November 6, 2017
I suppose it’s part of my Catholic upbringing – and the attendant guilt – that makes me feel as though I need to explain my absence from the world of Blog. It’s like going into a confessional, mumbling an Act of Contrition, and then reciting my opening statement, “Bless me father for I have sinned, it’s been since the Jimmy Carter Administration since my last confession, so you might want to clear your calendar for the rest of the morning”.
In my defense – not that I need one – I have been active in other creative pursuits, sharing them on other types of social media, especially my nature photography. I’ve also been hard at work on my John Muir Trail book, even reaching the point where I’m sending out queries to agents in the hopes of getting it in print someway other than the self-publishing route. After a moderate amount of deliberation, I’ve decided on a title, “As I Was Walking”. As I’ve learned over years of toiling not just on this manuscript, but others I’ve penned, the process of editing is never-ending. Every time I open a file, even if I edited it a just a day earlier, I can always find something to add, subtract or rework. At some point I just need to declare it ready for others to read.
For now, on this, my third Mountain Journal post of 2017, I’ll just share a gallery of images from the previous several months: