It’s a cold, rainy, windy day out across the island today, but it’s just the kind of day for huddling indoors and doing some preliminary planning for next year.
I’ve written before about doing my planning in the fall – usually November – as a holdover from the nursery when all seeds and plants were ordered and the nursery production set for the following year.
I’m early this year but the cold, rainy weather scudding down the channel today was perfect for huddling indoors and turning on the fireplace. This morning I’ve been listing and evaluating the things I want to do next year in my creative moments.
Dry Stone Walls
Building more stone walls is high on my list. I have to extend both ends of the front wall across to the house because the rabbits discovered how to get into the garden to enjoy the perennials. I’ll pull apart the ends and extend them. Then I’ll build some swinging rabbit-proof gates to control access.
There’s also Mayo’s vegetable garden to protect and I’m going to do a stone wall around it to replace the rather ugly chicken wire fence I threw up around this new garden this past spring.
I purchased some sculptural clay and I’ll be messing about with sculpture on a smaller and lighter scale. I have no idea where this will take me but I’ve already lined up an instructor on how to handle and prepare clay for working with it.
I’ve planned for the layout, raised beds and stone walls around Mayo’s vegetable garden – both for rabbit protection and for creating another attractive and productive garden space. The plans for this garden are in my head and I’ll post them as I complete them step by step next year on the garden blog.
One of the criteria I set for the next year was for “paying it forward” in gardening. I’ve published ebooks but taking the time to answer questions has always been a time-problem. (After all, there’s a ton of readers out there and a “one of me.”)
I’m experimenting with video on Facebook and Youtube to see if I can help out without feeling overwhelmed and guilty. I can’t personally respond to every one of the thousands of folks who watch my videos but I’ll do my best to be helpful. (But the first person to whine about not getting an answer…) 😉
Here’s where the carnage gets very real. The accurate description of this adventure was a “creative success but an economic failure.” I received all kinds of glowing emails from folks about the stories but that enthusiasm stopped well short of actually – you know – spending the amount of a cup of coffee on one of the ebooks.
I managed to say what I wanted to say, explored many of the themes I wanted to look at so the adventure was a creative success for me albeit an economic disaster.
As I write this, all fiction projects have been put on hold so my time can go to other projects that help folks.
I’ve also unpublished the Merlin series because of potential cultural appropriation issues.
Future Fiction? Who knows. This one is a week-to-week decision although I do have a new learning project that may apply to this area.
So, In Summary
I’ll write when I feel like it in whatever genre, help when I can with videos when I feel like it, and maybe write a few more practical gardening ebooks.
But I’m now officially retired so I’ll have to add it to the pile of other retirement projects, many of which were once on the “someday” list but have been moved to “today” status.
I’m also determined to get through my “to read” pile of books by spring. That is going to be the largest challenge and I’ll have to get back to you on that.