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Dan Absalonson | Author of SciFi & Fantasy



Dan posts book reviews and shares in his fiction writing journey.



Updated: 2017-12-18T12:25:50.874-08:00

 



AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Christina Lewis
Author of The Cheese Pirates: Cheddar Island

2017-12-18T12:25:50.912-08:00

Hey guys! I have something very special for you this week. It's an interview with Christina Lewis, an incredible author who wrote something very near and dear to my heart - well written exciting fiction for children. When an author does it well and builds an incredible world full of swashbuckling mice with ships full of root beer barrels and fine cheese as golden treasure! Get your copy on Amazon (affiliate link):The Cheese Pirates: Cheddar IslandI asked her a whole bunch of questions. I love her answers. As a writer I found them really valuable, but also as a lover of children's fiction is was awesome to get a little peek behind the curtain of an incredible author who does it right when writing for children. Check it out! I am definitely going to read Black Beauty (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics) after reading her interview!Q: Christina...what made you become a writer?A: Black Beauty did, actually. I've always loved great stories, and once I began reading on my own, I voraciously devoured every book I could lay my hands on. When I was seven years old, I was given a copy of Black Beauty — a story that moved me to tears more than once, and thus became very precious to me.But at first, I thought Black Beauty was the biography of a real horse. I was only seven years old, after all, and the book is written from a first-person — er, first-horse — perspective. After I closed the final page, I discovered the short biography of Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty. That was the day I realized that people wrote stories — people just like me. Very shortly afterwards, I wrote my first short story, entitled Rosie the Deer. And then there was no stopping me. I took stacks of paper that had been printed on one side and discarded, and I wrote on the backs of them by hand — usually in pencil or pen — for hours and hours. Primarily I wrote about wild horses and stray cats, or about children who got lost in the woods and encountered something special such as a lost treasure. I never ran out of fresh ideas, a trend which has continued to this day.Q: What is your typical writing day like?A: I used to stay up late and write while everyone else was sleeping, often until 4 or 5am. But I was physically wiped out the next day, dragging through the morning and afternoon hours until nightfall, when I could write again. Eventually I discovered that it was a far better and healthier routine if I woke up early, while the world was still quiet, and started my writing days then.Depending on the story I'm currently working on, I keep a stack of relevant books on my desk. For The Cheese Pirates: Cheddar Island, I had one of my all-time favorites within easy reach: The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (not knowing that she would later endorse my book). There were a few other books close at hand as well, and I usually read for at least half an hour before I begin to write, because I strongly believe that you must have your inner creative well filled up in order to effectively create.I'm very, very careful to protect my subconscious. Your mind is more fragile than you realize. Try this experiment: pick a book, any book. Read the first chapter. Usually you will see the characters, whether animal or human, as real living creatures. Then put the book down and spend 15-20 minutes watching a cartoon, such as Looney Tunes, or something animated, such as a Pixar movie. Then pick up the same book and read the second chapter. How do you see the characters in your mind's eye now? How do they move and act differently, as opposed to they moved and acted before you watched the animation?No matter how hard you try, those characters in your head will remain animated until you watch something that looks real (such as a movie trailer) for at least 5-6 minutes. Similarly, immersing in slapstick comedy when you're trying to write a very serious sequence of events is a terrible idea.Q: Do you outline? If so, how extensive are your outlines?A: I do outline, very extensively. At first, I start with a rudimentary outline, where I scribble d[...]



Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 69
Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman

2017-12-08T10:55:11.286-08:00

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="30" mozallowfullscreen="true" src="https://archive.org/embed/DDTAMBookReviews69" webkitallowfullscreen="true" width="488">Download the .mp3In this 69th episode, I review Wrong Side of Hell by Sonya Bateman. Listen to hear why I loved the book for it's amazing magical world, characters who had to give their all to accomplish their goals, and a little about my upcoming debut novel "Haunted House Flipper." Buy the Book on Amazon (Affiliate Link):Wrong Side of Hell (The DeathSpeaker Codex) (Volume 1)Check out the author's website:https://sonyabateman.wordpress.com/Music Attribution:Music by Kevin MacLeod at http://www.incompetech.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Visit my website: www.DanDanTheArtMan.comSupport the show AND get a free audiobook!http://www.audibletrial.com/DansBookReviewsAudiobook Pick-of-the-Week:Star Wars: Lost Stars (Affiliate Link)Written by Claudia GrayNarrated by Pierce CravensThis episode of Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews has been brought to you by Audible. Visit www.AudiblePodcast.com/DansBookReviews for a free trial membership.Audible Free Trial DetailsGet an audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial. After the trial, your paid membership will begin at $14.95 per month. With your membership, you will receive one credit every month, good for any audiobook on Audible.Cancel anytime, effective the next monthly billing cycle. Cancel before your trial ends and you will not be charged. Check out the full terms and policies that apply to Audible membership.FOLLOW ME:Twitter | https://twitter.com/DanDanTheArtManInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/DanDanTheArtManGoogle + | https://plus.google.com/+DanAbsalonson/[...]



Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson | Book Review

2017-12-05T10:54:28.426-08:00

(image) Wow. A lot of people really love this book. I am not one of them. I'm sure it's an important book for its variation in style, or maybe its deviations in narrative voice from those of other writings of the time, but I must just not get it. To me it was a bunch of random scenes and none of them interested me. Some of the stories were really weird too. I just don't see the purpose of this book. It's like a literary version of Alice in Wonderland. The writer just wrote down whatever strange fancy came into his mind at the time and when he had enough he called it a book. At least that's what it seemed like to me. (image) Beyond that some of the stories I found a bit disturbing. Not a fan.



Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton | Book Review

2017-12-04T11:21:44.218-08:00

(image) This book wasn't for me. I found it boring and depressing, but the writing was beautiful. So, it's like most classics. Edith Wharton is a good writer, the subject matter in this novella just leaves much to be desired when looking to read for entertainment. If you like other classics with romance in them you might like this, but I didn't care for it because the romance is between a woman and a married man. Ethan Frome should be ashamed of himself. Any sorrow I felt for him vanished when I saw that he had feelings for a woman other than his wife. To me, though the content was mild, this is nothing more than a smutty romance novel which happened to be published back in 1911. Ethan and Mattie were selfish fools. (image)



I'm a 3D & Multimedia Artist

2017-11-10T08:49:04.153-08:00

Below is one of first 3D scenes I ever created. It was modeled and rendered in 3ds Max, probably around 2004. I created the textures in Photoshop. It's based off of a great coffee shop called Uptown Espresso. I used to visit in Seattle. My classmates and I would sip coffee and draw in our sketchbooks there. It was within walking distance of my college, The Art Institute of Seattle. I always loved the homey feel in there, which I tried to capture in this render. That atmosphere was probably brought on by the great wood vanity they used as their table for condiments rather than a long rectangular cabinet with a flat countertop. It also had amazing huge windows which looked out to the busy street that they could open if it was a nice day.

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Uptown Espresso
I've come a long way as an artist over the last thirteen years or so. Here's a render I made of a kitchen earlier this year. This one is different because I didn't model most of the 3D objects, but placed them from the library in the Chief Architect software I used to create this scene. Below that, though, you'll find a BMW I had the privelage to 3D model. Took me about 40 hours. It was a challenging and rewarding project. Anyways, just thought I'd share a little from another part of my life other than writing. If you'd like to see more of my art you can find an online portfolio here: Absalonson Art.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Kitchen Design

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BMW i8




REPOST: Halloween short story - A Dark Climb

2017-10-31T10:11:00.877-07:00


Welcome to episode 14 of Short Stories of Dan Dan The Art Man! This episode is a narrated short story for Halloween about a new kid in town discovering just how real the local ghost story is when he's dared to climb up an old creepy tower that sits behind a mansion. Have a listen and I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!

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Attributions:
Music used: "Tempting Fate" and "Beginning" by Audionautix.com.
Sound effects used were all Public Domain and came from Freesound.org

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Now available in eBook formats here:
For Free:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/489419

At Amazon for $0.99:
https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Climb-Dan-Absalonson-ebook/dp/B0178GNVY0/



Cover Update for "Haunted House Flipper"

2017-10-30T12:59:39.026-07:00


I updated my cover again. I added a ton of blue to it to give it more of an urban fantasy, supernatural feel. I like it a lot more and I think it will fit better next to book covers of similar books which is what you want. Hopefully I'm only a few busy weeks away from publishing this bad boy!




I'm almost done revising my novel "Haunted House Flipper!"

2017-10-28T10:29:30.155-07:00

I'm so close to finishing my third pass through my manuscript to clean it up for Beta Readers to give it a go and give me their feedback. As I reread it I'm very happy with the story. I've been laughing out loud and really enjoying it so hopefully that means others will too! I got a little more done this morning after posting this last night so...
I'm actually in chapter 47 now! 
I'm sure this weekend I'll get it all done and by Monday I'll be emailing people to give it a read. I'm also going to make physical paperback advanced reader copies to hand out to people who don't like reading eBooks. So that will be fun! I'll be a sure to post a pic of that when it comes in the mail. Exciting times! I'm so close to publishing my first full length novel!!!!!

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Haunted House Flipper Updated Cover

2017-10-20T11:15:46.084-07:00


This is the current iteration of the cover of the novel I'm working on. I added a demon behind our hero Ray. He doesn't look too happy that there's a weird human with an angelic blade in his mansion.



A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle | Book Review

2017-09-08T14:06:22.597-07:00

(image) This first Sherlock Holmes book is really fun because you get to see Dr. Watson meeting him for the first time. You get to see them discovering each other's peculiarities and watch as they become the famous roommates at 221b Baker Street. I also love when they use the phrase, "What the deuce?" There are many fantastic phrases in the writing and besides that Doyle's descriptive diction is top notch. So you get a cool fun mysterious plot with fantastic prose. The best of both worlds I dare say. (image)

I love Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing. He captures the voice of Watson so well. The cunning mind of Sherlock Holmes makes the story intriguing and he is a great character I love. One shouldn't ignore, however, that the beautiful writing with which the stories of Sherlock's adventures unfold make them sharper, more richly rendered, and more inspiring. The hunt for the criminal is awesome to read, but the gorgeous prose that delivers the mood, sights, sounds, and smells make the Sherlock stories instant classics to be held up as great works of literature. I particularly like the way Doyle describes characters in his stories. I get a keen vision of them in my mind. Another favorite line of Doyle's, though not from this book, is when Watson describes a visitor to their flat as "decidedly nautical." The flavor of these stories is one I keep coming back to because they're so great.

The last story in this book was a bit odd, but if you stick with it there are exciting scenes to be had. It has to do with other characters in the American west. I just wish it would have been another story that started at 221b Baker Street. It all kind of ties in, though, if you pay attention to the character's names and Sherlock and Watson do find their way back into the story in the end. All in all this is a special Sherlock Holmes book because you get to see the genesis of the fantastic duo of Watson and Holmes form. I can't wait to read the next one!

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A Study in Scarlet (Wisehouse Classics Edition - with original illustrations by George Hutchinson)(image)

Check out the late author's website:
http://www.arthurconandoyle.com/



The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson | Book Review

2017-09-05T14:20:37.139-07:00

(image) I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters. It was really cool to see references to the previous trilogy as history, myth, and legend in this book. The way the allomancy and feruchemy magic systems worked with guns in this book were really cool. It was a much different world than the epic fantasy story world of the first book and it was cool to see how time had changed things. (image)

The main character Wax was someone I grew to love and found myself rooting for. His buddy Wayne was an awesome sidekick character. Perfect for comic relief and as a person Wax could rely on in times of grave peril. I found this book fun, exciting, and rich with awesome world building. Epic fantasy meets a kind of steam punk old west. Add great characters to that and you're in for a fun novel.

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More Hiking and Revising My Novel Through the Smoke

2017-09-05T11:50:31.050-07:00


Smoke has covered our town like a blanket. This weekend we went to the Wenatchee area to do a couple hikes over the Labor Day Weekend and get some delicious food in Leavenworth. We had to turn around halfway up toward one of the hikes because the smoke was so bad. We re-routed and found a different hike in the opposite direction away from the smoke and had fun swimming in a lake there. Now back at home our kids can't go outside for recess and I can smell smoke in my cube at work. It's really bad. Man I hope some rain comes soon...

On a lighter note the revising of my novel is coming along. In my last blog post about it I was in chapter 31 and now I'm revising chapter 38! Oops I just realized I haven't been updating the progress meter. Okay, fixed! Only 11 chapters to go and then I can write the last chapter. I didn't write the last chapter yet because when I got to the end of my first draft I changed the mentor character into also being the love interest. So as I've gone through my first revision pass I've been changing the gender of that character and when I get to the last chapter I'm hoping to have a better idea of where their relationship stands. I have everything resolved in the second to last chapter except that. So when I get through chapter 49 I'll be all caught up and I'll be able to write the last chapter. Then the story will be done!

At that point I'll listen through the story one more time on my phone and hopefully catch any last little typos. Then when I hit the last chapter I'll revise that - then it's off to beta readers! I'm so excited about this because this will be the first time I write a novel without having to do rewrites. If it's good enough after I get feedback, it will also be the first full length novel I publish. That is very exciting and I think it will be good enough!

So this is what the process will be for this novel:
  1. Write the rough draft
  2. Go through the finished manuscript and revise it
  3. Do one last pass listening to the book
  4. Hand it off to Beta Readers
  5. Make edits based on their feedback
  6. Hand the polished manuscript off to an editor or two
  7. Make one final polish from their notes
  8. Publication!


All three novels I've written before this needed huge rewrites after I finished them. One of those I have rewritten several times and I still don't think it's good enough to publish. The other two I never touched and they remain trunked in their first draft form. I'm really excited that my planning and outlining has spared me from that on this story. I hope to replicate this with every novel I write moving forward. So, that's what I'm up to. My goal is to get this bad boy published by October so I can sell it around Halloween. It is called "Haunted House Flipper" after all :) Thanks for stopping by!




Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 68
Star Wars Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

2017-08-25T11:51:46.613-07:00

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="30" mozallowfullscreen="true" src="https://archive.org/embed/DDTAMBookReviews68" webkitallowfullscreen="true" width="488">Download the .mp3In this 68th episode, I review Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. Listen to hear why I loved the deep emotions and amazing world building in this book. It's one to read if you're a STARS WARS fan, young adult literature fan, both, or neither and you're just looking for a good book. I know you'll love this one. Buy the Book on Amazon (Affiliate Link):Star Wars Lost StarsCheck out the author's website:http://www.claudiagray.com/Music Attribution:Music by Kevin MacLeod at http://www.incompetech.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Visit my website: www.DanDanTheArtMan.comSupport the show AND get a free audiobook!http://www.audibletrial.com/DansBookReviewsAudiobook Pick-of-the-Week:Star Wars: Lost Stars (Affiliate Link)Written by Claudia GrayNarrated by Pierce CravensThis episode of Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews has been brought to you by Audible. Visit www.AudiblePodcast.com/DansBookReviews for a free trial membership.Audible Free Trial DetailsGet an audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial. After the trial, your paid membership will begin at $14.95 per month. With your membership, you will receive one credit every month, good for any audiobook on Audible.Cancel anytime, effective the next monthly billing cycle. Cancel before your trial ends and you will not be charged. Check out the full terms and policies that apply to Audible membership.FOLLOW ME:Twitter | https://twitter.com/DanDanTheArtManInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/DanDanTheArtManGoogle + | https://plus.google.com/+DanAbsalonson/[...]



We're Back From the Hiking Trip!

2017-08-25T07:39:38.440-07:00


We're back from vacation! It was really fun. We hiked over 30 miles last week. My wife is an amazing planner and we saw some beautiful places. So many waterfalls! If you would like to see all of the waterfalls we did, just pop on over to my Instagram and see the beauty for yourself. I put one of my favorite pics below, but you should really check out my Instagram because it was hard to choose. There is so much natural beauty out there, like that opening picture of the lake I took last night. We had a fun last lake day with family and friends yesterday. The kids start school next week! Where has summer gone?!


As for my revising, that's going pretty well. I'm currently revising chapter 31 of 50 and I think when we left on our trip I was revising somewhere in the low twenties. Once I finish my revision pass this book is off to beta readers. I'll get their feedback, make some more changes and then pass the manuscript off to an editor or two, make one last editing pass from their notes and then publish the thing! It will be my first published full length novel. I'm really excited about it. I need to get it for sale by October so it will be ready to go around Halloween. It's called "Haunted House Flipper," so that would be the perfect time to release it! After that I'm hoping to release my fist ever chapter book called "The Case of the Missing Snowman" around Christmas. That's what I've been up to. Thanks for stopping by!



I'm Gone on Another Hiking Trip!

2017-08-11T12:01:05.018-07:00

I'll be gone for a week hiking with my family and our friends around the state of Oregon. I'm hoping in the quiet hours of the night as our kids sleep and we rest our weary feet I'll crank out revisions on several more chapters of my latest novel "Haunted House Flipper." I need to get moving on getting that first draft cleaned up for beta readers if I'm going to release it in October before Halloween! You can become a beta reader right now and read along as I post revised chapters at Wattpad. I'll be sure to thank you in the acknowledgements of the book when it's published in paperback and eBook! Feedback would be much appreciated. You can just leave it in the comments at Wattpad.As far as our hike, we've had to change our plans a bit thanks to a bunch of fires and heavy smoke in the area. We were super excited to hike Crater Lake, but the smoke in that area is really bad right now so my brilliant wife found another great hike for us to do. If you want to see some gorgeous photos from our hikes of nature, rivers, and waterfalls just follow me on instagram. Check out my kids perched on a rock right above a waterfall before it drops down!Last year my wife planned our first ever week long hiking trip and those days are some of our best family memories ever. I got some amazing photos and man did we have fun hiking to waterfalls and alongside rivers. This year will be cool because another family is coming with us. They've joined us on a lot of hikes this year and they're awesome traveling friends. So I'll see you in a week! Until then follow our journey on Instagram. I've posted a widget below to show some of the photos right here in this blog post: allowtransparency="true" class="snapwidget-widget" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" src="https://snapwidget.com/embed/423860" style="border: none; height: 390px; overflow: hidden; width: 488px;">[...]



Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 67
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

2017-08-04T11:41:24.519-07:00

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="30" mozallowfullscreen="true" src="https://archive.org/embed/DDTAMBookReviews67" webkitallowfullscreen="true" width="488">Download the .mp3In this 67th episode, I review Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Listen to hear why I loved reading this book to my kids. The writing was gorgeous, the story was well crafted, and the topic of death was covered in a beautiful way for all audiences. I can see why this book is a classic.Buy the Book on Amazon (Affiliate Link):Charlotte's WebLearn more about the late author:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._B._WhiteMusic Attribution:Music by Kevin MacLeod at http://www.incompetech.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Visit my website: www.DanDanTheArtMan.comSupport the show AND get a free audiobook!http://www.audibletrial.com/DansBookReviewsAudiobook Pick-of-the-Week:Charlotte's Web (Affiliate Link)Written by E.B. WhiteNarrated by E.B. WhiteThis episode of Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews has been brought to you by Audible. Visit www.AudiblePodcast.com/DansBookReviews for a free trial membership.Audible Free Trial DetailsGet an audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial. After the trial, your paid membership will begin at $14.95 per month. With your membership, you will receive one credit every month, good for any audiobook on Audible.Cancel anytime, effective the next monthly billing cycle. Cancel before your trial ends and you will not be charged. Check out the full terms and policies that apply to Audible membership.FOLLOW ME:Twitter | https://twitter.com/DanDanTheArtManInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/DanDanTheArtManGoogle + | https://plus.google.com/+DanAbsalonson/[...]



It's August! Time to Start Writing Every Day Again!

2017-08-02T07:38:47.404-07:00

I've been really struggling to get any momentum going with my writing lately. I have a novel called "Zombie Super Powers" I'm over halfway done writing. You can see the progress bar in the upper right hand corner. As I write this post I'm on chapter 15 of 24 so I'm 62.5% through the novel. I have all the rest of the chapters outlined and ready for me to fill up with prose, I just need to do it. I haven't been doing it because I've been trying to finish revising the novel I finished called "Haunted House Flipper." The first draft of that one is done but I'm not quite halfway through revising it. Once that's done I can: get it to beta readers, make updates from their feedback, get it edited, and then finally publish it! I'd like to publish it in October because it would be a great book to release around Halloween.


The way I finished that book was by writing every day and keeping track of each day I wrote on a calender with a red X. Once you have two days in a row it starts to look like a chain and you don't break the chain. Don't miss a day of writing. So now I'm trying to do that with my novel "Zombie Super Powers." It's the book I work shopped on The Roundtable Podcast years ago and it should have been finished and put up for sale years ago. I'm hoping to finish the first draft this year by writing every day.

Then there's the children's chapter book I finished last year that I still need to do all the illustrations for. That book is just waiting on the illustrations to be done and one last revision pass and it will be ready to publish! It's called "The Case of the Missing Snowman" and I'd like to have it up for sale by December 1st in time for Christmas. For that to happen I need to get my illustrations done! Maybe I should try to start drawing every day too. That could really help my productivity.

That's my update for now. If you're looking for something to read I just released a really exciting short story adventure called "Stiff-Legged Bear!" Check it out for just $0.99 at Amazon, or almost all other online eBook retailers like Smashwords. It would really help me out if you left a review for it. You can also read it for free at Wattpad. You can see the awesome cover for it in the last blog post by scrolling down. Thanks for stopping by! 



Stiff-Legged Bear | Cover Reveal

2017-07-21T07:56:49.903-07:00

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This is the cover for my new story "Stiff-Legged Bear." It's a story I wrote about a year ago for an anthology. The idea was to write a story about a mythological monster in modern times. I did a little research and found out about the elephant sized man eating bear in Native American mythology called the Stiff-legged Bear. The publisher couldn't get enough submissions so the anthology fell through, but now I'm able to make this awesome story available! I'm excited to finally bring it to readers. You can grab a Kindle copy at Amazon, or pick it up now at Smashwords in any eBook format of your choice. It's in the process of being published at Barnes & Noble, and pretty much all other eBook retailers too! Soon I'll replace this text with a link to the book for purchase there too!

You can also read it for free on Wattpad. It would be really cool if you starred and voted for it there and left a comment!

Here's a bit of the intro:

Most people think it's weird that I go camping in the woods my brother Cody died in, but it's the best way I have of remembering him. He went missing four years ago. We still don't know what happened to him. Sometimes it turns out the wildest stories are the true ones.
Every year around the weekend of his death I camp in those woods to be in the place he loved most. It's where I feel closest to him. His empty grave has never brought me any comfort or closure.
I had just finished my coffee and was going to take a leak when I saw it. The biggest footprint of any kind I had ever seen. It looked like it belonged to a bear, but I thought it was way too big for that. I called my buddy Nick right away. He hunts bears.
"Hello?" Nick said.
"Dude. I think Cody was right man. How big is a normal bear paw print?" I said.



Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 66
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

2017-07-14T14:40:57.551-07:00

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="30" mozallowfullscreen="true" src="https://archive.org/embed/DDTAMBookReviews66" webkitallowfullscreen="true" width="488">Download the .mp3In this 66th episode, I review The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. Listen to hear why I thought this book was really great for some reasons, and not that great for others. I loved the characters and the ending. I liked it enough that I will be reading the next one in the series, but the middle was just boring for me. Buy the Book on Amazon (Affiliate Link):The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)Check the author's website:https://www.jkrowling.com/Music Attribution:Music by Kevin MacLeod at http://www.incompetech.comLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Visit my website: www.DanDanTheArtMan.comSupport the show AND get a free audiobook!http://www.audibletrial.com/DansBookReviewsAudiobook Pick-of-the-Week:The Cuckoo's Calling (Affiliate Link)Written by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)Narrated Robert GlenisterThis episode of Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews has been brought to you by Audible. Visit www.AudiblePodcast.com/DansBookReviews for a free trial membership.Audible Free Trial DetailsGet an audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial. After the trial, your paid membership will begin at $14.95 per month. With your membership, you will receive one credit every month, good for any audiobook on Audible.Cancel anytime, effective the next monthly billing cycle. Cancel before your trial ends and you will not be charged. Check out the full terms and policies that apply to Audible membership.FOLLOW ME:Twitter | https://twitter.com/DanDanTheArtManInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/DanDanTheArtManGoogle + | https://plus.google.com/+DanAbsalonson/[...]



Hiking up to Colchuck Lake

2017-06-27T16:41:34.928-07:00

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I told you guys I'd let you know how it went hiking up to Colchuck Lake. Well, we made it, but it cost us. That's right, the picture you see above is one I took! As far as how I'm feeling after that hike that happened three days ago? Let's just say I'm still really sore!

It was easily the coolest hike we've ever done, but it was brutal! Usually when you do an out and back hike the way back is much easier. Most of it is downhill and it goes by so much faster than the climb up did. While we did get back down the mountain faster than we got up it, it felt a whole lot longer and more grueling. When you're walking back down from Colchuck Lake you're not just on some trail, you're climbing down creeks, over boulders, around tree roots, and pretty much making sure every single step is not one that will make you trip. I'm not kidding. Check out the photo I took of the "trail" below. It was really cool, but the terrain really took it out of us. We were all beyond done when we still had about two and a half miles to go. There were some tears and the kids weren't the only ones complaining that their feet hurt and they wished we were back to the car.

It's the first hike marked as HARD we've ever done. Before we've stuck to easy or moderate hikes. It was a little too much for us, but we did it and for that I'm really proud of us. Our kids are 6, 7, 8, & 9, so this was one hike were we didn't see many other children and when we did they were usually older. The kids have recovered a lot faster than my wife and I have though. It didn't help that my wife's knee has been bugging her and that I had a double header of two softball games on Sunday in 98 degree heat. That was the day after the hike and it just about killed me. I'm doing a bit better today, but I'd say I'm still maybe at about 60% back to feeling normal. I am exhausted. It sure was an adventure though! I love my family.

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