Monday, September 22, 2008

Backwards Q&A

The usual form of Q&A on this blog involves my answers to your questions.

I'm just not feeling that smart today, so I decided to do a backwards Q&A: I ask and you answer.

1. Seriously, what is going to happen with the economy? Will our dollar ever be worth anything again?

2. Why would someone google "big pile of manure?" Did he or she find it here?

3. Why did I allow this household to run out of chocolate syrup?

4. Which brand of coffee is really the best?

5. Should I self-publish a book or try to find an agent? Or should I just bake another loaf of bread and change the sheets?

6. What kind of salad should I take to the church potluck on Sunday?

7. What in the world is the wheat market going to do now?

That should keep you all busy until I post again.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Goodness Erin - you're full of questions. And it's 4am here and I'm boredOkay ... my answers:

1. Greed has taken over - that's what's wrong with the economy. It will never be the same again. Sorry to be such a downer. lol
2. How can you tell what people google?
3. I'm disappointed. You've shattered the illusions I had that you had it all together.
4. We drink Maxwell House.
5. I think you do all of the above with ease. Although I don't think you'd really need an agent. I'd buy your book. And I'll take a slice of bread, too...with my Maxwell House coffe.
6. Ranch potato salad. I can send you the recipe.
7. No sage advice here. We only do hay. And we just started doing that, so I have no advice on it either.

Love your blog, Erin....... jeanie

jane said...

1. Seriously, what is going to happen with the economy? Will our dollar ever be worth anything again? ~~ I don't know what is going to happen, but I am hopeful. This country has survived worse.

2. Why would someone google "big pile of manure?" Did he or she find it here? ~~ No answer, but little surprises me.

3. Why did I allow this household to run out of chocolate syrup? ~~ better than running out of milk.

4. Which brand of coffee is really the best? ~~ I used to be a Maxwell House girl. Then the price rose and rose (see #1) so I switched to the store brand, and guess what? I can't tell the difference.

5. Should I self-publish a book or try to find an agent? Or should I just bake another loaf of bread and change the sheets? ~~ Why choose? You can do both, I have confidence in you.

6. What kind of salad should I take to the church potluck on Sunday? ~~ I'd go with traditional, everyone will like it.

7. What in the world is the wheat market going to do now? ~ Sorry, n/a...what in the world is the trucking industry going to do now?

Dawn said...

1. Seriously, what is going to happen with the economy? Will our dollar ever be worth anything again? I'm afraid it will get worse before it gets better. But, to get better, people are going to have to get over the need for immediate gratification and their sense of entitlement.

2. Why would someone google "big pile of manure?" Did he or she find it here? Who knows why people google what they do. And, yes, they probably found it on your site but only in your pictures and funny stories - never in the quality!

3. Why did I allow this household to run out of chocolate syrup? Better than laundry detergent or toilet paper! (Chocolate syrup isn't very hard to make if you have cocoa powder.)

4. Which brand of coffee is really the best? Our local store (HEB) has the best coffees. They have a line of "Texas Blends" that are the best coffee e.v.e.r. Want me so send you some samples of my favorites? Seriously, I will! (And you can order online, too.)

5. Should I self-publish a book or try to find an agent? Or should I just bake another loaf of bread and change the sheets? Much more exposure through an agent. but, you can always go the self-publish route and try to find an "in" with the big boys if you've done well on the other side. And, published authors can still bake bread and change their own linens.

6. What kind of salad should I take to the church potluck on Sunday? I have a really good, healthy slaw recipe that has raisins in it - want me to send it to you?

7. What in the world is the wheat market going to do now? Sadly, I don't know.

Blessings upon your day!

Bill Harshaw said...

1 Time heals all wounds. (Though as a wheat farmer, you should hope for a weak dollar--helps our exports.)

Bill Harshaw said...

Whoops, trying to do 2 things at once doesn't work, posted before I completed.

2 Wanted to buy one? Didn't have one in his back yard?
3 I forget too, but I'm old, you're not.
4 The one on sale.
5 Depends on your goals and abilities and time schedule. You could always try for an agent, and use self-publishing as a fall back.
6 Your family doesn't give you ideas?
7 Can you make money with $7 wheat? :-)

Jen said...

1. I'm thinking our generation will live through our own "Great Depression". I do believe that things are going to get MUCH worse before they get better. I'm actually fearing a collapse in the economy and have visions of 1989 Russia! Just a ray of sunshine aren't I LOL?

2. I can guarantee it wasn't me searching "pile of manure" we have our own LOL!

3. I buy the big industrial size ones...no running out here!

4. Bought Maxwell House on sale at Menard's a couple months ago, usually buy what's on sale.

5. I know nothing about writing or publishing a book. Maybe you could write a book ABOUT making bread & changing sheets.

6. Cookie Salad would be my choice.

7. Can't say with conventional wheat but Mike just sold our organic wheat for $20.00/bu. Don't think we'll see that price again!

amanadoo said...

I think you ran out of chocolate syrup because it's almost hot cocoa time! I don't know about the others, but I can tell you that Larry's is the BEST coffee. It is always delicious....plus it's ethically grown (easy on the earth) and ethically harvested//sold (easy on the workers).....and if that weren't enough, the bag it comes in composts! It absolutely does not get better than that.

Jenni said...

1. I don't know. I hope so.
2. They needed some for their garden?
3. Because it has HFCS?
4. Folger's - I'm a simple girl.
5. However you do it, you should definitely publish a book. Maybe you could do a trial run with self publishing, and if you like it enough, try to find an agent. I have no idea how these things work, but lulu.com looks easy for self publishing.
6. Hawaiian chicken salad or anything except Watergate salad or any other Jell-O salad
7. I know even less about the wheat market than I know about the dollar.

Anonymous said...

1. Seriously, what is going to happen with the economy? Will our dollar ever be worth anything again?

I have no idea. I sure hope so.

2. Why would someone google "big pile of manure?" Did he or she find it here?

hmmm. Maybe he was looking for the biggest pile because he was going on vacation and wanted to see the strangest things...you know, how some towns boast of The Biggest Ball of Twine, etc.

3. Why did I allow this household to run out of chocolate syrup?

Gee, I don't know Erin, how can we still be friends when you let that type of thing go? What type of mother does that? LOL

4. Which brand of coffee is really the best?

I don't drink the stuff

5. Should I self-publish a book or try to find an agent? Or should I just bake another loaf of bread and change the sheets?

I say get an agent. You still need to have time to bake bread. Your family is hungry. But knowing you, you could do it all.

6. What kind of salad should I take to the church potluck on Sunday?

One that you can pick up at the deli.

7. What in the world is the wheat market going to do now?

hmmm. I haven't been listening to the markets much lately. Sorry.

Robin in MN

Athy said...

1. I hope someday our dollar can return to what it used to be long ago. But with this global economy and out insane debt to China, I don't know if we'll recover it.

2. LOL! Some people are very very odd. Bored middle of the night google searches ending in good things doesn't happen often! I bet they did find it here, I could have sworn that phrase has been used in one of your postings or more. ;)

3. Because your kids snuck into the kitchen in the middle of the night and scarfed it all down without you knowing. You wouldn't ever let that happen on purpose! Hehe.

4. I am a long time coffee snob. Sorry, but I am. I'm as laid back and nonchalant as it gets about everything else, but I must have good coffee in the mornings. Best coffee imo is shade grown coffees, especially Green Mountain Coffee Roasters or Tully's Coffee. I've been ruined for life ;).

5. Definitely query agents and find a support group of fellow authors and editors. This is really important when writing a book, especially because all authors have help from many other people in creating the finished project. An agent really makes the author and they know exactly how to work the business and sell your book and believe in you along the way. Get as much constructive criticism as possible on your book. But it really depends on where you want to go with your writing. If you want to make income with it and you love it, don't self publish, it will ruin your books ability to be something great. But if you just want to see your book in print, self-publishing will do :).

Before you get an agent, you should buy some books on agents and how to query them and fine tuning your book and proposals as well as book/story development.

If you have a gift for writing and it is your dream, go for it!!

Wow, that was long, sorry!

How about an old fashioned macaroni salad or german potato salad. Hard to go wrong with those :).

Ann from Montana said...

I admire those who did the 1-10 thing - seriously! Because it is late for me and I just can't.

But, I just wrote a post (publishing tomorrow) about "the future" and the pitfalls of speculating on it vs having hope for the future and living in the NOW with normalcy as well as "within our own budgets"...which BTW, I have been lax in myself...

I order Peets whole bean, everyone runs out of something sometimes, salad???? - take DESSERT!- something chocolate!! - no one will care that you didn't bring a salad. Write! Wheat??? - it will be what it will be.

"In all things, Give Thanks!" - from Timothy I think.

mc tacker said...

1. I'm afraid we're in for a rough ride and it always seems like the farmer gets the "rougher" ride.

2. I have no idea about the manure question. How do you know what people google???

3. Lucky for you it was chocolate syrup. For us, it was toilet tissue. (and NO that will never happen again!)

4. Right now, I think the Dunkin Donuts coffee is the best, and Walgreens has it on sale this week - YEA!! Otherwise, we use Maxwell House.

5. Hmmm....bake more bread and support the wheat farmers!

6. Do you have to take a salad? I'm with the other posters who suggested that you take a dessert, and preferably chocolate.

7. If I knew what the wheat market was going to do, I'd be a rich girl. We farmers have no say in the wheat market - only the weather, government and speculators. We just slave away trying to raise the best crop we can and HOPE we break even at the end. Sometimes it seems like it would be easier to just buy paper than to try to grow a crop, but farming is in our blood and we don't know how to do anything else!

Julia in Sweden said...

Why can't I leave questions like these alone? Ok, here goes.

1. Seriously, what is going to happen with the economy? Will our dollar ever be worth anything again?
*Gee, not really my field, but I would have to say it will. Look a the depression in the thirties. These things run i cycles, unfortunately.

2. Why would someone google "big pile of manure?" Did he or she find it here?
*Interesting, perhaps he or she has a fetisch? Or perhaps he was looking for that scene from the first Jurassic park movie?

3. Why did I allow this household to run out of chocolate syrup?
*Touchy subject, I could go all Freud on you there. Instead, i will have to leave this as a lesson learned. You'll probably never do it again.

4. Which brand of coffee is really the best?
*Gevalia. If you'd like to try it, I'll send you some. Just because to prove i'm right, of course :D

5. Should I self-publish a book or try to find an agent? Or should I just bake another loaf of bread and change the sheets?
*Books are way more fun than baking and changin sheets, unless you bake something with chocolate. Nomater which way you chose I'll buy it. The book that is.

6. What kind of salad should I take to the church potluck on Sunday?
*You should keep with the season and make a salad with grilled peppers, courgettes/squash and egg plant with penne and parmesan. If required I'll translate and post the recipe.

7. What in the world is the wheat market going to do now?
*That is sooo far from things I know that I can't even think of a witty reply, sorry.

Mum-me said...

You already have many great answers so I'll just add a few.

3. Because someone didn't write it on the shopping list. Happens here all the time.

4. Goroka Coffee is THE BEST coffee in the world, grown in the eastern highlands of PNG.

6. Everyone loves a chinese noodle salad.

As you can see I avoided the tricky questions.

Farm Fresh Jessica said...

Seriously great idea for a post. I'm totally going to steal it sometime!

1--I agree with Jen. Read The Coming Economic Earthquake by Larry Burkett. He predicted this 20 years ago!
2--??!!
3--
1/2c butter
4 oz baking chocolate
2 1/2 c sugar
1 2/3 c evap milk (1 can)
1/2 t salt--melt butter & chocolate; add sugar slowly while stirring on stovetop. Stir in milk & salt. ABSOLUTELY scrumptious. Old family recipe. You're welcome :-)
4--Kona for real. Order a year's worth online.
5--I've heard that self publishing will end up with loads of books stored in the basement...
MMM love bread!

6--snickers salad has my vote (and it's called salad, so it's good for you, right?"

7--tank probably--like the corn & bean & cattle markets probably will too.

Star said...

4. HANDS DOWN: Nespresso (for "espresso"). I wavered for a few years, and did the sums: while it's true that each cup of espresso costs about 35c. compared to the about 10c. of the REALLY tasty Illy brand, and to the about 5c. of the VERY tasty Segafreddo brand, it's worth it. The taste of Nespresso espresso is so unbelievably incredibly good that we even have stopped getting espressos at the local caffè, thereby saving ourselves about $1.00 a whack, so, in the end, it's a good deal. Their "American style" coffee is nothing special, particularly considering the cost, however. (P.S., no, I am not a stock-holder in, nor an employee of, Nespresso!)

5. Depends on your goals. If you "just" want people to read your writing (which we already are doing happily in the blog), then self-publish. If you want readers to respect your writing, and perhaps attract enough attention to get a good agent and contracts, then NEVER self-publish. If you're thinking of publishing, try hunting around on the net for books similar to what you have in mind, then hunting up those publishing houses and those authors bio's (the latter because sometimes they mention the author's agents). Online research about what to expect from an agent, etc., is fundamental. Alas and alack, as I found out doing such searches for a friend, most of the big publishing houses no longer accept manuscripts directly from the authors, they simply receive too many, so an agent is fundamental. Keep us posted!

 
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