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Photo Friday: The Forest for the Trees

Joshua Trees

Joshua Tree National Park

This is one of the most unusual forests I’ve ever visited. Though named “trees” the Joshua tree is more like a cactus. It’s related to the agave, but I don’t think you can get tequila from this bizarre plant.

What’s even more crazy is that this area, the Mojave Desert, is only about a hundred miles from the beaches where Baywatch was filmed (you remember Baywatch, right?). From endless water to arid desert on one short drive.

I could talk about how this picture inspires my writing, or symbolizes the “dry” times when creativity hides. But I’d rather hear from you! What does this photo stir in you? Writing ideas? Travel ideas? Thirst?

Happy Friday!


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Photo Friday: Happy Canada Day

July 1st is Canada Day, celebrating the creation of Canada under the Constitution Act of 1867 (yes, I looked it up on Wikipedia).

Art in downtown Toronto -a very cool city

Happy Birthday to our friends to the north!

And Happy Friday!

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Photo Friday: The Golden State

Today’s photo is a blast from way past, and a preview of my upcoming blog tour:

Cal Poly, the inspiration for Santa Lucia Polytechnic in Whirlwind

Located on the Central Coast of California, Cal Poly is on the edge of the city, San Luis Obispo. This photo was taken a LONG time ago (1988), and the campus has grown a lot since then. One thing that hasn’t changed is the brown hills. This is the color of most of California in the summer and fall.

If you look close, you can see the white “P” on the hillside (for Poly). On the left side is the “back forty.” Whirlwind fans will remember what happened out there…

Be sure and check out the Whirlwind Blog Tour, starting June 6th, for even more photos, outtakes, an interview with hero Jason McAlister, and other goodies! The tour runs through June 17th, followed by a live chat with me on the 18th. Hosted by the fantastic Missie of The Unread Reader!

Whirlwind Blog Tour

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Photo Friday: Candy Edition

365.125 - Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Image by nettsu via Flickr

I may be showing my age, but do you remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials from the seventies (I think)? The husband and his chocolate bar run into the wife and her peanut butter in the hall, and two flavors become a best selling candy. Never mind that the couple was walking through the house eating, and the only consequence of their violent collision was the mixing of their snacks – it was the idea of mixing two things together by accident and finding something wonderful that caught people’s attention.

Well, I found another taste collision this week (and took a picture of it) – but the jury is still out on how much of a sensation it is:

For those of you that don’t know, Hot Tamales are a spicy, cinnamon-flavored, jelly-bean-like candy. If you know what Mike & Ikes are, they’re the same, but red and cinnamon flavored. Chewy and hot.

Cotton candy is fluffy and sweet. Opposites…but do they attract?

I had to try it. And it’s…interesting. Definitely cotton candy, but it kind of burns my tongue. At first. In the end, it’s more cotton candy than Hot Tamale, and not really any more strange than any other flavor of cotton candy.

By now, you’re probably thinking, “And the point is?” I don’t really have one, I guess, but was struck by the original pairing of two disparate candies. So, what odd pairings have you encountered? Not just food, anything. But if you’ve found something yummy, I’d love to hear it!

Happy Friday!

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Photo Friday

Today’s shot makes me think of a motivational poster:

I titled this photo “Ahead of the Pack,” but there’s at least two ways to interpret that. Maybe I’m an optimist, but the first thing I thought of was that the fish on the right is a leader, heading fearlessly into open water, while all the others are following him. That’s the motivational poster idea.

But there’s the opposite meaning too. What if that single fish is running from the others? On days when writing just doesn’t seem to get on the calendar, that’s what I feel like. All the little things that life throws at me seem to follow me everywhere, keeping me from what I really should be doing – what I really want to do, namely, write.

What do you see? Remember, your comments count as entries in the Share the Wealth giveaway.

Hmmm…fish for dinner sounds good…


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