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28 February 2013 @ 10:12 am

I am making people cry with MOUNTAIN ECHOES. Triumph! :)

People have asked, so let me say it here: the audio version will probably be out on March 1, which is the official release date. Similarly with any e-book versions you cannot currently find; they may not be out until March 1. I have absolutely no control over this, and hope you are able to find the format of your choice soon. :)

The NO DOMINION sale continues through March 1, MOUNTAIN’s official release date. Get it in print or for your Kindle at Amazon, or at B&N for your Nook! (If you have another e-device and need a DRM-free epub, email me.)

In other news, it’s clear my readers and particularly my long-time friends are just as bonkers as I am. I believe we now have a beekeeper, a goatherd (and a massage therapist!), and a textiles-and-soap-maker for our North Road homestead. :)

I made up some more of the honey-lemon-ginger tisane for my sister, who is suffering from terrible laryngitis (because she has a performance tomorrow evening, augh). But I had just recieved my new zester, so I zested the lemons first and holy crap, guys, not to sound like a commercial, but if you ever think you’re going to zest anything in your entire life, you need one of these. It may be the most useful kitchen gadget I’ve ever purchased. It makes me want to go zest a thousand lemons! Well. Maybe another eight or so, which would probably fill up my little tub I’m using for homemade lemon zest. :)

Fortunately (?) I’ll have to do some more soon, because my lemon curd really isn’t all that good. I mean, it’s fine for putting in something, but lemon curd ought to be barely impossible to resist eating straight, and *pucker face*. You don’t want to eat this stuff straight.

*plots more things to do with lemons*

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on February 28th, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
Microplanes are a gift from the kitchen gods, and three is the minimum a well-stocked kitchen should have, IMO (one for soft cheese, one for hard cheese, and one for hard non-cheese things like peels and spices).

(also: the story of how Microplane got into the kitchen biz is fabulous.)

And hey, if you need someone who knows how to comb and spin goat hair into useful thread for North Road, give me a call...

Edited at 2013-02-28 11:51 am (UTC)
kitmizkit on February 28th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I did not know that story. And now I feel I should buy at least one more Microplane... :)

Seriously, the North Road Project appears to be an "if you build it they will come" idea. I had no clue. :)
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on March 1st, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
Should I put together my c.v.?

In addition to combing and spinning, I can also make candles, mend furniture, mik cows (and probably goats too, assuming the technique isn't that different), organize work-schedules, and that rarest of rare skills, fold a fitted sheet. ;-)
Alix (Tersa): Blue sock (tersa)tersa on February 28th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
I didn't volunteer, but my official degree is in animal science so I'd probably still remember more than a lot of people would know about the husbandry of domestic farm animals. Especially poultry. :)

And I can help in the textiles. Probably not as good at spinning as Chrysoula, but I can knit and crochet and make socks and garments.

Oh and garden. And cook. :) (But I figure Ted has that covered.)

Edited at 2013-02-28 04:54 pm (UTC)
kitmizkit on February 28th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
DUde, with the number of people we're clearly going to need more than one capable cook. :)

I did not know that was your degree field! That's really cool. Yes, yes, please join us when we start our community! :)
Alix (Tersa): Blue sock (tersa)tersa on February 28th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
And I even have experience cooking in large numbers thanks to working with mallen to feed the NorCal NERO weekends. :>

*laugh* You didn't? I guess I don't talk about it a lot, but I have mentioned it a few times (and recently in the butcher classes post). It's something I joked about with shadowhwk, buying a farm somewhere and raising livestock on a subsistence level. A couple of cows, a flock of chickens, maybe some wool-quality sheep...
ctearecteare on February 28th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how useful I would be, but I can spin wool and knit. My degrees are in biology and art. I do have metal working skills, but that's more in the line of making jewelry.
cainle_bean on February 28th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
lol I come with a cook, trapper, skinner, handyman, and jack of all trades in a package of 3 people. Plus hunting skills among us three =p

Like tersa I have a degree in Animal Dairy science =p and with our SCA experience, we have cooked and cared for large groups =p

kitmizkit on February 28th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Now skinning and tanning? are skills I'd love to see in a hypothetical community like that, particularly a northern one. Very cool.
cainle_bean on March 2nd, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
Lol oh and weapons too. Between the hubby and i we have a variety of weapons, and he has some experience in reloads and fletching. *grin* what you pick up as scouts, SCA and having hunters in the family. And also having family members who do reenactments of all time frames.
silkiemom on February 28th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Dang. I need to get a better skill set so I can hang with your community. There probably isn't much need for copying/collating/laminating services, or dealing with field trip paperwork.
kitmizkit on February 28th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
I believe that particular organizational skill in that particular kind of community is that of the seneschal, which might be bloody necessary. :)