Great Starting Points
What a Picture is Worth is a regular feature where I dig out an old photo from a past adventure and write a short post on the context.
Bardo’s Poetry Book is a collection of random poems. I am not a poet, but a friend has inspired me to read more of it and think more critically about its place in the constellation of my creative pursuits.
A rotating slate of weekly topics keeps me from falling into a rut and avoid day after day of repetition. These are simple prompts to inspire my writing, rather than strict guidelines. That's to say, these rules are not rules, just nudges.
I’m a distance runner, but a lot of my training takes me into the wooded trails near my house. I don’t (always) think of running as purely exercise and fitness, but rather as a way to explore off the roads and asphalt surrounding my suburban home. I don’t intend to write about training, but instead about some of the things I think about or discover while on the trails.
After the weekend is over, Mondays are for waxing about self or purpose. These could be some personal backstory, words of insight about why and how I do what I do, or just an update about this blog itself.
Aspirational, historical, or on the fly, I’m inspired to write and sketch my adventures nearby and far flung. Whenever I’m not sleeping at home, I’m travelling, and words are possible.
Over the summer of 2020 I got it into my head to write some short stories about a fictional version of my aspirational self. Parse that out. I’m leaving Wednesdays open as an excuse to do more of this, but even more broadly. Prose, short fiction, serialized stories, and maybe even some dabbling poetry may appear on Wednesdays.
I wanted an excuse to muse about gear, books, recipes, and other kit that I own or would like to add to my collection. I’m neither sponsored nor provided any of these things. I just find them interesting or useful, and worth writing about. These are not reviews so much as my wandering thoughts about stuff.
- Guinness Sourdough (Part Two)
Guinness stout has a very distinctive flavour. You either like it or you don’t. I do. My wife could go the rest of her days wit...
- Iceland: Rotten Like a Shark
It's Travel Tuesday and digging through my collection of interesting travel pictures I'm reminded of a half-dozen years ago whe...
- Honey Brown Sourdough (Part Two)
Yesterday morning I started preparing an experimental loaf of sourdough where I replaced all but a little of the water in the r...
- Gear: Collapsible Cookware by Sea to Summit
This week in my Thursday Tuck & Tech post (where I’m making an inventory of the gear I use or would like to add to my colle...
- Overnight on Public Lands
The province where I live currently has over eleven thousand square kilometres of public lands that are available for a variety...
- Backpacking: Foggy Mountain Bridges
In the summer of 2017 we travelled in a group of four adults and two tweens just across the Alberta-British Columbia border to...
- Ten Deliciously Bready Ideas for Using Your Cast Iron
I love sandwiches, wraps, and more. Putting almost anything between, atop, or inside bread ...and toasting it up on a cast iron...
- Guinness Sourdough (Part One)
Six months before the pandemic lockdown began, we took one of our last major family vacations. The details of that trip are bes...
Some Other Points I’d Like to Make…
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