Total Eclipse Book Success

I’m excited to have sold over 12,000 copies of my Total Eclipse Guide series for the August 21, 2017, total eclipse!   I never thought a book series I wrote would sell this many copies. It started off as a small book for the Jackson area and it grew into a big series of thirteen … Continue reading “Total Eclipse Book Success”

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I’m excited to have sold over 12,000 copies of my Total Eclipse Guide series for the August 21, 2017, total eclipse!
 
I never thought a book series I wrote would sell this many copies. It started off as a small book for the Jackson area and it grew into a big series of thirteen titles.
 
The various state books I wrote are now in all states that are will enjoy the total eclipse.
 
For example, they are in the Idaho Falls Zoo, Oregon Capital Gift Store in Salem Oregon, the Wyoming Territorial Prison, Wort Hotel in Jackson Wyoming, Prairie Books in Hastings Nebraska, the Bookworm in Carbondale Illinois, the Boonville Visitor Center in Missouri, Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville Kentucky, Union Avenue Books in Knoxville Tennessee, Sunrise Books in High Point North Carolina, Barnes and Noble in Charleston, South Carolina, and countless other locations and bookstores.
 
Thank you to everyone who has made this book series a success—I couldn’t have done it without you.
 

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Speaking in Driggs, ID

Eclipse Photography Talk I will be speaking in Driggs, Idaho, on August 9, 2017, at 7pm about the total eclipse in eastern Idaho. This eclipse will streak all the way across America. My inspiring talk will focus on photography, viewing, and safety. This won’t be a boring science and photography talk. Instead, I will entertain, … Continue reading “Speaking in Driggs, ID”

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Eclipse Photography Talk

I will be speaking in Driggs, Idaho, on August 9, 2017, at 7pm about the total eclipse in eastern Idaho. This eclipse will streak all the way across America. My inspiring talk will focus on photography, viewing, and safety.

This won’t be a boring science and photography talk. Instead, I will entertain, educate, and inspire the audience.

Toilet Paper

Why does toilet paper matter to someone watching the total eclipse on August 21, 2017? Attend the talk and you’ll find out. It’s more important than you think.

I’ll add fun, laughs, and guidance to what the totality will be like. Plus, I’ll provide plenty of pointers on photography and viewing.

In the News

Read more about my talk in this Teton Valley News article.

Total Solar Eclipse Guide author to speak at Senior Center

 

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Total Eclipse Guide Trailer

Watch the Total Eclipse Guide Trailer

Where will you be on August 21, 2017? I hope you will watch the total eclipse with the rest of the country. It promises to be the most amazing event of the year.
Purchase your guides here:
http://www.sastrugipress…

Watch the Total Eclipse Guide Trailer

Where will you be on August 21, 2017? I hope you will watch the total eclipse with the rest of the country. It promises to be the most amazing event of the year.

Purchase your guides here:

http://www.sastrugipress.com/eclipse

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Wyoming Total Eclipse Guide

wyoming total eclipse guideSastrugi Press is super excited for our new book to come out this month: Wyoming Total Eclipse Guide, the Commemorative Official Keepsake Guidebook. It’s loaded with eclipse photography specifics, safety info, and locations to shoot from.
If you want to photograph the eclipse over Wyoming, this book has specific locations to shoot from. It has specific locations to be in on August 21, 2017.

This book is a keepsake. Get a copy for each of your family members.

Each can write down their emotions and remember this unique and once-in-a-lifetime event in Wyoming. The back of the book has prompts for notes. Write down your personal experience with the total solar eclipse, the first in the US since 1979.


Get your Wyoming Total Eclipse Guide Today


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Keepsake Notes Section

Here are the note sections you can write down in your Wyoming Total Eclipse Guide:
  • Who was I with?
  • What did I see?
  • What did I feel?
  • What did the people with me think?
  • Where did I stay?
Years later you can read about your family memories with this book. For some, this may be the one and only total eclipse they will ever see.

Eclipse Photography

Photographing an eclipse is actually pretty dangerous. The author partly fried the inside of his D300s during the 2012 partial eclipse. Oops! His Nikon still works but it was a good lesson. It was like photographing a military laser beam.
The book also explains how to photograph the total eclipse. The difference between shooting a partial and a total eclipse is massive. Your exposure goes from, well, the sun, all the way to starlight in a few seconds. Can you shoot 11 bracketed shots in 2 minutes under pressure? That’s what it takes to capture that corona and the stars.

Wyoming Total Eclipse Guide Photography Locations

sun over grand tetonWhere are some good locations to photograph the eclipse from? The book has loads of locations, how to get there, and where to stand to take the shot you want.
Some locations are well known, others are secret and quite unexpected. There is only one place in the entire region that you can get the total eclipse anywhere close to the Grand Teton. And it’s not where you might think.

Photography Filters for a Total Eclipse

eclipse imageWhat density filter will you use for the partial eclipse? You’re looking at the sun. Not just any filter will do the job.
If you think you’ll use your iPhone or Android to photograph the eclipse, you’ll end up with a sun image that’s 40 pixels wide. The book has a simulation of different focal lengths for full-frame and crop sensors.

Where will the sun be?

The book explains exactly where the sun will be. Whether you’re in Jackson, Casper, Douglas, Riverton, or Grand Teton National Park, you need to know where to view the eclipse from. For this particular total eclipse, basic viewing is easy! But getting a good photograph is a big challenge. The Wyoming Total Eclipse Guide gives you that information and more.

Get the Wyoming Total Eclipse Guide

Purchase your signed Wyoming Total Eclipse Guide here. Add some eclipse glasses to the package. Be ready for the biggest event to come to Jackson and Grand Teton ever!

Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide

I’m super excited for my new book to come out this month: Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide, the Commemorative Official Guidebook. It’s loaded with eclipse photography specifics, safety info, and locations to shoot from. If you want to photograph the eclipse over the Grand Teton, this book has specific locations to shoot from. It has specific … Continue reading “Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide”

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Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide
I’m super excited for my new book to come out this month: Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide, the Commemorative Official Guidebook. It’s loaded with eclipse photography specifics, safety info, and locations to shoot from.
If you want to photograph the eclipse over the Grand Teton, this book has specific locations to shoot from. It has specific locations to be in on August 21, 2017.

This book is a keepsake. Get a copy for each of your family members.

Each can write down their emotions and remember this unique and once-in-a-lifetime event in Grand Teton. The back of the book has prompts for notes. Write down your personal experience with the total solar eclipse, the first in the US since 1979.

Keepsake Notes Section

Here are the note sections you can write down in your Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide:
  • Who was I with?
  • What did I see?
  • What did I feel?
  • What did the people with me think?
  • Where did I stay?
Years later you can read about your family memories with this book. For some, this may be the one and only total eclipse they will ever see.

Eclipse Photography

Photographing an eclipse is actually pretty dangerous. I partly fried the inside of my D300s during the 2012 partial eclipse. Oops! My Nikon still works but it was a good lesson. It was like looking into a laser beam.
It also explains how to photograph the total eclipse. The difference between shooting a partial and a total eclipse is massive. Your exposure goes from, well, the sun, all the way to starlight in a few seconds. Can you shoot 11 bracketed shots in 2 minutes under pressure? That’s what it takes to capture that corona and the stars.

Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide Photography Locations

sun over grand tetonWhere are some good locations to photograph the eclipse from? The book has loads of locations, how to get there, and where to stand to take the shot you want.
Some locations are well known, others are secret and quite unexpected. There is only one place in the entire region that you can get the total eclipse anywhere close to the Grand Teton. And it’s not where you might think.

Photography Filters for a Total Eclipse

eclipse imageWhat density filter will you use for the partial eclipse? You’re looking at the sun. Not just any filter will do the job.
If you think you’ll use your iPhone or Android to photograph the eclipse, you’ll end up with a sun image that’s 40 pixels wide. The book has a simulation of different focal lengths for full-frame and crop sensors.

Where will the sun be?

The book explains exactly where the sun will be. Whether you’re in Teton Valley, Grand Teton National Park, or Jackson Hole, you need to know where to view the eclipse from. For this particular total eclipse, basic viewing is easy! But getting a good photograph is a big challenge. The Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide gives you that information and more.

Get the Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide

Purchase your signed Jackson Hole Total Eclipse Guide here. Add some eclipse glasses to the package. Be ready for the biggest event to come to Jackson and Grand Teton ever!

Select Buying Options



Other Resources

LiveOnceLiveWild.com is a handy resource for those looking for information on Yellowstone.

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Book proof being printed

Woo hoo! The publisher said the proof copy is being printed now and will be shipped to be me for review. Once I sign off on it, Sastrugi Press will run a batch of books and begin shipping them out to those who put in pre-orders.

For those of you who missed the pre-order price, the publisher will have specials from time to time to watch out for.

It’s almost here!

Guts of Antarctic Tears rough draft complete

Finally!  After months of working on my book manuscript of Antarctic Tears in Scrivener, I have

Rough draft manuscript
Rough draft manuscript

completed the first rough draft.  There’s the surrounding material still to fill in (foreword, epilogue, appendices, et. al) but the main guts of the book are there, in the computer.

Woo hoo!  There are still endless hours to put in but I’ve at least quarried the marble so that I might make my angel.  At least that’s what my editor tells me.  Without that full rough draft, you are just never going to be able to even begin chiseling out a piece of art.

However, I am no Michelangelo.  I did not give up on my expedition even after so many things went wrong and I will not give up on this.

10,000 words per day?

Right now I’m targeting 2,500 words per day in the final push to have the first

Keep the words coming
Keep the words coming, no matter which way they look!

draft of the manuscript done prior to the end of the month.  I thought that was pretty good, as it translates to about 8 manuscript pages a day.  However, I did some comparative research and found I’m way under the mark against R.F. Delderfield who wrote an amazing 33 manuscript pages per day.  A whopping 10,000 words per day.

I need to pick up the pace!

It was a dark…

Snoopy always started his novels with:

Writing during a dark and stormy night
Writing during a dark and stormy night

“It was a dark and stormy night.”

But that’s about as far as he ever got with his venerable typewriter.  Fortunately for me, I’ve gotten much farther along in working on my book, “Antarctic Tears”.  There is still a heck of a lot of work to be done on it.  The primary concern right now is getting the first draft done.

As my editor told me, “Until you have the block of marble, it is not possible to begin chipping out the angel inside of it.”  It was a nice reference to Michelangelo.  The thing about writing is the first draft of the manuscript is just the block pulled from the quarry.  Not one single chip has been removed from that block.  It is a long way from the final sculpture.

Somewhere in my mind I thought more highly of the first draft.  Yet on other author’s blogs, they say the most important thing is getting to that first draft of the complete manuscript.  No matter how badly it stinks.

As my deadline approaches, it will become a balancing act of keeping up with the book writing and improving my fitness for the two Mexican volcano climbs in November.  There is always something competing for time and now I have two items which both cannot be ignored.

Handy tools in Scrivener

When Scrivener is loaded into the background on the Mac and I want to access the scratchpad without going over to the program, click

  • Control + Shift + Enter

This brings up scratchpad over whatever window is currently in focus.  It’s handy if you need to write something down quickly.

To zoom in or out of text, use

  • Control + > or Control + <