Blog Hop Around the World!

When I received the invitation from Johanna to join the Blog Hop Around the World, I didn’t hesitate to jump on board! And you shouldn’t hesitate to hop over to her blog Mrs. Walker Goes Back to School – it’s a marvellous place to see her delightful illustrations and photography, and read about her travels and the books and antiques she loves and the knitting and other crafting she does.

Before I get started on the “nitty gritty” of the blog hop, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads Flowery Prose – you’re seriously the best! Give yourself a big hug from me. (Or, if that feels awkward, then hug someone else or your cat or your dog or your goldfish instead. It will be like paying it forward.  Maybe a little wet in the case of the goldfish, which may lead you to reconsider).

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THE NITTY GRITTY:

What are you working on?

As a part-time freelance writer, work comes and goes with the successful queries and the horrible, shameful, soul-sucking rejections, so sometimes it’s really slow, other times very hectic. At the moment, I have a couple of articles due up very shortly, so I will have to finish up the research stage and get cracking.

Besides writing non-fiction articles, I’m trying to work on more short fiction – I’m particularly keen on the micro and flash stuff right now. I am a big fan of flowery prose (see what I did there?) so to compress a story into 1,000 words or even 100 is delightfully challenging.

Oh, and I’m also trying to learn how to knit. I’ve been trying on and off for a year now (more off than on). If anyone has any tips, please feel free to share. Looks like we’re in for a long winter and I’m determined to get that scarf pattern accomplished. 😉

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How does my work differ from others?

I have a goofy sense of humour that often escapes into my fiction. (I reign it in when I’m writing about compost or winterizing ponds or designing living screens, although I really do think those subjects would benefit from some hilarity). I love fantastic stories and surprise endings. I like to have fun with words and push the English language around just a little.

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Why do I create what I do?

The freelance work aside, I do some writing as a volunteer, to educate others about various gardening topics. I have nearly completed all of the requirements for my master gardener designation and after I have received my certification, I will continue to write as a garden educator. Helping others sort out what is eating their delphiniums or cabbages or causing the foliage to fall off their mature spruce tree is quite rewarding, and not just for the gardener I’ve (hopefully) assisted. It helps that I’m an obsessive researcher and fact finding makes me happy.

As for the fiction writing, that’s my BIG DEAL. There is no feeling in the world like getting lost in a story as you’re writing it – it is even better than reading an amazing story by a brilliant writer.

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How does my creative process work?

Organization is not a foreign concept to me, but I prefer to operate using the Little Note Method ™- which means I have scribbles of very important information on a zillion little pieces of paper lying all over my desk. I don’t outline anything unless someone tells me I have to. It makes things so much more interesting. Or panic-inducing.

As for inspiration…I like to go out for walks in the mountains, on the prairies, in a city park. That’s where all the best thoughts are.

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And now I’d like to encourage you to check out the amazing blogs of two fellow Albertans, Deb and Thea! Deb divides her time between three blogs: h…the blog, Island Home, and Hunter Photographics (for her photography business). In h…the blog, she showcases her incredible artistic talent: she primarily works with paint and fibre (and she dyes all of her fabric and wool using plants she’s gathered in the wild and from her garden). She also shares photos and stories about her travels across Alberta and British Columbia and gives us a glimpse of cottage life and the great outdoors. With Island Home , she focusses her camera on Pender Island, in B.C., where she and her family have a vacation residence.

Time with Thea is a fun, informative blog chockfull of great ideas for organizing your home and life – and there are tons of awesome craft projects and recipes as well! (Plus, Thea has a gorgeous garden and she often shares maintenance tips and delightful decorative touches). She loves holidays and is always designing something beautiful for every special occasion – there’s always something fabulous and interesting going on if you follow her blog.

Deb and Thea will post their entries for the Blog Hop Around the World on or about Monday, August 25 – please look for them!

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33 thoughts on “Blog Hop Around the World!

  1. Lovely, lovely and so interesting and delightful too! Your writings are always a feast for the eye but getting to know you a little better is extra special. I will check out the blogs of your fellow Albertians!
    And any wisodm I can share to help you finish that scarf….you know where to find me ;0) Hugs from Ohio, Johanna

    • Thank you, Johanna, that’s so sweet! And I appreciate the knitting support – I think I would get the hang of it if I could just find the time to practice! I’m determined to get at least one project finished this winter! 🙂

  2. Nice to hear about your writing Sheryl. I always enjoy reading your posts and will hop over to see the other two blogs soon. I succeeded in a knitting project last winter…. just picked the brains of the lady in the wool shop! And this winter I’m doing a crochet project… also new for me, so online videos and tutorials are essential. 🙂 Have fun!

    • Online videos and tutorials are a great idea, I will give that a try! Last Christmas, my Mum showed me how to get started, but I got busy when I returned home and then didn’t pick up the needles for a couple of months. Of course, I had forgotten everything by then – I felt so bad! If I can get the hang of knitting, I aim to try crochet – I know many people who say it’s easier to do. Enjoy working on your crochet project this winter – you’ll have to post how it turns out! 🙂

  3. Nicely done, Sheryl! Following this blog hop, as it winds its way through so many of my blog pals, has been lots of fun. It’s so interesting to see what people choose to say about themselves! The two blogs you reference are new to me so I’ll look forward to seeing what those folks have to say, too.

  4. What a fun read Sheryl! Here I have been following you for several years and learned several new things I had no idea! You certainly are a very talented and creative individual in many areas. Thank you also for the lovely reference to my blog. It is so appreciated.

  5. For help with your knitting, I suggest you go to a yarn store in your area, a good store friendly store will be happy to help you with your questions and they probably have classes to help you too.

    I enjoyed reading your post and will check out the blogs you mentioned, they are new to me 🙂 Judy

    • Thanks! That’s an excellent suggestion to try a yarn store…and I do like the idea of classes because there’s a practical component to that (and I would have to commit to learn!). I brought some knitting books home from work but I don’t find them easy to follow – still photographs and illustrations aren’t enough for me.

  6. Wonderful to read about you – I feel as though we may be kindred spirits. I’ve just finished a novel and am working on some short stories. Who knows where all this will lead – right? As for knitting, boo!! Try crocheting. I learned both from my grandmother and crocheting seemed to stick. Maybe because I hate all that counting…

    • That is so wonderful about your writing projects! I am particularly excited about your novel – I haven’t yet tackled a longer work but I really want to. Congratulations! A novel represents a ton of hard work and dedication and love – it’s definitely a great accomplishment.

      Hmmm…you’re not the first person to recommend that I ought to take up crocheting instead of knitting because it is easier to learn. Maybe I’m going about this all wrong…. 🙂

  7. Just recently started following your posts. They are always a great read! I find knitting easier and classes are always a great source of information. Good luck.

  8. Loved your Worldly post Sheryl. I’m also following the delightful Johanna. I’m pretty certain I’m using your trademark organization technique, yep, little bit’s of this and that all over. My husband often puts post it notes on my steering wheel, just incase I missed the ones on my bathroom mirror. For all the technology, we’re still kickin’ it old school. Have a great weekend 😀

  9. How wonderful to learn so much about you! I’m so impressed with those who write fiction (imagination, creativity, determination, and passion are words that come to mind when I think of those who write fiction). Enjoyed this post!

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  11. Some great info…congrats on just about completing your Master Gardening program….having fun doing what we love is so important and I am sure with all your writing you have fun especially the FICTION!

  12. I’m so glad I popped over when I did. I remember submitting articles and queries years ago and the rejections that followed. I sold one tiny thing for $25, but they wanted a photo too, so I ended up spending money for a tiny blip in an obscure magazine. Ah, those were the days. Blogging has been a great outlet for me.

    I’m impressed!

    • Oh, your story about the photo really hits home with me! I always wonder why I have to be the one to supply photographs (usually without compensation), when I’m a writer, not a photographer! 🙂 But I guess the real issue nowadays is the fact that print magazines are folding left, right and center – it’s such a shame, and it’s making freelancing doubly difficult. The competition is fierce!

      Blogging is definitely a wonderful way to exercise the writing “muscle” and meet all kinds of people all over the world! So rewarding!

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