Bonanza’s True North; or, Re-Orienting to the Cartwrights

Ponderosa Ranch meant wholesome family entertainment with guns and cowboys, and first lick of flame burning up the hand-drawn map of the ranch meant “Bring in your TV dinners, kids, Bonanza is starting!”

Ponderosa Ranch (Autry Collections Photo)

Check out the cultural landmark on display at the Autry National Center, a must-see museum in Los Angeles, chockfull . . . → Read More: Bonanza’s True North; or, Re-Orienting to the Cartwrights

The Beauty of Bonanza; or, What to Do When You’ve Finished a Novel Draft

What do you do when you finish a draft of a novel? Holy hellion hoofbeats, bucko! You have to ask?

Sleep. Buy a bold bottle of vino (or whiskey or iced tea or whatever–just spare no expense). Look around your domicile and see the dust caking the surfaces and do nothing about it (yet). Listen to . . . → Read More: The Beauty of Bonanza; or, What to Do When You’ve Finished a Novel Draft

The Real Deal; or, What Real Cowboys Do

Let’s see, where was I? Why yes, hip deep in Lorne Greene’s pillow lips circa Bonanza…

Sigh, no. I was in deeply in the wonder that is the Gene Autry Museum (aka the Cowboy Museum) and writing up another draft of the novel. Unlike movie cowboys, who seem to either
a.) multitask–fix barbed wire fences, herd cattle, woo . . . → Read More: The Real Deal; or, What Real Cowboys Do