Apr 26, 2018 | Writing
A beta reader is a test reader, someone to give you feedback on your work before you release it out into the big scary world. Betas act as a small representation of your intended audience. They read not with an editor’s eye, but with a reader’s heart.
I’m a two-time featured storyteller at Story Story Night (Boise’s version of The Moth). This is live storytelling, on stage and without notes. It’s terrifying and exhilarating. A great venue if you really feel the need to share, with hundreds of strangers, the story of that time you crapped your pants in the middle of a dinner party. Wait. Is that just me?
It’s up to us as travelers to decide how we approach our trip. And in making that decision, it’s good to look ahead to the outcome. Are we served by fear, annoyance, and disgust? Can we instead focus on appreciation and the wonder of global mobility?
I’m excited about all of the usual suspects associated with Thailand. When we gear up for the trip, it’s important to study the culture and etiquette, and to try to communicate these things to our children. Here are 9 things I’ve learned so far about heading to the Land of a Thousand Smiles:
Vagabonding with Kids: Brazil has been named a Foreword Indies Finalist in the Humor category. This is incredibly exciting, because Foreword is a tough one. Brazil was exciting, too, because there are lots of things there that can kill you.
Apr 12, 2018 | Writing
When you think of travel writing, your mind might go to books by Bill Bryson. (Also, I love Bill Bryson). There are many other manifestations of travel writing that lend themselves to beginners. Here are a few.
Apr 11, 2018 | Parenting
My daughters have no trepidation about referencing my death. I might play a role in this behavior. Captain Fantastic is one of our favorite movies.
When I was twenty years old, I had the opportunity to fish in Alaska. Up to that point in my life, the idea of fishing conjured up images of standing lakeside with a fishing pole and a cup of worms at my feet, or middle-aged men in a lazy boat on calm water, drinking beer and chatting under hats speckled with fishing lures.
The photo above shows the equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington. It’s been common practice for the past few decades to place traffic cones on his head. Glaswegians (or “Weegies”) find this amusing, though the practice is apparently irksome to police and city officials.
In 2012, I self-published a little humor book called This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store. I had no idea if anyone would read it. And if they did, would they even like it?