First, I must confess, I’ve never really blogged before, but I’m giving this a go. I hear the money’s good. I’m going to write a little about me and my writing efforts, and also about the state where I live, and where most of you have never been, the beautiful but windy WYOMING. I hope you enjoy my comments, and feel free to contact me anytime.
I’m working on a fantasy novel now, using my real life teenage daughter as my main character (much to her great annoyance), and surprise, surprise, it’s going slowly, thanks to that “self-edit” thing.
Oh, sorry, I’m supposed to write about where I live, not where my heart is, and so I return to beautiful Wyoming. Wife Debi and I moved here in 1998, with our three young kids, and it was a great decision because this is a good place to raise a family. We live in the middle of the state in a town called Casper, with a population of about 65,000, named after Caspar Collins. Yes, the educated founders of Casper couldn’t quite get the spelling of his name right, so “Caspar” became “Casper.” Caspar Collins was not very lucky. He was a Lieutenant in the US Cavalry stationed near what became Casper, and his father was his commanding office. Dad gave son a severe “dressing down” before the rest of the Troopers because the kid broke some trivial rules, and Caspar, in a huff, went out with a couple other Troopers looking for Indians to “show the old man.” They found Indians, all right, lots of them, and managed to get themselves killed. Dad (Ft Collins, Colorado is named after him, by the way) was broken hearted and retired in grief back to his native Ohio. Fathers and Sons, always an issue… hey, that happens to be one of the themes of my wonderful novel CYCLOPEAN RESCUE, which you can buy at Amazon Kindle at an amazing low, low price. Wow, if you’ve gotten a Kindle or the incredibly sky-high priced IPad for Christmas, don’t you want to make CYCLOPEAN RESCUE one of your first books in your new ebook library?
OK, I have the obligatory self-promotion out of the way. That was kind of painful. Where was I? Oh, yeah, Wyoming. We’re actually classified as a “high plains desert” and we have very little rainfall. Not the feet and feet of snow most people think of as Wyoming, that almost never happens, except way up in the mountains, and certainly Casper has lots less snow than my native Indiana.
But boy, have we got WIND. About nine months a year the wind howls its fury, as much as any other place on earth, and I’m tempting to say it sucks too, but I’m not sure that’s how wind works. But anyway, the wind is very annoying, and does lots of property damage, closes highways, causes depression, and even, alas, gets people killed sometimes by blowing their vehicles off the roads. UGH!
But in the summertime, Wyoming is the BEST place to live in the world. But please don’t tell anyone, especially Californians, or they’ll all be moving here and pretty soon our taxes will skyrocket and our politicians will turn really strange and spend us into oblivion. Where was I, Oh yes, the summers here are often very warm, 80s and 90s, but those vicious winds become gentle cooling breezes and the almost zero humidity makes the summer days awesome. Since we are a mile high in elevation here in Casper, once in a while the summer nights will get all mountain-ish and turn cold, but it makes for a nice change. All in all, perfect summer days and nights.
So if you can, please come, unless you’re from California, because if you’re from California, you’ll be all depressed when you learn that here in Wyoming we have very low taxes, low crime, a balanced state budget, and affordable housing. When you do visit Casper, be sure to have lunch at my favorite place to eat, a jewel called the Cottage Café, at 116 S Lincoln (307-234-1157). They have a wonderful, slightly eclectic lunch menu and the food is always fresh and delicious (the Tequila Lime Chicken Soup in incredible, and I wish I had some RIGHT now), and the setting in an old converted house is well served by bustling waitresses in a fast paced but friendly environment. Fine dining and great food is my passion, and I urge you to pass up the usual assembly-line food chains, and have lunch at the Cottage Café in Casper, Wyoming (unless it’s Monday, when they close). Here’s a link for their wonderful menu: http://www.caspermenus.com/Restaurants/cottage-cafe-menu.htm
OK, that’s about it. This blog thing was supposed to be no more than 100 words. How’d I do? Maybe I should summarize, and the blog editor can use that instead of the above, so here goes: I wrote a book, took me ten years, it’s fantastic, buy it at Amazon Kindle. I love the Beatles, so does my main character in the fantastic book that took me ten years to write. I’m working on a new book, a fantasy with a teenage girl as the main character, and you should be able to buy it in oh, about the year 2021. I’m a native Hoosier that loves all things Indiana, but somehow I found myself and the family in Wyoming, a great place to raise a family, where there’s NOT much snow, lots of WIND, an unlucky Lieutenant with a grouchy dad, great housing prices, low taxes, balanced budget, all a secret that must be kept from Californians, and a great place to eat lunch called the Cottage Café. How’s that? Thanks! The end! www.stevendouglaswomack.com