A wise, witty guide to rural life for expat city dwellers. Perils, pitfalls, rewards. Bonus: truthy oldtimer tales and tons of photos. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 11, 2012.
About this project
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” -- Seth Godin
This book is for all city dwellers who are really country kids at heart. You're dreaming of peace and quiet, clean air, good water, clear skies, and room to roam. You want a slower pace, time to think, and a healthier lifestyle. A place where you don't have to get away from it all because you're there. Every day is a gift and you don't want to feel it slipping away. You can do it -- that's what this book is about.
Rural life is wonderful, but it's not for everyone, and there are pitfalls. Some people just can't adapt to being more than a few minutes away from a shopping mall. Real estate is a real minefield for the aspiring country gentleperson, and a lot of people make big mistakes when they buy rural property. There are legal minefields like water rights, mineral rights, easements, weird building codes, and open ranges that include highways. Wannabe farmers and ranchers leap before looking and get in over their heads. You've heard the saying: the way to become a millionaire rancher is to start with two million.
Anybody can learn to do anything, and you're never too old to learn something new. -- Carla Schroder
The idea of this book is not to scare you away, but to give you the information you need to make a successful transition from city life to rural living. It really is different, and it's really not necessary to learn the hard way. Some of the things I talk about are:
- Taking control of your life's essentials.
- Living the dream: What is your dream? Farmer, rancher, live off the grid? The outdoor life, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, rock-hound, fossil hunter? Wildlife watcher, photographer, astronomer? Horses, cattle, chickens, goats? Sit on your porch and enjoy the peace?
- How to not get snookered in real estate.
- Making money from your land.
- What machinery you need: you might like doing everything the hard way. I like tractors and power tools.
- Special advice for women.
- Practical guidance on wells, sewers, gas, electricity, fencing, maintaining a long driveway, roofs, outbuildings, pest and predator control, winter.
- True stories, more or less, collected from my own life and the local oldtimers, who are full of great tales both true and truthy.
And much more.
The Book Itself
The printed book is 6"x9", black and white, with a beautiful glossy color cover and many excellent photos from my personal collection. The eBook has color photos. (Sorry, but color printing is still too expensive.) It will run about 250 pages, and if you don't enjoy every page well I'll be mighty surprised. This book is not a nuts and bolts howto like the excellent Encyclopedia of Country Living or the awesome Foxfire series, which teach everything from churning butter to butchering chickens to making your own musical instruments. Rather, it's a practical modern guide to knowing what you're getting into, and choosing wisely .
What Your Money Buys
I need $3600 to complete the production of this book. It's about a third written, and what I need funding for is the work done by my wonderful cover designer and artist Dana Sibera, setting up the print run with CreateSpace, copyediting and proofreading, building a simple Website for the book, and producing the ebook formats (ePub, Kindle, and PDF). These are going to be pretty and properly-formatted (unlike the poor conversions that so many publishers shove out the door). I'm aiming to have it completed and on the virtual shelves by the end of October 2012. (Books make awesome Christmas presents!).
One of the backer rewards is a collection of beautiful photos from my personal collection that you can use as screensavers, in your own creative projects, or to just look at and enjoy. The custom bookmarks are also made from my original color photos.
I'll keep you informed as the book progresses, and share excerpts and photos.
I am an actual real live author, and have been making my living writing since the late 1990s, way back in the last millennium. I have written three successful books and hundreds of computing howtos for online tech publications, mostly about the Linux operating system.
My books are:
The Book of Audacity -- audio production on your computer, using the wonderful Audacity audio recorder and editor
Linux Networking Cookbook -- advanced networking howtos for network administrators
Linux Cookbook-- everyday guide to using Linux
I'm one of those compulsive-type writers: when I learn something new and cool I have to share it. It's the best type of teaching, home alone in my jammies and nobody bothering me.
Thank you for reading this far, and my heartfelt thanks for your support.
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