The Invasive on sale at Amazon 8/15

For those who have not picked up my second novel yet, The Invasive will be on sale the 15h to the 19th on Amazon.

The launch has been a success, with the novel staying within the top 100 of its genre categories for quite some time. And I’m happy for the reader feedback so far, especially all the people digging the “attack leaves” haha.

We’re pretty thrilled over here in Montana.

Best,

-Michael

P.S. This photo was taken on July 20th. Usually I’m doing the photography.

The 16 foot fishing boat reminded me of all my fishing trips with my grandfather. They are all good memories. Thank you for everything, grandpa.

Thankfully, there were no secapods in this Montana scene.

Me 400 mcdonald

The Mission Mountains

Okay, I admit it: I’ve become horribly spoiled since moving to Missoula from Chicago. This scene, which I filmed yesterday is a mere 40 minutes from my town home in the South Hills.

Missions - alternate

This is unprecedented for me. Sure, I’m used to camping for weeks at a time in the Rockies, but to actually live there, wake up one morning and decide to visit a place like this is simply not possible in Chicagoland.

The Mission Mountains are perhaps the most majestic range in the Rockies. While not the tallest mountains (McDonald Peak tops out at 9,820 feet), the valley-to-peak ratio is almost 7,000 feet…and no foothills. Few ranges in the lower 48 can compete with this.

Not only are the Missions stunning, but they boast a rich tapestry of megafauna like grizzly bears, wolverine, and lynx (although trappers are doing their best to hammer the wolverine and lynx populations).

I did not want to leave this scene. At all. However, I was comforted by the fact that yeah, I now live here. I guess, deep inside, this has always been my home. But now my body rises and sleeps beneath the peaks.

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Stay tuned for a writing update. It’s a big one.

Lunar eclipse or “Blood Moon”

blood Moon and stars

The universe is a pretty amazing place, isn’t it? Every once in awhile, the sky clears above Chicagoland, sweeping away the smog and pesticide haze. Usually it’s the cold weather that does it. This photo would not have been possible if the temperature didn’t plummet that evening. The best part about solar events is that for one evening, everyone forgets about their daily paths and stares up in wonder collectively at all that is, and all that will ever be. There’s something sweet and humbling about that.

Click on the image for a much bigger version.

Animals Fleeing Yellowstone National Park? No.

Don’t fall for it. What you’re clicking on is known as “link bait”. It’s a clever (or not so clever depending on how you look at it) way to trick you into visiting web sites by clicking links. Even professional news organizations are starting to implement these schemes.

Animals are not leaving Yellowstone. In fact, in the viral footage, the bison are actually entering the park. Besides, they use the roads every day. This is nothing new.

Yes, if the Yellowstone super volcano explores, we’re all screwed. The effects would be nothing like we’ve ever seen before. It’s a very real and serious concern. However, don’t be taken in by sensationalistic elements.

You might be surprised to learn that a certain animal is heading to Yellowstone National Park: the osprey. Fresh from their wintering grounds in South America, the ospreys should begin making their way at any moment back to the shores and lakes of the north country. They have great taste in where they build nests and breed.

osprey flight

Welcome back, weary travelers.