Raven's first book is now complete and for sale! Thank you, everyone, for your help and encouragement! This thread made a huge difference. https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/673745296/homegrown-linen-transforming-flaxseed
Steven Kovacs wrote:I am not a writer, so take this with a grain of salt:
My writer friends say that 1) you just have to pour out a lot of words, most of which will be discarded eventually, in order to write anything; and 2) the writing and editing processes are entirely separate - write a volume of words, then come back to it later as an editor and edit it. Don't edit as you write, or the creating and critiquing functions of your brain will fight each other and nothing will get done.
R Ranson wrote: ...read it for me, put a line through the chaff, circle the stuff that's good with green and make notes on what needs to be said clearer and what needs to be expanded on. Maybe that's asking too much from an editor?
R Ranson wrote:The book I'm thinking is about fibre farming. I know a lot more than I did two years ago - and maybe that's why I am so hesitant.
At the moment there are a few books that touch on this topic, but none of them are the book I wanted to read 14 years ago. That's when I started seriously gathering information and experience for this book. I'm still learning new things everyday. What if I wait one more year? Imagine how much more I would know then! This is one of my biggest stumbling blocks.
The book I want to write is about growing, processing and enjoying textiles in a holistic system. It would involve small-scale methods that would be good for the apartment dweller all the way up to farm-based industry (small spinning mills). It would be in-depth enough to be a reference for experienced farmers, but also include inspiration and introduction for people who are just getting started.
For example, the sheep chapter(s) would help explain what sheep are, what their uses are (stacking functions), basics on caring for them, how to incorporate them into a holistic system (permaculture system?). Then there would be more in-depth topics like how to prevent parasites (ducks, minerals, &c), basics about breeding, lambing, shearing, medical emergencies, a bit about choosing the right breed, marketing sheep and their products and that sort of thing, and references list of books that cover these topics in more detail (lambing guide, Pat Colbe's books, &c). Then there's the bit on how to process the fibre into cloth - But that's almost a second book on its own.
holy guacomole that's some serious table of contents! And annotated at that!
2,537 words. My head hurts.
Roberto pokachinni wrote:holy guacomole that's some serious table of contents! And annotated at that!
2,537 words. My head hurts.
Travis Johnson wrote:Fiber Frolic
(for Fun and Profit)