Hi! I’m Gordon Blaine.

I’m a former adventurer and have traveled the world. I’ve lived in big cities both in the US and abroad, but the calling of the peace and quiet of nature drew me to the mountains of Montana. I live with my family off the grid, in a house we built with our own hands. We raise some livestock and grow some of our own food and live in harmony with the wild beasts of the forest. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m a proud descendant of the Amish, and my life is an odd juxtaposition of cutting edge technology and old fashioned living.

I do all my freelance book formatting work on a dual monitor PC powered with solar energy and my internet connection is over my Android cell phone. When I’m not formatting books for clients I’m writing my own books to publish on Amazon, or repairing the tractor, feeding the chickens, improving the house, walking through the woods with the dogs (and goats!) or working on my sawmill.

I’m a published author and like to write fiction when I can find the time! I wrote a book about my homesteading adventure:

Montana Homestead: How I Built My Homestead Off Grid In The Wilderness


My author web page is here: gordonblaine.com

Thanks for stopping by!


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4 thoughts on “Hi! I’m Gordon Blaine.

  1. I like what you’re doing here and on SB. Not many people will take the time to work with fledgling authors. Any time anyone does that I have nothing but the upmost respect for them. Also, I like what you are doing at your off-grid homestead. Although it is a very good effort from what I have seen from both the photographs you posted, but the discriptions you have inserted as well.

    I took the time to go through your site in a cursory manner. As a Retreat builder of many years I would offer this bit of advise to you; don’t count on being out of sight or out of mind because you are located off-grid. This isn’t meant to be a criticism, simply put, it is advise I offer everyone these days because the US is not a safe place any of us can be hidden from view for very long. In an age of satellite cameras, drones, and simply government snitches who do not want you to have anything they cannot have, they will stab you in the back at every opportunity. Most of us should be aware we cannot hide even if we take the proper steps to do so.

    If allowed to do so I would welcome the opportunity to post things to your blog. My author web page is in the process of being revamped, so excuse the current appearance. I think you are doing a great job with both your “How To” expertise, your selfless determination for helping novice authors to write or get published and most of all, your willingness to keep doing what you have been doing. My personal thanks to you for what you are accomplishing.

    Warmest Regards,
    L Michael Rusin

    Author of the novels:
    Avalon The Retreat,
    Beyond Avalon The Retreat and
    California’s Child.
    Currently working on the final book of the Avalon Trilogy called
    Avalon: The Rebuilding, Wormwood

    1. Here’s another one if you want to post it.

      Pace count beads
      These are used by Army Rangers, Special Forces and any forward Recon operative. The tool is usually constructed using a set of 14 or more beads on a length of cord. The beads are divided into two sections, separated by a knot. 9 beads are used in the lower section, and 5 or more beads are used in the upper section. There’s often a loop in the upper end, making it possible to attach the tool to the users gear with a simple Prussic knot. You can make your own or purchase them at a Survival store or at a store that sells military paraphernalia.

      How to use:
      There are two ways to use the beads. One is to represent the paces the user has walked, while the other is to represent the distance walked.
      Both methods requires the user to know the relationship between the paces walked and the distance traveled.

      Counting paces:
      As users walk, they typically slide one bead on the cord for every ten paces taken. On the tenth pace, the user slides a bead in the lower section towards the knot. After the 90th pace, all 9 beads are against the knot. On the 100th pace, all 9 beads in the lower section are returned away from the knot, and a bead from the upper section is slid upwards, away from the knot.

      In this manner, the user calculates distance traveled by keeping track of paces taken. To use this method, the user must know the length of his pace to accurately calculate distance traveled. Also, the number of paces to be walked must be pre-calculated, or the distance traveled has to be calculated from the walked paces.

      Distance walked:
      For every 100 meters the user walks, one of the lower beads are pulled down. When the ninth of the lower beads are pulled, the user has walked 900 meters. The next time the user has walked 100 more meters, one of the upper beads are pulled down, and all the lower beads are pulled back up.

      Using this method the user must know the number of paces walked in 100 meters. An experienced user can also adapt the pace count for each hundred meters depending on the terrain. When using this method the user doesn’t have to calculate, or look up how long distance to walk or the distance traveled.

      This method can of course be used for non-metric distances as well, though with the beads arranged in a different manner.

      A mile is a unit of length, most commonly 5,280 feet (1,760 yards, or about 1,609 meters). The mile of 5,280 feet is sometimes called the statute mile or land mile.

      L Michael Rusin

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