Bitter cold weather had me inside, but its warming (for now) - and two new writing textbooks to study...
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- A week of 20's at night, and below freezing days slowed a lot of outside activity.
- Waiting to let the vinegars do their thing - and lining up for bigger tests.
- Itching to move into the cottage - but there is some construction waiting for slightly warmer days.
- Editing upstaged by two writing textbooks I've uncovered...
- Shipping some cows and calves off to new homes.
This is time for our fall clearance - where some of our herd goes to good homes elsewhere.
Yes, it's all bittersweet.
But I'd quickly run out of food for all these cows if I kept more than these pastures would support.
Two older cows with calves on them, also settled for next year (a calf inside them) will be going, along with four settled (bred) heifers. One of the cows is 16 and the oldest we have. She was late this year, very unusual for her. The other cow (above) has a mammoth set of udders when she's pregnant, and she gave us a darling heifer (in the picture above) - but that udder will show up on that heifer eventually as well, just as it did on her grandmother (who we affectionately called "Dolly" after a certain American country western singer.)
The heifers should bring more as first-year and already bred. That's why we kept them all summer with bulls around them.
This sale is the day after Black Friday, and the crowds are usually huge. So - cross our fingers and get our promotion out...
Tiny Home Progress
The cold weather and upcoming Thanksgiving preparations have put a slow on progress.
That sink placement has been finalized. Yet I need to cut and install framing during warmer days for the underpinning as well as trim.
I did get our tiny folding table in this week, and should install it over this weekend - with some lovely help or at least, supervision. That hangs off the side of the stairs, which is a serendipitous discovery. When it's fully upright, no one is doing any moving around much downstairs. Too tight a space. So meals will be a carefully-staged operation. (Like eating dinner in the middle of a submarine.) But meanwhile, it has the feature of providing a narrow shelf if needed.
There are still drawers to put in under the sink. I'm favoring curtains instead of cabinet doors covering that storage space.
Elsewhere, I need to hang shelving in the under-loft pantry - which themselves need hanging supports. That under counter shelves need to be installed as well. And all painted. So - warmer weather to work these. Some electrical cordage still need hiding behind trim. And the battery needs to be tucked in under the frame outside, with it's charger/maintainer.
Warmer weather comes in this week. And Thanksgiving arrives on Thurs (when you'll get this). The auction above on the following Saturday.
Yet, I found myself considering that I can move into this cottage completely this next week - which means I'll be prompted to do that and be inspired to do the remaining little fix-ups inside - where it's nicely warm all the time now....
A couple of new-to-me writing texts to fill my idle hours
You may have heard me tell you about Walter S. Campbell (aka Stanley Vestal). He ran probably the most successful writing training out of any university - ever. And the students grades depended on getting their works published in magazines.
He got that teaching job and then had to restudy and re-test everything he knew about writing - using his own and his students' success to prove his research.
While I'd gotten his "Writing Non-Fiction" before, I received this week a couple of books: Professional Writing, and Writing Magazine Fiction. Both are college texts, written in 1938 and 1940, respectively. And yet, these two books have told me more about the real structure of characters and scenes that other "guru's" ignored or only hinted at.
Again, this is because he was a successful writer before he started teaching - and then had to discover and teach writing so that his students would become published authors by the time they finished his courses. A real acid test.
So I'm getting through these, and plan to make them into courses of their own - once I get them tested for myself. Yes, this is making me re-think my own writing - and yet, these also validate everything I've found successful.
There's one more book by this author out there, still waiting to come my way. And I'll let you know about that one when it does.
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This obviously paused my Nightingale editing/proofing somewhat..
I haven't gotten back to creating the bulk of these essays into videos yet, but their time will come. Winter has many too cold days that need to be spent inside...
I plan to start up these videos, two a week, with the new year. Mark your calendars and keep opening these emails to keep updated...
Again, your own version of that Nightingale book (1st Edition) is in the Insiders Club, waiting to be downloaded...
Vinegars are going along - and I've got at least a couple of weeks to go before I know the results.
After this current set of holidays is over, I plan to make four batches of apple cider vinegar in 5 gallon buckets (maybe enlisting some help to cut up the apples.)
Right now, I'm going through the Campbell books. And this is giving me more tips for you. So - stay tuned. (A tip such as: each scene is remarkably the same structure as the chapter it's in - both have five parts, much like the overall book itself. )
Oh - wait, there's more: Again, recent life-test results continue to confirm that you can actually get/attain/acquire anything and everything you want out of life. Really. Anything and everything. Whether it's finding a dear companion or a million-dollar salary. And it's all in that "Strangest Secret Collection" (my characters named it the "decoder ring"). You only have to take the leap of faith and test it for yourself...
(Again, to get your updated copy, just reply to this and ask - I'll send you the most recent edition if you don't have yours or misplaced it.) As well, I do need to get some courses up, so I'll start working these in once I get all the major non-fiction books republished.
Become a First Reader
First readers have now become collaborators. And get the first inklings of a story before anyone else except me. (They also get immediate notification and pictures of new calves.) Our interactions are what result in the Notes editions for each book. It's simple to become one - just raise your hand.
How to Raise Your Hand: Join the no-cost Insider's Club and then send me an email that you have. Tell me what you bring to the table. If you make a good case, I'll include you on my First Reader Emails.
Expect great things over the next year - and continuing...
Yes, a huge number of books are available in that Insiders Club. I don't think that most of you have most of these books - and so I keep this in every week to remind you that some of these stories would really appreciate your reading them.
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I hope your life is not too interesting to be overwhelming, but sufficiently engaging to keep you amused. (Like some of us here...)
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