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6th Anniversary Blog

May 18, 2017

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Nothing Focuses the Mind like a Hanging — Errrr, Anniversary Today is the 6th Anniversary of this blog, a time when I usually sum up my creative efforts for the year. And which explains the annual rush of May postings. I originally started the blog because I was, how do they say – between opportunities […]

Writing Forest God

May 16, 2017

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And Rewriting It, And Rewriting It, And Rewriting It Two years ago, I was hot on my novel, Boa, New Mexico. I had written 50,000 words in two weeks and had the entire book plotted out. I have a white board at home with maps and everything. And then one day, I woke to a […]

Grammar vs. Typography

May 13, 2017

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I have been working on first editing, and then designing a book on Fly Fishing in the Russian Far East for a very long time, like almost a decade.  And I care. I really, really care. I built it on a grid where every single aspect of the design is scaled off of the font […]

Stories of the Sea, The Lobster

May 12, 2017

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My friend Bob Triggs shared the feature image with me on fb, the day before the event. I looked at it with mild interest a couple of times, went to possibly the worst website I’ve ever seen, then noticed that there was an email address on the original image if you wanted to be a […]

Dandelion Wine – Wake Up and Live

January 18, 2017

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Some authors I read all at once, some I parse out over a lifetime, knowing they will write no more, savoring it like a case of wine you sample from every decade or so, appreciating each new sip more than the last. Ray Bradbury is one of those authors. How he feels about  Waukeegan, is […]

My First Rod

June 24, 2016

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Thanks to Mike Sepelak for the image.  Check out his blog: http://www.mikesgonefishing.com/ My first rod was a lifetime in coming. When I was in high school, my dad and his work buddies started taking an annual fishing trip upstate, and they decided I was of age to do man stuff. In preparation for this trip […]

Shooting Bellevue

May 23, 2016

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In Search of a City’s Soul My new job is in downtown Bellevue. Geographically Bellevue is to Seattle as Oakland is to San Francisco. However, Bellevue is a little more upscale. From the freeway, I always thought the shiny glass buildings set on the horizon amongst the trees looked a movie set that Godzilla was […]