Well, in the category of "Now what?" I've begun looking into self-publishing. Anyone reading this (IS there anyone reading this?) who has tried to get a book published will have experienced the endless rejections from agents and publishers–for years, sometimes. I don't think I have the stamina to put up with years of rejection, particularly if there's another way to go.
So yesterday I attended a meeting of the New Mexico Book Association, and discovered that there are a LOT of people doing the same thing. I met a nice woman who has agreed to edit my manuscript. That seems to be stage one. Then I'll have to have help with layout, then find a printer, either do the publishing myself (as in ISBN numbers, bar codes, blah-de-dah), or find someone else for that, and then–here's the BIG one–figure out how to market and distribute it myself.
Anyway, I feel a bit more hopeful about getting the book into solid form eventually, but it will involve a lot of time, effort, and alas, money–of which I do not have an excessive amount. Well, well, life is hard.
Seems clear to me - if we don't learn to love our home, we're going to lose it—or at least access to it, as IT will most likely survive us, if not entirely intact. So the primary goal of this website is to engender curiosity about something in nature—anything, whether it's an amoeba or the oceans. Whatever does it for you —get active, if you can, or get interested and support, if you're like me and are not able or inclined to tromp around in the woods.
I am an artist and writer, living off grid, in a strawbale house on the high mesa near Taos, New Mexico. I have four cats, and live amongst a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to: coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits (and myriad other rodents), ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantula.
The cats stay in, everything else stays out.