Winds of Change…

So here we are, camp hosts at the Pines Campground in the Lincoln National Forest near Cloudcroft, NM. We left Fredericksburg, TX at the beginning of May, had a short visit at the parents place, then moved on to here arriving 2 weeks ago. 

As it turns out, Sharon had sold one of her photographs she has on display at Burro Street Bakery in Cloudcroft since we were last here. We’re very excited. Every photo she sells and every copy of a novel I sell puts us closer to making our meager living solely from the things we love doing. 

We were invited to return to the Fredericksburg KOA next fall and winter for workamping. So, we’ll head back there around the first of October. After that, we’re thinking of forgoing the workamping thing at least for next summer to get in some much needed travel time. Sitting in one spot for several months on end is not really ideal for us. 

The gig we have here in Cloudcroft is not very demanding and we should be able to spend some time on photography, and hopefully I’ll be able to at least complete the first draft of my new novel I started 2 years ago. Wow! I can’t believe it’s been that long since I started it! Yes. I’m very slow. And with our seasonal jobs, we aren’t able to dedicate full time to our crafts. 

That’s why we’ve decided after our workamping commitments end next May, we plan to spend more time traveling and devote the bulk of our time to working our respective crafts. 

I realize there are many talented writers and photographers in the world more talented than me that will never achieve what we hope to achieve. But we have done what we can to live a simple and low budget existence and our requirements are low. The funny thing is we’ve never been happier as a result of that decision. That was the first phase of our dream. The next phase is to support that dream from writing and photography. Now is the time to focus our efforts there. The best way accomplish any goal is to commit all time and effort to that goal. Someone wiser than me said that. It makes sense. 

So, if you find yourself near Cloudcroft in Southeastern New Mexico this summer, stop by the Pine Campground for a visit. Also, if you’re ever traveling through West Texas on US 180 or FM 669, stop by the Coyote Country Cafe in Gail, TX. They serve great home cooking and are nice folks. I owe them for shamelessly promoting my novel and selling more paperback copies than anyone. And that’s in a town of under 200 people! 

Till next time…

Brian

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Back to the Cool Mountains

It looks like we’ve concluded our medical visits in Lubbock for the time being. And since we don’t have to be in Fredericksburg, TX until September the 24th, we’re going to once again escape the heat of west Texas for a couple of weeks. So, this weekend sometime we’ll hook up the house and go back to the Lincoln National Forest near Cloudcroft, NM. It’s not a bad drive from here, besides going through the middle of oil field country.

Hopefully, I can get the new cover for my novel, Indian Paintbrush, mostly figured out and have the new version available around mid October. I’m hoping it will be more appealing to new readers after that. It’s amazing how things that you think shouldn’t matter can make or break you when your marketing something. It’s become apparent to me that when it comes to self publishing, writing the manuscript itself is all I’m good at. Maybe I’ll learn the other stuff along the way.

I’d really like to get my next novel finished and out to readers before the end of this year. I’m sure I could do it, but I seem to be spending much of my time still working on the completed one. I have always believed, and still do, if you write quality material, you’ll eventually be recognized by the fans of said material. The thing about any writing is, everyone’s writing is unique to them. Each writer just has to find his or her fans, then make their writing available to those fans. Sounds easy, right? And, as I have to keep reminding myself, it takes time. Sometimes a long time.

While I keep looking for new fans and making my writing available to them, I’ll keep living this magnificent life of writing, travel, and self exploration. I’m living as close to my dream life as I ever have, right now. To me, that means I’m going the right direction. If you have a dream, it will stay only a dream unless you actively pursue making it a reality.

Since the link feature on WordPress seems to be inoperative right now, please check out the “About Us” page of this blog. There you can learn what we’re about and find links to my novel and Sharon’s photography.

Brian…

A Camping Trip

Don’t we live in a camper, you might ask? Yes, but we decided to take a short break from our duties at Gail and escape the heat for a few days. We elected to borrow my Mom’s little camper and head to the nearest higher altitude. We left the heat of west Texas around mid morning and by early afternoon we were in the mid 60 degree range outside of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. It’s hard to believe this place is only 280 or so miles from Gail. It seems like a world away.

If you’ve been following us lately, you may remember this is the place we’re headed first when we leave Gail in July. I’ve been coming here my whole life and it’s one of our favorite places. We found a nice campsite here in the Lincoln National Forest Apache Campground and as of the time I’m writing this entry, we are the only ones here besides the very friendly campground hosts, Carl and Gladys. At $20 per night, this campground isn’t a bargain considering there are no hookups. They do however have water spigots at the entrance of each loop. There are other options in the way of dispersed camping all throughout the Lincoln, but most are difficult to get into at best if your rig is very large. We may give a few of those dispersed locations a try in July. We scouted out a few that we may be able to get our 34′ trailer into. Of course, I’ll reporting here on how that goes.

The weather has been absolutely perfect so far with lows in the morning in the 40s and afternoon highs in the 60s. We would usually take a few mid length hikes while were here, but this time we’re just relaxing and enjoying the solitude and scenery. Our humming-bird feeder has been absolutely buzzing with activity. When we return in July, we’ll take several interesting hikes and some bike rides and report them here.

Tomorrow it’s back to Gail to finish residing my parents house, but we’ll be back on the road before too long.

Don’t forget, if you haven’t already done so, please check out my novel “Indian Paintbrush” in Kindle form here, or in paperback here; and Sharon’s photographs can be viewed here.

Here are some photos from the forest and campgrounds around Cloudcroft.

Our little borrowed trailer at our campsite

Our little borrowed trailer at our campsite

Our campsite in the Apache Campground, Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico

Our campsite in the Apache Campground, Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico

One of the other sites in our loop

One of the other sites in our loop

One of the very clean vault toilets in the campground

One of the very clean vault toilets in the campground

The Silver, Saddle, and Apache Campground entrance sign

The Silver, Saddle, and Apache Campground entrance sign

View of our truck from a cliff along a hiking trail

View of our truck from a cliff along a hiking trail

My beautiful wife of 15 years. I always try to save the best photo for last.

My beautiful wife of 15 years. I always try to save the best photo for last.

Till next time…

Brian