Have you ever had a task you needed to do? And the more you put it off, the more it caused anxiety? Then months pass and you still haven’t done it?
For me, that’s writing a blog post.
I write almost daily, whether for Countryside or Backyard Poultry Magazines or one of my books. But writing about me? About what I’m up to, my goals or dreams? Or even the weekly farm mishap which resulted in animal poop spread everywhere it shouldn’t be? (Trust me, those are weekly.)
I haven’t been blogging. But I need to. Especially now that life is ramping up fast.
So, though I realize the well-intentioned futility of New Year’s Resolutions, it just happens to be New Year’s at the time that I decide I must blog weekly. Whether anyone reads it is another story. But I’ll do it. And I’ll try not to make every…
New Year’s Resolutions are like feminists: if you ask most people about intentions behind the concept, they agree it’s an excellent idea. But the name itself has gotten a bad rep. So people use the word less and less until they stand up and take ownership for it.
But it’s okay to make goals at the start of the year. Or changes. Alter your behavior. Focus on something new. State, emphatically, that you intend to go down a different path. (Wait…aren’t those Resolutions?)
I think people are against negative feelings resulting from resolutions gone wrong. It’s like feminists who speak out against someone resistant to stop doing what he’s doing. Whether or not a change has to be made, the negative feelings remain. When New Year’s Resolutions are broken, people feel like failures. Or they spark guilt or alienation within someone completely unrelated to the resolution.
Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and written a post specifically for this blog. But I often get questions and comments from people seeking help with local zoning laws for livestock. Thank you for using Ames Family Farm as a resource.
I started Ames Family Farm about 2.5 years ago to secure the identity in case I proceeded with my crazy business ideas such as opening a greenhouse, creating a local homesteading educational circuit, or even just publishing a few books on the lifestyle. Soon after AFF went live, an editor from Backyard Poultry Magazine sought me out and invited me to blog for the magazine. I was flattered. After thinking it over for a short time I agreed. My posts have appeared on Backyard Poultry Magazine’s website for over two years now.
In October and November of the same year I became a published author…
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Write what you know. Write from life. Tell your story.
But what does that really mean?
Over the years I’ve been privileged to meet some phenomenal people whose writing has grown out of their personal experiences, habits, hobbies and passions in remarkable ways. Hence this “Writing Family” series: a spotlight on various writers whose work has taken on new life from things they do every day.
One such person is medieval-based fantasy writer Marissa Ames. Her Tir Athair series exposes the wonderfully intricate medieval world, populated with complex characters navigating moral quandaries common to the human condition in all ages of the world. Yet writing isn’t her only superpower. She is also a hard-core homesteader with an impressive skill set, from making homemade mozzarella to raising chickens, not to mention being a stellar from-scratch cook.
With such a resume, it should surprise no one that she…
Relax—you still have time to buy books for Christmas without paying shipping fees or worrying that they won’t arrive in time. These options are for—
Out-of-town family and friends who have Kindles or Nooks (or the free reading Kindle app on their computers or smartphones). Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have e-book gift-giving options; just look for the “Give/buy as gift” button. If providing the recipient’s email address is a problem, Amazon will let you use your own. (I’m thinking you could print out the email and put it in a card or stocking . . . )
Family and friends who live around here. For these, I’m talking about our local bookstores, which are suddenly competitive with the online booksellers when you absolutely have to have a tangible gift for someone to open at Christmas and you haven’t bought it yet.
We are beyond excited to present our cover and interior design for the horror anthology In Creeps The Night. We partnered with J.A.Mes Pressto create this deliciously creepy collection of 50 flash fiction tales from 50 authors. All royalties for the sales of In Creeps The Night are being donated to Mothers Without Borders. Blue Harvest Creative also donated all of its time on this project (cover design, interior formatting, creation of a matching eBook, and helping with editing) as its contribution to this project and charity.
50 talented authors… 50 spine-tingling tales… 50 reasons to leave the lights on tonight…
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls creep through pages of spooky flash fiction. Discover critically acclaimed authors that will make your skin shiver and have you flinching at bumps in the night. Whenever the mood strikes for something creepy, this collection will leave you looking over your shoulder.
On September 20th, Vassal: The Second Book of Tir Athair will be available in both print and eBook formats. To celebrate, Reno’s best independent bookstore will be hosting me as I sign print copies of all available Tir Athair works. But book signings aren’t the only attractions that day.
Book cover and advertisements designed by Blue Harvest Creative
Schedule of Events:
11am: Storytelling for the kids by aspiring author Dave Nightingale
11am: Falconry demonstrations by Darkwell Castle Organization
11:30: Old world fibers by Beck, including spinning wheels and hand-spindling
12:00: Renaissance music by youth musician Jaidyn MacDonald
1pm: Book readings by authors Marissa Ames, Jean Booth, and Kurt Winans
1:30pm: Face painting for the kids by Beck
2pm: Renaissance music by youth musician Lauren Hutchings
2:30pm: Storytelling for the kids by youth book critic Sahara Wilcock
Throughout the day:
Heavy combat demonstrations by the Society for Creative Anachronism. (The public will only be spectators for combat demonstrations.)
Craft demonstrations by the Society for Creative Anachronism
Historical representations of the Royal Court of Mary Queen of Scots
Other events are still being determined and will be added to the schedule once finalized.
Other authors include Jean Booth, authors of Zombie War and The Origins paranormal series, and Kurt Winans, author of science fiction works Pilgrimage and Second Moon. Works by all three authors are kept in stock at Grassroots Books.
On site food, including vegan and gluten free options, served by J&J’s Italian Ices
Grassroots Books is the preferred storefront for the Tir Athair series. Print prices will always be lower at Grassroots than on Amazon.com. However, if you prefer eBooks, you can pre-order Vassal for only $3.49 until September 20th. Upon the book’s release date, the price will rise to $4.99.
We are thrilled to reveal our creepy cover design for In Creeps the Night, the new anthology for our publishing partner, J.A.Mes Press. In Creeps the Night is an anthology of horror-themed flash fiction that features fifty stories by fifty authors.
Available September 30, 2014 in trade softcover and eBook
50 talented authors… 50 spine-tingling tales… 50 reasons to leave the lights on tonight.
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls creep through pages of short but spooky flash fiction. Discover critically acclaimed authors as your skin shivers and you flinch at bumps in the night. This collection will exhilarate you just in time for Halloween or whenever the mood strikes for something creepy.
We are very excited to present our cover for Vassal, the second book in the critically acclaimed Tir Athair fantasy series by BHC author, Marissa Ames. The Tir Athair series is a historical-based fantasy series. The first book in the series, Minstrel, is currently a finalist for best fantasy novel of 2013 in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.
Front cover for print and eBook
Available in trade paperback and eBook September 20, 2014
Cottage cover illustration painted by the author
Who holds your loyalties?
Tir Athair still battles the north, and refugees still face torture for trying to flee oppression. As heiress to Fief Collum, Aislin knows her position is tenuous. She adheres to even the most unjust laws so her liege cannot revoke her land. When her uncle sends six burly men to work on her fief, she is wary of his intentions and their identities…