Faye Corbett

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Annie Collins wrote:So glad that Mirabella and her calf are well! Happy, too, that Bongo is okay! I found myself holding my breath while reading both stories, worried about the outcome... you should write a book! They are wonderful stories, well written, and worthy of sharing!



I do write books, but haven't written one about the farm.  Currently working on my fourth book, which is my family's history of civil war days, when they lost the plantation, barely survived, and learned the only thing that really matters is their love for each other.  Three years in the works, and hope to have it finished this winter.  Name of it is Secret in the Well, because one of my ancestors hid her son there in a cavern, when he deserted near the end of the war, so the marauders would not kill him.  
2 months ago
I've been writing books and short stories since I was a young child.  I can't not write.  And when I hear something, sometimes it jogs something in me, and an idea is spawned so I keep a small notebook in my purse and jot down ideas or book/article titles.  Then when I have time I can run with that.  What I do write seriously is pretty diverse, from a book on health and nutrition called Body Beautiful, Weight Loss & Rejuvenation, Surviving Grid Down, to Out of the Fast lane, Into the Flow (getting in touch with your soul's purpose).  For years now I've been working on my family history of the civil war, which is about the philosophy of how not having war works best, as all war really accomplishes is a lot of blood spilled, lives and businesses ruined and sets us back for generations.  This one has a lot of emphasis on how people survived, foraged for food and medicine and relied on nature and each other when they had nothing else.  It was civilization stripped down to bare bones survival skills.  Hope to have that one out by next spring, and have done several rewrites.  Will be my best work yet, but required a tremendous amount of research to make sure it was historically accurate and all the herbs I wanted to include for healing were actually written into the contents of the book, plus a chart at the end.  For cover pictures I get a real picture somewhere, usually on my digital camera,  and edit it to make it more or less hazy, higher pixels, etc., and just download.  This is where the computer comes in handy, although I dislike most high tech.  It is much easier to write on the computer and edit as I go rather than laboriously take hand written notes.  I usually do the outline and a synopsis before the actual meat of the story.  In other words, work out the focus, the timelines, the plot, before filling in all the gaps.  I can type (140 WPM when I was younger), than I can write.  

One thing I've learned is that to make it highly desirable and readable for the masses, is to make it passionate, about life, living and make them want to turn the page to get to the next part.  The kind of book you can't put down because you just have to know what comes next.  If you write about those things you love, it will come through into the writing/reading of it.  The first chapter should be something in the middle of an exciting action, and movement.  Don't start at the beginning, it will be boring.  A crisis played out, a looming danger, something that will hook the reader and get them into a hurried quick read and then into flipping the pages to get to the next exciting part.  Always end on a finale that wraps up the story, solves the riddle or gives closure and completeness.  This of course, is for fiction or historical event books or articles.  A how-to book is a bird of another feather, of course, and same rules don't apply.  Do make your outline, of course, and follow through so you don't leave out any important parts.  Write what you know about, too much research required otherwise and it can bog you down too much.  Although some research may be required anyway.  

So what are you waiting for?  Get to writing!
4 months ago
If it is something I am going to read one time and is very brief, an E-book is fine.  For anything I really need to study or read again, or a favorite, I want a real paper copy so it can go into my library for future reference.  A part of me wants to live primitive and get away from modern technology, so I can curl up in a tent or outdoors with a real book, not a computer or I-phone.  And besides, if the SHTF, we can always use the paper pages for TP.  So it is a multi-use item.  But we should make sure we've memorized the contents before going to that extreme and wasting a valuable resource best used for reading.  
4 months ago
I seldom get writer's block, but when I do, it is usually because I have too many items on my plate, just too busy, or maybe overwhelmed with other projects or fatigue.  It helps when I see/hear/read about various topics other people are working on, or a direction humanity is headed in and it gives me creative ideas which then can expand into something or a tangent I can work on.  I'm almost always working on a new book or doing articles for someone or something.  It helps me when I write from experience, either life experience or work related to something I did or studied in the past.  In other words, the things I know about.  I think the ability to be a good writer is latent in almost everyone.  We all have a story to tell.  
4 months ago
I remember my Mother talking about how when she was a little girl in South Georgia, they would rake up the leaves (with a brush broom made from some plant they gathered,) around the house to a distance out at least 40 or 50 feet around.  This was to prevent wildfires from burning down the log cabin they lived in.  Sandy soil so the yards actually looked nice and neat.  Nothing grew in that area except a few tall oak trees, but nothing underneath to catch fire.  Most houses back then had an outside kitchen in a separate building, again, to prevent fires burning down the main house.  Sometimes the kitchens burned when embers fell out of the cooking stove.  How times have changed!  

A few years back we had wildfires here in the Western North Carolina Mountains and my farm was trapped between two large fires.  I could not get out of the smoke because no matter which way the wind (prevailing westerlies) blew, it covered the farm here.  A friend called and said she might have to evacuate and wanted to bring her cows here as shelter, until she found out it was worse here than at her place.  I worried about the fire getting my house, but somehow they controlled it before it got that far.  I made it through with wet hankerchiefs tied over my face and staying indoors as much as possible, with the air filters running, but it was an anxious time.  My goats/cow were outside in it and nothing I could do for them.  Now, this year, we've had incessant rains for nearly eight months and lost most of our crops due to excessive water.  But I'd rather have rain than fire.  Wish we could send some of that to you folks out west who desperately need it!
5 months ago

Kally Goschke wrote:I knew that soaking grains at least 12 hours increases nutrient availability for mammals so I soaked my pigs ground feed and even tried rolled barley.
I noticed the oddest thing. It took me quite a few months to figure out the correlation but when one of the pigs got soaked grain she would start circling! I figured out that in the end it must have caused her some inflammation or swelling in her feet or hooves. It took me a long time to figure out this correlation as it is so odd. I believe it caused her pain. At first I thought it neurological.
I was in subtropics on catchment water and she was a feral pig. May have something to do with it. I think it was mycotoxins or fungal growth.  Odd but exact and immediate consistent correlation.
I had to stop soaking the grains. I tried many.
Anyone ever seen this?



There is a lot of difference in how cracked grains work vs. whole grains.  The whole grains will actually start the sprouting process because they are intact.  Also, a fermentation produces slight amounts of alcohol.  Don't know actually.  Could be the mycotoxins or fungal growth as you mentioned.  

7 months ago
In the Herbal Handbook for Home and Stable by Juliet deBairacli Levy, she says to use vinegar or wine and rub down the animal with it, especially the legs, and it will even prevent Bots fly from laying their eggs on horses' legs.  I've tried this and it seems to work, but have to reapply every day or two.  
7 months ago
Back when I was still a young child, I remember my Grandmother putting the homestead raised shelled corn into steel barrels, adding water and fermenting it for the pigs.  She just said it was easier for them to digest.  They were always super healthy, and got lots of green forage in addition to the corn.  We tossed buckets of weeds from the garden, I remember amaranth or pig weed and there were probably lamb's quarters and other stuff as well.  I don't think we ate those weeds then, but I do now.  I don't know how long she fermented the corn, but I do remember how sour it smelled.  
7 months ago
Read somewhere long ago about putting kelp around fruit trees to help them be more frost tolerant.  I use it on my peach trees all the time, and although in a border area for peaches with our late spring frosts, I often get a good crop.  

7 months ago
I still remember when the flour and some feed sacks were beautiful printed fabrics.  My Grandmother made kitchen curtains and dresses for the grandkids out of them (back when girls still wore dresses to school).   Not wrinkle resistant though, they had to be ironed.  If not so prone to wrinkling, would have made great shopping bags.  

8 months ago