Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Boldly Going Where…

I’ve been so overwhelmed with amazing people in the last few weeks. In the last year, if I’m to be honest. But this last month has been a parade of intrepid individuals that are coming up with some pretty awesome plans of action to affect their future. I LOVE proactive people!

As an entrepreneur myself, it’s been my privilege to connect and support other small business mavens. I run a group on Facebook for a variety of craftspeople and entrepreneurs, and I am constantly seeking the company of other business minded people.

The last few days I have been interviewing (by the simple nature of our conversation) Kristan Cannon about her brand new business venture, Lone Wolf Bookstore.

As an author, I get completely googley about bookstores in general. But Lone Wolf is a brain child that was fostered and inspired by National Novel Writing Month and the Indie book market, both of which I actively participate in and support.

The part that I find impressive about Lone Wolf is that it’s starting out as an online store only (with plans to expand to a physical store front later).
Now I know, we have Amazon, the behemoth of the web. And Barnes & Noble have been wise enough to expand to the internet. And we have the handful of indie publishing sites that sell their own books.
But Lone Wolf is simple and completely a bookstore, it’s purpose to find and purvey great books, particularly from the independent market, and those that were birthed out of National Novel Writing Month.

Lone wolf exhibits the beauty of living the small business, entrepreneurial life with the classic, homey feel of unlocking your first storefront and flipping that open sign for the first time… except that it’s doing it via the World Wide Web. And Kristan is doing it without major umbrella sites like Etsy or Ebay. She clicked the open sign on her very own corner of the internet and is ready to welcome book lovers through the door.

As both a traditionalist and a sci-fi and technology fanatic, I cannot stop raving about how beautiful this is.

Kristan Cannon
”When I say books are my life, I mean it,”
On top of opening a bookstore, Kristan is a fellow author, as well as an active board member at KCE Editions, a non-profit cooperative publishing house made by authors for authors. She’s an active voice in the NaNoWriMo community, and the Indie Writer’s Network. She’s a staunch supporter of literacy, reading and young writer’s programs.

“For now my plan is to start with being an online dealer of New, Used and Rare books,” says Kristan about her new store, “to, and from, anywhere there is a trade agreement in place with Canada (I'm Canadian) and get it to support itself.”

Future plans include a bookstore/café storefront in Ontario, Canada, where you can come in an enjoy a nice coffee or tea while perusing the best of Indie publishing and NaNoWriMo masterpieces.

Congratulations on your new store, Kristan. I wish you the very best in your enterprises!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Things That Are Different Now That I'm Past 25:

1. My face is leaner, more angular.

2. I get mistaken for my dad's wife when mom's not with us. (which is a bit more amusing than it is awkward)

3. I keep getting told how cute I am... not sure why that's a thing, but it is. I just go through my day, being myself, and have people proclaim it at random. It’s… endearing? I’m glad that my ‘cuteness’ has brightened their day, but I really don’t have much control over it. It’s rather intrinsic to my being.

4. People draw many more assumptions about my life circumstances now, more judgments. They seems to think I should "settle down" now... as if I've ever been some flighty, wild child wasting away my life. This one bothers me a bit. 
(Note of reference: Does this mean it's now socially acceptable for me to spend all my time with my family and close friends, without being treated like a freak? That I'm able to be settled into my goals and pursuing them? I'm actually allowed to be myself now? What a novel concept ;-p)

5. Guys actually ask me out. Like seriously, excepting one boyfriend who was brave enough to make the approach, this has never really happened until this year. Men stared, drooled, teased me. But they never asked for anything.
I guess I was too baby faced, they worried I was jailbait? Or I've "grown into" my confidence, so it's less daunting? Or maybe I'm not as ferocious and intimidating as I used to be.
I dunno what it is. It's a bit flummoxing, but I think I prefer it. At least I know where I stand with them.

Yes, the world is quite amusing at 26 years old...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Let There be Light… And Jacopo birds!

What’s the most difficult part of writing a series? Keeping track of all the whos and whats and wheres!

In writing the second Trivial Venture episode, I’ve been having to write down all my Who, Whats and Wheres so I can keep track as the series grows. You see that list there? That’s just the places visited so far in my writing. And I know for certain we’ll have more very soon…

world building venture

I absolutely adore world building. It’s glorious. You find a character, and drop them in a box with something to eat, something to drink, a toy to play with and a friend or two. Then you shake it all up and see where everything lands!

Well okay, that’s not exactly it. But that is how it feels some times.

My worlds develop organically by following through a thought; I wanted sky pirates.
“Okay, so how exactly does one act piratical in the sky?”
Well, on a flying ship of course.
”Yes, dear. But how does the ship fly?”
Oh. Well, with helium. piped through special sails. (Don’t spring a leak, up there,” Pip called to Harvey. “You’ll be talkin’ silly for hours.”)
”uh huh… And um… How does the ship move forward exactly?”
It has sails, didn’t you hear me? Wind up yonder is pretty intense.

And so on and so forth. (that was me, arguing with myself, by the by. I’m such a lively crowd) It’s an entire tree of thought. I start with a ship, and figure out how it works, I figure out how that affects the societal expectations: How does one dress when flying up where the air’s thin and chilly? Is society different in the sky dwellers than the land dwellers? Since we’re playing on boats and ships, what sort of customs and habits do people have? What’s their hierarchy like, then? Each question allows me to see more and more of the world, until it’s as bright and vibrant and deep as a painting by Edgar Degas.

These are the things I’m working out as I doodle and scribble between bouts of writing.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Adventures In Food-ing

Oh, My Heavens. Darlings. I really must confess something: I’m a bit of a foody.

There is something absolutely transcendant about preparing and eating a beautiful meal.

Since moving back with my parents, we’ve been checking out new food venues, and looking for a local place where we can watch the game (Go Hawks!) and discovered, by a very happy chance a brand new bar and grill that is, to sound corny, a home away from home. And oh darling, the food…

We discovered the venue on the way to the airport one day; it was early, people needed fed before ditching them at SeaTac, and this place was conveniently right up the road and ready to accommodate. And the food was good enough to bring us back.

We found out that this charming little “Mom & Pop” restaurant had actually just changed hands, and was being revamped into something new; A southern/PNW bar and grill.

I know, funky right? I’m a little reticent about bar and grill scenes, they aren’t always my cup of tea, but this one… You know those hokey small town movies where you’ve got the one bar in town that everyone goes to, that’s clean and homey? That’s kinda what this place feels like.

The new menu is a bit wild; they’ve got some classic southern ideas, and a few originals I’ve never heard of (potato chip nachos with BBQ sauce are surprisingly really good). They’ve got burgers and ribs and such standard fair for the less adventurous. This chef definitely has fun.

So yeah. If you’re hanging out in the Tacoma area, you should check out Pacific Southern on Pine. They’re that good.