In early August I'm going on a self-imposed solitary writing retreat for just shy of a week. Left to my own devices at home there are always a million reasons I come up with not to work on fiction: I have to work at my day job, I have a book review due, I'm… Read More Write of Way: How to Write a Novel
Near Santa Fe, NM When I took this photo the proprietor of this fine establishment actually leaned over the wall, looking to see what I was taking a picture of. I’m thinking, Dude, you own a restaurant that obviously caters to tourists, what do you THINK I’m taking a picture of? Like everyone… Read More Daily Photo
St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, Santa Fe, NM Keeping way too busy between work, a series of water-related disasters at home, prepping for my daughter's senior prom, as well as various details related to college and so on. I've been reading like a fiend, it's just that all the associated writing I have time to… Read More Time flies. So let’s re-visit Santa Fe, NM, 2011.
The road signs along Route 66 are wonderfully retro, aesthetically beautiful and, at times, profoundly sad. So much of the highway has fallen into complete disrepair; what's been replaced is now cracked pavement (when it exists at all) sprouting grass. The signs that haven't been restored are the ones I… Read More Vacation 2011: Route 66 – Seeing the Signs (Pt. 1)
abandoned gas station – route 66 Loads of cool photo opportunities along old Route 66, especially if you're into the rustic. Or rusty, maybe I should say. Sad, though, seeing all these once thriving businesses gone to ruin. Once upon a time this was the most bustling road in America, the first trans-American highway. Generations… Read More Vacation 2011: Route 66
The kids insisted we visit Los Angeles on our trip out West this summer, figuring this was as close as we'd ever get to it on a family vacation, especially now that our group trips are numbered. Opportunists! But yeah, they're probably right. It's unlikely we'll be driving that far again, at least in… Read More Vacation 2011: Hooray for Hollywood! Eventually.
Just returned from two weeks' vacation in the desert Southwest, completely and totally exhausted. Ostensibly the trip was to Yosemite, but we made so many stops along the way – there and back – I can't even tell you where all we went. Aside from a few brief breaks, like a day spent in lovely (and… Read More Go Back East, Woman!
Can't believe it's that time again, time to recap the year past, otherwise known as The Big Whine. This post covers the personal part; the reading part is to follow. If you're of a depressive bent it may be best you skip past this and go directly to that. Or, give it a go. You'll… Read More 2010 – Glad to see your backside, dude.
Previous to this summer's trip to Maine, we'd never seen a moose in a state supposedly full of them. We saw one out west, in Yellowstone I believe, but never, ever in Maine. They're shy creatures and usually keep out of the way of people bearing cameras. No wonder they're so difficult to spot. … Read More Photos of the Day