May 3rd, 2010

Pandora and Oz

Returning to the Mountains

You can go home again. Sort of. But it's best not to expect home to be the same. Which I don't.

When my buddy klingonguy said he was accepted into Taos Toolbox 2010, I emailed Walter and asked if I could be on an alternates list. That is, if he had room, could I go a second time? And I promised myself to focus differently. Because, yes, I'm going to TT again.

Three years ago was different. I was just learning things about short stories. Walter and Connie gave me a lot of input that I needed to process and it took a couple of years. And they covered things I wasn't ready for. Especially with respect to novels. So this time I'm focusing on a novel and I'm going to be listening for how novels should be shaped. What's the same and what's different from a shorter piece.

I wish some of TT 2007 could be there, too. Especially as we're going to be back at Snow Bear after all. But I feel lucky to be going at all. And in June, there's bound to be snow. And no, I'm not a workshop junkie. It has to do with expanding what I learned, what I absorbed.

Frog Out
Pandora and Oz

More Desert

Can't get enough of this...wildflowers and cactus in bloom at the same time. Very rare. You, too, could go to horse camp.

Ocotillo with wildflowers

Saguaro...with nest. It takes 75 years to grow an arm. Bats, woodpeckers, owls, live in them. Also very phallic, but I'm choosing to ignore that in favor of the simplicity of the line and venerable age.

Frog Out