Sunday, November 2, 2014
Well Fall Sure Has Flown By, But I Took Some Pretty Pictures, At Least ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Well, the time is really slipping away from me again. I have not the slightest clue where the month of October went, but I do know that I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and am generally so exhausted that I couldn't be bothered to come up with a clever joke in place of the tired cliche "chicken with its head cut off." How many times have any of you actually seen a chicken minus its head, let alone one still able to run around? I'm surrounded by chickens on a fairly regular basis and I've never personally seen this occurrence. The whole thing just doesn't make sense. Anyway, I digress.
I've been awfully terrible at social media lately, and uh blogging too I guess, and I apologize sincerely to anyone who has emailed me and didn't get a response for like 10 days. In my defense, I am a terrible person. Further dampening my social media presence lately, I enjoy doing things like holing up in the woods of Vermont for 5 days like a crazy hermit. You'll be happy to know that I got a lot of writing done, though, which was the main goal. I did get to try a few of the local beers, as well.
How is the book going, you ask? Oh, well thank you for asking that. It turns out, writing a book is a lot of work! Like, an insane amount of work. So is a novelty diet of eating only fermented food for a year to provide a narrative backbone to, hypothetically, a book. Only two more months to go! I'm hoping a good chunk of the book will be written by the end of the year as well, as the plan is to turn in the first draft around spring time. I'm liking what I have down so far, though there are many days I stare into the void of Work Yet To Be Done and the very fabric of the universe opens up before me, a horrifying plateau spanning infinity, and I can see Time Itself. More than that I can't say, but I'm particularly happy with my chapter titles. If you'd like a preview of the book, an evening of fun tales of fermented shark meat, enriched by an "open bar" of sorts of my Bear Flavored creations, there's still time to sign up for the super special private reading event thing I'm going to have next spring.
Speaking of which, you also have a few more days to pre-order a signed copy of aforementioned book. Both fantastic and unbeatable deals end this week, so reserve your signed copy of The Fermented Man while you can. While extended exposure to the contents of The Fermented Man have not been shown to cure illness, aid digestion, prevent vomiting, or counteract insomnia, you will be hard-pressed to find much peer-reviewed evidence suggesting that it causes these issues, either.
Obviously, you may have noticed that I stopped doing reviews some time ago. I'm not going to bring those back, but I still do very much enjoy taking pretty pictures of pretty-looking beers and being all artsy and stuff. I'm considering every now and then just doing a beertography round-up similar to this post. Maybe with super short (couple sentence) thoughts about the beer. I don't know if, like, that's something you guys would be into.
Also coming up: lots of recipe posts I have to find the time to write, somehow. So many saisons, new yeast experiments, more single hop experiments, and this week, a maple strong ale. Plus much more exciting stuff further down the road.