I’m writing this as the sun is literally setting on 2016. In a way, we’re some of the last people to say goodbye to 2016 in the United States, aside from Hawaii, that is, as we’re ringing in the new year in a cozy little house just outside of Newport, Oregon, in small community known as Otter Rock. A bit… Read more »
Just a quick summer update, since it’s been a few months. The shot above is from an eight-mile hike I took with the family during our August trip to Yellowstone, walking the south rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and then out to Ribbon Lake where we had lunch. It was a brief trip, far too short to… Read more »
(A shot of Otago Bay from Larnach Castle in Dunedin, New Zealand.) Partly to celebrate our upcoming 20th anniversary in August, partly because the kids have wonderful grandparents who are happy to watch the kids for a few weeks, and partly because I’ve come to believe that these sorts of adventures are good for both the body and the soul,… Read more »
Reason #1: Reason #2: The two pictures above were taken about a week apart, both in the heart of winter here in Oregon. The first was at Cape Lookout, a two and a half mile hike that juts almost straight out into the Pacific Ocean. We took the whole family in early January and it was warm enough, even with… Read more »
Just last week, my mailing list crossed over 1000 subscribers. It’s a neat milestone, and a nice reminder of how many new readers I’ve picked up lately. Thank you! To show my appreciation, I’ve decided to do some giveaways for my fans. If you sign up before Sunday, June 21 (the first day of summer), you’ll be eligible for all the following… Read more »
Hiked to McNeil Point on Mount Hood yesterday, just under 11 miles round trip. Still feeling it a little today, not from the miles or the incline, but mostly the uneven terrain. Here’s a shot about halfway to our destination. Gorgeous day.
As a reward for finishing up some big projects, we decided to spend the night on the Oregon coast. This is the beach in Neskowin minutes before the sun went down.
Finally, a bit of book publishing news! I’m putting the final touches on the next Garrison Gage book, The Lovely Wicked Rain. That’s the cover on the right, though the final version might undergo a bit of tweaking. After copy editing, manuscript layout, and other publishing-related tasks, both the ebook and the trade paperback edition should be out in the… Read more »
Brainpickings.org has a great post today on creativity, focused on Jerome Bruner’s book, “On Knowing: Essays for the Left Hand,” but loaded with musings from Mark Twain, Henry Miller, Carl Jung, Alexander Graham Bell, and Leo Tolstoy, among others, with lots of follow-up links if you want to read further. At the heart of Bruner’s analysis is this simple sentence:… Read more »
Recently, when I inadvertently ended up reading a little dust-up between a couple of science fiction writers — boy, science fiction writers do like to argue, don’t they? — I went searching for a list of all the common logical fallacies and stumbled upon this (click to go to the site for a larger image): It’s from yourlogicalfallacyis.com, which offers… Read more »