A Few Thoughts on Covering Campaign Rallies

In March, before the Arizona primaries, all of the major candidates passed through the state. Well except for John Kasich, who seemed only marginally interested in campaigning outside of this home state. Both Clintons, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump all held events in the week before the election. For me it produced a bumper crop of political photos.

Earlier this week I found out that Saturday might be the last time a presidential candidate visits Arizona during this election cycle.

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New Tool: Workflow for iOS


I’ve started to do a significant amount of work on a new iPad, and Workflow is the best $2 I think I’ve spent so far. It has the potential to build an almost unlimited number of workflows which are scripts that can do most anything. I think its most important feature is to act as a lubricant to ease over the rough spots inherent in iOS. I’d best describe it as a Swiss Army knife that you build for yourself.

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Back on the Submission Hamster Wheel

Or back in the saddle again. Whichever you prefer. Regardless, I’ve started to submit my stories again. I put one in with Daily Science Fiction this morning. It’s 865 words of paranormal cop-show goodness. This feels like a turning point for me. One where I can get back to writing, with a better idea of the mechanics of putting a story together. I don’t know how big the slush pile at DSF is, but hopefully I’ll have a response soon enough.

Here’s the first line as a teaser:

Detective Jim Monrovia didn’t want to be standing in the Atlantic City dump looking at two bodies before he was properly caffeinated.

Blast from the Past

Sometimes you run across a family photo that makes you wish you knew your parents when they were young. This is also one of the only two photos I have of my grandfather.

They’re sitting in a hotrod my father build from scratch in 1954.

El Segundo, California, USA. Rockwell International displays a full-sized mock up the Space Shuttle orbiter.
My mother and grandfather in a homemade flathead Ford powered hotrod.

One annoying thing about scanning old photos, is that they’re never square to the paper. Here I chose to have the image square even though the paper edges would be crooked. I also left the ragged edge because it suits the nature of the photo.

Blog-a-day Summary, May 2016


This was my own little experiment on how posting every (week)day for the month of May would go. I didn’t say anything about it before starting because I honestly didn’t know if I could keep up the pace. If you look back over May’s post, you might notice they’re all either technical with screenshots or photo-themed with multiple images, and all had featured images attached. Putting in the time to prepare each post took a significant chunk out of each day. But I was happy to reach my word count goal for the month.

Words blogged in May.
Words blogged in May.

It was originally 10K, but I bumped it up around the third week knowing that a few long posts were coming. So the main question was “could I increase my readership by regularly blogging for a month?”

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