Colorado Peak Sweep (Parts 33 – 35)

I'm a little behind on my peak plans for the summer. After Longs and Meeker, I had planned to hike another that Saturday, but my body was still pretty wrecked and I was running a 10k at 10,000 feet on Sunday, so I opted for a rest day. The following weekend, it rained and rained … Continue reading Colorado Peak Sweep (Parts 33 – 35)

Colorado Peak Sweep (Parts 29 – 32)

My 2022 mountains started with Mt. Rundle in Banff, which while not a 14er, had more gain and was more challenging than anything I plan to do in Colorado this summer. It was terrifying and difficult, but when I had completed it, I knew that I was Colorado ready. I have seven weekends in Colorado … Continue reading Colorado Peak Sweep (Parts 29 – 32)

The First of the Month

This is apparently the year of short shorts for my writing. They are easy and fun to write, and I'm getting all of them published, which is, of course, fantastic! I received some nice comments on this one already, and there's a chance that I will get paid for it. They select certain stories to … Continue reading The First of the Month

Mountain Season Arrived, and How!

My trip to Banff was planned with many stunning, wild, and booty-busting hikes in mind, but nonetheless hikes that an averagely fit person could handle, given enough time. Somehow it ended with a hike that is currently in my top three most difficult summits. I had no plans to do a big peak in Banff … Continue reading Mountain Season Arrived, and How!

Mid-Year Book Report (#8)

I began the year perusing the lovely used bookstores (UsedBooks Librería and Carolina Bookstore) and book exchanges in the cafés of Cuenca, Ecuador. Shortly thereafter, I moved to the bookstore capital of the world - Buenos Aires - where it's completely normally to sit and read in public. This city has around one bookstore for … Continue reading Mid-Year Book Report (#8)

A Man, A Plan, A Canal – Panama

If you're a word nerd like me, my palindromic title will be familiar to you. The man referred to is Teddy Roosevelt, who said in a 1911 speech at UC Berkeley: The Panama Canal I naturally take special interest in because I started it. ... But the Panama Canal would not have been started if … Continue reading A Man, A Plan, A Canal – Panama

Keeping This Brief

While a story of 100 words might seem easier to write than one of 1,000 words or 10,000 words, if you’ve ever tried, you’ll realize it’s not so. To communicate everything crucial about your character’s background, personality, current circumstances, and emotional state in so few words, and to add a compelling plot around it all … Continue reading Keeping This Brief