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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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2015 in Review

WordPress recently sent me an annual report for my blog. Here are some of the highlights: These were my five most viewed posts of the year. Interestingly, almost all of them are over two years old, so I either have writing

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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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A Novel Anniversary

To celebrate the one-month anniversary of my novel’s publication, I have made the eBook version of The Eyes of Mictlan available for 99 cents this week at Amazon (regularly $2.99). The sale price, available in both the U.S. and U.K., runs

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Looking Back

As 2013 winds to a close, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at the past year, during which this blog has come a long way: on this day last year I had three

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The Cat and I

I’m not a cat person, never have been, never will be. I prefer the warmth and emotion of a dog to the seemingly cold stare of a cat. My family have never been cat people; we always had dogs growing

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Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster award! It’s always nice to be recognized by my fellow bloggers in the community. The aim of the Liebster award is to get smaller blogs with less than 200 followers a bit of

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Mud Volcano Area, Yellowstone National Park - August, 2017 Sour Lake, one of the few fairly calm (as in gently simmering rather than overtly boiling) bodies of water in the Mud Volcano region of Yellowstone. #sourlake #landscapes #mudvolcano #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #Wyoming #YellowstoneNationalPark
Mud Volcano Area, Yellowstone National Park - August, 2017 There is still some beauty to be found amid the unforgiving landscape of the Mud Volcano region of Yellowstone. Featured here is a butterfly (lower right) and a bee (upper left). . #mudvolcano #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #Wyoming #YellowstoneNationalPark #insects #butterfly #bee #flowers
Mud Volcano Area, Yellowstone National Park - August, 2017 A hot spring in the Mud Volcano Area of Yellowstone featuring some fiercely boiling water. Definitely not a pool you'd want to take a swim in. #hotsprings #mudvolcano #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #Wyoming #YellowstoneNationalPark
Grand Canyon: South Rim, Arizona - August, 2018 A squirrel I encountered during my hike of the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. He seemed annoyed that I interrupted his afternoon meal--you can see pieces of food hanging on his body. #americansouthwest #animals #arizona #grandcanyon #nationalparks #roadtrips #squirrels #Travel #wildlife
Grand Canyon: South Rim, Arizona - August, 2018 A bird winding its way through the Grand Canyon. #americansouthwest #animals #arizona #birds #grandcanyon #nationalparks #roadtrips #Travel #wildlife
Grand Canyon: South Rim, Arizona - August, 2018 A bird soaring through the Grand Canyon. #americansouthwest #animals #arizona #birds #grandcanyon #nationalparks #roadtrips #Travel #wildlife
Grand Canyon: South Rim, Arizona - August, 2018 I encountered this bird during my hike of the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. #americansouthwest #animals #arizona #birds #grandcanyon #nationalparks #roadtrips #Travel #wildlife
Grand Canyon: North Rim, Arizona - August, 2018 An elk I encountered along the Bridle Path on my way back to the lodge from hiking the Transept Trail. She had no fear of humans, probably would have let me walk right up to her, but I kept a respectful distance. Her children hung back across the street and rejoined her after I moved on. #americansouthwest #animals #arizona #elk #grandcanyon #nationalparks #roadtrips #Travel #wildlife
Zion National Park, Utah - August, 2018 A philosopher pondering the larger questions in life. Shot on the Riverside Walk trail. #americansouthwest #animals #nationalparks #roadtrips #squirrels #Travel #utah #wildlife #zion
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - August, 2018 A chipmunk on the floor of Bryce Canyon: "Are you talkin' to me?" (shot along the Navajo/Queen's Garden loop trail) #americansouthwest #animals #brycecanyon #chipmunks #nationalparks #roadtrips #Travel #utah #wildlife
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - August, 2018 A chipmunk on the floor of Bryce Canyon. Shot along the Navajo/Queen's Garden loop trail. #americansouthwest #animals #brycecanyon #chipmunks #nationalparks #roadtrips #Travel #utah #wildlife
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - August, 2018 A chipmunk in his three-point stance and ready for some football, on the floor of Bryce Canyon. Shot along the Navajo/Queen's Garden loop trail. #americansouthwest #animals #brycecanyon #chipmunks #nationalparks #roadtrips #Travel #utah #wildlife
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park - August, 2017 Lone bison walking in Lamar Valley. #animals #bison #buffalo #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #wildlife #Wyoming #YellowstoneNationalPark
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park - August, 2017 On my first day in Yellowstone National Park I detoured to Lamar Valley before checking in to my hotel. Lamar Valley is supposed to be another prime wildlife viewing area, but in my case it proved to be less fruitful than Hayden Valley. Nevertheless, I did see a couple of bison herds here, including this one in a clearing beneath a large hill. #animals #bison #buffalo #landscapes #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #wildlife #Wyoming #YellowstoneNationalPark
Yellowstone National Park - August, 2017 Yellowstone Lake: West Thumb #lakes #landscapes #NorthAmerica #Photography #roadtrips #Travel #UnitedStates #Wyoming #yellowstonelake #YellowstoneNationalPark
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