My Dear SheWriters,
I am off to New Zealand to commune with the sheep. My passion--other than books, that is-- is knitting, and I will be learning to shear, card, and spin wool on a ranch on the Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand's North Island. Then I will be touring wine country and exploring Auckland. I'm not sure how often I will have access to email, and Sarah Saffian, Editorial Director of SheWrites, suggested that perhaps it will be nice not to be tethered to a computer-- that technology would "harsh the mellow" (love that phrase).
So I'll be out of touch until Christmastime, and I hope in the meantime that you will flood my inbox with questions. This is supposed to be a question and answer column, but when I don't hear from you guys, I end up pontificating on whatever I'm thinking about at the moment. I want to be a helpful source to you, not a soapbox shouter. So please, send me your burning questions, your rants about big-business publishing, and your frustrations about the wonderful but challenging life of a writer. Or just say hello, and I'll pass on your greetings to my woolly friends.
All my best,
Lea Beresford
The Girl with the Red Pencil

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Comment by Jane Galer on December 12, 2009 at 3:36pm
Hi Lea- Well this is off topic but since you started it I'll comment that my family is Brittany knitting needles...the birch wood ones?! Hope you use them. Have fun spinning! My favorite thing is to try and walk and spin on a drop spindle at the same time like the kids do in Peru while tending their llama flocks. Have a wonderful trip, I hope you write about it when you return. I'll save my rants about publishers for later. Best,
Jane Galer
Comment by Lea Beresford on December 7, 2009 at 6:12am
Thank you, Sherelle! I look forward to receiving your questions.
Comment by Sherelle Wallace on December 7, 2009 at 6:09am
Lea; Happy travels! The trip sounds wonderful, and I'm sure you're going to fall in love with the sheep; remember that their wool does grow back, and they need it shaved! Hope you have a safe, wonderful time. I love wine tasting, so please give a report on that when you return. I will be posting questions to your inbox. You help is invaluable.

Cheers from sunny Bahamas!

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