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Rise of the Forgotten- Available May 15th on Amazon!

Rise of the Forgotten- Available May 15th on Amazon!

Rise of the Forgotten is now available in its entirety in the FDC. Honestly, it feels amazing to be here. Two years ago, I had serious doubts I’d ever get it done, and now, in two weeks the long awaited sequel to Exile’s Return will be available on amazon. The work would not have made it to production without the support from my team, and my wonderful fans. People like Karen Williamson who encouraged me, and cheered me on. In…

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Wandering Hops: The Disneyland Fandango

Wandering Hops: The Disneyland Fandango

Disneyland is like Alice stepping through the looking glass; to step through the portals of Disneyland will be like entering another world. -Walt Disney On July 17th, 1955, Walt Disney achieved his dream, opening his park to great fanfare in Anaheim California. At the time of its founding there was no other amusement park like it in the world, and one could argue, ever since. Even though it has often been imitated, expanded and duplicated by both the Disney company…

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Wandering Hops: The Wynoochee Washout

Wandering Hops: The Wynoochee Washout

The Olympic National Forest is a parkland full of many wonders, including the Hoh Rain forest, one of the largest temperate rain forests in the US. Stretching out over the Washington Peninsula, bordering the Puget Sound on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on another, it is emblematic of what people think of when they envision the Pacific Northwest. Long stretches of thick and verdant green canopy dominate the views, broken up by rivers and the towering Olympic Mountains. The…

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Wandering Hops: Hitting the Wall

Wandering Hops: Hitting the Wall

I don’t really know how to stop.  On its face, this seems like a super power.  “You don’t know how to stop? Cool! So, how’s the progress on the novel coming?” In short, it’s not. That and every project I’ve been working on for the last month has felt like it’s moving further towards the horizon, all the while, no matter how fast or hard I run, I look down to find myself on a treadmill, making no progress, save…

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Wandering Hops: The Urban Runner

Wandering Hops: The Urban Runner

San Francisco, the city by the bay. This sprawling metropolis is purported to have it all, fine dining, upscale hotels, one of a kind experiences, history, and tourist traps aplenty. But what about hiking? Can you even hike through an urban landscape, and find something that’s challenging, enjoyable, and memorable? That was the question rattling around in my mind as I descended upon Oakland last week, wondering how I was going to get a Wandering Hops in, while I visited…

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Wandering Hops: Disappointments

Wandering Hops: Disappointments

Growing up in the deserts of West Texas gave me a special appreciation for the ocean, and temperatures below 115 degrees.  Our summers got so hot, I became convinced that heat was one of our chief exports to hell. No matter where you are, it seemed like  it was always hotter somewhere in Texas. However, being on the beach does not make you immune from the sun. I learned that living in Southern California, but at least the breeze coming…

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Wandering Hops: The Prep Day

Wandering Hops: The Prep Day

Preparation and testing is the key to knowing how your gear will perform while out on the trail; the idea goes without saying… save that I just said it. Anyway, moving right along, stay with the tour, and hold all questions till the end. Thanks.  Now, preparation can come in many forms, from watching youtube videos about gear and its uses, to setting up your tent in your fitness room because it’s raining outside, and you have to heft it…

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Wandering Hops: The Overnight

Wandering Hops: The Overnight

Dreams are funny things, and, in many ways, are the fuel of ambition. What starts as a simple notion, a far off impossible idea, can gradually resolve into something more concrete. Ultimately leading one to push past their limits, and strive for that impossible goal.  Of course, our definitions of the impossible change as we grow. There was a time when I thought it impossible that I would ever be published. There was a time when I never thought I’d…

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Wandering Hops: Epicenters and Fears

Wandering Hops: Epicenters and Fears

Fear makes things bigger in your mind than they are. This is especially true in my case taking that I have an anxiety condition.  For me, there is very little chill, and every issue, even a perceived issue can become a massive crisis in my head in an instant.  This is one of the reasons I hike. Conquering miles and rough terrain, helps turn down the volume on all the static surging around and empowers me in my day to…

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Wandering Hops: Black Holes and Blast Zones

Wandering Hops: Black Holes and Blast Zones

Cliches, I feel, are annoying because they are a reminder of simple, near universal truths. No matter how clever, or accurate the wisdom they hold may be, just hearing them reminds me of something I should have never forgotten, and thus, I cringe.   All of this is, of course, natural. None of us are perfect, we all make mistakes, get ahead of ourselves, mislay our car keys, all of that; thus life is full of cliches to remind us…

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