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Subject: Looking for Pan-STARRS


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:24:36 03/14/13 Thu

I just got in from an attempt to pick Comet Pan-STARRS out of the twilight. I think I got a very faint glimpse of it in thr 7x35 bird-watching binoculars I usually keep in the car. It was very hazy and hard to pick out, but the fuzzy patch seemed to be oriented in the right direction; it was hard to tell since it was hazy off in that direction. Either way, it's nothing like the "Great Comets" I remember, Arend-Roland in 1958 and Ikeya-Seki in 1965. Those two -- wow, you didn't need binoculars for them, you needed a lawn chair. The latter was visible across twenty degrees of sky, at least in my memory. There just have not been comets like those two since then.

Twenty years ago amateur astronomy was my main passion. I spent many nights out under a clear night sky with telescopes I'd built myself, and I got pretty familiar with the dark dome overhead. I still like to get out and check things out once in a while, but all of the friends that helped make my observing so fulfilling have dropped out, moved away, or in some cases passed on. My quick look for Pan-STARRS tonight was out at the best observing site in the area, a state-designated dark sky preserve that I helped to initiate -- yet there wasn't a soul around.

I remember spending any number of evenings with a telescope, looking for some faint fuzzy object in the sky. I got pretty good at it -- I hold Herschel Club certificate #98, which hangs on the wall by my shoulder. That probably means nothing to most readers here, so let's just say that it involved a lot of patience, perseverance and persistence over a period of a couple years. It also involved lot of time with my eye up to the eyepiece, often of the 13-inch "light bucket" I sold to finance my Grand Canyon trip, hopping from one faint star pattern to another to find the object I was searching for.

Part of the reason my interest in amateur astronomy faded was that computers came on the scene. All that work I did with star charts and finder scopes to hunt down one of those faint fuzzy objects -- well, it seems to me I did it honestly. Today, it's no great trick to punch some numbers into a keypad and watch the telescope swivel to the target by itself. Somehow, it doesn't have the same sense of accomplishment to me. In fact, it seems like cheating.

But that's neither here nor there. I had some good times back then, and I can at least enjoy remembering them. My vision isn't what it was back then, and I have to admit that I've moved on from those days, too.

By the way, there's another comet due this fall -- roughly October and November. I don't remember the details but they're easily looked up. I'll probably go out and try to hunt it up, even though it hardly seems likely that it will be one of those sky-filling "Great Comets" I remember from my youth.
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Subject: Idatarod dogs


Author:
Mike
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Date Posted: 22:58:07 03/14/13 Thu

A bit of Idatarod news...

Alaskan female inmates are caring for dropped dogs...

http://www.today.com/video/today/51133855
Subject: Shades of Shae


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 00:29:50 03/12/13 Tue

I just saw an article on the woman with the world's longest legs, Svetlana Pankratova. She's a Russian-American woman who coaches a basketball team in Northern Virginia. She is 6'5" tall and has 4'4" legs as certified by the Guiness Book of World Records. Naturally, I thought of Shae Kirkendall who was taller. However, I don't believe Wes ever mentioned how long Shae's legs were. Pictures of Ms. Pankratova on Yahoo's Rivals website seem to show that she favors short skirts and high heels just like Shae.
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Subject: Pronouncing Pass Christian


Author:
Greg B.
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Date Posted: 15:57:01 03/01/13 Fri

I tried posting this yesterday but must have run afoul of the annoying "Captcha".

For those who aren't from the Gulf Coast, Pass Christian is not pronounced conventionally (ie. CHRIS-chun). It's pronounced PASS Chris-CHAN.
Subject: Tattoo


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 01:21:58 02/24/13 Sun

Wes

In your description of your upcoming story, you mentioned Hurricane Katrina. That made me think about "Cattail" and tattoos. If you have a photo of a person with a tattoo of cattails on his or her back, maybe you could post it on the SFL website. It wouldn't have to be totally like the description of Catalina's tattoo, so no one would be offended.

Thanks
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Subject: Fish Coop


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 18:03:01 02/25/13 Mon

Since I live in the US Gulf South, I have no practical knowledge or experience about ice fishing. When Jim Wooten mentions his fish coop, I know he likes to go ice fishing on Spearfish Lake. Do fishermen lease spots on lakes to go fishing or is it first come, first served basis? How far from the shore would one place their fish coop? I know I could look this up on Wikipedia, but I would enjoy hearing from a forum reader with practical experience on this subject.

Thanks.
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Subject: Winter Layoff vs. Blue Beauty


Author:
bytemangler
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Date Posted: 21:08:57 02/26/13 Tue

Anyone else pick up on the way Shirley (Jim's sister) has a lot in common with Trey's sister (although Shirley doesn't seem to be a bible thumper)?
Subject: Change isn't always good


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 12:43:58 02/19/13 Tue

Another column I originally wrote for the paper:

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Sometimes change comes so slowly that we don't notice it, until we reach the point where we look up and say, "What the heck happened?"

Case in point: the long-venerated institution of the American barbershop is dying and nobody seems to notice it or mourn the passing.

I just had a haircut. For many years I've gone to a barber in a nearby town. He's an old friend dating back to school days, and I'm comfortable with him. The only thing is that like me, he's not a spring chicken any more, and his hours have gotten spotty as he tries to dial down his work hours. What with one thing and another he can be hard to catch up with, and I was long past the point where I needed to have a haircut.

Finally it got to the point of being ridiculous.

You can hardly find a real barber any more. A glance at the phone book revealed that there are only a handful left in the county, and some of those are too far away or unusable for other reasons.

Now, this is not a new issue; it's been going on for a while. Some time ago I asked my barber friend why there are only old coots still cutting hair in the traditional way, and he said that all the business is going to hairdressers.

Finally I reached the point where my hair was driving me nuts. It was getting to the point of either deciding to let it grow out so I could put it in a pony tail, which I think looks silly on a guy as old and bald as I am, or biting the bullet and going to a hairdresser. So, after some putting it off, I went up the street to a hairdresser who I've been friendly with for years.

OK, I'll be fair: she did a good job and was quick about it. She was cheerful and talkative, and it was good to catch up on a few things in her life.

But darn it, the place was full of Redbook and People magazines. There was a definite insufficiency of Field and Streams and Popular Mechanics. There was no one there who knew how much ice was on the lake, whether it would be safe to go ice fishing or not, or such important topics. No one had an opinion on how the winter was treating the local deer herd, or gave a damn. There were no opinions about how well Matt Kenseth is going to do driving for Joe Gibbs. There was little there that made me comfortable like I would have been in a traditional barbershop.

Like I said, the haircut was all right, but under the circumstances the only thing I got out of it was shorter hair. There was none of the male certifying experience that comes out of going to a real live barbershop.

It could be this is happening because of the increasing homogenization of society, of the loss of the traditional male and female roles.

I suppose there are reasons for the vanishing of the American barber. I know nothing about the business aspects, and I would be reluctant to advise some young man to go into the trade, just knowing that the field is drying up and dying. That doesn't mean I wouldn't like to see it, though.

Even Google doesn't seem to notice the dying of the insitution. All I came up with was the following statement from a career description site: "Demand for more specialized forms of hair treatment is expected to drive more customers toward multi-service hair salons and fewer toward traditional barber shops." My guess is that they're probably right, and that the market for the old traditonal male-bonding barber shop is decreasing.

Sorry, I'm a crusty old coot in ways. I understand times are changing but this is one change I don't want to see.
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Subject: Geography - again! New date from Winter Layoff


Author:
byte mangler
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Date Posted: 21:22:29 02/24/13 Sun

Interesting. In WL01 we learn that Spearfish Lake is over the state line from wherever Jim and Carolyn had been living which was presumably somewhere south of Camden in Waldenville (at least that was where the family lived).

It's been somewhat established that Sp Lake is in Michigan (although it's never been directly stated; recent stories have made it fairly clear). South of the border would be either Ohio or Indiana.

Needless to say, googlemaps doesn't turn up Waldenville [but few other locations in the tales other than well known places like NMU or Phoenix show up]
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Subject: Today's Photo


Author:
K Pelle aka dotB
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Date Posted: 21:29:53 02/21/13 Thu

Love the gate - if there were evergreens and mountains in the background I'd be begging you for permission to use it as the title page on a story I'll begin posting in a month or so.

K Pelle aka .B
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Subject: 'The End'?


Author:
bigolal
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Date Posted: 21:17:05 02/21/13 Thu

Hi Wes.
What happened to '30' at the end of a story? I noticed 'The End' at the end of 'Icewater and the Alien'.
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Subject: Stories


Author:
Donald Rinks
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Date Posted: 17:18:09 02/17/13 Sun

Mr. Boyd, I have enjoyed your stories, however, the current one, "Iceman and the Alien", is the exception, I have simply left it after about 10 chapters as I found it just boring.
I look forward to more interesting stories in the future.
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Subject: Preorders now being taken for Winter Layoff


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:00:49 02/17/13 Sun

The next book from Spearfish Lake Tales, Winter Layoff, is now available for preorder. Here's the summary:

Clark Construction equipment operator Jim Wooten likes to spend his winter layoff snowmobiling, ice fishing, and getting away from his sister and his alcoholic ex-wife. He's guilt-tripped into seeing what can be done about getting his aunt and invalid uncle back into their home, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. It turns out that a good man with helpful friends and a backhoe can solve a lot of problems -- including some of his own.

You can preorder Winter Layoff for as little as $19.99 through the Spearfish Lake Tales Store. Preorders will be sent sometime on the afternoon of February 24, Eastern Standard Time.

-- Wes
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Subject: Susan chapter 4 (SOL)


Author:
Chris M
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Date Posted: 05:34:16 02/09/13 Sat

There appears to be a word or two missing from the end of a sentence in the recently posted chapter 4 of Susan over at Storiesonline:

"Attending Gymnasium and having what even my German friends considered to be a really good score on the Abitur makes it seem like a huge step backward to have to spend a year in what's essentially an American

Later on there is also the word "Gymnasium" in red, possibly a left-over editing mark?
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Subject: Special Surprise?


Author:
sam
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Date Posted: 20:20:44 02/09/13 Sat

Wes posted "February 8, 2013: There's a special surprise coming with the next post."

I wonder what the surprise is going to be.
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Subject: A very different kind of dogsledding


Author:
Rob
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Date Posted: 11:54:40 02/11/13 Mon

I ran across this link today - I wonder if Josh and Tiffany would ever get a dog like these.

http://www.wimp.com/dogsledding/

Rob
Subject: Busted Axle Road revision now available


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 11:48:23 02/08/13 Fri

The revised version of Busted Axle Road has been uploaded to the web page and is available from the Store in .rtf, .pdf, and e-book formats. Busted Axle Road is also available from Lulu in epub, PDF and hardcopy formats; from Amazon.com, in mobi format; and from Barnes and Noble in the epub format. Go to the Busted Axle Road store page for order information. This is a much more extensive revision than some of the other recent re-edits, including a revised chapter structure that reduces chapters from 127 to 44, along with some other changes.

In case you've forgotten: A snake crawls out of a bathroom drain, and a woman kills it with her hair dryer . . . That's all it takes to set townspeople, media, crooked environmentalists, a country music singer, the federal government and a bunch of dogsledders to getting at each other's throats. Of course, nothing's quite normal in Spearfish Lake!

There are more re-edits to come!

-- Wes
Subject: Photo Post: New SLT Feature


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 22:44:32 01/01/13 Tue

With the coming of 2013 I'm introducing a feature I call "Photo Post." I'm a pretty good photographer, but I tend to only take photos of things I need to. I know I often pass by the opportunity to take interesting photos because there's no reason to take them and I have no place to use them. As a result I miss a lot of interesting shots.

So, my New Year's resolution is to put up a photo with each post -- it will force me to get out and take more photos for the sake of taking them! Unless things get goofy or the weather turns lousy, each photo in Photo Post will have been taken since the previous posting. I hope to avoid too many landscapes and cute cat shots. These photos will almost certainly not have anything to do with the story, and in most cases I won't do any description of them -- if it's needed I'll mention it in the "Newsbox" to the left of the current post.

The photos will hopefully change with each post. The photo can be viewed larger by clicking on it.

This is an experiment, so we'll see how it works out.

-- Wes
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Subject: Real Life Giselle and Buddha


Author:
TJ
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Date Posted: 15:01:42 02/07/13 Thu

I was watching this story about American ExPats. Its about a guy who went to Costa Rica to Surf and ended up staying for 30-40 years. Wife is a woman who just came to visit (and surf) and stayed. He runs an eco tourist hotel and got the area around him declared a preserve.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhkvyV00MWs&feature=youtu.be
Subject: Website is down


Author:
Ken
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Date Posted: 21:20:55 02/02/13 Sat

It appears the Spearfishlaketales website is down. I sent Wes an email.
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Subject: Google maps Grand Canyon


Author:
Jim Wickman
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Date Posted: 20:16:48 01/31/13 Thu

Google is adding Grand Canyon to its list of places where "You Are There" cameras show the views from the trail.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/grand-canyon-trails-wande_n_2592998.html?utm_hp_ref=technology&ir=Technology
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Subject: Wiki on a new host


Author:
sam
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Date Posted: 21:14:09 01/28/13 Mon

The Spearfish Lake Tales Wiki has grown quite a bit, due to a bunch of people working on it; recently, Mike M has been putting a lot of hours. Unfortunately, the host that used to be pretty good started having intermittent outages. Luckily, with Bytemangler's help we were able to find a new, more robust host, and transfer the entire wiki with no loss of data. The new wiki even allowed us to upgrade the software (MediaWiki) to the latest version.

So, come visit the wiki, which is still at the same spearfishlaketaleswiki.com location, and take a look at the faster, more robust, and more up-to-date encyclopedia of the SLT universe.
Subject: lifes curveballs


Author:
grandpajohn
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Date Posted: 22:11:12 01/27/13 Sun

So just as it does to all of us, reality and it fluctuations now catch up with Duane and Michelle and forces them to adjust to the changes in expectations and plans that it will cause.
This of course also affects the other part of their life, dogs and sled racing.
I know its just a story, but how envious I am of the time they have spent in the Canyon, where as I who have spent much of my adult life dreaming of just visiting and seeing the canyon and after the books by Wes, fantasizing about actually doing a raft trip. Life's curveballs . Last year, my wife inherited about a half million, enough to travel on and see all the places and do all those things right? except we are both 75 and health problems for both of us prohibit making the long trips or highly participate in active activities that we would wish to do. So I sit home and live the adventurous life through the fictional adventures that Wes has his characters participate in.
Randy, I can empathize completely with you.
So Duane and Michelle, welcome to our world, the real world
where dreams don't always come true, and lifes pathway is never certain.
Subject: Building Grand Canyon beaches


Author:
Jim Wickman
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Date Posted: 23:05:23 01/25/13 Fri

more info about sustaining Grand Canyon -- or at least trying to.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/24/grand-canyon-flood-experiment-restores-beaches-habitat/1863483/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+usatoday-NewsTopStories+%28News+-+Top+Stories%29
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Subject: Bullring Days one & Two


Author:
H B Kruger (Ben)
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Date Posted: 06:45:41 01/26/13 Sat

I truly enjoyed both these stories. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Subject: Morning sickness, obviously.


Author:
Doug Jones
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Date Posted: 02:27:31 01/14/13 Mon

I have yet to see a story where a young woman barfing first thing in the morning *isn't* pregnant, but I suppose there's always a first time...
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Subject: Canyon picture book


Author:
Brian426uk
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Date Posted: 16:26:18 01/21/13 Mon

Greetings

I was just browsing a website about free ebooks. It included "Travels In Arizona - Colorado River Glen Canyon" by Paul Moore, Illios Publications

This is at present available from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Travels-In-Arizona-Colorado-ebook/dp/B007D7PCUQ%3FSubscriptionId%3D1GVBN9WWNVXC5DBPE502%26tag%3Dkiq-free-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB007D7PCUQ

Hope that long URL works.

Brian
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Subject: Kayak


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 01:57:13 01/19/13 Sat

I just saw a short video of a kayaker surviving a 100 foot plunge over Ozone Falls in Tennessee not too far from the Ocoee River where Crystal and her friends were rafters. The video mentioned that Niagara Falls was 167 feet high. The only damage the kayaker suffered was that his helmet camera was broken. I guess Crystal and Randy never did anything that crazy.
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Subject: Shades of Myleigh


Author:
Kevin
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Date Posted: 17:38:22 01/14/13 Mon

Somebody has been reading Spearfish Lake tales...

http://www.harptwins.com/

:-)
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Subject: WTC Escalator Pictures


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 19:56:59 01/12/13 Sat

I just saw a short video and pictures of the company hoisting escalators to the top of One WTC. They're worth seeing. They were posted on the Flickr blog.
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Subject: For Myleigh and any others who carry valuables on aircraft


Author:
Andy
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Date Posted: 22:39:08 01/07/13 Mon

GlobaTrac’s Trakdot luggage tracking system aims to eliminate that problem—or at least provide some peace of mind in case your luggage goes missing. The Trakdot is a palm-sized cellular-based tracking device that you pair with your cell phone and pack in your suitcase before you check your bag. Once you land at your destination, the Trakdot will send an SMS message or an e-mail to your phone, which notifies you of your bag’s location. The device can be paired with up to 20 mobile numbers.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2023823/trakdot-helps-track-down-lost-luggage.html
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Subject: Icewater & the Alien Ch 2


Author:
Joe
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Date Posted: 05:40:55 12/26/12 Wed

Antibiotics and birth control generally don't mix.
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Subject: Icewater and The Alien starts posting


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 21:25:19 12/23/12 Sun

I just posted the first chapter of Icewater and The Alien. There are 27 chapters.

Sales on Lulu for hardcovers, epubs, and PDFs have also been enabled. RTF files, mobis, epubs, and PDFs are also available from the Spearfish Lake Tales Store.

Very often when I put up a new story there are html bugs that don't show up when I tested it locally. I found several when I put the story up as it is -- they just hadn't shown up here, or if they did, I missed them. I'll be up until about midnight local time, so if you notice something let me know and I'll try to get it fixed. Also, if you want to order a copy of Icewater and The Alien in one of the available formats, I'll be available.

I don't want to say this is the last of the Dawnwalker series, but it is the last one that's been completed. It's likely there will be another but it may be a while. But there's plenty more good stuff to come in the next year, including the next in the Bradford Exiles series.

Happy holidays to all of you!

-- Wes
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Subject: Susan starts posting


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 19:56:27 10/21/12 Sun

I just posted the first chapter of Susan. There are 27 chapters, so this one is going to get us up close to Christmas.

Sales on Lulu for hardcovers, epubs, and PDFs have also been enabled. RTF files, mobis, epubs, and PDFs are also available from the Spearfish Lake Tales Store.

As the holidays approach and you're looking to give someone a new e-book reader, you might want to consider including some of the stories from Spearfish Lake Tales. I'll be announcing some special deals as the holidays get closer. (In other words, it just happened to cross my mind as I typed the word "Christmas" above!)

Very often when I put up a new story there are html bugs that don't show up when I tested it locally. I found several when I put the story up as it is -- they just hadn't shown up here, or if they did, I missed them. I'll be up until about midnight local time, so if you notice something let me know and I'll try to get it fixed. Also, if you want to order a copy of Susan in one of the available formats, I'll be available.

Like many stories, there is something of a story behind the story for Susan, but I think I'll hold off on telling it until we've let a few chapters get past and the story is established.

With that much said, I'm going to get back to writing. It's a new Bradford Exiles story, by the way, but it will be a while before it gets posted.

-- Wes
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Subject: Shaddes of GITM


Author:
Skip
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Date Posted: 19:00:04 12/15/12 Sat

Saw on AOL that Mission College has a 6' plus Transgender Female (50 yrs old) on the women's Basketball team. AFter sone heckling she offered to quit the team to ease the pressure on others. The rest of the team told her that if she didn't play neither would they. Nice to see solidarity.
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Subject: What a Day!


Author:
Boyd Percy
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Date Posted: 23:19:42 12/14/12 Fri

Are there any safe places left anymore? What happened today brings it to the forefront. I don't think we need to worry about the Mayan calendar and the world ending. I know that there are many dangerous places in the world. Maybe that is why I like the books of Wes Boyd so much: oases of sanity amidst an insane world.

On a much lighter note, I read on Yahoo that in 2013 a new US quarter will be released depicting the building of the Monument at Mt. Rushmore. The South Dakota quarter released in 2006 has the four presidents and a long tail bird flying above them. Does anyone know what kind of bird that is and is it the state bird of SD?
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Subject: Busking better than working


Author:
Jeremy
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Date Posted: 12:13:23 12/16/12 Sun

Someone else who finds busking better than working! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20700596

To give some clue about his earnings, it seems that he spends around $300 per day on train fares, and British audiences are mainly giving him coins rather than notes. You can hear a clip on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20717808
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Subject: Preorders now being taken for Icewater and The Alien


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:42:38 12/16/12 Sun

The next book from Spearfish Lake Tales, Icewater and The Alien, is now available for preorder. Here's the summary:

"Duane and Michelle are Colorado River raft guides in the Grand Canyon in the summer and sled dog mushers in Alaska in the winter. It's the perfect life for them -- lots of fun and adventure, and nothing much of the conventional life, freedom from bosses and desk jobs, peer pressure and politics, mortgages, and marriage and kids. Little do they realize that it's too good to last . . ."

Readers familiar with the Dawnwalker series will remember Duane and Michelle getting together, mostly from Pulling Even. They're an interesting young couple who really like to have their fun!

You can preorder Icewater and The Alien for as little as $19.99 through the Spearfish Lake Tales Store. Preorders will be sent sometime on the afternoon of December 23, Eastern Standard Time. In other words, you can have the newest Dawnwalker book just in time for Christmas!

There are just a few days left on the Christmas special packages, too! The Spearfish Lake Tales Store is offering a couple of special Christmas deals at a considerable savings to you: packages of the first part of the Bradford Exiles series or the first part of the Dawnwalker series at considerably reduced prices. Both packages are the recently re-edited versions. These offers are only available through the Special Order Page and not through Lulu, Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Sale ends December 25, 2012.

And, happy holidays to all of you! There'll be more books along in the new year!

-- Wes
Subject: Susan ch. 24 not in left sidebar


Author:
sam
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Date Posted: 21:08:22 12/13/12 Thu

Hi, Wes, I noticed that Susan chapter 24 is posted on SLT.com, and the next link from chapter 23 is there; but ch. 24 is not visible on the left sidebar.
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Subject: 1958 friends


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 12:31:15 11/28/12 Wed

Another column picked up from the paper. The story is far from done and probably won't be posted for years.

-- Wes

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November is National Novel Writing Month among other things, so of course I've been working on one, not that I might not do it at other times of the year. I spent much of the Thanksgiving weekend working on a story of four college kids getting to be friends in 1958; in the story they'll stay friends the rest of their lives. (I haven't gotten that far in the story yet.)

Now, setting a story in 1958 means that I want it to sound like it's 1958, and getting the details right turned into part of the fun.

For instance, the four kids go on a first date. Where are they going to go? To a movie, naturally; some things don't change. But what movie? Thank you, Google! Bridge on the River Kwai doesn't strike any of them as a great idea for a first date movie. (OK, OK. If there are any real super movie buffs or hairsplitters out there, yes, that's a 1957 movie, but this scene is set in early 1958 and it probably would still have been in first run.)

In any case, (and that's probably not a phrase that would have been commonly used in 1958) and considering a limited selection, they wind up going to Vertigo. After the movie, one of the girls comments, "It wasn't too bad, but I don't know if I liked it." (I was surprised to learn that on some lists that the 1957 Vertigo has recently outplaced Citizen Kane as the best movie of all time. Thanks again, Google!)

But anyway, in the story the four kids have fun, and go on to other things. After all, going on a date on a Friday beats hanging around a dorm room, especially when the dorm room is devoid of some of the things some college kids would consider essentials today: things like microwaves, refrigerators, portable TVs, video games, computers, and members of the opposite sex.

They might have gone down to the dorm lounge to watch TV (almost certainly black and white) but what would they have watched? It's easy to come up with the names and some details of popular shows like Dragnet (All I want are the facts, Ma'am.) but sometimes even Google isn't a big help in telling me what night the show was on back then, so I had to be a little fuzzy about it.

During the story one of the kids buys a used Triumph roadster, an English sports car. But was it a TR-2 or a TR-3? Good question on that one too, but thanks to Wikipedia, I decided it was a TR-2. Another of the kids drives a '53 Nash Statesman -- not a first choice for a college car, but he got it from his dad for the right price (which is to say free), so he doesn't have much room for complaint. But was it a six or a V-8? Turns out Nash wasn't making V-8s in that era; I'd thought they were. The parents of one of the girls drives a DeSoto. I already knew that was a V-8, but that point wasn't necessary for the story.

The following summer, one of the girls in the story likes to wear one-piece playsuits. That helped place the story in time; I don't think I've seen a one-piece playsuit on a female older than about five in decades, although they were once popular for girls of the right age group. In my day girls were required to wear them in gym class. They were actually kind of cute, although I doubt you'll find many girls from my high school class who would agree with me. Of course, I had to do some research on that, (again, thanks Google!) to find out that they're considered retro these days, but they may be regaining popularity.

1958 was a long time ago -- I was ten -- and my memory of those days isn't very clear, so it was nice to be able to go back and research those things online. If one of those kids in 1958 was researching a story set in 1904 (the same distance back) they wouldn't have had the internet to help them. But, I'd bet that 1904 would have seemed as strange to them as 1958 is to us.
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Subject: Unrecognized good news


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 11:35:25 12/04/12 Tue

I don't normally like to pass along news items that are unrelated to Spearfish Lake Tales, but Amanda brought my attention to this -- and it strikes me as some of the most fundamental good news I've seen in some time, and something that has been just about totally unreported. There may be a future after all.

The Insourcing Boom from The Atlantic

-- Wes
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Subject: Go, McMahons, go!


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sam
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Date Posted: 20:23:06 12/03/12 Mon

Wes, I really liked the image of "Susan ... wandering the halls yelling, ‘Extra, extra, read all about it.’”
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Subject: S O L


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K Pelle aka dotB
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Date Posted: 19:14:29 11/24/12 Sat

Just a quick question - Are you no longer posting your stories on SOL?

KP
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Subject: Jingle bells, jingle bells . . .2012 Holiday Special


Author:
Wes
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Date Posted: 20:42:00 11/25/12 Sun

All right, you've braved the Black Friday crowds or gone online to order a Kindle, Nook or other e-book reader for someone as a Christmas gift. However, it's always nice if you give one of those readers with some books already on it so whoever gets your gift can start reading it right off.

With that thought in mind, the Spearfish Lake Tales Store is offering a couple of special Christmas deals at a considerable savings to you: special packages of the first part of the Bradford Exiles series or the first part of the Dawnwalker series. Both packages are the recently re-edited versions. These offers are only available through the Spearfish Lake Tales Store, and not through Lulu, Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Sale ends December 25, 2012.
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