Sunday, May 15, 2016

New Author Blog


As most of you already know, I've been using Blogger for more than five years. Unfortunately, over the past year they have made more and more changes to the webpage that have made using Blogger for my author and crafting blogs a nightmare. The changes make the webpage freeze up on a regular basis while I'm attempting to create new posts. In addition, ever since they merged with Google, the webpage regularly kicks me out of my Blogger account and logs me into my pre-existing Google account instead. In the process, lots of my posts-in-progress have been lost. It's been incredibly frustrating.

After months of fighting with the updated Blogger, I've decided to wave the white flag. I give up! This will be my last post on this blog.

For now on, you can find me at my newly created author blog on Word Press. The new web address is:

HS Contino on WordPress

I hope that all of my regular followers will follow me to the new web page.

As always, thank you for your continued support of my writing. I really appreciate it!

Best wishes!

~ H. S. Contino

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Green Acres Grange Sale


Just a friendly reminder, this weekend is the Green Acres Grange Flea Market and Craft Fair. The market will be held on May 6th and 7th (Friday and Saturday) at the Green Acres Grange Hall. It is open to the public from 9 am until 4 pm.

There'll be a variety of vendors including both handmade crafts and affordable used items. There is also a small kitchen where they sell affordable hot lunches. They usually have donuts or muffins in the morning as well.
I'll be there with my books and a variety of handmade crafts. I also know that my friend, Jo Quackenbush, will be there with her "Crochet Blessings." She makes wonderful crocheted hats, scarves, and necklaces.

Come check it out! Mention this blog post and I'll give you 10% off your purchase at my booth.
~~ H.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Camp NaNoWriMo


As many of you already know, I'm a big fan of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I've been participating every November for several years now. I love the online camaraderie and I tend to work better under a deadline. I find having the time limit of only 30 days to complete the rough draft of a novel with a minimum word count of 50,000 words to be extremely motivating.

NaNoWriMo was so popular that for the past few years the non-profit group that runs it has also been hosting smaller "Camp NaNoWriMo" events in April and July each year. Camp is fun because it's much more laid back. They also give you the option of choosing your word count goal, so you don't have to commit to the full 50,000 words if you don't have to.


I'm excited to announce that I was able to convince my supervisors at the North Bend Public Library to host weekly "write-in's" at the library throughout the month of April. So, if you're interested in writing, please feel free to join us.

Camp NaNoWriMo at the

North Bend Public Library!

When: Wednesdays from 4-6 pm
Where: North Bend Public Library-- Meeting Room
1800 Sherman Avenue
North Bend, OR 97459

Our first write-in will be this Wednesday, April 6th. It's going to be a lot of fun. There'll even be snacks! So, if you're in the area, please feel free to join us!

Happy Spring!

~~ H. S. Contino

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'd like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

May your day be filled with love, laughter, and loads of food!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015!

It's November, do you know what that means? It's National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo)!

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write the rough draft of a novel with a minimum total word count of 50,000 words. The catch is that you've only got the 30 days in November to write it.
This is often affectionately referred to as "30 Days and 30 Nights of Literary Abandon."

I've participated in NaNoWriMo every November since 2011. I enjoy the challenge, the company (the web page is full of forums and chat rooms where you can chat with fellow writers, offer advice, vent frustrations, and share the writing experience).

Noisy Neighbors

This year, I'm attempting to finish a (very) rough draft of a science fiction novel. I'm calling it "Noisy Neighbors." It'll be a while before a polished draft that's ready for publication, but I'm enjoying the mess and struggle that comes with composing the first draft.

My current total word count is 38,682. So, slowly but surely, I'm getting there.

Alright, enough procrastinating! Time for me to get back to work! Back to the writing cave I go!

For more information, please visit:


Hmm, I seem to have lost my 2013 winner badge...

Friday, September 25, 2015

Upcoming Events

5th Annual Florence Festival of Books

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Florence Events Center
10 am until 4 pm

This annual event gives the public a chance to meet local authors and purchased signed copies of their books. The number of participants increases every year. If I remember right, there were around 60 authors in attendance last year. There are also usually a few publishers. So, if you're interested in becoming a published author, feel free to visit those booths to learn more.

There are usually events spaced out throughout the day including book and poetry reading, live music (usually a piano player), and the kitchen sells a variety of lunch options.

I'll have all four of my published books available in my booth. Please, stop by and say "hi."

1st Annual Oregon Authors Day

Saturday, October 10th, 2015
Coos History Museum
10 am until 3 pm

The museum will be hosting its first annual Oregon Author Day in the newly constructed building on Front Street in Coos Bay. Come visit with some of your favorite local authors and check out the shiny new building. At least a dozen local authors will be in attendance. They'll be representing both non-fiction and fiction genres.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

2015 Market Season

Hello everyone!

I hope you're all enjoying the wonderful spring weather that we've had here on the Oregon coast over the past few weeks. I know all the sunshine and warmth has made the plants in my garden happy. It seems like nearly everything is either budding or blooming right now.

This post is a little late, but the 2015 farmers market season kicked off last week. I'm happy to report that my first few markets were all successful. As usual, I brought my combination of handmade crafts and my books. We had a few rain showers on Wednesdays and of course there's the charming Oregon "breeze" (read: wind gusts), but my fellow vendors and I didn't let these complications stop us. The market manager at the Coos Bay Farmers Market said that she had the most vendors that she's ever had on opening day.

I'd like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all of the people that visited local farmers markets over the past week. Your support means a lot to both myself and my fellow crafters, bakers, and farmers.

For the 2015 market season, I've had to cut back on the number of markets I attend. I'll be cutting back to two regular farmers markets per week plus a few festivals and other special events throughout the summer.

The following is my current 2015 market schedule:

Coos Bay Farmers Market-- every Wednesday on Central Avenue from 9 am until 3 pm. The largest local farmers market.

My booth is located in front of the quilt shop, Threads that Bind, on the first block. I'll be there every week (weather permitting) from May until October.

Coos Bay has a smaller Sunday market that begins in August and runs through the end of October. This market is located in the parking lot of the Coos Bay visitor center. I'm going to try to attend this market as well this year, but I may not be there every week. It depends on how hectic my week has been (I have a 2nd job in addition to running my crafting business).

Coquille Valley Farmers Market-- every Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm. This market is located at the old mill site in Coquille. The old buildings have been torn down, so we set up in the large grassy field.

I'm planning on setting up at this market on most Saturdays this season (weather permitting). I will be missing a few weeks in order to attend other Saturday events.

Market runs from May until the middle of September each year.

Directions-- If you're heading east on highway 42, turn right at the first traffic light. The market sets up in the grassy field down the hill on the right. If you're heading west, it'll be the last traffic light and you'll be turning left.

Green Acres Grange-- The Green Acres Grange hosts a two day sale several times a year. The vendors are usually a mix of crafters, farmers, and people selling second hand items. There's always a variety of different items available for sale. The grange also has a small kitchen. They usually have coffee, muffins, and donuts available in the morning. In the afternoon, you can purchase an affordable hot lunch (burgers, fries, sandwiches).

Do to my busy schedule, I'm only planning on attending on the Saturdays this year (the markets are Fri-Sat). Doors open at 9 am and close at 4 pm.

Directions: From Coos Bay head south on highway 101. At the juncture, turn left onto highway 42. Just past the small store on "Confusion Hill" turn left (be on the look out for the Green Acres sign). After crossing the railroad tracks, turn right and follow the windy road for half a mile or so. The grange will be on your left side.

I will be set up at the Green Acres Grange on the following Saturdays:

August 1st
October 3rd
December 5th

Florence Festival of Books-- This annual event will be held at the Florence Events Center on Saturday, September 26th. I'll be there with signed copies of all of my published books. Each year, the event grows and they add more activities. I'll write an additional blog post with more details when the event gets closer.

And, that's it for now. I'll continue to add updates and I schedule more events throughout the season. Cross your fingers that 2015 is a great market season!

As always, thank you for supporting my little crafting business.

~~ Hannah