Cloudcroft, New Mexico Mayfair Art Show

Sharon has new pieces ready and available for sale to go to new homes. 

   
    
 We’ll have a booth set up at Mayfair in Cloudcroft at Zenith Park May 28th and 29th. In addition to Sharon’s fine art photos, I’ll have paperback copies of my novel Indian Paintbrush available for sale. 

Please check out coolcloudcroft.com for full details on the event. 

Hope to see you there! 

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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

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…

Sharon’s Daily Photo… Riding Through The Aspens

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Sharon’s Daily Photo… Summer in Santa Fe

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Some of Sharon’s other photos can be viewed and purchased by clicking on today’s daily photo above.

My novel, Indian Paintbrush, a murder mystery/thriller novel, can be purchased in Kindle form here or in paperback here.

 

 

A Hike in the Santa Fe National Forest

During our stay at Black Canyon Campground last week, we managed to get in a couple of decent hikes between trips down the mountain into Santa Fe.

The first one started just outside the campground at the neighboring Hyde Memorial State Park. Though only about 5 miles total, one section of the trail had many steep switchbacks leading to the top of the mountain.

We started out on the East Circle Trail with a 1/2 mile side trip out and back on the Waterfall Trail, ending at you guessed it, a waterfall. We love those.

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From there, we finished out the East Circle seeing campsites in the state park most of the way around. Then, we crossed 475 and started on the the more strenuous West Trail. This is where the switchbacks started with a 1000 ft gain in elevation. It was a great workout.

So, about 5 miles from our campsite and back to cover all 3 trails with a 1000 ft. change in elevation starting at 8400 ft.

Here are some pics from along the way I snapped with my phone. If you look closely you can see Hyde Park Road (475) winding up the mountain below us.

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