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An author’s gotta have a website, right?  This is it.  Not just for authoring, but also for my thoughts on Life, the Universe, and Everything (thanks to Douglas Adams for that phrase).  Plus some public service stuff, as well as a place for author business.

The tabs at the top of the page will get you to all of it [note: when I figure out how to get the tabs up there].  You won’t want to miss the About page if you’re a bookblogger, literary agent, or publisher.  Please don’t miss that page, if that’s who you are!

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Meanwhile, this photo.  It’s a selfie.  I don’tselfie shadow with yucca plant crown see the need to plaster actual photos of myself all over the web.  Seems to me they just show the outside of a person anyway.  So my selfies are usually somewhat abstract, often using my shadow to give a clue to what’s going on inside my head.

There’s a solitary yucca plant that’s been growing next to the so-called road to my property for many years.  It never gets any bigger because it repeatedly gets run over, eaten, or otherwise mutilated.  One time it got uprooted — I assume by a cow but who knows.  I thought it was a goner, but something was left in the ground and it came back.

That yucca is kind of ugly, but it’s also kind of a miracle.  It keeps on keeping on.  I have to admire it.

I hike the road( actually just a two-track) a lot.  I think while I’m hiking — it’s a walking meditation for me — and I take lots of photos.  One late afternoon my shadow hit that yucca just right and wowza — I knew I had a good photo, not just a nice selfie.

I played with it some and came up with a color scheme that suited me.  When I was done, I realized how much that yucca seemed a crown on my shadow head.  I couldn’t resist adding the (hopefully subtle) rays as a flourish.

I love the result: Selfie with Yucca Crown.  It has a very Native feel to it, which isn’t surprising, considering where I live (in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the vast expanses of the largest Tribal lands in the US).  And it has a magical/spiritual feel to it, which isn’t surprising considering that New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment.

Selfie with Yucca Crown is going to be the cover of a rock album that’ll appear in the sequel to my novel, Evolution Device.  I don’t yet know how it fits in the story but I’ll figure it out!

#amwriting #EvoDev #DarkGreen #MangasCounty

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