- Atlanta, GA, USA
- member since March 28, 2009
justguessing’s last login was Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
YOU are walking on Miami Beach in Florida; the sky is dark and threatening to rain. You see a handsome Egyptian man walking down the beach carrying a leather pouch over his right shoulder, he looks back anxiously, as if someone might be following him but when he does so he stumbles and falls, spilling the seeds in his pouch. Asim hurriedly picks up the seeds, counting them as he drops each one back into his case.
It starts to rain and he quickly rushes off, not knowing that he has lost a single seed. It starts to rain harder as you see something protruding from the sand, and then a beautiful red rose grows almost instantly. You must be seeing things.
You approach the rose and when you bend down to examine it something amazing happens.
“Quick,” says the rose. “Hide me before he comes back. I grant wishes and all the wishes he wants are evil ones. Please take me home with you.”
You dig up the flower and head back to your hotel.
Unrealistic or not my writing gives me hope. But with something like 50 000 books published every month it is a little discouraging. I didn’t think there were that many writers. But I continue to write and hope.
You have a nice shelf.
I hope you are reading lots of interesting books.
Knights of the Dragon:
Leander is under siege. It seems their wizard is dying. A dragon befriends a boy and hires knights to save his kingdom. Alexa is a match for any man, except perhaps for Stone; they’ve had eyes for one another for years, though neither will admit it. A dragon is born that turns out to be a wizard, a rare dragon indeed.
And there are whispers of a boy wizard.
It’s a tale of wizards, dragons, romance and knights.
You're right about Mr. Turner. Everything I had heard about his Montana project had been negative. Of course, I heard most of it from people living in that area who see it as a land grab by a rich man who is treating the whole thing as a hobby. But after reading "Grasslands" I have a much better opinion about what he is trying to do.
"Rocks and Rivers" sounds interesting. Have you read any of Craig Childs? I'd recommend "The Secret of Water." He's a hydrologist that writes about the West. Also, from the American Plains, I liked Kathleen Norris' "Dakota." Glad to hear that you are another "convert" to the beauty of the open skies, too many people think the plains and desert region are just space to quickly fly over and miss the beauty and uniqueness of the county.
As a new western historian, I was referring to a school of thought that is challenging a lot of the myths about the west (along with the "Turner Thesis" which is a theory of western history that was popular from the 1890s through the first half of the 20th century). To understand it, I would recommend checking out Patricia Limerick's writings, especially "A Legacy of Conquest"
It's been fun to do those blog post on the AT. That now seems so long ago, the summer after completing the AT, I headed west and until six years ago, my life mostly centered around the inter-mountain region.
I see you added Richard Whites, "It's Your Misfortune" THat's essentially a Western US textbook, but written by one of the "New Western" historians--it's still a good book. I understand the draw of the CO Plateau--having lived over a decade in the Great Basin and having hiked many canyons in that country. It's beautiful country. Interestingly, the AT in N. GA isn't a cakewalk as there is very little level ground, you don't have a lot of ridges to hike, just up and down. Yes, I'm still blogging: sagecoveredhills.blogspot.com
I didn't realize that I had not posted a review of Peacock's book--I wrote a review in my blog back in 2006 and have now posted it here. East Tenn, eh? Pretty country, I grew up near the coast of NC, but loved the mountains and spent time there hiking the AT and running rivers.
I have a love/hate relationship with Theroux. I love reading him, yet find him arrogant. It really hit me "Riding the Iron Rooster." I actually like "Ghost Trains" and he seems to have mellowed a bit. I don't think I'd like to travel with him. Bryson is very funny and I've read his "Notes." Having hiked the Appalachian Trail (all of it), I'm a little jealous that his book on the trail became such a hit when he only did about 1/3 of the trail. But I laughed through it. I do like both Abbey and Berry. Have you read Doug Peacock, "Walking It Off"? He gives an interesting viewpoint on Abbey as he was Abbey's model for Hayduke.
yeah i've become kind of obsessed. with the "recommend" feature. and the travel/nature is great stuff, but im an anthro/bio major so it makes sense. i see you're planning on reading "The Open"? its pretty interesting, although a little dense at times when he goes into Heidegger...