Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yeah, I'm that old....


Hello all,
Those of you who follow my blog know that I'm in a remote part of Montana, working on my latest novel, a ritual that I've grown to love.  Montana is an amazing, wild place, and as far as I know my nearest neighbor is nestled far out of sight, and neighbors should be.  The solitude is wonderful as I coax this book into existence. 
The other day I needed to go to the nearest post office to pick up a package...this is what I found.  The coolest post office, ever!  I parked close, no lines, free tootsie rolls, and an old manual scale.  Reminded me of how things were a long time ago.
On that subject, I made a recent observation that caused me to pause and take a moment to reflect.  When I first thought I might like to write a book, I didn't have a computer.  I had a typewriter, and a pile of reference materials I'd checked out from the library, which I found by using the card catalogue.
The moment that brought me up short happened earlier today.  I was working on a detailed scene for the new book, and while I sat in front of my 27" computer monitor, I referenced high-resolution images I'd downloaded to my tablet, while asking my smart phone questions.  Progress?  Probably, but I can't ever remember my typewriter spelling enema while I wasn't looking.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sleep, Write, Prey...

Hello all,

I must apologize for the lapse in my blogging, but it's not because I haven't been writing, quite the contrary, I've been writing my little brains out.  As is my ritual, I'm currently holed up in a cabin in Southwest Montana writing my next thriller. 

Usually I intersperse working with a little trout fishing, but this year due to my knee, I'm still not to the point of hiking through the forest.  All I can ever think about as I limp through my occasional walks, is the fact that predators are known to prey on the weak or injured, and there ARE predators in these parts, and I'm pretty sure I'm on the menu.

I am looking forward to two upcoming appearances: 

July 19th, Missoula Montana bookstore, Fact & Fiction.   If you're in the area please stop and say 

August 9th, Ennis Montana.  This is an all day affair, and sounds like a great time.

I'll leave you with a picture or two, and one funny poster.  This really is an inspiring place, and I still have my sense of humor.