Overcoming career limiting behavior, #amwriting

It’s Wednesday. That means I owe you a blog post! Well I am hot on the heels of a new story idea and it’s big, really big. I’m so excited. So I’m going to repost a blog post where I was featured. The series is Authors Bare All on Casi McLean’s website, and I reveal more behind-the-scenes stuff about the writer’s life, but what I found really interesting were the responses of other authors.


Along the same lines, in terms of tips, my new metrics tool has been helping me learn what the majority of you like, so I plan to do more tips from the project management treasure trove. I’ll cover metrics for writers in my next PM post.

Speaking of which, I received a recruitment email for a consulting job in my former field, the first offer since early retirement that has interested me, so I stated outrageous requirements. If they want to meet my demands, I might do a short-term project to make some money to support this writing habit. But it is unlikely, unless they are really desperate. If it happens I’ll just work a little. Don’t worry, I’ll still blog, take photos, write, and, most importantly of all, talk to you.

Here are some of my favorite recent photos for your enjoyment. Saratoga public library

Redwood growth

Redwood at first light
Redwood at first light

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Happy Hump Day.

Wild animals

I talked my hubs into going to the Bear and Wolf Museum in West Yellowstone. I don’t like seeing animals caged, but the museum does a lot of good, and I wanted to see a Grizzly bear in a safe setting.

Grizzly Bear

I love wolves, always have. Look at these cuties.

Wolf 1 Wolf 2 Wolf 3


Wold sleeping 2

I invite you to watch this beautiful, inspiring, and educational video about how the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park regenerated the entire ecosystem and even changed the rivers.

Wolf video


I’ve never seen a golden eagle before.

Golden eagle

Golden eagle 2

There were bald eagles too, but my photos didn’t turn out.

They are building a new area for river otters and beavers, which are once again (thanks to wolves) a big part of the Yellowstone ecosystem. The museum is great for children.

Blogisphere appreciation day, a wolf and 3 dogs

In appreciation for Owl McCloud’s 10 Most Beautiful animals, and for ranking the wolf as number one beautiful animal, here is a wolf chum of the family dog (photos taken in the 90s):

Kona 1

Kona 2 Kona 3

Kona and Chelsea
Kona and Chelsea

Kona 4

Note: Wolves can’t be kept as pets in the US. This one was taken from its owner. I hope and like to think Kona was taken to Wolf Haven.

People can have wolf-dog mixes though, and the owner went on to have mixed pets, also magnificent animals.

However there is a lot to be said for a thousand years of breeding. (Owl McCloud loves dogs too, so here is our last dog:)

Rarely this clean am I
Rarely this clean am I
It's cool under this  bush
It’s cool under this bush
Give me a break!
Give me a break!
Blaze's laugh
Quit taking pictures of me. (Mommy is SO glad she didn’t listen and insisted on getting photos of this wonderful girlie dog.)
At Pismo Beach
Bet you didn’t know a dog could run on water! (Pismo Beach, California)
Yes I'm gorgeous but I want to roll in dead things
Yes I’m gorgeous but I want to roll in dead things

Best friend of childhood: