It has seemed like a paper exercise for eighteen months now ~ like a scientist developing a theory before actually testing it. Signs were good. There has been a great deal of encouragement from the community and the press, but would it actually happen?
It is like the dawning of a new day here in Kinghorn. The good news is that now we have the keys 🙂 A bit daunting really, as well as extremely exciting. With over fifty volunteers ‘waiting in the wings’ (what a lot of cliches!) to do painting, sorting, cataloging, cleaning and all those tasks we have not as yet thought of but I know they will appear in due course, we are, after training, on task to open for two days per week initially on August 8th.
The big launch will be in early September.
We hope to reach out to parts of the community little reached before with activities, workshops, support for school leavers, unemployed and clubs. We aim to organise events to enhance community life but also to attract visitors from further afield. Ambitious maybe, but you need to harness the enthusiasm and inventiveness from the very start of the project with the aim that the momentum will keep us going.
We also hope to attract people to the area by offering some kind of tourist information – Kinghorn is steeped in history, mystery and is also a lovely place to visit!
If you are an author, speaker or have any ideas to offer, then we would welcome you with open arms. If you are able to give us some of your time then I’m sure we could give you a Kinghorn Library Renewed mug and maybe your name might go on a mural on the wall as a contributor to the library’s success.
If not, then don’t worry. Your positive thoughts would be much appreciated!
I’m back on the road again but this time I’m in Fife.
On Saturday 5th November I’ll be at the
Kinghorn in Bloom Gift and Craft event
in The Church Hall by the war memorial
from 10 am to 12 noon.
(on the High Street, Kinghorn ~ you can’t miss it)
I’ll be donating £1 for each of my Fife Fantasy novels I sell to
Kinghorn Library Renewed
(more posts about that soon)
Then two weeks later, on Saturday 19th November I‘m joining the folks at
The St Andrews Winter Graduation and Christmas Market
at The Vic, 1 St Mary’s Place, St Andrews Fife.
This is a Little Birds Market event.
It’s been a while since I had my set up of a wee office down in Bedfordshire ~ six months in fact since I’ve had my old Dell main frame computer in full working order after our move to Fife last December. I bought it to have a computer which was rarely connected to the internet for manuscript security, to be a workhorse alongside my laptop. It had a bit of a glitch which needed sorting, then a couple of wires needed to be replaced ~ lost in transit we believe.
Here in Fife we have decided not to have an office space per se but a pleasant space for creativity, whether it be hubby playing his guitar, a quiet place to read if the television has a programme which does not suite one of us or a place for me to see where creativity takes me. The room now contains an overflow wardrobe, shelves with records (the vinyl kind) and family photographs, an unobtrusive desk but also an old futon – an insurance policy if we happen to have a house full of visitors and need another bed. (but it is also a place to relax.)
I’m glad that it is a living space rather than an office.
Today I am sitting at the desk for the first time, trying it for size, ambiance and comfort. (I’m managing without a proper chair at the moment.) An occasional glance out of the window distracts any train of thought I might have had as I watch a large container ship glide along. Edinburgh is across the water.
I am in no hurry to write. Our priority has been to settle in at home but also within the community of Kinghorn and we are feeling truly blessed to be so welcomed. What I do need to do is to update records and send out end of tax year summaries to the authors in Eventispress, our publishing cooperative. That is a job for next week.
Apart from that I am taking a deep breath from my writing life to see what happens. I’ve been learning that new opportunities only arise if you make room for them in your life and it has been a wonderful time, albeit a tad scary, to take a step back, wait and reflect.
Being here fills me with joy but above all I feel an over riding sense of peace – wondering what will happen next. …