I discovered the Harry Dresden books in about 2004. I was wandering the stacks of my local public library, feeling a little disaffected. A lifelong sci-fi and fantasy fan, over the previous decade I had largely fled the genre, diving into mysteries, police procedurals, and action thrillers. You might say I traded Harlan Ellison for Harlan Coben. But I still checked out the Sci-Fi section, in the hopes that something new and interesting might strike my fancy. On this particular day, I noticed four books in what was obviously a series, called the Dresden Files. Always a sucker for anything I could enjoy longer than the week it takes to finish most single novels, I read the back cover. Hmm, I remember thinking, The only wizard listed in the Chicago phone book… Promising. Laurel K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison had come up during my self-imposed exile from Fantasy, so this was my first exposure to what I would later learn was called Urban Fantasy. Grafting the supernatural world onto the private eye motif sounded like fun, so I grabbed all four books and was off to the races. I still go back and re-read the series from the start every […]
A Visit in 27th Century Cape Town by Hans M. Hirschi Nobody’s seen Willem of the Tafel since he left town a few years ago, setting sails toward the great unknown. I just arrived on a ship last night and now I’m walking through this amazing town. This is my first visit to Cape Town. I’ve heard a lot about this city, from friends and people I have met through work. I’m a bit of a time traveler, you see, my origins are in what is considered the 20th century in the old way to count. To be here now, in Cape Town of approximately 450 A.W. (after the Great War) I hear Abeni was recently re-elected as the council leader, marking her second term. And the South Africans are looking at introducing a new constitution. I just hope they get it right this time. What good does paper do, it is quite patient, if you don’t follow the rules you put down on it? I walk around in the new part of Cape Town, down by the old harbor and marvel at what the people of the Tafel have accomplished in such a short time. It’s all relative, […]
Anyone else sensing a theme? I’m only a few weeks away from our 2015 Summer Trip and I love reflecting the places Jay and I have travelled to on our yearly vacations. Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is one of our favorite locations. We’ve actually been there twice! I get to spend the week horseback riding and Jay gets to spend the week climbing rocks. Plus there is plenty of time to read! During one of our trips I finished 5 books and that was before I had an eReader. I definitely hope to go back to Horseshoe Canyon again. It’s a relaxing, welcoming getaway.
Scenic Sundays was inspired by the last couple of minutes on CBS Sunday Morning and was created in part to help encourage me to share more of my photography.