Northland adventures

Hobbits aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy New Zealand’s amazing landscapes. In October, we took up lodging in Ahipara, about 4 hours northwest of Auckland, in the remote Northland. Ahipara is a surfing destination, a bit boring, but it’s a great base for exploring far more interesting and beautiful places up thataway.

Drop seed

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been on a seed-sowing frenzy. Last year – my first full-on foray into vegetable and flower gardening – was a great boot camp. This year, after more research and guidance from Jedi Masters, I’ve taken a far more aggressive approach. No tentative Andrew this year. It’s all about…

The centaur-bike project, part the third

Melody refined the candidate sketches and produced this one. Its strengths are the strong statuesque lighting, the correspondence of the diagonal shadow lines with the general thrust of the centaur’s firing line, and the abstract anatomical connection between the centaur and the bicycle wheels. There’s also a sense of motion and 3D depth that I’m…

Summer of ’28

When I first started writing with aspirations of professional publication, Ray Bradbury was one of the quiet giants who always captured my imagination. If I learned anything from him, it is that the poetry of an idea is more important than all the words used to execute it. He happened to be both an idea…