Friday, October 24, 2014

The Percy Jackson Problem - The New Yorker

The Percy Jackson Problem - The New Yorker: "What if instead of urging them on to more challenging adventures on other, potentially perilous literary shores, it makes young readers hungry only for more of the palatable same? There’s a myth that could serve as an illustration here. I’m sure my son can remind me which one."



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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The End Of Summer and New Year’s Day, All At Once…

A. F. Litt: Wyoming &emdash; Jason, Horse and Moose

Jason, Horse and Moose
Wyoming High Country Lodge. Big Horn Mountains. Wyoming. August 5, 2014.
http://www.wyhighcountry.com
Copyright © 2014 A. F. Litt, All Rights Reserved

Reposted from Rubble:

After a sort of a trial run a couple weeks back, today is really the re-launch of my photo of the day as a regular, Monday through Friday sort of deal…  I am not promising to post absolutely every day.  There, of course, will be days when schedules and deadlines prevent this, but I am working this into my daily routine and workflow.

Today’s photo may be my sentimental favorite from the summer, despite its flaws…  It was a quick moment shot with Instagram on my iPhone.  Yeah, I wish it was a higher resolution shot and that the horse’s head wasn’t cut off, but there’s so much going on here, especially with my son- a very indoor kid getting a little nature on him in a wonderful moment.

Jason had just run over to see the moose, the horse was running from Jason and the moose, and the bull moose was running away from everything!

You can’t stage a moment like this!  Unfortunately, you can bring a better camera to the show.

It was late afternoon in the Big Horns…  We’d just come down from the Medicine Wheel and we had not worked out our lunch routine on travel days yet, so we’d pulled into the Wyoming High Country Lodge, grumbling bellies following signs promising food.  Everyone was hungry and we still had a long haul across the state left in order to reach our reserved campsite near Devil’s Tower National Monument that night.

This was the show taking place when we reached the lodge.  Unfortunately, seeking a snack, not photos, my cameras were left behind in the van.

I would have liked to have stayed for dinner at this place, but it was still a little bit before they would be serving and we didn’t have time to wait, so we bought a couple granola bars and hit the road.  The folks running the place were great and it looks like an amazing place not only to catch a meal but to stay for a few days.  Some of the most beautiful country in America up in those mountains, too.

So what does this post’s title have to do with anything? 

Well, today is the first day of school, for the little one, at least.   Not so little anymore, though, since he’s starting middle school today!

I chose this photo for today because it is one of my favorite moments from a pretty great summer.  Sure, technically, we’ve got a couple weeks left, but really, all parents know and all kids know, summer ends with the last day of the summer vacation from school.  From today on it is all about routines and school days and weekends… 

And, for me, both when I was in school and now, once again, as a parent, this day always feels a bit more like the start of a new year than January 1 does.  Today is the start of the next nine months of routines that will then lead into and define the final few months of our annual cycle with next year’s summer break…

Especially this year.  This will be a big year for all of us.  I’m trying a new partnership with Illuminated Imaging Digital Media Services on for size, one that will probably require a significant investment in time, but one that should also prove to be pretty lucrative on down the road a bit.  I’ve got to write the book on the Historic Columbia River Highway this year so I can publish it in time for the highway’s centennial in 2016.  One son is starting middle school, the other will be learning to drive this year… 

It is going to be a busy year, a challenging year, but I am look forward to it.  The results should be amazing!

It was an amazing summer, and I chose today to start my new year with one of my favorite memories of the season now past, but I am also very much looking forward to the hard work and amazing rewards awaiting all of us over the weeks and months that lie ahead.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Forgotten God Videos

Forgotten God Website & Videos:

 

WEBSITE: http://www.forgottengod.com

   

Introduction:

Chapter One:

Chapter Two:

Chapter Three:

Chapter Four:

Chapter Five:

Chapter Six:

Chapter Seven:

Crazy Love Videos

Crazy Love Website & Videos:

 

WEBSITE: http://crazylovebook.com

   

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Chapter One:

Chapter Two:

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NaNoWriMo 2013 & 2014

nanomofo nanowrimo-fail

Reposted from Rubble.

Last November and next November are a long way off, and it is a testament to how busy this year has been that I still haven’t posted about my 2013 NaNoWriMo belly flop until now, but I wanted to preserve this piece of joy before taking it down off my blog:

2013 NaNoWriMo

I was going the rebel route and trying to get some work in on my 2012 novel, which still needs to be finished.  Here is the counter for the novel, same now as it was at the end of NaNoWriMo 2013:

2013 nanowrimo total words

I wrote about my goals for 2013 last November, so I won’t go into detail here, but they were not about writing 50,000 words in a month, or even finishing the novel, but they involved getting back in touch with that novel and, mostly, carving out time in my schedule and building routines and habits to work on writing every day.

So what happened? 

Mostly, I realized that I already was writing a book, though a non-fiction one, Recreating the Historic Columbia River Highway, and that my schedule did not allow me time to work on two books at once while trying to raise the boys and start a business and… and… and…  all the things that fill my days.

e854fa10d95117260732b32f829e69dfIn fact, going through that process is one of the things that made me realize that I am writing a book on the HCRH.

Sure, I had a book as a part of the overall general plan with that project, but it wasn’t until last November that that piece started to feel real to me.  Until then, my focus was on the movie, and research to support the movie.

So where am I now with these projects?

With the novel, it is pretty much written in my head, so to finish the rough draft it is really just pounding out the details and dialog into the computer.

However, people change over time and the stories we want to tell changes with us.  While I still love that story and am dying to get it out into the world, the way I want to tell it has changed a bit, so I after finishing the rough draft, I will be going back and rewriting the whole thing before sharing it.

And when will these drafts be finished?  I have no way of telling, right now.  There are a lot of variables, but I hope to get a draft out to some test readers sometime in the next two years.  Best case scenario, it will be 2015, but considering that the HCRH book is my main priority right now, and that I want to have it on sale by the fall of 2015, 2015 is pretty unlikely for the novel, since I doubt I will have time to write two books at once.

And then there is all the photography and video work to be done…  

And then there are the boys’ tutoring and homework and… 

Oh, bother. 

I can sleep when I am dead!

But I love this stuff, and it will all get done eventually.  Of that, I have little doubt.

Oh, and NaNoWriMo 2014?  Not sure yet.  Maybe.  Probably not.  We’ll see what happens once the boys are back in school.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Themisan Online: Google Fiber

School blog article by Jack...



Themisan Online: Google Fiber:        



Google has come out with a new product called Google Fiber. It is a fiber optic network that provides extremely fast high definition television and internet that is 100 times faster than cable. It allows for extra DVR space and control through your phone. Google has already brought Fiber to three cities. Provo, Utah, Austin, Texas, and Kansas City. These cities still have fiber being constructed. Portland and the surrounding cities (Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, and Lake Oswego) are a potential area for Google Fiber.