This morning I received an email in my inbox informing me that today was World Wide Knit in Public Day. Being a knitter, I knew I had to find a way to celebrate. So I packed my camera and my latest knitting project — a baby blanket.

First stop, a friend’s yard sale.

She was selling some knitting needles. So I thought photo-op.

Then I went to the Happy Tides health food store. Tamara is celebrated her store’s grand opening. She wasn’t selling anything knitting related but was happy to hold my needles. I don’t think she knits. What do you think?

Next stop — Farmer’s Market. I meet my friend who is a little goofy…but then so am I.

"Author Celia A. Leaman knits at her booth in the farmer's market where she also sells her books. Buy. Enjoy. I did."

Last stop, my friend Celia A Leaman’s booth. Celia does knit. She also spins and dyes. As well she writes informative and enjoyable books. Is there anything she doesn’t do? I don’t know. I do that she’s very talented. Please visit her this summer. Buy a book, read it — enjoy. I did.

Visit me:  www.oknitting.com

ArtC raft is a seasonal gallery on Salt Spring Island.  It is located in Mahon Hall (114 Rainbow Road). This year it will be open June 18th to September 19th.

Today I will leave my home on Mayne Island and sail to Salt Spring Island. I will wheel a large suitcase behind me. This suitcase contains knitted items, my audio book NOVELTY YARN, and my cozy mystery MAYNELY A MYSTERY. All of these items will be on sale at ArtCraft.

I will stay the night on Salt Spring and work a 3 hour shift tomorrow from 9 am to noon. Then I will sail back home.

I love to visit ArtCraft. I’m amazed to witness this well run gallery and like to think that I contribute to its success. If you have an opportunity to visit Salt Spring Island, please tour the gallery. Many wonderful treasures await. For those of you who are unable to travel to Salt Spring, I will pack my camera and hope to remember to take tons of photos.

Leanne

Please visit me:  www.oknitting.com

Are you with me?

June 3, 2010

I ride the rapid of my inspiration. I remain flexible to possibility.

So I don’t write, I don’t visit…just where have I been, you may ask.

Well, I have been preparing inventory for ArtCraft — a gallery on a neighbouring, larger, sister island.

I’ve been contacting literary agents and book publishers regarding my paranormal psychological thriller.

And I have been working on the sequel to MAYNELY A MYSTERY.

Or, correction, I was doing all that until I saw an announcement for a contest. That’s all it took to throw me right off my course. My muse became inspired and she insisted that I drop all else and follow her. She’s in charge so I had no choice.

And I can’t complain. I’m having fun.

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Writing prompt

June 1, 2010

Writer’s Digest sent this prompt to my email inbox day:  A close friend has a life-altering decision to make and asks you for advice. What advice do you give? Write the conversation between you and your friend.

Here’s what I submitted…

“The sudden turbulence in our lives caused a division in our relationship,” she sobbed into the phone.

“What? What are you saying? I don’t understand? Are you saying you’re getting a divorce?”

“Frank and I have mutually decided to terminate our joint venture at this juncture,” she bawled.

“Are you okay, Sally? You’re not making much sense.”

“I’m suffering from an repeated sense of depression followed by a…” Her voice was lost in a shower of tears.

“I’ll be right over,” I told her and left immediately.

When I arrived at Sally’s I found her sitting on the floor — her knees drawn to her chest. She was rocking back and forth. Prone on the floor next to her was her husband. A large knife still embedded in his back. All I heard from Sally for the longest time were sobs. Then all of a sudden she stopped rocking, she stopped sobbing, she looked at me.

“What do I do now?” she asked.