I love watching Glory Bee STEAL MY MILK.
Beulah Petunia often licks her butt while she nurses. How weird is that?
Anyway, I have thought of separating BP and Glory Bee for some period of time between milkings because Glory Bee is stealing so MUCH milk, but BP gets SO UPSET when Glory Bee is away from her, outside the electric fence, that I’m afraid BP will go ballistic. She is very aware of Glory Bee’s whereabouts at all times. Glory Bee is a toot and she can duck under the electric fence, run around in the yard, and shake her bootie at her mama from the other side of the fence. Beulah Petunia loses her cool and starts bawling then roaring. And Glory Bee just bounces around with the chickens and plays with the dogs and says, “I can’t hear you!” at BP and sticks her tongue out at her.
If you have any advice, let me know! And now–
Many of you who comment here have said to me over the (almost) three years that I have been writing Chickens in the Road, “You should write a book!” (As an aside, I’ve written 26 books–you can see them here–but I know that’s not what you mean.) But what do you mean?
I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a book based on Chickens in the Road–mostly, because you’ve asked me to so many times, and also because I’m in a never-ending quest to make a living as a writer and books are not unfamiliar to me. Yet I’ve stopped short of truly moving forward with a book for numerous reasons, one of which is that I’m already really busy, second being that I’ve been in the publishing biz and am not starry-eyed about it, but mostly because I can’t wrap my brain around why you’d even want to buy one since I give away my writing here for free every day. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?
And so, as I tumble around the notion of actually moving forward with a book–or finally putting it to rest–I want to ask you if you really want me to write a book, if you’d actually buy a book, and what you would want that book to be?
What is it that you think of when you say you wish I’d write a book?
Why do you like my recipes? (Assuming that you do….) What do you think of when you think of my recipes (and crafts and stories)?
I have thought quite a bit about doing a book that was arranged seasonally because it relates to the undercore of what I’m trying to do–which is self-sufficient living (which can be done in the city or suburb as well as the country). Eating what’s fresh and in season, whether it’s from your garden or the farmer’s market, using what’s available seasonally for crafts. My stories are often also seasonal, babies in the spring, hay in the fall, and so on. Seasonal makes a lot of sense to me. (I can wrap my head around it.)
I’ve tried to think of the keywords that describe my website–farm, simple, animals, cute, crafts, country, vintage, old-fashioned, frugal, fun, adventure–to try to focus. Are those the same words that you think of?
And then I think again, whatever, I encourage frugality every day. Why would anyone buy a book? I give my writing away for free and encourage you to be frugal, too. Now I’m going to ask you to buy a book? Why would you do that?
Here are two polls!
If what you really wish I’d write isn’t listed, please tell me in the comments. And please answer as many of the questions I’ve posed in this post as you are willing to! If I write a book, it’s going to be for you. I want to know what you want (and why)! I’m on the verge of finally actually doing something about it–or forever holding my peace.
Please feel free to just say, SUZANNE!!! Shut UP! Like we’d buy a book from you! (Seriously. Be honest.)