A Soft Opening
Good morning from sunny, cooler Vermont. It’s one of those days–when you want to be outside for no good reason except to feel the nip in the air, watch the leaves change, and be present and accounted for as part of life’s great adventure so you don’t miss a single good thing. I myself feel the pull of outside, and once I’m done blogging and finishing a few chores, you’ll find me on the porch, messing around with my container plants, all three of them.
Today, somewhere in the University Mall in South Burlington, a store is having its soft opening. The store contains about 80 booths, each filled with wares from crafters all over the state. We are one of them. From September through December, we’ll be selling my books, my daughter’s tee shirts and totes, and other art-based odds and ends. The manager of the store takes care of actually selling and restocking products, so besides my doing a few book signings, the whole enterprise should take care of itself. My husband is running the show from home–I hurt my back this summer and don’t have the oomph to check in and do whatever has to be done. We should be fully stocked by next weekend. If you are in the area, please stop in. We appreciate feedback as well. One of my goals today is to find and design compostable business cards.
Speaking of compost, my zero-waste journey continues, though I have to tone down my zeal. I think I made our good friends feel uncomfortable as I went on about what I’d given up or replaced. I don’t want to have that effect on people. Then again, I am joyful about my new toothpaste bits.
Quill Point hasn’t been published yet. The publisher and I are emailing regularly, and I’m hopeful that he’ll turn it out by the end of the year. Meanwhile, I’m happy that my other books are meeting the Burlington market.
That’s it for this week. Though I enjoyed my summer break from blogging, I’ve missed the craft of writing and the connection it brings to all of you. Check back next week for another segment of Finding Home.