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[Readers Update] Home-made vinegars, Persimmons are ready, cottage and editing continue...

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  • Some remnants of Peak Fall are still around, and still beautiful.
  • Vinegars are simple. Ready for persimmons...
  • Electrical arrived just in time with cooler nights.
  • Continuing to be inspired by what I'm editing.
  • How about writing tips?

Farm News

Peak fall is passed, so now we secure for hunting season in a couple of weeks. For now, we enjoy this post-rain sunset:

This is one of their more favorite pastures. Not exactly the woods, but apparently they like this particular piece much better. That's good, because they'll be grazing the paddocks just behind them for the next month or so while the hunters make it unsafe for them to be near the woods.

Yes there are some remnants of Peak Fall, still beautiful, just not quite as. Still, it's great to be present and noticing the fall colors as they change. Fall colors in the sky might count, as well.

The vinegars note below tells why I'm working these fruits along - because I'll be feeding out that vinegar during the winter to improve the cow herd's ability to enjoy their winter hay and forage...

Tiny Home Progress

Electrical started. And should be nearly complete by the time you get this. (No, it's not very picturesque, so no photo this week.)

The AC took a few days. Now I'm planning out the DC. Tricky, but not any more than AC.

I'll be painting today, the second coat, so I can have that wrapped up. Mainly because I have to use those first-coated stairs to get up and down for the DC. Better to have them finished up - followed with clear-coated steps, handrail.

Meanwhile, the new "bed in a box" arrived this week, and so I'll be setting that up and beginning to overnight there. With the electricity on, I turned on a oil-filled heater to keep the place warmish. Waking up there will enable me to find what still needs tweaking, plus do some work last thing at night when I'm still not tired enough to sleep.

DC will be after the painting (still waiting on some parts, but I can lay out the lines and cap off those sections so they don't short out.) 

After the electrical is in, then I'll extend the front porch (covers the hitch) and then also make a tiny detached bathroom (sans shower - what used to be called an "outhouse"). Funny how you start to look at your daily activities to see what is essential...

Editing fills my "idle" moments

I continue to be inspired by Nightingale daily.

The "How to Change Your Life Compleat" is still getting edited every day - and I find his takes on life and living to be remarkable. And so, these short comments.

I haven't gotten back to creating the rest 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 now have both apple and wild plum vinegars set aside now. Probably this week, I'll set up a 5 gallon bucket experiment, since the ingredients for a half gallon readily size (10x) to fill a regular bucket. 

Vinegars help restore and improve the biota in the gut of the cow (and calves). So they can digest their food better and put on more weight. That extra nutrition also then prevents illnesses from developing. In organic vinegar, you can see a cloudy "mother" that is the key part - this is where some living biota exist. And pouring some of this into the new batches enables them to use the new fruit pieces to grow more.

That is also why vinegar is good for human weight loss - since most extra weight is poorly digested food (shorthand explanation).

That upside down jar inside the other one is to keep all the apple bits below the water - so they don't mold and ruin the vinegar process. It will take two weeks, or until the pulp pieces settle to the bottom, and then another four week before I have a mild vinegar.

Yes, with all these persimmons coming along, we'll be making persimmon vinegar.


Found four of these fruit that dropped off the tree - but in my pocket they squished to pulp in a few minutes - meaning that they are done already. So I have to get busy picking them. Since we already have quite a few packages frozen, I probably will get to make them straight into vinegar. That makes three distinct flavors now....

Writing Tip

The other day, I stumbled onto an old datum - that you know within the first few pages, or the first few paragraphs, whether this is a "good" book. Because it will transport you immediately - or not. 

One point is whether you're finding yourself now trying to figure out how they are writing what they are writing. You begin analyzing it for "plot" and their writing style. So you aren't reading for enjoyment. 

Keeping the books that fit your needs (that are "good" or "great" in your estimation) gives you a bunch that you can boil down to see how they affected you that way. Of course, your background in how stories are told most effectively - their story structures - then confirm what you know or add to your data.

You can also note that writer's "voice" and writing techniques - like whether the chapters and scenes leave you in a cliffhanger (emotional or action) and so keep you reading. And so you can emulate that style for awhile if you choose. Because if you write what you love to read, and keep yourself excited while writing - then your readers will be just as excited.

In non-fiction, you can pick up Campbell's "Writing Non-Fiction" and see where that author went off the rails. It's very similar to how fiction writers keep their readers interested.

Hopefully, I'll be able to drop some tips like this from week to week - and if you like these, let me know. Also your questions or disagreements with my ideas...

Oh - wait, there's more: Recent life-test results continue to confirm all I've been telling (some of) you for years - you can actually get/attain/acquire anything and everything you want out of life. Really. 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.

Thanks again for opening this. And reading these books.

And leaving a rating on the Living Sensical site for the stuff you buy there.

As well as leaving recommendations on Bookbub in addition to reviews anywhere else.

You know, that "paying it forward" kinda thing.

Do keep sharing these books with your friends, too.

I hope your life is not too interesting to be overwhelming, but sufficiently engaging to keep you amused. (Like some of us here...)



PS. Again, you can always email me about anything.

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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