Category Archives: rocks and lapidary

My Prospecting Life in Two Definitions

These two definitions are going in my book. They come from a door stop of a title,  A Dictionary of Mining, Mineral, and Related Terms, published in 1968 by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It’s 1,269 pages and it … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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I Got A Rock

My course materials came today. I’m taking an online class offered by BYU. That’s Brigham Young University for those of you outside the States. It’s Geology 101 and it is being conducted by a well thought of professor. 25 lessons … Continue reading

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Is Your Idea Marketable?

A  good idea isn’t enough, it has to be marketable. Unless you are writing for pleasure, an idea must appeal to people who will pay you. This applies to magazine articles as well as books. Here’s a list of rejected book … Continue reading

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A Small But Growing Collection of Radioactive Rocks and Minerals

“You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons. And other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium. Including some bad things. But nobody talks about that.” Donald Trump Well, actually, some very good things … Continue reading

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