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Want to lend a hand? Crowd-sourcing FARM FACTORY INC

29 Jan

Hi friends — I’m well into my next book project, the writing and editing of FARM FACTORY INC., a mystery/thriller with a dairy farmer as sleuth, uncovering a flu outbreak and a string of murders in the sordid underbelly of the corporate farming world.

Think Fair Food Fight meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

barth 1I’m very excited about this book, but I’m at a tipping point. I need time to finish writing and editing with the book as my primary focus, but rather dire financial pressures are steering me in other directions (I’m on the verge of needing to leave my apartment).

So I’m offering a screaming good deal on Tarot readings to buy myself some time and raise cash for this project. Let’s call it a “Barth-starter” campaign, instead of a Kickstarter.

$75 for an hour-long Tarot reading or $100 for a reading and a smaller follow-up. It’s a great way to map out the new year and see your own life through a totally different perspective.

ALSO: Everyone who buys a reading now will receive a personal thank you in the book’s acknowledgments for helping to make it happen at this crucial moment.

If you’re ready, here’s how you can help:

Take your choice of readings, make a payment through Paypal to me at barthanderson atsymbol gmail cotty com, and I’ll automatically receive an email notification. When I do, I’ll contact you shortly to make an appointment for your reading.

I can read cards long-distance via Skype, Facebook, chat, email, etc. Whatever you prefer.

(If you’re in the Twin Cities region, just message me, and we can make arrangements that way.)

One last thing:

If you feel moved to help Factory Farm, Inc. see the light of day but aren’t into this woo-woo mystic hubba-hubba stuff, you can:

a) make a $75 donation through Paypal and your name will be added to the Acknowledgments List in the book.

b) still help by cutting and pasting this message into a Facebook status update (adding a personal touch would be awesome, too!) or forwarding this message to anyone who might be interested in a reading.


Please share if you have friends who need a 2013 reading. Thanks!

New Blog and The “Food Mystery”

30 Jun

I’m Barth Anderson, and welcome to my new blog Con Gusto.

Con gusto is a lovely junk drawer of a Spanish phrase that can mean anything from “to taste” (as in, adding a spice to meet one’s liking), to accomplishing tasks with pleasure, eagerness, relish. Comer con gusto means to eat with a lusty appetite.

Some of you know me from Fair Food Fight, where I write under the name “El Dragón.” Y’all know that I blog con gusto.

Unfortunately, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about writing and books, two of my great loves. I miss writing about writing and reading, so that’s what I’m going to hit here on Con Gusto.

Well, that and food politics. I’m pretty obsessed with that, whether I’m writing at Fair Food Fight or here. And I’ll still write about issues facing small farmers. Oh, movies, too. And, music, probably. And stuff that makes me laugh. There’s a lot that I do con gusto.

I’m also starting this blog because I’ve begun work on my third novel (you can read about the first two books here), and I’m hoping to have a first draft/treatment finished in the next six weeks. This book doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s about a murder that takes place on a dairy farm and the shock waves its discovery sends through the food world. Let’s call it food noir, with a jaded organic inspector, an emergent super-flu, a supertasting clairgustant, and dead bodies getting dredged up in manure lagoons.

These are a few of my favorite things.

So throw me on your blog-reader and you can track the growth of this book from seed to store. Bueno? Claro. Thanks for stopping by.