Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Publishing a book

If you told me ten year ago (Hell, let's say 5) years ago that I would be publishing a book I would probably not believe you. After not successfully landing a valuable entry level job in the entertainment industry I decided to focus on my writing. After all, I had a lot of it, enough to publish a collection of short stories involving time travel! This is a milestone week. This is the week I am sending my book to a printer t print off 3,000 copies of my book. Sometime in September I will receive these books at my house in LA and my marketing process for both my book and newly established business begins.

Follow my publishing adventures on my publishing blog HERE.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

SUCCESS!



After a mere week (maybe 2?) a passion flower has risen. Seeing how I planted a variety of seeds, I have no idea which breed this is. Either way, it's a success to see this so soon.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fruit and Veggies!

My Australian Finger Lime tree is doing great work. I bought this about a year ago online and it's just now starting to take off. When it arrived in a large box, it had a depleted root structure from shipping restrictions and I immediately placed it in a large planter. A single finger lime began growing a month ago, now the size of a large caterpillar, but now there are dozens of tiny fingerlimes! Grow my little ones!





Lastly, it was sad to cut down my first veggie plant that I grew from seeds in 2007. It survived a few winters and had quite a thick, wood-like trunk. Recently, some of it's leaves were turning into chalk-like leaf. I began cutting those leaves off but it didn't help. Soon, the entire plant was infected and it had to go. A week later, today, I notice that there are new branches blooming. Will this turn into something? I can only hope.

The Passion Flower Experiment

I love to grow exotic foods and plants since I live in Los Angeles and have the weather to support any crazy seeds I buy online. I recently bought several different varieties of passion flowers (seeds, of course).



I first came across the passion flower at the Getty center here in Los Angeles. There are more varieties than once can count, but not only are they a fascinating plant, they come in a large variety of vines. (See more at WIKIPEDIA)

The instructions that came with the seeds were a little discouraging. Most stated that the seeds needed to be brushes gently with sandpaper, soaked in warm water for a few days (changing the water every 12 hours) and then placed in soil (also too, warm if possible) and covered in plastic wrap...for 30 to 50 days!

How was I going to do this? And then it struck me. We have an antique stove that keeps quite warm from the pilot light. We dry large pots/pans on this, leaving our dishes dry within an hour. Why not create my own mini greenhouse for passion flower seeds?

Process:
-soak seeds as needed
-cut small plastic drinking cups into small planters (cut holes in bottom for draining)
-plant seeds
-wrap toaster oven try filled with planters with a large ziplock freezer bag (slightly open)
-place on warm stovetop and water as needed.



I am on day 5 and nothing yet, but as long as I get a few of these to sprout (let's say, in less than 30 days?) I'll be happy.