I cannot say how strongly I object to people using other people's writing as research. Research is non-fiction, especially for horror, fantasy, science fiction. Do not take your research from other people's fiction. Just don't. - Laurell K. Hamilton Writing is writing, and stories are stories. Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction. And even there, who can be sure? - Tanith LeeWhen you read different fiction you do observe their theories of how things work, especially assumptions and original theories about fictional ideas (like vampires - whether they need blood and why or why not). It is tempting to apply some other fiction writer's theory to your own fiction. Especially when the idea was really good, unique and explained a lot of loose ends. But, it is best to deal with facts as your research and work on keeping the fiction all your own work.
Foraging for wild food isn't new, the early pioneers did it and people were foraging for food all through the history of mankind. It is just new to us, in this day and age, where the local supermarket has everything from diaper wipes to lettuce imported from China. Our ancestors had the knowledge about wild foods which we lack. I don't know what will happen with our good old planet Earth but it seems that a know-how of wild plants would be a good thing for us all, even in North America where food is so easy to find in grocery stores and restaurants. Rewilding is about living within our means, not in dollars but in sense, in keeping with the resources we have and maintaining/ building a lifestyle that won't strip our planet bare. Green Anarchist: Rewilding World Changing: Rewilding Canada CBC.ca: Go Wild! Canadian Living: Wild Greens: How to forage in your own backyard for edibles. Treehugger: Food Foraging: Gourmet Food Hunting Little City Farm -
We are an urban homesteading family trying to live simply and sustainably in a mid-sized city in southwestern Ontario. We aim to provide many of our basic needs (food, water, shelter, energy, transportation) while reducing our impact on the environment.City Farmer News ForageSF was conceived of by Iso Rabins in early 2008, with the mission to connect Bay Area dwellers with the wild food that is all around them. Feral Kevin - Foraging, bushcraft, permaculture and rewilding. Urban Scout - "Over a decade ago I began to realize that the agrarian civilized lifestyle would not reach a point of sustainability. The more I studied hunter-gatherers, the more intriuged I became as to how they lived in such an egalitarian, sustainable manner. I decided to make it my life goal to live as a hunter-gatherer. I call this process rewilding". Note, Urban Scout also has a rewilding forum. Plants for a Future - is a resource centre for rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses. We practise vegan-organic permaculture with emphasis on creating an ecologically sustainable environment based largely on perennial plants. Wikiepedia: Freeganism Could you find something to eat (something safely edible) in your own backyard, or some place like a park near your home? Give it a try. Write about your experience and, especially, write about any recipe you try with your wild food.
I came across several Roald Dahl books among those we were taking to the second hand bookstore. They had been part of a pile of books at the bottom of a box of toys no one was bothering with for month. I saved them. I might even read them at some point. I don't like being too casual to give away well written books. A clever line should be worth saving, no matter what the book editors may say.
A writer of fiction lives in fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not. - Roald Dahl. The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn't go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him. - Roald Dahl. Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people. - Roald Dahl. A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. - Roald Dahl. I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do. - Roald Dahl. Nowadays you can go anywhere in the world in a few hours, and nothing is fabulous any more. - Roald Dahl. And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. - Roald Dahl. A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men. - Roald Dahl.The Roald Dahl site. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Roald Dahl Fans.
The Queen is here in Canada for a Royal Tour, 2010. I admire the lady for what she has done and continues to do. She gives the world an image to look up to, someone who can be admired and she is leadership (no one is asking her to lead troops into battle, there is a lot more to leadership than that). I'd like to thank her for coming to Canada. Most of all I'd like to let her know I am glad she is still around and still leading. Do you know the protocol/ etiquette for meeting the Queen? I've heard bits here and there but never actually looked it up. Some of the things I had heard were:
- You never speak to the Queen before she speaks to you.
- You always curtsey or bow to the Queen.
- You do not touch the Queen until she notices you and then shakes your hand or in some other way touches you.
Reposted from my own personal blog: That Grrl. (Just because Grrl is a strange four letter word). The Meaning of Grrl - Originally posted November 17, 2005.
There are probably people out there who see 'grrl' and think I'm just a really bad speller. I'm a fairly good speller actually. Grrl is not a typo (a typographical error, for those who stopped to wonder). Grrl is a fun way to say girl when you mean woman but don't want to go into all of that. You see, woman is such a complicated word. Being a woman is hard enough without actually calling yourself a woman all the time. It's simpler to just not think about it all at once. So someone invented Grrl. It may have been Bonnie, I'm not 100% sure if she started the word itself or was just the first one to pick it up as a web domain. I've met Bonnie, online. She does justice to Grrl. She's fun and yet not an air head. She's doing things, accomplishing things and getting somewhere. She's a Grrl and a woman. But, grrl just takes off some of the pressure of being a woman. You see, women are supposed to be Super. That's super with a capital 'S' you notice. Not just any super. Super Woman! It is not easy being Super. You don't get many days off, none really. You don't get to hide in bed and cover your head and pretend the world went away. You don't get the chance to do-over, use the backspace key or shift the workload. Super woman has to do it all, every day. Who can be that? Grrls are imperfect and glad of it. We still have our personal power, our goals and our great moments, we just get to take the odd day off, goof up sometimes and have a lot more fun. Grrls are not girls however, don't be confused. Girls are children. Grrls are women, just not crushed into the weight of the Iron Maiden of woman.