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[Reader's Update} Winter's first snow, Vinegars are a success, Cottage tweaks continue...

Winter has arrived. Vinegars are vinegaring, that cozy cottage is proving so...


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  • Winter has arrived - first snow and 20's at night all week.
  • Vinegars are doing their thing. I'm now ready for more tests...
  • In the cottage, I'm continue to live there on and off, tweaking things to be more comfortable.
  • Editing continues, videos are coming soon...
  • Another writing tip - your imagination and the fallacy of "writer's block".

Farm News

Winter has arrived with the first snow. It's been in the 20's overnight all week, and barely up to the 40's during the day - if that.

They have plenty of grass to "nose up" through the snow. We only had around 2 inches, and this picture was taking in the afternoon, where a lot of it had already melted.

They are now spending their days away from the hunters. In December, I'll give them the bottom pastures again, along with a different pond to drink out of - until it ices-over too thick. Then I get them access to a pond that is very visible and I can keep a water hole chopped open (while I drive down in a heated pickup truck to do so.)

Next week (after next newsletter) is a "Black Saturday" sale, where I'll clear out a few and send them to new homes. More on that next week...

Tiny Home Progress

This is walking my talk. If you're familiar with my fiction, the writer-character John Earl Stark works out of a tiny home cabin - and frequently describes where he hangs his farm coat and hat, and sets his  boots just inside the door.  Voila:

The flyswatter was in use today to get rid of some pesky houseflies who would not simply hibernate. That's not where that swatter should end up. And the broom also needs it's own hanger, which is probably behind that door on the other side. 

The small folding stool is needed to put your socks on before you pull those boots on. (Note the his and her boots, if you look closely.) That's also not in the books.

That boot mat isn't mentioned much, but is very logical as an accessory. (Cold boots left outside because of mud aren't fun to work onto your feet.)

This 20's weather at night continues to test our cabin. I still have the oil-filled radiator with its box fan both on low settings and enjoy 60's inside at night. Great temperature for snuggling under comforters. And doing other things - like romance research...

Next this week is finalizing the sink and kitchen counter, which will also include a water supply (5-gallon jerry cans, probably). Looking forward to cooking my first cup of coffee there...

Yes, this adventure will probably end up in my fiction stories, since that Stark character above didn't require a sink, but he's about to get married, so...

Editing fills my "idle" moments

I finished up the rest of the "new" Nightingale essays and then came back around to work over the earlier ones. Not a surprise that I'm finding various oopsies to correct in those as well. 

The "How to Change Your Life Compleat" is my go-to book for daily inspiration. At one essay a day, it would take around a year to read through all of them.

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...

Again, your own version of that book (1st Edition) is in the Insiders Club, waiting to be downloaded...

What's Ahead?


I pulled out the vinegars themselves by straining the fruit pulps out. This was an old method of using flour-sack cloths to strain them overnight, hung over a bowl below. 

Now I have both apple and wild pear vinegar tests sitting for the next four weeks. Thanksgiving is coming up, but I need to simply make some time to start another several batches of these. Also to ramp up and start my first 5-gallon bucket experiment. Once the holidays hits, a lot of things take second fiddle to family visits....

Writing Tip

As mentioned last week, imagination rules writing. And provides you with your stories. 

My working metaphor is having muses queue up and bring me their stories, which I transcribe and edit into shape. Another one I've used is to visualize the story's characters sitting around a table, each with a script in their hands. I'm the only one present who doesn't have a copy - so I'm busy transcribing.

If I ever get bored or distracted, I go back a little bit and tell the muse/characters that we need to keep the action going - so skip to either a twist, or a cliffhanger, or just move forward to some real action (rather than over-verbose descriptions and dialog). 

If you imagine you are suffering from Writer's Block, you are imagining it. Practically, your imagination is always on. It's part of your mind, which is itself always on. (Like those vivid dreams your subconscious is infrequently showing you at night.) So all you have to do is to sit back, relax, and let the images start flooding in so you can write. Funny enough, I've written several stories about writers suffering from such a block - and then their characters come in and start lecturing the poor guy about what he's pretending to have a problem with. That is another way to solve such a block - turn it into a story. 

Since this model has imagination "on tap", some authors have a particular room and schedule for writing. They find that when they sit down to write, everything is already  there. Some  review and tweek what they wrote the day before, which gets them into the swing of things. And some authors simply leave off writing at mid-sentence, which is its own prompt to get started again...

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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What you're here for is to enjoy life. If you're not enjoying every single moment, then you're working too hard at living. Relax. Let go. Follow your bliss.

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