Flotsam – My entry in the 10 Minute Play Contest

Olympus Mons

“We all knew we were going to die on Mars. But not like this, and not this soon.”

Flotsam is the name of the 10 minute play I’m submitting to the Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase. I’ve posted a draft here: Flotsam – Draft for 10 Minute Play Contest Please feel free to comment on the web page or the Conqueror Bristleworm Press Facebook page. Submission deadline is July 1, 2016, but I’m shooting for Tuesday, June 28 for a decent margin of error.

Links to Little Colorado River Stream Gages

One of the great things about Grand Falls, our amazing water fall in Northern Arizona, is that you can predict what the falls are going to look like ahead of a visit. The US Geological Survey has stream gages at Winslow, upstream from the falls, and downstream at Cameron that can be accessed on line. The Cameron gage is especially useful. The falls can be quite photogenic with as little as 15 cubic feet per second (cfs) flowing through the Cameron gage.

Cameron Stream Gage

Winslow Stream Gage

The Chevelon Fork Gage can be used as an indicator of how much water is being released from the reservoirs in the White Mountains (the gage downstream from Lyman Lake wasn’t updating the last time I checked). If you see the discharge increasing with this gage we can expect the falls discharge to grow a day or so in the future.

Chevelon Fork Gage


Cormorants return to Humphrey Lake, Flagstaff, Arizona May 23, 2015

Double-Crested Cormorants return 5-23-2015

Humphrey Lake is a nearby reservoir where I take my dog for a walk at least 5 days a week. This gives me the chance to make long term observations about the wildlife.

Last summer we had a colony of Double-Crested Cormorants living on the small rock island in the lake. They left in the fall, and this spring I’ve been keeping track of their return date. Two of them flew over the lake on May 22, 2015, and on the 23rd four of them took up residency on their rock (see photo). This morning (5-25-150 I spotted a fifth cormorant circling the lake before landing on the water. Really handy having these guys so close. Good comparative specimens for the video about the flightless cormorants of the Galapagos I’m working on.

Nereis, Nereis now out in paperback!

I contracted out the cover design. Very pleased with the results!

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You can order a paperback copy of Nereis, Nereis directly from CreateSpace for a 25% discount using the code Y2YU3NHS at:

Nereis, Nereis from CreateSpace

The paperback is also available on Amazon along with the e-book. Note that the discount code doesn’t work on the main Amazon site, only on the CreateSpace subsidiary (not helpful from my perspective — please send complaints to Jeff Bezos!)

Nereis, Nereis on Amazon