The Chopping Block

photo by Josh Scholten
photo by Josh Scholten

Aim for the chopping block. If you aim for the wood, you will have nothing. Aim past the wood, aim through the wood; aim for the chopping block.
~Annie Dillard from The Writing Life

Almost a year ago, I decided to aim for the block daily on this website of reflections, as if words were wood and pictures were kindling.  I have ended up with a quite a pile of almost 1000 blog posts strewn about my feet due to my random chopping, having been drenched in sweat at times, and garnered my share of splinters.

The reason for writing daily came after I learned that a well-respected publisher’s interest in printing a collection of my work had fizzled with dwindling resources for creating hard copy books, particularly for new authors.  There needs to be assurance of selling at least 3000 copies of a book for a publisher to break even.

I could offer no such assurance.  This blog, on a “good” day, gets 120 visitors.

So I’ve started storing up the wood of words and pictures, chopping away every day in case I’ll need this storehouse of fuel in the future.  It is not that the world needs another blog post but that I need to keep aiming, keep chopping and keep my eye on the block, cutting through and past the wood.  This is something I do because I feel better when I do it, like the redemption of aching muscles after a work out.

My ax needs constant sharpening and I keep my aim focused.   The days are shortening.

Another Story in Country Magazine!

Country Magazine June/July 2012 issue

I am so pleased that another one of my Barnstorming stories has found its way into Country Magazine and out to thousands of subscribers–this one is “High Noon in the Veggie Garden.”  I believe this is my 17th story published by Reiman Publications (now Readers’ Digest Milwaukee) over the past five years.   Thank you to editors Deb Mulvey, Robin Hoffman and Marija Potkonjak for their continued encouragement of my writing and allowing me to gain new friends all over the country.  Some write letters to me addressed to Emily Gibson @ Haflinger Farm, Everson, Washington  and they find their way to my mailbox in my little country town.   I joke that the average age of my readers is 85, but they are some of the most enthusiastic letter writers!

If you haven’t ever seen this magazine, celebrating its twenty fifth year of publication, click on the picture above and it will take you to the on line subscription form.  It is a visual treat, and the stories take you right into the country life that we all long for.

Emily @BriarCroft Haflingers

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