A chirrup for October

Well, it’s been a while since this blog has been graced with any new content. I’d hoped to keep it ticking over while I wrote my book manuscript but the reality was that I just didn’t have the capacity. I’d expected the book writing to be hard work, but I naïvely underestimated quite how draining it would be – not only mentally, but also physically and emotionally in surprising ways.

Anyway, as of Monday the completed manuscript is with the publisher so I thought I’d send out a chirrup into my familiar little corner of cyberspace. The question is, is anyone still out there to hear it? If so, I have a few new blog posts in the offing. But they may unspool slowly, as I need to get out of my garret for a while.

On the upside, there’ll hopefully be a feature-length instalment of Small Farm Future (or something…the title is tba) to look forward to next year…

Do feel free to chirrup back if you’re reading. I’ve missed the SFF community…


27 thoughts on “A chirrup for October

  1. Now c’mon, really … the sort of people who read this sort of blog are not your normal social media lot. Of course we’re still keeping an eye on it.

  2. Still checking your site and hoping for a post. Congratulations on completing the book. When do you expect it to be available next year?

  3. I’m still regularly checking in too. Congrats on finishing the manuscript! I’m very much looking forward to getting a copy, as well as to the upcoming posts here.

  4. Ah, nice to meet you all here again. And, Martin, of course I never doubted you!

    I don’t yet have a publication date for the book – most likely spring or early summer I think but I’ll let you know as the publication process unfolds.

    So, I’ll start cueing up a few new posts. But it may be another week or two.

  5. Thanks for the update, Chris, and congrats!!

    While we’re on the topic of much anticipated manuscripts, I wanted to share a Kickstarter with the group that might be relevant. This is the second book from Richard Perkins covering regenerative agriculture practices. It’s a remarkably detailed tome that could serve as the technical companion to your work for the neo-peasants of Wessex.


  6. So the gangs all here… or most of us anyway. Great to see something live back in this corner of the web.

    Was going to spill something here about how a Chelsea Green editor reached out to me to see whether I had any time to review a new manuscript about farming in the future. But couldn’t imagine whether that would be received as a slight or as the rib poke intended. Congrats on the milestone… now get back to that keyboard and send us something to quibble about 🙂

    [eleven replies in the first 2 days back… you know you’ve done something right]

  7. Yes, More congratulations on your completed manuscript!

    I have been checking here now and then, and just now,
    taking a break from pawpaw and jujube harvest & post harvest.

    Good work!

  8. Good to hear a chirrup from the scrub. I was beginning to think this blog had become a rewilding experiment, which would presumably flourish through neglect. Maybe we are now at the difficult bramble and bracken stage…

  9. Well done on the book – look forward to reading it. I still check back every now and then hoping for a new post. I wonder if you’ve thought about writing a post the new wave of climate change denialism that is going around, which is coupled with an anger against anyone who is trying to do something positive in a manner they disagree with – particularly if that group of people can be maligned as ‘millennials’ – the generation I happen to find myself within. Don’t know if that’s something you’ve noticed on your networks too.

  10. Thanks for the further returning chirrups. If like Alex anyone else has suggestions for future blog posts I’d be interested to hear them. Alex, I haven’t specifically picked up on a new climate denialism, except for versions of the old climate denialism with some hatred for Greta Thunberg thrown in. Here in Frome, a motorist drove super-slowly into school climate strikers blocking the road, then looked very guilty. Kind of a staid west country version of Charlottesville? I’m planning to write a counter-critique of some of the criticisms of Extinction Rebellion I’ve seen. Maybe that will fit the bill?

  11. I’m still checking SFF too. Congrats on completing the book.

    I’m still interested in a post that talks about rural life and the social side of things, particularly having a smaller dating pool for single people, and the difficulty of being a secular person while rural people more often claim to be of faith.

    I still want to leave the metropolitan area that I live in, but I stress about the social (and current politics
    in the US) side of things.

    • Interesting questions. I touch on some of those points in the book, though perhaps without tackling them head on. Maybe I’ll try to write a post on that soon.

      • Thanks for considering it. I’ve searched for writings on the subject. It’s hard to find anything except articles about “brain drain”, and hiw all too often the brightest minds from rural areas move to a metropolitan area.

        I sometimes think, “if I could just find the right village to live on the edge of”, but few Texas “villages” look appealing to me. I’m still looking.

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