Ah - summer. Hot, humid, and best spent at the beach (while writing)...
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- Sharing a picture that my First Readers saw the day it happened...
- Wish I could do more, but at least I'm writing again.
- New book on writing is in pre-release at the Insiders Club.
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Thanks for all your great ideas for calf names this year. You've done truly outstanding work with those red-hot namerators. So let them cool off, just like these cows and their calves...
There are a few brave calves in their with their big mommas. Look to the left of the last dark cow out there and you'll see the youngest calf just keeping her head above water. Red one.
These cows generally eat, bathe, chew-cud in the shade, repeat. About three or four times every day. At night, if it's cool enough, they'll go out on the pasture after the sun sets and stay the night. They'll breakfast down there, then come up to bathe again.
Lots of "experts" say to keep cows out of the ponds for various reasons. But with huge ponds and few cows, this works. They keep cool in all this humidity, which is the key point.
Cozy Cottage (Tiny Home) Progress
Just too darned hot this last week. I did get another saw dug out and made available for some more precision cuts on the trim. Some tiny pieces of sheathing are needed next. But it's sitting there for a cooling morning (upcoming, according to the weather guys and gals.)
And more ideation showed up for that third trailer (next year's project) - after the two I already have going. (I've made my notes, like I have for my books.)
Here's a couple sets of before and after photo's:
Every piece of sheathing panelling has to be cut at least two times. The angled pieces in the ceiling have to be cut four times.
Again, next is some very small trim work, and then spackling and painting.
I got into a book I've been wanting to edit into shape for months. It's a round-up of how I taught myself the writer's craft. Based on that series of blog posts which made up "How I Survived My First Year of Writing Fiction". Only in better order and the duplicate material removed. This one is titled "Becoming A Writer: Learning the Author's Craft".
And its in the Insiders Club for free access. (Yes I've already cut that overlong introduction to shreds, so the book will be changing some more. But the bulk of it will remain the same at this point - just minor tweaks.)
I found a big and neglected grove of elderberries along the highway between a couple of towns and pulled over to check it out, buckets in hand. Just the ripe ones gave me five big buckets (about 5 gallon each) of elderberries. So the cooks around me have their hands full with canning. (Meanwhile, I didn't even get half of the berries out there. In another few weeks, the other half will be ready for picking. But If my cooks get tired of canning these, I'll leave them for the birds or someone else...)
Coming soon are the wild plums this month, followed by paw-paws and persimmons in the fall. Which can't come too soon. I'm a bit tired of this over-hot weather we've been having...
News and New Plans
I'm producing those Nightingale videos in my spare moments, getting one or more done each day - as they are quicker than I thought. Next will be posting these to Rumble and GabTV (and I'll send you links, naturally.)
There are about four years of these to produce, if I only get two posted each week.
Meanwhile, visit store.livingsensical.com and do a search to find out any of the books you may have missed. Plenty of stuff to help you improve your life. And plenty of entertainment, as well.
For me, It's all a matter of stealing time here and there, and becoming more efficient with the time I have.
So, patience becomes the watchword...
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 have and be 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 put it into use...
(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...
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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.