I just called one of my colleagues “Oprah” by accident. (Seriously. In an email, no less, as in “hi, Oprah.” And the thing is, it was a guy, and his name doesn’t look or sound anything like Oprah.) http://cactuseaters.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Sonoran Desert trailhead dedicated to Gabe Zimmerman’s memory

This just in: the Board of Supervisors in Pima County, Ariz., have voted unanimously to rename an Arizona desert trailhead after Gabe Zimmerman, the hard-working, socially conscious UCSC grad who died in the Jan. 8 shootings at a “Congress On Your Corner” event in Tucson, Arizona. The trail travels from the Cienega Creek Natural Preserve to the Arizona Trail. The supervisors also voted to rename the CaƱada del Oro linear river park for Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who also died in the attack. Markers along the Zimmerman trailhead will also honor other victims of the attack. Read more here. [Photo courtesy of Ross Zimmerman.] http://cactuseaters.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Thank you for a memorable event held at dog park/play area

Thanks to everyone who showed up for Saturday’s grand event. I couldn’t have hoped for more. Sorry I lied about serving chocolate cupcakes. Technically, it wasn’t a deliberate untruth; I just changed my mind at the last minute. (See previous blog entry about cupcake imbroglio.) Anyhow, we lucked out on the weather, the bench and everything else. Hope to see you all again soon. http://cactuseaters.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Literary Orange is almost upon us

One month and counting. I’ve booked my travel plans, made lodging arrangements and ordered the chicken. Everything is set in place. There is still time for you to register for Literary Orange… but you’d better do it quickly. The spots are starting to fill up. T. Jefferson Parker will speak there. So will Ron Hansen, me, and many other folks. The conference will, unfortunately, not take place in a building shaped like a giant orange. (see photo.) http://cactuseaters.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

I think I’ve figured it out

Problem solved. The robot shall rise again soon. I think I typed the wrong stuff into the “TEMPLATE” function on my blog. Somehow, stuff got scrambled. It is almost unscrambled now. Stay tuned for a Q and A with an award-winning fictioneer, a Literary Orange update … and more. http://cactuseaters.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default