Closer to the Ground: Second Edition


Here’s a sneak peak at the new cover of the Closer to the Ground paperback version. The second edition will available in September, and features photos and recipes. I think it’s going to be pretty sweet. Hope you like it.

More Production Fun


The film crew wanted to shoot some oyster-picking footage, but the only time everyone’s schedules coincided, we had issues: Marginal tide, blazing sun (which I’ve been told is the absolute worst for shooting), etc.

But sometimes you just get lucky. The tide turned out to be low enough to expose the shellfish beds, and miraculously, as the entire state basked under glaring sun, there was a small pocket of gorgeous fog hanging over the exact spot where we were shooting. We hit the beach with four cameras, all kinds of microphones, and a pile of equipment I couldn’t even begin to identify. The kids and I learned a ton about filmmaking (it does bear some resemblance to sausage making…the finished product is–hopefully–a lot prettier than the process), and bagged three limits of oysters to boot.

We shot some cooking scenes at home and ended up with enough crispy, fresh oysters to feed the whole crew. The process was exhausting for me, but the kids held up great, and we all enjoyed the process. When Vignette is done working their magic, I think the resulting “sausage” will be awesome.

Hillbilly Hollywood


Spent the afternoon with the crew from Vignette Creative right here in the backyard, and they turned the woodshed into what looked like a Cecil B. DeMille production. I thought it was going to be a simple little interview, but these guys are serious: Lighting, sound, four cameras, full team…quite a production. It was a bit daunting, but hopefully they got what they needed.

Can’t say yet what they’re working on, but it’s related to Closer to the Ground, and I think it’s going to be pretty cool. Will let you know as soon as possible.

If it’s true what they say about a camera adding 15 pounds, I’m going to look 60 pounds heavier!

Closer To The Ground Music?

One of the really fun parts of Closer to the Ground being selected for Timberland Regional Library’s community reads program was the music. TRL commissioned the Bushwick Book Club to write some original music “inspired by” the book. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first–it’s kind of a weird thought to have something you’ve written turned into music–but then, at the first event in Tumwater, Geoff, Moe, Wes and Aimee took the stage and played their songs. Great musicians, fun songs, and lots of toe-tapping going on. If you haven’t already, click on the songs in the player above to hear what they came up with.

My favorite part of their performance was when the musicians talked through the process of writing the songs. Each band member read a short piece of the book, then actually demonstrated how they came up with the music by playing their instruments. When the second song came up, the band even got the normally reserved book audience to sing along.

Too much fun! The music brought more life to a book event than I ever imagined possible, and I found myself tapping my toes and singing along, too. Thanks, Bushwick Book Club. I hope we can work together in the future.


Eagle Harbor Saturday

Just a quick note that the kids and I will be working as honorary booksellers at Eagle Harbor Books this Saturday, November 29th. Our shift is from noon to 1:00pm. This is part of the Indies First promotion to encourage support of local, independent bookstores. (What, exactly, my presence there will do to encourage support remains to be seen.) But it’s a fun event, and fortunately, there will be lots of other writers–David Guterson, Jonathan Evison, Lance Weller among them–throughout the day as well.

I will be there pushing Closer to the Ground…er, I mean…suggesting good books from other authors for holiday gift giving, and will be happy to sign or inscribe books as well. Even the ones I didn’t write. Did I mention what a great gift Closer to the Ground makes? Skyla and Weston will be on hand to consult with parents or grandparents about books their kids or grandkids would enjoy.

Come on by, shop for gifts, buy something for yourself, or just say hi.