Monday, January 7, 2013

Name That Book!

My publisher and I are trying to come up with a title for my next book. We were going to call it Days of Grace, but it turns out that is already taken. So we need a new title. I would love your ideas! Here's what the book is about: a month-by-month tour of seasonal life here at Cold Antler. It starts in October and goes through the agricultural year. It is part memoir, part illustrations, part song and folkways. It'll be a beautiful book, a chunky and personal story of a year with nothing you read here first (unless I posted an excerpt) - You'll read about learning to drive horses and see charts and illustrations and then perhaps find the sheet music to God Speed the Plough all in the same month. So what we need is the name for this CAF-specific journal of the seasons. What you got, Antlers?

117 Comments:

Blogger Nic said...

Why not Seasons of Grace?

January 7, 2013 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

Why not Seasons of Grace?

January 7, 2013 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Two thoughts: Year of Grace or Through the Seasons. Alternatively, what is the Scottish word for grace? Could you put a Scottish spin on a title? Days of Gras (I googled the meaning, so apologies in advance if gras isn't the right translation!)

January 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Too bad, it sounds like a great title. Could you still use it if you prefaced it with something like Living the Days of Grade or Reflections on Days of Grace or Shepherding the Days of Grace?

January 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Lilac - Like The Flower said...

A turn of the antler?

January 7, 2013 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Stephen Andrew said...

One Year Antler

January 7, 2013 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Elaine Parker said...

"Welcome to Cold Antler Farm"
Simple. On brand. An invitation to come live and work along side you.

January 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

Cold Antler Farm: Seasons of Grace

January 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Elaine Parker said...

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January 7, 2013 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

You could call it "The Rhythms of the Farm" which would tie in not only to the changing seasons but your music as well!

January 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Cyndy said...

Daily Grace

January 7, 2013 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Dirty Brown Gardener said...

Jenna,

Muck Boots and the Meaning of Farm Life

Runaway Farm

Plowing through CAF

Running a farm is like falling of a horse.

Farm of my dreams

Wide Awake on CAF

From Muck Boots to Riding Boots a year long farm fantasy, err I mean struggle.

long time reader, first comment.

January 7, 2013 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Cyndy said...

...or "Grace on a Daily Basis"

January 7, 2013 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Cold Antler Farm Rolling Days of Grace or A Year of Grace, Cold Antler Style....If you put Cold Antler Farm in the title, you could get more cross reference hits on net searches, both for your book and blog

January 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Karen Mehlin said...

A quote from Jonathan Edwards (colonial american preacher), he died around 1750 something...

Grace is but glory begun and glory is but grace perfected.

From Longfellow; For his heart was in his work and the heart giveth grace unto every art.

So how about Graceful Heart? ( In keeping with Barnheart?)

January 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Eileen Hileman said...

Cold Antler Farm: Seasons of My Life

"Homesteader/writer/bogger extraordinaire shares a year of her life (season by season) on Cold Antler Farm"

January 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

A Year at Cold Antler Farm

January 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

A Year at Cold Antler Farm

January 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger QuilterMary said...

Rhythms of Grace

January 7, 2013 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

I don't have a title for you, but somehow the word "scrappy" popped into my head. It's a word you use a lot and one I've come to associate in a positive way with CAF. Not sure this is helpful but it's what I've got. Good luck!

January 7, 2013 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Mama said...

Seasons of Grace at Cold Antler Farm

January 7, 2013 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

Can't there be more than one book with the same title? What about adding a subtitle or the like?

Days of Grace: A seasonal journey through the agricultural year

January 7, 2013 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

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January 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Cold Antler: A Farm for All Seasons

Lessons from the Land

January 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM  
OpenID vintageandhandcraftedinnovascotia said...

How about Cold Anteler Farm's Book of Days? - the model being the lavishly and colourfully illuminated manuscripts made by monks during the medieval period to mark the Church's religious year.

January 7, 2013 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

How about "Leap Of Faith"? After all, that's what it took for you to be where you are.

January 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger reenactor said...

Ecclesiastes 3 Farm

January 7, 2013 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger reenactor said...

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January 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

A Year of Grace

January 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Fall into Grace at Cold Antler Farm

January 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger rabbit said...

Chasing the days of grace: a year on cold antler farm
Or
Chasing cold antler farm: a year of animals, work, words and craft. (that's a direct quote from you my friend-"animals. Work. Words. Craft. A fine practice." j-Woginrich)

January 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

Growing Season

Good luck with the title.

January 7, 2013 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger barbsbirds13 said...

I like "Seasons of Grace" best of all suggestions.

January 7, 2013 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

Seasons of Love on Cold Antler Farm

January 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

The Year of the Antler

January 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

The Year of the Antler

January 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM  
OpenID campobellaterra said...

Cold Antler Farm through the seasons

January 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

How about something including the name Monday, he is a great mascot. Or even something about escaping reality, it is powerful for so many.

January 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger RamblinHome said...

Cold Antler Farm: Wheel of the Year...though I really like Seasons of Grace (that was a really great, and fitting, suggestion!

January 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

How about "The Cold Antler Almanac"?

January 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

I really like Kira's suggestion - days of grace: a seasonal journey through the agricultural year!

January 7, 2013 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cold Antler Farm Year One - A Leap of Faith

January 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cold Antler Farm Year One - A Leap of Faith

January 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

Jenna,
I'd name the book...
"Adventures' on the Mountain @ CAF".
Whatever you name the book I'm
looking forward to reading it.
You write a terrific blog which I read often for many things;
but the most important reasons are your determination, & inspiration showing that anyone can do this too.
Thanks so very much. Yes, I know you've heard that before.
Cheers with a health drink, or the DRINK of your choice.
Ronnie A Very Happy X Seat Weaver @
http://www.chaircaningdirectory.com

January 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Shelby Edwards said...

A Year at Cold Antler.

Tight, interesting.

January 7, 2013 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Ally said...

Changing Seasons: one years memoirs in fulfilling my barnheart dreams

January 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

A Season at a Time...

January 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I like Plow and Hearth, but that's a company (I don't know if it matters for book titles).
(From) Fields to Fiddles
CAF - A Journey

January 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

I like Plow and Hearth, but that's a company (I don't know if it matters for book titles).
(From) Fields to Fiddles
CAF - A Journey

January 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Little Dash Rambler said...

Cold Antler Chronicles-

January 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Patsy said...

I will put in for "A Seasonal Look At Self-Sufficency" subtitled Life On Cold Antler Farm

January 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Josh and Haley said...

What about:
Hearthside at Cold Antler Farm:
A memoir by Jenna W.
Whenever I read the blog I picture you cozied up by the wood stove while you type away. The hearth is the heart of the home, what keeps the home running. You tell your stories by the fire, play your music by the fire, cook your harvest on the fire. The hearth bekons me to pull up a chair, grab a blanket and listen to a good story. Just what I would do with your book! :) Good luck with the name finding!

January 7, 2013 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger bookkm said...

Josh and Haley win my vote with Hearthside at Cold Antler Farm. But I would drop the word Farm. Hearthside at Cold Antler.

I tell stories under the name Hearthtales - Hearth Tales would be a good title, as well.

January 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger jenniferwalker said...

By My Hand: A Year of Grace at Cold Antler Farm. Jw

January 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM  
Blogger jenniferwalker said...

By my Hand: A Year of Grace at Cold Antler Farm.

January 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger The Woolen Cellar said...

Seasons of Abundance

January 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Papercrow said...

Seasons of Grace or a Sampler of Seasons

January 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

I really like Growing Season suggested by MollyKnits.

My suggestion is Daily Grace

January 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger WillowBrookFarm said...

Something with journey?
My Journey on the Mountain?
Loved the suggestion Runaway Farm!

January 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Sharonanne Atkins said...

Sounds a bit like an old Timey Almanac. Maybe use the word Almanac in the title?

January 7, 2013 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Deb Naydan said...

The Cold Antler Farm Almanac

January 7, 2013 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger frakier said...

Arcanum of the Cold Antler

or

12 points in 12 months - A year with Cold Antler Farm.

January 7, 2013 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger frakier said...

Arcanum of the Cold Antler

Arcanum ("deep secret wisdom") best I could think of that would be mysterious.

or

12 Points in 12 Months - A year at Cold Alternate Farm

January 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger beautiful meadow said...

A year at Cold Antler
OR
The Rhythm of Cold Antler

January 7, 2013 at 10:18 PM  
OpenID themorningdistrict.com said...

To Every Season: A Year on Cold Antler Farm

January 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger SeedsNSpores said...

Easing into Grace:
Samhein to Mid Summer at Cold Antler Farm

Finding Comfort in Tradition:
Taking Aim in Cold Antler's First Year

Mountain Musicians Welcome:
Tradition, Comfort and Food the Cold Antler Way

January 7, 2013 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger SeedsNSpores said...

Easing into Grace:
Samhein to Mid Summer at Cold Antler Farm

Finding Comfort in Tradition:
Taking Aim in Cold Antler's First Year

Mountain Musicians Welcome:
Tradition, Comfort and Food the Cold Antler Way

January 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger SeedsNSpores said...

Easing into Grace:
Samhein to Mid Summer at Cold Antler Farm

Finding Comfort in Tradition:
Taking Aim in Cold Antler's First Year

Mountain Musicians Welcome:
Tradition, Comfort and Food the Cold Antler Way

Courtney

January 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

So many great suggestions already - like the idea of mentioning the farm by name

A year at Cold Antler Farm

Cold Antler Farm journal

A Farmers year at Cold Antler

As previous comments have noted, seems a shame if you couldn't include Days of Grace somewhere in the title.....

January 7, 2013 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Louis said...

"Grace" is not something I associate with CAF, but you seem intent on using that word in your title, so might I suggest the following:

"Nothing Graceful About It:
My New Life at Cold Antler Farm."

January 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Dirt Worshipper said...

Calendar of Grace?
Finding Grace in the Calendar?

January 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM  
OpenID merryg300 said...

Cold Antler Days of Grace

January 7, 2013 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Pamela AKA Aurora said...

Daily Grace.

January 7, 2013 at 11:31 PM  
OpenID merryg300 said...

Cold Antler Days of Grace

January 7, 2013 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger high st farm said...

Since ypu asked...

As Kelly Johnson said 'keep it simple stupid' or KISS!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle

Prime example by Aldo Leopold
- A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There

Create a timeless geographical title and and expand if interested. The selling piece is Cold Antler Farm and its impact and influeuce on your parcel. Having associated all births deaths creations failures prosperity hardships yadda yadda to 6 acres of 'cold antler' is key.

Ex:
Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management

Ten Acres Enough: The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming

http://smallfarm.about.com/od/otherresources/tp/top10smallfarmbooks.htm

Look at the titles of the books you frequent, more than likely they're simple and to the point.

Timeless vs trendy
Specific vs all encompassing

Good luck

January 7, 2013 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger high st farm said...

Since you asked...

As Kelly Johnson said 'keep it simple stupid' or KISS!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle

Prime example by Aldo Leopold
- A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There

Create a timeless geographical title and and expand if interested. The selling piece is Cold Antler Farm and its impact and influeuce on your parcel. Having associated all births deaths creations failures prosperity hardships yadda yadda to 6 acres of 'cold antler' is key.

Ex:
Five Acres and Independence: A Handbook for Small Farm Management

Ten Acres Enough: The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming

http://smallfarm.about.com/od/otherresources/tp/top10smallfarmbooks.htm

Look at the titles of the books you frequent, more than likely they're simple and to the point.

Timeless vs trendy
Specific vs all encompassing

Good luck

January 7, 2013 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Antler's Almanac

January 8, 2013 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Antler's Almanac

January 8, 2013 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger Tams said...

Maybe just add a word...Days of abundant grace.

January 8, 2013 at 3:17 AM  
Blogger Coco said...

Grace Notes, A Year on a Mountain Farm

January 8, 2013 at 3:32 AM  
Blogger rabbit said...

Days of grace: dispatches from cold antler farm

January 8, 2013 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I agree that Grace is not something very CAF. Days of GRace was one of the holidays in the book and the holiday that inspired it, so that was why it was the title. It's better to sound like a book of days, an almanac, or something about seasonal life than to use the word grace or anything religious.

January 8, 2013 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

A Year in Paradise...My Way

January 8, 2013 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

A Year in Paradise...My Way

January 8, 2013 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Helois said...

I haven't commented much, but I love your blog. May I suggest

"Harvest to Harvest: a year at Cold Antler"

good luck with the book and finding a title.

January 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Helois said...

May I suggest,
"Harvest to Harvest: a Chronicle of Life at Cold Antler"

January 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Trish Loughran said...

Cold Antler Grace, or Life on the Farm (subtitle recalls Walden's subtitle, Life in the Woods)

January 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Trish Loughran said...

Cold Antler Grace, or Life on the Farm (subtitle recalls Walden's subtitle, Life in the Woods)

January 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Trish Loughran said...

Or: Cold Antler Almanac

January 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Could call it The Busy Season--which all year is, if you're a small farmer.

January 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Yan, Tan, Tethera.

It's celtic shepherd counting speak for one, two three. It's how you count sheep.

xx

January 8, 2013 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Jenna's Journal or Jenna's Farm Journal

January 8, 2013 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger PansWife said...

"Farm Daze"

January 8, 2013 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Josh and Haley said...

What about:

There is a Season.
(A year at Cold Antler Farm.)

Farming revolves around seasons, lives have seasons. This is a new season in your life - you recently said that you felt like your life was starting in your 30's - a new season! Can't wait to hear what you decide!

January 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger J 'n E said...

Two Crows to Grace

January 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger J 'n E said...

"Two Crows to Grace"

January 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger J 'n E said...

Jenna, I disagree with many of the folks. I see the grace in your life and what you do with every post. As a fellow farmsteader, grace is in every breath, every season, the opportunity to do what you love and the spirit that comes through. You show me the grace in my own life. Thanks

January 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger J 'n E said...

Two Crows to Grace

January 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

In its own season.

January 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Brittany said...

A Ripple in Time: Four seasons at Cold Antler farm
Living, Growing, Learning at Cold Antler
Every Season has a Reason: Life at Cold Antler

January 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger CarolynPrescott said...

Simple Grace: A Farming Journal

Seasonal Pass: A Year at Cold Antler Farm

Whatever it's called I can't WAIT to read it!!

January 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger CarolynPrescott said...

Simple Grace: A Farming Journal

Seasonal Pass: A Year at Cold Antler Farm

Whatever it's called I can't WAIT to read it!!

January 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger The Stitchitorium said...

How about "A Year Transformed; The Cold Antler Farm Story." So much of your life has changed and been transformed (both externally and internally) since buying Cold Antler. And it's such a wonderful adventure to read about!

January 8, 2013 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger aralyn said...

Waltzing Through the Seasons: A Mountain Musician's Homesteading Memoir

Harvest Song

Mountain Song

I can't wait to read your book. I'll keep thinking...

January 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger aralyn said...

oops. My comment might have been erased.

Waltzing Through The Seasons: A Mountain Musician's Homesteading Memoir

Harvest Song: A Year of Mountain Homesteading

Days of Yore: The Chronicles of a Year of Old Fashioned Homesteading

I'll try to think of more...

January 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Sewing Machine Girl said...

Digging In: A Farm Year at Cold Antler

January 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Kyler and Sylvia said...

free book to the best title?

January 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Goyle said...

How about "The Wheel of the Year"? It is a term borrowed from the old religion.

January 8, 2013 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Goyle said...

How about "The Wheel of the Year"? It is a term borrowed from the old religion.

January 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Vaccaro said...

Cold Antler Farm. Great name for a farm AND a book!

January 9, 2013 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger hayes8705 said...

I love Seasons of Grace! What about Seasons of Grace: A Year at Cold Antler Farm

January 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger horse newbie said...

A play off a book I read in class last fall called Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

The title would be Washington County Almanac. Or

January 9, 2013 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Seasonal Grace

January 9, 2013 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Seasonal Grace

January 9, 2013 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I read the comments and kept hearing "To every season, turn, turn, turn"

How about Grace Turns: A Year in the Life of a Farm?

January 10, 2013 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I read the comments and kept hearing "To every season, turn, turn, turn" so how about

Grace Turns: A year in the life of a farm

January 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Goyle said...

Antler Almanac?

Seasons of Maude? (with the accompanying photo of Maude's well known look of disdain and non-enthusiasm)

Keep on Truckin?





January 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM  

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