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A wise, witty guide to rural life for expat city dwellers. Perils, pitfalls, rewards. Bonus: truthy oldtimer tales and tons of photos. Read more

John Day, OR Nonfiction
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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 11, 2012.

A wise, witty guide to rural life for expat city dwellers. Perils, pitfalls, rewards. Bonus: truthy oldtimer tales and tons of photos.

John Day, OR Nonfiction
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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.

Barn owls are cool, and the best rodent control.
Barn owls are cool, and the best rodent control.

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.

This is your horse. On grass.
This is your horse. On grass.

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 . 

The beautiful and appealing cover.
The beautiful and appealing cover.
Cover design and previews by ace artist Dana Sibera.
Cover design and previews by ace artist Dana Sibera.

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.

About Me

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. 

This is me. Savage and untamed.
This is me. Savage and untamed.

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!

Thank you for reading this far, and my heartfelt thanks for your support. 

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    A nice acknowledgment on the book's Website, 25 beautiful outdoor photos (download), and a digital copy of the book in your choice of ePub, PDF, or Kindle. (Acknowledgements and photos available in August.)

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    A nice acknowledgment on the book's Website, 25 beautiful outdoor photos (download), a digital copy of the book in your choice of ePub, PDF, or Kindle, a printed copy of the book, and a beautiful custom bookmark. (Acknowledgements and photos available in August, eBook in October. Backers who live outside the the US please add $10 for shipping.)

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    A nice acknowledgment on the book's Website, 50 beautiful outdoor photos (download), a digital copy of the book in your choice of ePub, PDF, or Kindle, a personalized autographed printed copy of the book, and five beautiful custom personalized bookmarks. (Acknowledgements and photos available in August, eBook in October. Backers who live outside the the US please add $10 for shipping.)

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    A nice acknowledgment on the book's Website, an acknowledgement in the book, 100 beautiful outdoor photos (download), a digital copy of the book in your choice of ePub, PDF, or Kindle, two personalized autographed printed copies of the book, and five beautiful custom personalized bookmarks. (Acknowledgements and photos available in August, eBook in October. Backers who live outside the the US please add $10 for shipping.)

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    A nice acknowledgment on the book's Website, an acknowledgement in the book, 100 beautiful outdoor photos (download or CD), a digital copy of the book in your choice of ePub, PDF, or Kindle, five personalized autographed printed copies of the book, and ten beautiful custom personalized bookmarks. (Acknowledgements and photos available in August, eBook in October. Backers who live outside the the US please add $20 for shipping.)

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    Everything in the $150 reward plus-- wait for it-- this is so cool-- your own favorite truthy oldtimer tale from your own family history published in the book. Photo too.

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Funding period

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