Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Blog Member--More News On The Book--Wall Of Wonder Part 4

June 20. 2012

First, I wanna say hi to my new blog member, Chris. She and I are old friends from several years back. I was pleasantly surprised to see that she had joined my blog. Hey girlfriend!

My playlist over on the right has been changed by the original web site it came from—now you can only hear it on the new site. I have been there, but can’t figure out what to do to get my music back—I miss bein’ able to hear my tunes.

Got a new batch of illustrations for the book—they are great. I also spoke with Eleanor about the bindin’ process when we get it all printed up—she has a machine that can either use a bindin’ like on a cookbook, and another one that can staple the pages together. Gonna have to see how thick the book will be.

I know that my first book will be hand done, and yet I think that will increase its appeal to potential readers. I am joinin’ the ranks of authors who are takin’ it upon themselves to get their work before the public. I feel that personal computers and the internet has opened up a new realm for any author who loves to write yet is unsure of their ability to attract a publisher. Let’s face it—other than vanity presses, where you pay exorbitant fees to get your book published—there haven’t been many options open to first time authors. I approached a local author to ask him about printin’ my book, and was told that it would cost $1,000 just to have it proofread! I proofread everything I write several times. While I do have errors from time to time, I feel that I statistically have fewer than many vanity press books. I also have two friends who proofread my stuff for free—one who does it for a livin’—so I don’t need that particular service.

If I simply print out and bind my own work, then I can control the costs much better. I can print out a specific number at a time, insurin’ that I don’t end up like John Grisham when he had his first book, A TIME TO KILL, vanity published. He ended up givin’ a LOT of copies away! I was readin’ somewhere that he recently learned that those first copies are now worth a great deal of money. He said that he wished he had kept them—and he referred to his just dumpin’ the books as his $6 million dollar mistake.

I prefer to think that I am followin’ in the footsteps of my favorite homestead author, Carla Emery. She was the one who truly got me hooked into simple country livin’ so many years ago. I found the book, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COUNTRY LIVING at a local library. I thought it was a simple recipe book, but when I opened it up—there was a wonderful world of homesteadin’, craftin’, bakin’, cannin’, etc—along with a plethora of Carla’s own stories about her life and her philosophies about how she lived it.
Carla Has since passed on, but you can still get THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COUNTRY LIVING from stores and websites like Amazon. I forget which printin’ it is in by now, but I know that it has been updated and now includes websites for references. I suggest that you buy the newer editions for information, but if you come across an early edition—snag it up. Those editions are filled with drawin’s and photos from her life, and again you will read such fun tales about the author herself. I think my favorite was the one about her father, who for a time was a chauffeur for Actress Dorothy Lamour. Think if the new edition as basic homesteadin’ mental nourishment and the early editions as a type of literary comfort food.

Okay—here we are back in front of the Wall Of Wonders. The next item we will look at in terms of Thriftology—The Food Processor.

My food processor is a valuable tool in my campaign against food waste. I use it to chop veggies into tiny pieces for my homemade ‘what’s IN these, honey?’ eggrolls, and fresh salsa is a summer time staple around our house. You can also pulverize veggies into small enough bits that you can sneak them into meatloaves and casseroles, and once they cook down, if you have fussy eaters (thank you Lord, we don’t have any in my family), they can’t tell they are gettin’ the good stuff in their meals. A food processor can also be used to make pie crusts that are not tough from over handlin’.

I sometimes use it to slice veggies for dehydratin’ or makin’ potato chips. If I have to make a really big salad for an event, I use the processor to shred lettuce for the base, then I slice and dice various veggies to toss in with the lettuce. If I can find the right adaptor, I can make butter from cream. While not that practical for every day—it is a very nice treat for special dinners to be able to tell folks you ‘churned’ the butter on the table!

I got my processor from a gentleman whose storage shed I was helpin’ him clean out after his wife passed away. He handed it to me, sayin’ he knew that he was never gonna make all the foods she used to, and that he knew I would appreciate it. And he was right. I use it at least once a week, and I think of him and his wife each time I do. I feel that a cookin’ legacy got passed on along with the processor.

Well, I got chores. Later ya'll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

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