Hi Folks well decided to let you know a bit about how I got into writing and things. It actually happened around 20 some years ago. I always had the urge to write, just never knew how to get started. So, decided on just sitting down and doing it. MY first bit of writing was my Biography which turned out pretty good. I then decided on writing short stories of something I knew like, farming, woodworking you name it. Ended up I got to writing of my past life experiences and my old Dad’s and Grandfathers. We all have had quite a life. If there was any advice I could give to any one that wants to be a writer would be this. Write what you know and you can’t go wrong. Today I look forward to sitting down and writing up a story or two and it always gives me a good feeling inside when done. I write now for different Newspapers and magazines. I am currently working on putting out my first book which should take place next summer, should. Not cheap doing that I have found, and it takes a lot of work getting things done up right. I think I am half way there. I have planned on taking around 60 of my stories and using them for my book, time will tell how that goes. My son Karl put a link on The Old Craftsman’s web site www.theoldcraftsman.com for those that are interested in Pre-registering for the book. Once the book is published and those that have signed up, will then be notified and the book will be mailed out to you or you can pick it up. Following this post I will put on a story called, Country Woman. Kind of figured I should let the folks see how I write. Also if you want further stories to look at there is another link on the Old Craftsman’s site which says Just One More Story. Click on that and it will show you a list of around 300 stories with a blip of each one. Can’t beat that huh? Talk Later.
I haven’t been doing to much writing for the Community Voice lately as I have had a real busy summer. But now that cold weather is settling in I have a bit more time, so wrote up one. It was called Fall Is In The Air. It is about getting ready for fall with firewood and things, along with a bit on getting the vegetable garden ready for winter and next spring. So hope you all pick up a copy as there is a lot of good tips and things and of course a bit of my every day humor. Enjoy and talk to you soon.
Well figured maybe I might just give you a glimpse of the story that will be in the Nugget each week. Can’t get into telling you to much as that would kind of take away the whole story. This week I wrote one up on Messages and how we got them out to folks years ago back on the Dairy farm where I was raised. I got to say when writing this story a lot came to mind and brought back a lot of fine memories. Folks of today would probably wonder how we made out as good as we did back then, but we did ok. The Story is called Messages but we will see what the paper calls it as they have a Tendency of changing the titles on me. But what can you do. At any rate look for it this week in the North Bay Nugget. Talk Soon
Well got up early here today and sure glad I got most all the outside work done yesterday as temperature has dropped quite a bit. Temperatures today are around 47 degrees, cloudy and rain. Winds from the NW. So decided on staying inside for today. Wifes brother is in for a visit and being an electrician he is going to do some work for us. Got the old wood furnace going today again. Sure feels good too. One thing about wood heat takes the cold right out of ones body. We have an old gravity fed furnace and it can take a good size log. Burning old white oak right now as it don’t throw off as much heat as the Ash or Maple. Saving the good stuff for when the temperatures really drop. Looked out today after cleaning up the leaves and things yesterday and one wouldn’t know he did it. Oh well will more leaves for the gardens later on. Might get another chance to clean them up if not they will be there in the spring. Still got to plant my garlic yet but got the ground ready for it. Maybe next week.
Well had a busy day here but a good day got up to around 77 degrees here today, can’t beat that. Trying to get things done up before the cold weather sets in which is suppose to be later on this week. Going down to around 20 Degrees F it says. I still like the old scale in telling temperatures and things. Guess to old to change. Either that of just refuse to change, think that is more like it. Got all the leaves cleaned up and put it in the gardens and the straw I bought last week I put it down also. Then got out the old tiller and went to work. Looks good now and it has all winter to rot. Come Spring we will be in good shape. One has to remember that the Fall of the year is every bit as important as the spring in preparing the soil. I don’t use chemicals any more. Ever since we sold the farm I decided not to use it any more. Just to much of it out there and folks are suffering for it more every day. I also went out to the bush and cut some good branches for my weather sticks for next Summer as they seem to be a big hit in our small store. Simple things that tells folks when nice or stormy weather is about to hit. I some times think the old way is better than the new way., I do have a weather station thought my Son Karl set up for me you can click on to the link on the right if you like and have a look. He has it set up real nice and it uploads to the net every ten minutes or so. Nice to have back here in the bush were we live as one never knows what is going to happen. Well it’s Moose season here right now I don’t get out much any more. Not that I don’t have my licence or nothing I do just haven’t felt up to it these past couple years but might get the urge to go deer hunting next month. The first two weeks of November is deer season so figure I might try it out for a change been awhile. Folks have been getting their freezers full of moose meat this year so that is good. A lot of folks rely on it as a meat supply for winter around here. I know some are against hunting and things but one has to realize its a way of like in some parts. Big event when it opens as most all the stores close down for the first week of the season. I also dug up some roots from my ASPARAGUS patch today and planted it in a new garden down below our house. I just got it growing but put in some raspberry plants last year and they kind of took over so figured I like rasberies better so moved the Asparagus. I did leave a few so I would have some for next year. I also dug up the turnips and got them in the cold room for winter so should be eating pretty good here this winter. Well guess thats it for now. Talk soon.
Well Still raining here as it has been for the past week or so. Calling for a bit of sunshine for tomorrow so got my fingers crossed. I do got some garden work to do yet with covering the berries with straw and working in the leaves and some more straw into the vegetable gardens. I got out my old tiller last week so it will make things easier. Once and awhile I like to use the shovel and turn it all over but now that I am getting a weeee bit older I am finding the tiller is a bit easier. Got the old wood furnace going here today again. Started early this season burning wood but it sure feels good. I also filled up the oil tank as a back up so that should last us around two years or so. This morning I have been working on another short story for my column and just about got it finished so if things go right might get to starting another one this afternoon. Talk later.