I think I wanted to write it without thinking about an audience one would market for. So, don't know!
moth2fic
Feb. 28th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
I like the Flora best, too. Does Christy need new furniture?!
What a lovely day you had!
And Safe!!!! :) I think you should try to publish, to spread the pleasure - after all, you don't need to be upset if they say they haven't room on their current lists for it - it's their loss and you didn't write it for publication anyway.
I'm so glad you made room for writing in the middle of a 'normal' day. That's what your life should be like, now that the bazaar is over.
natesmountain
Feb. 28th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Poor Christy has all she needs, but she has never had one bought piece of new bedroom furniture in her life, she has an old oak wardrobe, an old chest of drawers repainted, Asher's bed... Steve did make her one really nice set of little drawers for all her little things... But I'd love to make her room something really special and magical for those last few years she will be with us. She is that kind of girl, she likes flowers and fairies and purples and pinks and wearing skirts not jeans... we are not alike in those ways *g* I have painted the walls purple, made cool curtains, but the furniture... I just need a spare $2000 and it'd be done *g*

Hee, thank you. Like I said to Cari above, I worry that it's just too ESF (well, I was thinking EKF!!) for an audience of more than the people who I know like that sort of thing! Still, as you say, I didn't write it for publication anyway.

And yeah, I'm making my life how I want it, for now! *g*
moth2fic
Mar. 1st, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I understand the ESF/EFK initials but if you're worried about the content you could try one of the publishers I've learnt about on my writers' group - will email you some ideas.

Re Christy's furniture - could you afford to buy her one piece then paint her other stuff to match? You can get really lovely tranfers and stencils as well as cool paint colours and stains. And plywood shapes (like the ones that can be used for mock 'pelmets') can transform things. You could even rig up some sort of draped fourposter effect. I know people who've made themed bedrooms for their kids without spending much - just taken the ideas from the catalogues and showrooms.
natesmountain
Mar. 1st, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
-Re Christy's furniture - could you afford to buy her one piece then paint her other stuff to match? You can get really lovely tranfers and stencils as well as cool paint colours and stains. And plywood shapes
We have done all those things to Christy's furniture over the years. I painted my father's limed pine bedside table purple to match the walls, and before that it, and a matching chest of drawers, had been a lime-white with new handles. We stripped an oak wardrobe for her and she has covered it in all sorts of fun fairy things, with colourful gel shapes around the mirror. Steve made her a bed head with a girl with plaits and a baby white tiger, it was brilliant, but she has grown out of that now. Steve made her bookshelf, which is almost floor to ceiling, in rimu. I made the curtains. Trust me, we've been making things for years LOL! Even her baby furniture was second hand, and I painted it all myself - blue, of course ;)

-I'm not sure I understand the ESF
ESF was Evil Sam Fiction, stories about Sam Seaborn where he got hurt or ill or tortured in some terrible way! It became a kind of fandom genre!
moth2fic
Mar. 3rd, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
I'm obviously trying to teach my grandmother how to suck eggs! (Hope you know the English saying). Even if you had the money,she won't actually live at home for that much longer - only a few years - and it would make sense to save the money for her for later. She'd thank you in the end. Meanwhile, keep on with the do-it-yourself method!

ESF and EKF now make perfect sense!
natesmountain
Mar. 3rd, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
-keep on with the do-it-yourself method!
Well, I do know what she likes now so... maybe!

-ESF and EKF now make perfect sense!
Hee! Funny, huh! And now I am torturing poor Nick!
moth2fic
Mar. 3rd, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
All part of the rich tapestry of 'hurt/comfort' fic, which is popular with litfic readers as well as fans. So carry on!
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