Saturday, May 14, 2016

Announcing my brand-new website:

Dear Cactuseaters blog readers: I know some of you still check this! I just wanted to let you know that my brand-new interactive fully functional website launches on Monday. So from now on, all announcements, news, links, etc. So if you are looking for updates, news and links to writings, kindly turn your attention to

 I know I've been talking about getting an actual website for a long while and I've procrastinated for seven years and running. But now it's finally here and I think you'll agree it was worth the wait. The designer, Jason Liebman, did a marvelous job. The design elements for the site were directly inspired by David Shoemaker, who designed the cover for my new book, Under The Stars, which comes out on June 14.

The new site will also give you up-to-date announcements of readings and other events, and will soon include links to other writings.

And thank you all so much for writing in over the past few years. I really appreciate it. See you all in my brand-new site next week.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Unless something truly terrible happens to you when you go camping ...

... then surely you will look back on whatever happens to you and laugh about it long and hard. For instance, last weekend, when I went camping on Mother's Day, I set up an impermeable tarp beneath our tent, then a rainstorm came down, the water pooled in the tarp beneath our tent, and we all got flooded out! On the good side, this is one Mother's Day that I will not soon forget. It will be etched in my memory forever. That's one of the great things about sleeping under the stars. The memories remain in your head forever, and yet our recollections of discomfort and rushing around, bailing out our families and draping our rain-soaked undies on an oak bough to dry, tend to mellow out over time, like certain bottles of Bigfoot Barleywine. I look forward to getting out on the book trail, meeting you all, and hearing your camping highlights and horror stories. I think you all know by now that camping contains the full range of human experience, from ecstasy to confusion and chilblains.