Category Archives: rocks and lapidary

All The Things I Can’t Tell You!

I’m having all sorts of fun and sometimes terrifying experiences connected to writing my book. But I can’t post what I discover here because that content needs to go into the book. It’s very frustrating since I am used to … Continue reading

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My New Website is Taking Shape

I’m building a website to support my book. The trick is providing interesting content that does not duplicate what the book will contain. I can have photos, but anything posted must be low resolution and not something that might appear … Continue reading

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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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