Spring Has Sprung

Harbingers of Spring--that think February is IT!

I’ve got so  many things going on I don’t know what to do first, and wouldn’t you know: the computer has gotten laggy so my thoughts are coming way faster than they translate into keystrokes. I should shut down and boot back up–and the computer too–but the day is getting away from me! So I’m jazzed. I feel like I’m sort of on top of things for this moment, and have many things I want to do. And a long list of have-tos as well.

Had a great session yesterday at the Floyd Library on using Social Media to promote your non-profit or small business, sponsored by the Virginia Tourism folks, who always do a great job.

So now I have to “unpack” all of that with an eye on how to make changes in my own use of Facebook (I’m a reluctant user), Twitter, LinkedIN and Twitter AND to help use these tools for SustainFloyd’s needs, soon to increase when we make it a membership organization and bring lots more people into the conversation.

i’ve put together a blurb for the Floyd Press next week for the upcoming “Land’s Sake” event on May 5. Get it on your calendar NOW, because you remember how busy things get when the weather turns really really nice. New details will be forthcoming at http://floyd-landsake.blogspot.com/ 

The dog is STILL sleeping, so I am working feverishly to finish something (nothing more ambitious than this blog post and to drink the last of the coffee) before HERSELF gets up. She and Ann had a very good day together yesterday while I was away for a good part of the day. That is super. I don’t want this little gal to be a one-person dog. There for a while it looked she was gonna be a NO-PERSON dog, but she’s mellowing nicely. Man, she loves the creeks. Can’t wait til summer to watch her cavort!

Spring, no surprise, is coming early. The Scarlet Cups (fungus) pictured above are also called “Harbingers of Spring.” We started seeing them the first week of February this year, about a month early.

I am very happy to have resurrected energies, hopes and an actual chapter skeleton for a new book. I have found that there is not much interest on the blog when I write about writing, so I’m just doing it. I’m hoping to have a final draft in a year. With regard to its relationship to Slow Road Home and What We Hold In Our Hands: a Slow Road Reader, it will be the same. But different.

I’m also about half way through the pdf workshop DVD and out of that, theoretically, will come some “digital coffee table books” on nature, landscapes, etc. I can imagine one just on our barn, another might be the “dog book” I had contemplated as a stand-alone book but now have rolled into the new book I alluded to. All for now.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Phooey on your coyness! Give us the skeleton of your new book idea. The hint that the dog book will be rolled into it is too much hinting to not come on out with it!
    I am very glad to hear some coffee table books of photos are in your plans, too. You will absolutely love them, I guarantee it.