Worth a thousand words…

Well dear reader, we’re doing it… Forever Mountain Publishing (my crazy little company) is running its own Instagram! As one might guess it’s about story, making things, and the beauty we find around us. Here’s what we put up this week… Go to Instagram if you want to see the caption that goes with it…Continue reading “Worth a thousand words…”

Tools: organization systems…

Welcome to 2019 dear reader! One of the new things we’re doing this year is we want to use an FMP Instagram account to feature pictures related to the stuff we’re doing, and some pictures meant to provoke stories and ideas in the minds of our viewers and readers. I’ve thought about using some ofContinue reading “Tools: organization systems…”

We interrupt your regularly scheduled…

We’ve all got skills and ideas. We all have stuff we can make and do. If we’re really smart we can turn those things into new (and sometimes awesome!) things. Somewhere along the line somebody realized you can use chainmail (you know, the stuff the knights wore) for scrubbing cast iron pans. Earlier this yearContinue reading “We interrupt your regularly scheduled…”

Out of your comfort zone!

As writers we have favorite subjects to write on, and styles we prefer. It’s a good thing. We have (or should be developing) areas we know well and are good at. We have a general focus. But. Sometimes we are asked or compelled to step out of our comfort zone. Sometimes this is a goodContinue reading “Out of your comfort zone!”

Piecing it together…

One of the projects that is almost out the door is an instruction set I’m working on for how to make a chainmail belt. I have also been talking to people who are working (or want to work) on putting out some sewing and knitting patterns. I can promise you that as much thought andContinue reading “Piecing it together…”

You have to commit

Honestly the hardest thing I had to deal with during my wife’s family’s family reunion was the owners of the property where we stayed. The husband (who seems to be the one detailed to actually maintain the place) was quite evidently not committed to the operation. He had another business that he was interested inContinue reading “You have to commit”

Don’t write (all) your obsessions!

One of the first, and best, pieces of advice young writers are given is: ‘write your obsessions’ (you can substitute passions for obsessions if you must). It’s good advice, but it’s a guideline with a dirty little secret. You should write things you are interested in, things you know about, care about, and are willingContinue reading “Don’t write (all) your obsessions!”

Boundary lines (part 1?)

How do we decide what is and isn’t appropriate? How do we know what to share with whom? Once when I was young and foolish (at least younger and more foolish than I am now…) I was involved in a conversation with two friends, a missionary and an art student. The missionary accused the artContinue reading “Boundary lines (part 1?)”