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Dead truck

My truck died. That’s one of my (many) excuses for not updating more recently. I thought I was pretty hot stuff when I rolled out of the Ford dealership in my brand-spanking new 2001 F-150 Extended Cab pickup truck back in May, 2001. (I wasn’t hot stuff, but that had…

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Linville Gorge Wilderness and the tragedy of getting old

I mentioned heading down into Linville Gorge in a previous post. Over the weekend, that’s where I was: above and below the “Grand Canyon of North Carolina,” trying really hard to not feel every one of my 40+ years! We parked a car outside the Table Rock Picnic Area—because the…

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Only six chapters left to write!

I finished Chapter XIV! That’s really all I have to say, but after a few months of having nothing to say, I’m looking for almost any excuse to write something here! (Chapters XII and XIII, as you know, took a while to get out!) I’m curious to know why some…

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Getting started with Chapter XIV!

After a couple weeks (months?!) of not doing much, I’m excited with how quickly (relatively speaking) Chapter XIV is shaping up! After just a couple of days since my last post, it’s nice to see the words piling up on the screen again! I can never tell which chapters I’ll…

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It’s quiet. Too quiet.

I’ll admit it: things have been quiet because it’s difficult to find new and creative ways to say, “I’m still working on Between the Lion and the Wolf (BLW).” I mean, it’s true, I am still working on BLW, but how exciting is it to read the above? Repeatedly? Here’s how I’d answer that question: It’s…

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted…

Holy smokes! I knew it had been a while, but apparently, the last time I posted anything here was back in October! Right around the time a bunch of…stuff interrupted any progress on Between the Lion and the Wolf (BLW). Life stuff. I hear that happens from time to time. After that, Thanksgiving happened, then Christmas…

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The peaceful anxiety that is woodworking

When I’m not busy ripping up my floors, I like to try my hand at woodworking. Like I mentioned in a prior post, we’ve been doing a lot of stuff around the house. Including my office: we took everything out, gave away the desk, threw away the years of accumulated…

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Chapter XI is finished

Once I completed Chapter X for Beneath the Vault of Stars (BVS), I remember thinking, “Holy smokes! This could be a real thing!” I thought pretty much the same thing after finishing Chapter X for Between the Lion and the Wolf (BLW), too. And now I’ve finished Chapter XI! Chapter XII started off…

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Housekeeping and maybe some other stuff, too

Housekeeping might not be the right word. All right, housekeeping is definitely the wrong word! It’s more like…remodeling? Upgrading? Ripping up a bunch of old, obnoxious floors and installing a new one? Yeah, that’s a much better description of what’s been going on recently! It seems like all my time’s been divided…

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Back from Maine!

You’ve probably figured out I grew up in Maine (since I can’t seem to shut up about it), and I love every opportunity to visit, to see how things have changed (and haven’t) over the last…20 years now! One of this year’s highlights? Attending the Maine Author Day at the…

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