Anne's Journal

From the tiny Texas town of Wrightsboro comes a pint-sized legend— The Bear Wrangler of Big Bend.

Why Go?

Why Go Why endure frigid nights sleeping outdoors on the ground? Why take on the burden of a heavy pack, and a long, long walk? Not just for the fresh air, or the views, or the exercise, or for the…

About to embark on this hike!

Reading through my Big Bend journal… After the last hike, I made this list: – Slept in the cold. -Walked a long way. -Saw a bear, a snake, tarantulas, and deer up close. -Wandered Through a butterfly garden. -Injured an…

Some wonderful old letters my grandmother kept in her jewelry box since God knows when. Gracious sentiments from a day when folks put real effort into their letters, and recipients saved them as keepsakes. Life was uncertain. Any letter you…

“How’s the book coming?” “When will it be done?” To answer a question with a question, have you ever written a long paper? A thesis, perhaps, or a term paper or legal brief? One that really mattered to you? Maybe…

John’s Story Travels

Everywhere I go, I bring my writing. Everywhere. The few times I’ve allowed myself to become separated from it, it’s led to a brooding creative doldrums, from which no progress can be made….a day without sunshine. The absolute worst, (and…

Recently I met up with Kathleen Kent, author of four books, including The Dime, which is about to become a TV series. At Interabang Books, to listen to Joe Lansdale, author of Jack Rabbit Smile, tell the lowdown about making…

On Writing the Truth

I go after buried truths like a paleontologist digs for bones. A few ribs here, maybe a spine. A tooth or a claw there. Not much to go on, perhaps. But with patience, out of that rubble you can build…