Upcoming Local Event: Neverending Bookshop Author Signing in Edmonds, WA 2/3/19

 

The Neverending Bookshop is pleased to welcome back local author Rachel Barnard with her book “Donuts In An Empty Field”! She’ll do a reading, talk about her books, answer questions, and sign copies of her work. Stop by and join us!

To celebrate Rachel breaking even on her first ever book project, she is offering her first For the Love of Donuts book (Donuts in an Empty Field) at a discounted price at this event.

RSVP to the event on Facebook HERE

 

Add the book to your Goodreads shelf:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30052109-donuts-in-an-empty-field

 

Bring your used books and get store credit to the book store.

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Local Business Alert – Kitty Catfe in Edmonds, WA

Seattle area’s newest cat cafe! Come relax and love on some kitties, or better yet, adopt one and give them their furever home! There is a $5 entry fee.

I’ve been volunteering at this wonderful cat haven for 6 weeks now (come see me Tuesday afternoons to close).

Hours
Monday…………………..closed
Tuesday……….. 12:00 to 7:00
Wednesday……12:00 to 7:00
Thursday……….12:00 to 7:00
Friday………….12:00 to 7:00
Saturday………..12:00 to 7:00
Sunday………….12:00 to 7:00

* All ages welcome!
* Limited ground-level access in the back of the building

links for more info:

Kitty Catfe Website

Kitty Catfe Facebook Page

North Bend Block Party Author Appearances!

2014 North Bend Block Party poster

The FreeValley Publishing authors will host a booth at North Bend Days. Come down, show your support, listen to some music, and play games! For more information on FreeValley Publishing, the authors involved, and the books available for purchase, click here.

Maple Valley Goat Rescue – a Nonprofit I believe in

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The Puget Sound Goat Rescue is a local nonprofit in Maple Valley. It is run by one person, Barbara, who has the biggest heart for goats and I can see why. Goats are the pet you never knew about. They are intelligent and loveable. Some wag their tail when you are close. Some make soft bleating sounds when you are close. Some rub their heads up against you. Some loved to be scratched behind the ears.

Many of the goats that go through the Rescue come from the slaughterhouse. What a dark word: slaughterhouse. I thought it meant a factory for creating pre-packaged meat for the pleasure of those who want more for less. In a world where prices keep dropping for products but the cost of producing can only go up, poor animal practices were created to fulfill this financial demand. Unless you do not eat meat at all, you, dear reader, are part of this inhumane process. But there is something you can do. You can give the goats at the Puget Sound Rescue a better life. A life of space and proper nutrition and care. PSGR gives all its goats (and a few sheep), the life they should have had but there is a catch. It costs approximately $125-$150 to rescue a goat from the slaughterhouse. Goats eat more than just the weeds, they need nutrient rich munchings, in the form of hay or pellets. They require shots and medicine. Some require further veterinary care. The money adds up and Barbara, the owner of the non-profit PSGR has poured her heart and soul into caring for these animals. Last Saturday, they had an open house to raise money and awareness for the animals (as can be seen in the pictures). Currently, I volunteer every week there. If you can donate your time or veterinary expertise or money, the goats (and sheep and Barbara) would greatly appreciate it. Check out their page on www.goatsave.org or visit their facebook for more information.

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(Pictured above: Shearing Olivia the Sheep)

Author Thursdays: AUTHOR WORKSHOP Round table on Self-Publishing Ins and Outs of Self Publishing from Those Who have Been There Done That?




Tuesday January 28, 2014 1:10 PM – 9:30 PM 
101 W North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045

The Authors of FreeValley Publishing tell all from their Choice of Publishing Sites, Services and Formats to Negotiating the World of Sales and Promotions. Discuss options and Learn from the experience of those who have gone before you!

 

 
Don’t miss your chance to attend this Information-packed session.
 
>Choices of Publishing
sites and Marketers
> Selecting binding options
> Price points pros & cons
> Formatting Variations
> When to Employ Services
vs. Do It Yourself
> ISBNs and eBooks
> Marketing Options

Toiling Tuesdays: An Evening of Stories – Live at The Black Dog

 

An Evening of Stories – Live at The Black Dog

FreeValley Publishing’s authors will be at The Black Dog in Snoqualmie, WA on January 23, 2014 6-7:30pm for a Meet the Author’s event. Our authors will read excerpts from their published works and give short commentary on different aspects of self-publishing. We will then be available to chat and sign books for you.
This is in league with local chap book makers who will also have works available that evening. Paul Green will play Jazz at 7:30 onward, so you can make it a complete entertainment outing. Come an see us!

http://freevalleypublishing.com/2013/12/16/an-evening-of-stories-live-at-the-black-dog/

Miscellaneous Mondays: Thought

I feel overwhelmed by the underwhelming importance of day to day life

I’ve been reading the book Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses. It is quite fascinating and makes me sad, the kind of sad where you shake your head and purse your lips and quote from Futurama. But it’s really difficult and near impossible to change behavior and the thought behind shopping at the Big Box Businesses. For one, they provide comfort in familiarity. Sometimes I go into a local business and I’m overwhelmed by my ignorance of the appropriate sequence of events. Do I stand here or there for service? Do I ask or will they come to me? Can I touch things? Is it okay to ask for a sample? Every time you walk into the Big Box you know the sequence of events and it is comforting that you can count on the same actions repeating themselves with familiarity.

I can instantly find the nearest Big Box and google recognizes the search, even if it’s vague. I type in grocery store or restaurant and google displays so many well known and instantly recognizable names as well as some that are unfamiliar. Do I know that they have what I’m looking for? Perhaps not. Maybe some of the local stores aren’t even within instant searchable terms. I feel like the ignorant child that when asked, where do apples come from says “The store” without a second thought and doesn’t even connect the dots between tree and store to apple in hand because all that child knows is the apple from the store.

But the book points out that there is a cost, rather many costs to supporting these Big Box Businesses. They swoop in with bells and whistles when the going is good and swipe business from the local independent stores. Healthy competition right? Wrong. The Big Box Businesses undercut the local economy, siphoning money, resources, good jobs and benefits, tax revenue, and more from the local government/city and if the going gets tough they leave, creating a loss within that society. What does the local city do when a Big Box wants to move in? They welcome the business with open arms and subsidies, believing in the fake promise of growth and progress spouted by the schlubs in the industry. Yes, there is growth and progress, but only for the Big Box and the investors sitting in their cozy homes hundreds and thousands of miles from where that local Big Box is being built.

The Big Box commands so much force but where are the checks and balances? How do we keep such a beast in line? We can’t because there will always be that desperation to cling to any shred of leftovers the Big Boxes throw our way, be it donations to charities, jobs, tax revenue, or empty promises that will be forgotten in ten years time when they move on to bigger and better profits elsewhere. Don’t be that ‘elsewhere’ and take a stand for your local business.