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2001: A Personal Odyssey

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the theatrical release of Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. I am very much looking forward to seeing it on the big screen when it returns to theaters this May. The

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My Latest Short Story: Marina

The next installment of my The Eyes of Mictlan Origins series is now available as a free ebook at Smashwords. Additional booksellers like Apple and B&N will have it soon. As with the other ebooks in the series, this short story

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A New Short Story

The next installment of my The Eyes of Mictlan Origins series is now available as a free ebook at Smashwords. Additional booksellers like Apple and B&N will have it soon. As with the other ebooks in the series, this short story

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Introducing My New “Origins” Series

I have a launched a new eBook series called The Eyes of Mictlan Origins, a collection of free short stories excerpted from my novel, The Eyes of Mictlan. All of the stories will be available as free eBooks from Smashwords and other booksellers. I

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A New Page and a New Trip

I haven’t been as active with this blog lately because I’ve been busy with author related tasks, including launching a new home page dedicated solely to the novelist portion of my online presence. You can view my new page here: michaelrappa.net. There is

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Star Wars: Remembering Another Opening Night 32 Years Ago

In honor of the release of The Force Awakens, I thought I’d re-share this post about my Return of the Jedi opening-night experience. My friends and I were 12 years old then. Now, more than 32 years later, I will be reuniting with

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Story Cartel and the Search for Reviews

One of the biggest struggles for an indie author is getting people to review your books on Amazon and other book retailers (I even have trouble getting people I know personally, and who have given my novel extremely positive feedback, to

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Get My Novel for FREE This Month

In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I am making the eBook version of my novel, The Eyes of Mictlan, available for free during the entire month of November, and also giving you the opportunity to be entered into a monthly

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My Smashwords Interview

When you join Smashwords as an author, you can post an interview based on auto-generated questions to help your readers get to know you a little better. I thought it might be a good idea to post the interview here as

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More Platforms for My Novel and a New Contest

I am pleased to announce that the eBook version my novel, The Eyes of Mictlan, is now available on more platforms around the world. In addition to Amazon, you can now purchase it for $0.99 at Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo,

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. Letchworth State Park, New York - September, 2015 Upper Falls #geneseeriver #hiking #landscapes #LetchworthStatePark #nature #NewYork #NorthAmerica #Photography #rivers #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #UnitedStates #waterfalls
. Letchworth State Park, New York - September, 2015 Up close and personal with one of the locals. #LetchworthStatePark #nature #NewYork #NorthAmerica #Photography #scenery #Travel #UnitedStates #spiders
. Letchworth State Park, New York - September, 2015 Gazing toward the gorge from the top of the Middle Falls. #geneseeriver #hiking #landscapes #LetchworthStatePark #nature #NewYork #NorthAmerica #Photography #rivers #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #UnitedStates #waterfalls #gorges
. Letchworth State Park, New York - September, 2015 This was shot during my hike along the Middle and Upper Falls of Letchworth State Park in Upstate New York. As I’ve mentioned before, Letchworth is one of my favorite parks, rivaling some of the national parks in splendor. #geneseeriver #hiking #landscapes #LetchworthStatePark #nature #NewYork #NorthAmerica #Photography #rivers #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #UnitedStates #waterfalls
. San Francisco, California - October, 2014 City Hall #California #cities #NorthAmerica #Photography #SanFrancisco #Travel #UnitedStates #buildings #architecture
San Francisco, California - October, 2014 The old and the new: Marriott Marquis and St. Patrick Church. #California #cities #NorthAmerica #Photography #SanFrancisco #Travel #UnitedStates #buildings #architecture
Glacier National Park, Montana - September, 2019 One final Avalanche Lake reflection photo. #AvalancheLake #GlacierNationalPark #hiking #landscapes #Montana #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #lakes #mountains #nature
Glacier National Park, Montana - September, 2019 Shot at the end of my hike of the Avalanche Lake Trail. #AvalancheLake #GlacierNationalPark #hiking #landscapes #Montana #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #lakes #mountains #nature
Glacier National Park, Montana - September, 2019 Avalanche Lake reflection. #AvalancheLake #GlacierNationalPark #hiking #landscapes #Montana #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #lakes #mountains #nature
Glacier National Park, Montana - September, 2019 Shot toward the end of my hike of the Avalanche Lake Trail. #AvalancheLake #GlacierNationalPark #hiking #landscapes #Montana #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #lakes #mountains #nature
Glacier National Park, Montana - September, 2019 This was shot at the end of my hike of the Avalanche Lake Trail. I had almost quit the trail before finishing because it was late in the day, the woods were getting dark, and I was hiking through grizzly country with very few other hikers on the trail, but I’m glad I stuck it out because the reward at the end was more than worth it: a pristine hidden lake casting a perfect mirror image of the earth and sky above, including a pair of waterfalls in the distance. #AvalancheLake #GlacierNationalPark #hiking #landscapes #Montana #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates
Glacier National Park, Montana - September, 2019 Shot during my hike of the Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier. #AvalancheLake #GlacierNationalPark #hiking #landscapes #Montana #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates
Angel Canyon, Utah - August, 2018 Shot during my visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. #americansouthwest #angelcanyon #bestfriendsanimalsanctuary #landscapes #mountains #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #utah
Angel Canyon, Utah - August, 2018 Shot during my visit to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. #americansouthwest #angelcanyon #bestfriendsanimalsanctuary #landscapes #mountains #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #utah
Angel Canyon, Utah - August, 2018 These photos are from my downtime at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah, where I volunteered in Dogtown (you can also volunteer with cats, horses, pigs, bunnies, etc.). It was a rewarding experience; I would love to return one day. When I wasn’t volunteering, I explored the Angel Canyon area, where Best Friends is located. Unfortunately it was a mostly rainy couple of days and I wasn’t able to explore the majority of the canyon as the roads were closed for flooding, but I still managed to get a few decent shots. #americansouthwest #angelcanyon #bestfriendsanimalsanctuary #landscapes #mountains #roadtrips #scenery #Travel #utah
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