Monthly Archives: June 2018
The New Outdoor California Is Out!
I have eight photographs in the current issue, including all that you see here. I wish I could point you to an online copy but the magazine has no web edition. If you’re a photographer, you might consider subscribing. The … Continue reading
A Timeout for Peace from The Jerusalem Bible
The atmosphere attached to public discourse today is caustic and poisonous. It feels disharmonious to read a newspaper or to listen to a radio. But: “Whenever you find jealously and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind … Continue reading
My Answers to Some Deceptively Simple Publicity Questions
Still working on those questions. Comments welcome. What I have so far: 1. Provide a 50- to 75-word description of the book (an elevator pitch, if you will). A Beginner’s Guide to Rockhounding and Prospecting in the Southwest sets newcomers … Continue reading
Deceptively Simple Publicity Questions
My book is not due until August 1st, 2019. That’s one year, one month, eleven days, twenty-two hours, forty-eight minutes, and twenty-nine seconds away. (I checked.) Prior to today, starting two or three weeks ago, publicity efforts began by the … Continue reading
Where Do Non-Fiction Writers Go to Pen Their Great American Novel?
I thought once I got my book contract (internal link) I’d be ushered into the world of midnight coffee shops and cafes, the province of creative types discussing Flaubert and Nietzsche. That hasn’t happened. Being Las Vegas, we do have … Continue reading
The Trouble with Siamese: Postcards from Delaplane
As if I didn’t have enough problems, the Siamese cat has moved her kittens out of the garage. She favors my shirt drawer but has settled, a little grumpily, for a carton box in the bathroom. I must be careful … Continue reading
What Will God Do When You Die?
Ranier Maria Rilke (internal link) was not the first to suggest that perhaps God depends on us as much as we on him, but Rilke was certainly the most gifted when it came to conveying that thought. What will you … Continue reading
The Essential Errata
NB: Updated for clarity on June 14, 2022 The Essential Errata An errata or corrigendum is a corrections list, a paper or web page noting and correcting errors in a publication, typically a large academic work. The errata fills the gap … Continue reading
May The Road Rise With You
Important Note: I do not own the rights to this song. May the Road Rise With You An old poem. The first line is endlessly argued over its exact translation from the Gaelic, never-the-less, this poem sounds across different languages … Continue reading
Learning GPS is Just Another Life Skill to Develop
We’ve all had to learn to type, use a mouse, text with a cell phone, and bank online. Learning GPS basics isn’t that much harder. The different coordinate formats are confusing. But that problem can be usually solved by finding … Continue reading