Homemade Living Series (+ Giveaway!!!)
When I was up in NYC last Tuesday, our first meeting of the day was with Library Journal. This publication, geared toward’s the nation’s libraries (who have, historically, been large supporters of my books-thank you!), is housed in the same building as WNYC, New York’s public radio station. As we waited to get clearance to head upstairs to our meeting (that’s a thing now, post-9/11; you have to get audible clearance from whomever you’re meeting with before you can get sent up), I watched people come and go on their way to work. It suddenly occurred to me that I haven’t really gone into work in 5 years.
I left my job at an Asheville doctor’s office in June 2008. From that point on, barring a few months of my pregnancy that I helped out my friend Jodi at her lovely cake shop, I’ve been working from home. Mostly in p.j.’s, typically with a mug of coffee that moves from hot to tepid as the “work day” progresses. Working from home, while it sounds cozy (and it is!), has its fair share of challenges. It can be terribly difficult to focus if Huxley is home (and, unless Glenn has taken him out, either on the property or in town, he usually is home). It can be quite hard to overlook housework or yard work that needs to be done. It can also be challenging to simply create my own initiative. Over the years, though, I’ve gotten better at overcoming all of these challenges, especially when I look at the body of work I’ve developed since early summer 5 years ago.
With five books out, and two more coming in 2014 (and, hopefully, another soon thereafter), I’m finally beginning to truly feel like I can call myself an “author.” It still feels weird to say that. Author. Sounds so formal, official, and I often think of myself as anything but formal, and definitely not official. I’m pretty goofy in real life, and, as I write this, am laying on a blanket on the kitchen floor with Huxley, watching a cartoon (we’re both sick!), feeling very much more like a youthful adult than an official title of any sort. That said, I’ve reached a place where I feel really, really good about the work I’ve done, and that I’m currently doing. I’ve always (always, always, always) had a hard time giving myself praise or accolades. It’s always made me feel smug or braggerty or vain to do so. I think, though, that I need to say to myself, from time to time (and occasionally in Ryan Gosling’s voice) “Hey girl, you’re doing alright. You’ve got this.”
SO! What an introduction. Can you tell I’m fighting a sinus infection (Huxley, too) and being a bit rambley as a result? What all of this leads up to is this: I’m giving away one set of the entire Homemade Living series! I’m immensely proud of this set of books, from the content all the way down to the images, graphics, and even covers. Canning & Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Home Dairy, and Keeping Bees will all go to one lucky small measure reader, signed by me, and mailed to you via the publisher of those books, Lark Crafts. YES! Whether you’ve always wanted these books but haven’t yet purchased any, or know someone that would love the set, or several recipients to distribute the set amongst, now’s the chance!
I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding Thursday, November 14th, midnight EST. The giveaway, per my publisher’s request, is open to U.S. residents only (sorry international buddies!). To enter, simply leave a comment below. You can tell me why you’d like to win, or just that you’d like to win. I’ll randomly select one winner next week. In your comment, do be sure to leave a means of contacting you should you be the winner, via either a link back to your blog or website, or by leaving your email in your comment.
Here’s to 5 years of jammie-clad, coffee-sipping, keyboard-clicking! May the next 5 be just as grand!