About

Thanks for finding this site. It is not much, just a collection of my longer writings in one place.

I suppose I should give you a brief bio or summary of my life or something to this extent. So here it is:

I live in California’s Sierra Nevada where I have the great pleasure of working as a wilderness park ranger during the summer months for Yosemite National Park. Maybe I issued a hiking permit to you. Or maybe I taught you and a group of others how to poop in the mountains and then made you sing a song. When I’m not working in Yosemite, I try to spend the rest of the year swimming in the snow.

My writing. I’ve written about lots of things. As with many writers, the subjects change as I age. I like to think that my writing has improved as have aged as well. Or maybe my writing just gets to the point faster than it used to.

Here is a chronology of my books and a bit of history:

Hero of the Steppe: 2010
I was into politics and intrigue at the time. I loved reading spy stories by the likes of Graham Greene and John le Carré. So I wrote a spy novel. My opinion, it is a better policy paper than novel. I had just finished a degree in political science, so maybe that is why. If you want to learn a whole lot about Kazakhstan and the politics of that region, I think it is a pretty good primer, even though it is partially fiction. It took about 5 months to write the first draft.

The Hand that Moves the Wind: 2011
At this point I had abandoned the pursuit of a career in policy. So I wrote an existential thriller. I wrote one chapter per day. I like this book. It is weird, but we all are, so nothing new there. Some chapters shine more than others. You can read the whole thing in one sitting, maybe about 3 hours for the average reader. It’s one of those books that you really do have to read the whole thing. Seriously. Writing this book inspired me to go on my own multi-day fasting adventures in the mountains.

Princess Geraldina: 2012
I wrote this short story over the course of several nights. It was a Christmas gift for my younger sister who likes fairy tales and fantasy stories. She really liked it. So if you like that stuff too you will probably really like it.

Missouri Rock Climbing Guides: 2012-2013
Rock climbing guides for southeast Missouri. That’s it.

East Face: 2014
While living in Bishop, CA one winter, I soloed a cool route up a big mountain that you can see from the town of Bishop. I worked at the hospital and everyday I would look up at these awesome mountains. So on my weekends I went into these mountains and climbed them. Then I got to look at them from work and think, “Yeah, I climbed that.” The route I climbed up the East Face was intimidating and the first of its kind for me, a serious route on a cool mountain, like your first romance. It inspired me and set my soul on a flight that still hasn’t ended. It is short and you can read it in one sitting, probably about three hours for the average reader.

River of Hope: 2017
This is a work in progress, but should be finished in the coming months. It is about my 1,000 mile paddling trip down the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in the winter.