The Literary Drover No. 2630

Thank you to Barnes and Noble, in North Haven, CT., for carrying Another Name for Paradise: A Journey through the History and Nature of Northern Colorado, Second Edition!


The Literary Drover No. 2624

We live in interesting times. We live in exciting times. We live in a time without limit or restriction. The reason for each of these declarations is simple and straight-forward: Technology. Specifically, Social Media.

I know some will find that explanation curious, especially coming from me, given my disrespect and contempt for the poster child of Social Media everywhere: Facebook.

The reasoning for why I support Social Media and deride Facebook at the same time is because I increasingly consider Facebook to be the ultimate failure where Social Media is concerned.

What is Facebook, beyond a bully pulpit? Is it actually for good, for the advancement, betterment, and fulfillment of the human race? It is, in fact, the greatest waste of time and other resources known to the human race.

Again, let me explain why I believe Social Media is one of the greatest inventions to date. When I wrote and subsequently published my first book I had to go through a traditional publisher, and I had to have it promoted through traditional means and methods, which were time-consuming, labor-intensive, and very costly. The Return On Investment was, at best, nominal, and the publisher I worked with politely suggested that my next book might do better with another publisher.

Fast-forward to the publication of a book I wrote and deliberately published as an e-book. In less than a month it was available in more than 100 countries around the world and in less than three months I communicated with people in these countries and other places around the world. All of which could explained by the use of Social Media.

We live in interesting times, thanks in large part to Social Media. On an almost daily basis I publish content here, and on a regularly basis I receive responses from readers. What makes this interesting is that a day, a week, a month, a year after I publish something here I continue to receive responses. Compare that to more traditional publishing where the publication of a book is a make-or-break concern because if the book does not financially succeed within a very small period of time it is considered a failure.

We live in exciting times, owing much to Social Media. When I restricted myself to traditional media I rarely interacted with readers of writing beyond a specific geographical boundary. Nowadays I interact with people around the world, and it is not only exciting but wonderful to know I can do so.

We live in times without limit or restriction. If you can imagine something it can become reality, and what is more appropriate for the storyteller?

The Literary Drover No. 2623

Winter approaches. GET YOUR SNOWSHOEING ON!

Things to know about snowshoeing include:

Snowshoeing makes for a great physical workout. From the fitness perspective snowshoeing provides for it all: Cardio, strength, agility, balance, and endurance. It also allows for you to get out of the house and into the outdoors when driving or sliding or skidding to a gum or falling and flailing for a winter run lacks appeal.