Jory Squibb built a microcar, which he named Moonbeam. It took 1000 hours and $2500 in materials – mostly Honda Elite scooter parts. It holds two adults, includes a heater, goes 45mph and has a range of 200 miles on a 2-gallon tank. I know how to do lots of things, but not this kind of thing. Here’s where I’ve been reading how to:
Write for the TeeVee. I still prefer blogging, but as I dip my toes in the deep end of writing I’m enjoying learning more about television script forms and formats at my pal Larry Brody’s site TV Writer.Com http://tvwriter.com/ The man’s written and produced hundreds of episodes of everything from cop shows to cartoons, and he’s willing to share much of his knowledge and experience for free, though he also wrote a book on it if you are feeling generous. He teaches online classes for much less than you would pay in college tuition.
Do Stuff Around the House. I am a nerd. I do not salivate over power tools. That said, I do get a sense of empowerment from learning more about how to fix things. Harry the Handyman’s site http://harrythehandyman.wordpress.com/ is full of guidance, arranged by categories like electrical, fencing, painting and decking. It’s profusely illustrated with photos. Harry even offers a DIY forum where you can ask specific questions about your home projects. He’s in the UK so you might need to convert measures from metric, but his advice loses nothing in translation.
Cook, by methods other than the microwave. I love to eat, but being a workaholic (in recovery) who’s married to another one, we don’t know how to cook other than how to heat things in the radiation box. Kiwi Dutch’s gorgeous recipe posts at Local Heart, Global Soul http://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/ got me interested in trying to learn more about cooking, and now I surf through food sites almost every day. My latest favorite is just getting started, but Jamie Hughes at Jamie’s Food & Serenity http://jamiesfoodandserenity.wordpress.com/ already understands that food and inner peace can be, no, SHOULD BE related. She knows that part of homemaking is making us at home in our lives. Still in her second month of blogging, she’s written clear, useful posts for cooking dummies (like me) on what utensils you need, baking basics and bread making. Her site boasts good lists of links to other sites, including how-to videos. She deserves more attention.