Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls, Idaho. One of the prettiest falls there is. Rainbow included at no extra charge.

We arrived in Twin Falls, Idaho, on a beautiful Saturday morning and immediately went down to take a look at Shoshone Falls. A lot of folks were heading down there and–surprise, surprise–they needed $3 per car for entrance. Good thing we had a little cash handy.

The falls were everything promised and it was wife Connie’s first time there. Then we went to the Barnes & Noble in town and started to set up. Deby Johnson, the person who coordinated this even, had twelve copies each of Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers. At noon I started to get nervous, wondering if we would even put a dent in the bookstore’s inventory of my books. Connie got me a venti non-fat mocha and we settled in to watch people come and go.

Signing Table at Barnes & Noble

Connie adding class to the display at Twin Falls, Idaho, Barnes & Noble.

I talked to a few folks, said “Hi” to people who looked our way, but things were quiet at first. Some people came by and mentioned an article in the local newspaper and looked over the books.

Then things started to pick up. My dad arrived with a friend and a nephew. My brother showed up. Folks I hadn’t seen since I was very young walked in. Activity around our table increased. Folks requested signing, shared memories, talked, hugged, shook hands–and then it was 4 pm.

Two copies of Nasty Leftovers were still on the table. Sudden Mission was sold out. Deby asked me to sign the last two copies of Nasty Leftovers and she would put an “autographed” sticker on them. Then we packed up our display. The Twin Falls Barnes & Noble, and Deby Johnson, were gracious hosts and we had a lot of fun there.

Connie and I checked into the hotel down the street, then went down to a conference room where Dad set up a reception. The room was packed and I set up the tabletop displays again, signed and sold a number of copies of each book. We ate, then I talked about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the journey to publication, answered questions, and read a little of Sudden Mission.

It’s all kind of a blur, now. Connie and I stumbled into our room exhausted about 8 or 9 pm (my watch said 9, but we were in Mountain Time).

I’m blessed and humbled at the turnout, the great people, friends, and family who came to support me. Thanks to Deby and the Twin Falls B&N, and Dad for setting this up.

There will be more.

Keep writing.





I will be in Twin Falls, Idaho, Saturday. This was originally set up to be a reading/signing at a Barnes & Noble. My extended family has a lot of history in Southern Idaho and I came to Twin Falls after active duty in the navy in the mid-1970’s. I worked across the river at The North Side News* in Jerome, Idaho, attended college at College of Southern Idaho, and at the time the family had a ranch on Rock Creek in the South Hills.

Shoshone Falls, one of the falls in the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho.

Shoshone Falls, one of the falls in the Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho. Shoshone Falls and park is my favorite of the two.

As a journalist, I covered the events leading up to and including the Snake River Jump of Evel Kneivel–that didn’t really happen. I also served in the Idaho Army National Guard there. And, it turns out, a future son-in-law played basketball for the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles** in the early 1990’s before transferring to Washington State University.

Saturday will turn into a family reunion, complete with cousins, siblings and friends from Boise, Pocatello, and all across Southern Idaho. After the book event (noon to 4 pm) at Barnes & Noble, there will be a reception at the Best Western Plus just down the road. I haven’t seen some of the cousins in many years, though we’ve maintained contact via Facebook and other media.

I’m looking forward to this. In some ways, it is a little scary. I know there will be people there I know or knew, but it has been many years and the miles have changed us all. Names like Hunt, Craney, Littlefield, Crockett, Church, and others may come up and will bring memories both good and sad.

If you are in the area this weekend, please come to the bookstore or the reception. I would love to meet you.

Keep writing.

*The North Side News ceased publication and merged with the Twin Falls Times-News in Twin Falls in 2008, after 100 years. The Jerome County Historical Society maintains the archives.

**The records online only go back to 1998, so I can’t highlight anything here.





We all make plans. Fortunately, most of them come out just fine.

I planned a trip to Twin Falls, ID (see Events) for mid-April. Easter Sunday, my wife broke a bone in her foot in a fall. Today, we visited a specialist and he determined that she will be fine if she keeps the foot protected and uses a special shoe.


So, it turns out we can make the trip together and I won’t have to make this run alone. Barring any other accidents, we will be in Twin Falls on April 16. It turns out Dad has the family and friends across Southern Idaho coming and is planning a reception after the book event at the Barnes & Noble there.

In other news, I am still attending and participating in MisCon 30 (see Events). I got information the other day that a vendor will be consigning my books at his booth. So there will be a limited number of copies of Sudden Mission and Nasty Leftovers available for signing. According to my contact, there will be four hour-long signing sessions. I don’t know when mine will be, yet.

If you already bought, or plan to buy, print copies of either book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble–and are attending MisCon in Missoula–feel free to bring it/them and I’ll sign it/them.

The weather is warming up and I’ve been out on frequent rides in the local area. It looks like it will be a beautiful spring and summer around here. Enjoy!

Keep writing.