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Back from Vacation

Ah…I needed that. Eight days to spend time with the family, read some books, enjoy the scenery, and sneak off to work on Revisionary. I’m working on catching up with the rest of the world again. It turns out life continued even though I was away. How rude!

Two things that happened over the past week or so:

  1. The Baen Books podcast went up, featuring David Afsharirad talking to me, Esther Friesner, John Helfers, Jody Lynn Nye, Harry Turtledove, Robin Wayne Bailey, and I’m sure I’m forgetting someone — sorry — about the newly released Chicks and Balances anthology.
  2. Brittany Woolsey wrote an article about convention/cosplay harassment, which includes comments from me and several other folks.

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Some pictures from up north:

The river at the Upper Tahquamenon Falls.

This is one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken. I had to do a bit of processing, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Squirrel

Squirrel!

Bear

Really BIG squirrel!

Milky Way

A shot of the night sky from our camp.

The rest are over on Flickr, along with larger versions of these, if you’re interested.

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On Saturday, the day after we drove home, I got to be a part of the Michigan State University Young Authors Conference again. I might have been a wee bit sleepy or out of it from the drive, but I don’t think I messed up too badly in either of my sessions. As always, I just wish I’d had more time to talk about stuff and answer questions and just chat with the kids. But I did get to sit in on one of Merrie Haskell’s sessions and give her a hard time, which is always a nice bonus! I also picked up a copy of her latest book (though I didn’t get the “special edition” with the messed-up dust jacket).

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So what did I miss while I was gone?

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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scarlettina
Jul. 13th, 2015 02:13 pm (UTC)
Those pictures are wonderful, Jim! What'd you miss while you were gone? The Great Seattle Heatwave of 2015 ended (finally, thank goodness!), there are now 15 (count'em) Republican candidates for president, and I had a birthday. Nothing of import. :-)
jimhines
Jul. 13th, 2015 02:16 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! :-)
luciab
Jul. 13th, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
Excellent photos! I am especially impressed since I took a week-long photography class at Yellowstone with Road Scholar this spring and now I know how hard it is to get shots of wildlife. Damn critters *never* stand still and pose the way they're supposed to! I'm glad you had a good time.
jimhines
Jul. 13th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
It's like they don't even want their pictures taken!
deborahjross
Jul. 13th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
That bear is so long-snouted and sleek, on first glimpse I thought "tapir."
jimhines
Jul. 13th, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
I believe that was one of the juveniles.

They also had some older bears :-)

deborahblakehps
Jul. 13th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
I want to use that top one as my screen saver!
jimhines
Jul. 13th, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
Help yourself! Flickr has larger versions.
deborahblakehps
Jul. 13th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You rock :-)
sartorias
Jul. 14th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, what wonderful photos!
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