Author Archives: thomasfarley01

About thomasfarley01

Freelance writer specializing in outdoor subjects, particularly rocks, gems and minerals.

Word Count Out of Control!

I’ve reached 64,000 words with many more road trips and subjects to explain before my August deadline. I can easily see the word count going to 80,000. But my contract calls for 50,000 to 60,000. There is no way my … Continue reading

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Back from Plymouth, California

I am back from the Mother Lode Country of California. For the next two weeks I will be working hard on my book before I take another collecting road trip. As I left Plymouth I happened upon a mysterious rock … Continue reading

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The Boundless Enthusiasm of A Western State

Photographed at some museum near Reno, Nevada. The state has always been raw since the Comstock strike and the wild, boomtown days of Tonopah and Goldfield. An acceptance of legal gambling throughout the state, and prostitution, in some counties, Nevada … Continue reading

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Is This a British Attitude or Something Else?

I was astounded by this writing from Wallpaper* Magazine (external link).  This review talks about equality at the same time they admire a private club with a “suitably rigorous admittance process.” This sounds like the same upper class that Orwell … Continue reading

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Headed to Oatman, Arizona

Just a quick note to say I’m making a one day field trip to Oatman, Arizona, Actually, six miles outside of Oatman. I’ll report soon on what I was looking for. Update! For a feel good story about part of … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Quartzsite

Update! I’ve posted some of my Quartzsite experience here. It’s at my book site: https://southwestrockhounding.com/2019/01/19/a-little-from-quartzsite/  Quartzsite is a small town in the Arizona desert that each year plays host to rock and gem enthusiasts from all over the world. These … Continue reading

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That Was Intense!

“An ordinary person spends his life avoiding tense situations. A repo man spends his life getting into tense situations.” From the movie Repo Man. This morning I had Mohs surgery to remove a basal cell carcinoma from underneath my left … Continue reading

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