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â–¶ I have been invited to go to Peru with a group of high school students and a tropical forest ecologist next summer. My initial impulse was “of course I’ll go.” It would be an incredible experience–as a writer, as a photographer, and as a world citizen who is generally not well traveled. But it would end up costing about a third of my paltry year’s worth of social security checks, or half of my current business account balance. Also, a new feature: I don’t have complete confidence in my physical tolerance. That consideration has NEVER stopped me from doing much of anything before. But I’ve never been 62 before. I’ll have to decide soon what to do.
â–¶ I’m really delighted that Scrivener upgrade preview is now available, and am using it to research an upcoming essay on “the end of men”–no, not an apocalyptic rant, except in the realm of gender role shifts in the US and the world. You can see a screen shot. Loving the comments that, when clicked, carry you back to that part of the multi-page document. If there’s a Book Three, it will likely be produced using this wonderful tool. Okay. Enough swooning and fawning for now. Oh–and there IS a windows version now. And a free 30 day preview. I’m just sayin’….
â–¶ We’re under a tropical-feeling blanket of warm-wet air these past few days. It is way too warm, and reminds me of being at the beach. There’s that kind of feel in the air that reminds me of my Alabama childhood. Yesterday I stopped at Pauley’s Garden for it’s expansive view of the western horizon (image above) under cloud cover, compliments of the Gulf of Mexico. The steady southwesterly wind was strong enough that it was hard to stand steady enough to capture this three-image panorama. The unidentified hawk in the gallery wheeled and called overhead, and for a moment, I wheeled with him.
â–¶ At the Parkway Symposium, I was surprised to learn that neither of the best-selling authors really uses “modern” writing tools in their work. Peter Jenkins writes his travel stories out long-hand in journal-type books, and somebody transcribes it all into digital format for organizing and editing. Richard Louv uses a Mac, but types his work into final form in a word processor. Both are looking at the possibility of self-publishing; Jenkins already knew about Lightningsource. BTW, the piece I wrote about the event is now up at Roanoke Star Sentinel.