Virtual Reality

It’s been just about a year since the world changed. Some ways? for the worse. Others? For the better. More people can work from home, now, instead of having to waste time and energy going in to the office.

I have to say, I really miss conventions. So do a bunch of other people. But we aren’t letting this new virtual reality stop us! I’ve been doing live chats weekly on Friday evenings on my YouTube channel, and despite my technical ineptness, we seem to be having a good time. JL Curtis, otherwise known as the Old NFO, has partnered up with Lawdog, and other rotating guest speakers, to have livestreams twice a week on his channel. Neither of us necessarily talk about our writing, his stream is more centered on current events (although last night mine touched a lot on the pandemic and vaccine), but it’s a way for us to interact with humans in something other than black and white text.

However, I have an upcoming event to promote that is about writing! And gardening, and authors sharing stories just like a panel at a convention. Never been to a con? Don’t have the time, money, etc. to get to one? Well, in the new virtual manner, H.P. Holo is bringing one to you.

You can join us for this panel, or find more info about past and upcoming panels, at the Facebook page (I know, I know, but it’s an effective marketing tool, still.) Or you can join in via Zoom if you aren’t on the FB. You can also explore H.P. and Jacob Holo’s website for more about the panels and their books, which you should, because they write fun stuff.

If we don’t hang together, we shall assuredly hang separately. Attributed to Benjamin Franklin, and it has the pithy flavor of the man to it. In this new world, more than ever we need to discover how to connect with our tribe. Other authors, yes, but also the readers who enjoy our stuff. As the tides have shifted, and the once wide-open vista of the internet contracts and recedes, it’s even more important than ever to discover a variety of ways to do it. Promoting our work means we sell stuff, which means we have a motive to keep writing. This means even fans have impetus to share our stuff – if they want more where that came from.

I’m not terribly good at marketing and promoting, personally. I need to get better. For instance, I’ll bet you didn’t know that The Case of the Perambulating Hatrack was coming out later this month?

And finally, I have a question. If I put the book up for preorder, would you prefer that? Or to have it suddenly and surprisingly appear when Amazon reacts to my pressing the publish button and makes it appear live in the store?

17 comments

  1. Ooooh. Gardening. Soil building? Ornamental? Ornamental on steriods with parterres and carpet bedding? Casual salads? Serious food production? Rewilding? None of the above?

    I’ll have to look into this. Thank you!

    1. I can’t speak for the others, but I’m a big fan of permaculture. I grew up on Bill Mollison’s book, before Permie was a thing here in the US. Now, it’s super popular and easy to find information on it!

      1. I like permaculture too. I’ve used aspects of it all over our 1/4 acre. I’ve turned hard-packed clay into topsoil, in some places nearly a foot deep. Our yard is zoned from wilderness areas at the perimeter to raised beds close to the house.

        It’s so useful for organizing a property.

        1. Do you two have any other recommendations? I’ll be checking out Mr. Mollison’s book. But most of what I have found has been very short on the practical.

              1. Mom says to look at Sepp Holzer’s books, a book named Gaia’s Garden, and the website Permies dot com.

                There is some great stuff out there, but it takes a bit of digging through the woo.

          1. The key is to collect as much organic material as possible because if your soil is poor, nothing will work well. You *cannot* add too much organic material. This isn’t fertilizer, but healthier soil grows better everything and retain moisture better; damp but not soggy.

            Do not let one scrap of organic material leave your property; kitchen waste, shredded documents, leaves, grass clippings, dead leather baseball gloves, they all work. You can compost elephants if your pile is big enough and hot enough.

            See what’s available for free in your area. Neighbor’s leaves? Go get them. Township collects leaves? Go get them. Landscaper chipping trees? Ask. Local lawnmower guy? Leaves in the fall are chopped and mixed with grass clippings and are perfect. Brown kraft bags of leaves by the side of the road? Pick them up. I’ve never once had anyone (including a state trooper) ask me why I was salvaging leaves. For neighborhood leaves in the street, a surly teenager with a rake and a lawn cart is most useful.

            Grass clippings are more trouble. They have to be heaped and turned faithfully (surly teenager with a pitchfork) because they pile so tight, they don’t rot nicely like leaves do.

            Anywhere you think you’ll need a bed, whether for flowers, veg, or wilderness borders, pile up leaves, mulch, etc. Soil is alive and if you feed it well, it will feed you.

            While you’re learning from books, let your soil rebuild itself. Then, when you’re ready, it will be ready.

            Two books I like: Steve Solomon and Gardening When It Counts and Carol Deppe with The Resilient Gardener. They’re not permaculture per se, but they’re serious about growing enough to eat. Gene Logsdon is very good too, although not permaculture per se, either.

            One last critical point. I injured my back and can’t do the heavy work anymore. Every time you bend over, remember to bend back! This may save your spine.

          2. Aargh! I forgot John Seymour’s books! They’re permaculture before anyone used that word.

  2. I’m going to have to check it out! (Yes, I did a calendar alert…now if *the calendar* would just follow through.) As for preorders, I actually like the “oh! New book!” and then be able to buy it immediately.

  3. I like pre-orders because then I can have a book magically appear, either on my Kindle or in the mail, and it’s like a present from my fairy godmother.

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