You know how sometimes you have a nice romantic dinner with your partner and you languidly discuss the topics of the day? And then sometimes you both set your calendar in front of you and you shovel spaghetti into your mouth while coordinating your To Do lists and appointments?
Yeah, this post is the blog equivalent of a calendar-sync spaghetti-feed working dinner. I have a bunch of info I need to convey to you, my lovely and talented readers, and I need to do it as efficiently as possible.
Mother Earth News Fair Meetup
If you live around the greater Seattle-to-Portland corridor, I hope you will come to the Mother Earth News Fair this weekend, May 31 to June 1. I will be there both Saturday and Sunday. I go every year to learn lots of homesteading and greenie-independent living stuff and remind myself that I’m not the only weirdo freak with dirt in her veins and a canning jar obsession. (I’m not alone!)
There will be an NW Edible Meetup! I will be available to say hi and attempt to answer your super-hard gardening questions. You can find me at the High Mowing Organic Seeds booth – booth 819 – from 11:00-11:30 on both Saturday and Sunday.
High Mowing Organic Seed Discount
Not only are the folks at High Mowing Organic Seeds generously allowing NW Edible readers to totally block traffic around their booth during our meetup, they’re also offering a great discount on seed purchases at the Mother Earth News Fair just for you guys. If you buy two High Mowing seed packets at the fair, and tell them you are an NW Edible reader, you get a third seed packet free. That’s a great discount, and it’s available all weekend long at the Mother Earth News Fair, not just during the meetup.
Did you know High Mowing just became the first seed company to become certified GMO free? Which means both sponsors of this blog are independently verified, GMO-free companies. So by extension this might be the only certified GMO-Free blog in the world. (Maybe?)
Holy Crap, I’m Writing A Book
Friends, it looks like I’m writing a book. Yesterday I dropped a signed book contract in the mail to a local, independent publishing house called Sasquatch Books.
For years now, many of you guys have been encouraging me to write a book, and several publishers have approached me to pitch my ideas. I’ve always known that if I was going to commit to the substantial effort of creating a book, it needed to offer something beyond the blog. I’ve never wanted to write just another collection of recipes or just another collection of gardening basics. I want any book with my name on it to deliver real value to you guys. I also needed to be confident I was working with people who were ethical, excited and exacting. Finally, I needed the financials and the timing to work out. The reality is, there isn’t a lot of money to be made in traditional publishing, but I was unwilling to lose money just for the ego-gratification of being a “real” author.
I’m very pleased to say that the stars seemed to align to make Book Project 2014 a reality. I’ve been talking with Sasquatch for months now, and met the key players who will be converting my words into a full package of (hopefully) fun and useful reading.
I’m excited and terrified, thrilled and nervous. And I’m gonna need a lot of help. We’ll get into details later, but that’s where you guys come in. Team Recipe Test will be taking volunteers soon!
More Spaghetti, Dear?
I spent all Memorial Day weekend converting my garden shed into a home office. (Now that I have a book to write, I feel strongly that I need a home office – I believe this is what they call productive procrastination.) I did roofing, painting, patching, tiling, more painting, trim work, sanding and more. As I should have expected, the project ran long but I think it’s gonna look great once I do just a bit more painting.
Ok, those are all the big announcements I have.
Please do come to the Mother Earth News Fair this weekend and say hi if you are in the area. It’d be great to meet!