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Nature, Books, and Rock & Roll

Updated: 4 days ago



Summer is "unofficially" here and in terms of writing, it is my most unproductive time of the year. As those that read these blogs and my posts on social media are aware, summer is my favorite season and I enjoying swimming, kayaking, hiking, and attending concerts. Writing tends to fall to the bottom of my list of priorities.


Working on the house and lawn maintenance has taken up a good portion of my time during the past month, but I did manage to get in one kayak trip on the Shenandoah River and a nice hike to Annapolis Rock in Maryland recently. They certainly won't be the last such trips this summer.


I took a couple trips down Memory Lane with a pair of concerts featuring bands from my not-so-recent youth; Jackyl and Firehouse. Both put on great shows. In the coming weeks, I have Black Stone Cherry, Small Town Titans, Colt Ford, and Jamey Johnson on my concert schedule. Hoping to add a few more to the schedule.


Tennessee baseball is having a record season and I'm hoping it continues rolling straight to Omaha and all the way to the National Championship. Coach V is building something special in Knoxville. Watching them this season has been a treat for me, especially since I gave up on MLB and pro sports in general.


I've also been reading quite a bit. I'm reading my way through Michael Connelly's bibliography and I'm up to "Blood Work" (the first Terry McCaleb novel). I'm also reading some Mickey Spillane. If you'd like to see what I'm reading at any given time, follow me on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/tyler_cates


Now, in terms of writing, I plan to publish a novella or novelette (we'll see how it shakes out after it's edited) this summer as a special e-book on Kindle. For those that don't do the e-book thing (like me), don't worry. This story will be included in an anthology at some point in the future.


I continue work on the 3rd Clay Sullivan book, but the progress has been slow. I don't want to commit to a release date, but I would like to have it out in 2022. Time will tell if I am able to accomplish that goal or not.


Thanks for reading and I'll talk to you soon.





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