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The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
Welcome to Winterfaire 2018
The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire!

Vendors: If you have goods or services suitable for holiday gifts, please put up a booth by replying with a description of what you sell, an estimate of your price range if possible, and some kind of contact information so shoppers can reach you. If you have a website (Etsy, DeviantArt, personal, whatever) showcasing your work in more detail, include the link(s). If you have holiday freebies, such as downloadable greeting card imagery, you're welcome to promote those too. For ease of identification, I recommend titling your reply starting with "BOOTH:" followed by the name of your business or type of goodies.

Shoppers: If you're looking for something specific and it's not posted yet, feel free to ask. Someone else may know where to find it! "SHOPPING FOR:" and the topic would be a good title.

Everyone: You may help promote the Winterfaire by linking to this post from your own blog or site. If you have a similar holiday-networking post, you may link to it in a comment on this post.

Participation Perk: I'm offering poetry for participation. The following linkback poems still have verses available:

"The Open Gyre"
"Growing Green, Growing Gold"
"Mysterious and Impermanent"
"Greater Than the Sum"
"Nascent Wisdom"
"Where Symbols Had the Power"
"A Lively Feast"
"Between the Normal and the Abnormal"

Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever one you request. Because, you see, all of these activities will unlock a verse each time someone does them:
* link to this Winterfaire page to boost the signal
* comment posting a Booth of your wares/services in the Winterfaire
* buy something from a vendor listed in the Winterfaire
* host a similar holiday market in your own blog or other venue
Dreamwidth will notify me of comments to the Winterfaire post; for everything else, you need to TELL ME in order to get credit for it.

Similar Markets:

Do you know of another indie holiday shopping post? Let me know and I'll link it here.

Happy holidays!

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mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: November 29th, 2018 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Signal boosted at https://mdlbear.dreamwidth.org/1647975.html and https://mdlbear.livejournal.com/1653955.html (so far).

Please add verses to "Where Symbols Had the Power" (of course).

Edited at 2018-11-29 01:30 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 29th, 2018 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>Please add verses to "Where Symbols Had the Power" (of course).<<

Of course. You know I love your song, right? :D

Your new verses are up. One more and this poem will be complete.

mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: November 29th, 2018 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Knew I should have done Twitter! Fixed: https://twitter.com/ssavitzky/status/1067978362574925824

I'm pretty sure I knew that at some level, but it wouldn't have been hard to figure out if I hadn't :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 29th, 2018 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

And it's done! \o/
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