Thursday, February 2, 2012

The bookish farmer

I am a writer and writers love to write... until they're in the throes of a writer's block so gruesome that the act of crafting (or simply stringing together) a lyrical (or just plain cohesive) sentence is akin to weeding a half-acre field of mature crabgrass with a dull fork while blindfolded -- slow, demoralizing and incredibly tedious.

So while struggling with my own words, I've been delighting in the narratives of others -- thanks to publishing house Thomas Allen & Son Ltd. that has offered me the opportunity to review titles from their various catalogues.

I love reviewing farm, gardening and food-related books -- not only does it help kickstart my own creativity, but I get to learn about subjects held close to my heart. And sometimes the "what not to do" is as cherished as the "how-tos"; at the very least it helps me feel less of a tool as I regale our own blunders and boondoggles!

First up will be "Maple Syrup: From Sap to Syrup -- The History, Lore, and How-to Behind this Sweet Treat" by Tim Herd.

It's a beautiful book and I'm looking forward to sharing its story. Stay tuned!

And rest assured, I haven't given up on writing about our own madcap homesteading adventure. While the last few months have been silly busy with off-farm work (well, I guess when I work at home I'm not technically off-farm, but I've been spending way more time on the computer than on the land), I'm (still) trying to create a better balance between paid work and soul work. That's another story that I look forward to sharing with you.


Amy L. said...

Glad to hear from you, Fiona! Can't wait to read more!

Fiona said...

Thanks, Amy! Happy to be here, too!

Erin said...

I'm glad you are back! I will admit to starting 52 Loaves last year but had to bring it back to the library before I finished LOL!

farmgirlwanabe said...

Glad to see you back online Fiona - missed your wonderful writing. I too started to blog but had to put that on hold because of work and Master's - however a friend promised to show me how to post pictures etc and I hope to get it restarted this month - its about growing and making great food including charcuterie - farmgirlwanabe

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