Be in the Moment; or, Roadtrips and Real Life

On a roadtrip, when you have a plan but something else seems more fun, and you go do what seems more fun, that’s called being flexible and “in the moment.”

In the rest of life, say while making sure hyphens in a guide book are in the right place, or that a romance manuscript’s heroine’s eye color . . . → Read More: Be in the Moment; or, Roadtrips and Real Life

Grab that Saddle, Bug Spray, and Whiskey; or, A Roadtrip through Classic Settings of Westerns

Roadtrip! Adventure!

Bring on the horses! The high, winding trails amidst fragrant pines! The sultry desert winds at night, with a full moon rising! And your sweet lips and thunder thighs, my love interest!

Bring the lead-soldered tin canteens and leaky leather flasks!

Bring the buffalo jerky, baked beans, and coffee beans!

Bring on mosquitos and biting flies, . . . → Read More: Grab that Saddle, Bug Spray, and Whiskey; or, A Roadtrip through Classic Settings of Westerns

Western Tweets and Posts; or Revisiting the Wild Western Web

Nothing like a dash of reality, I say, especially if they don’t make me ride a horse.

By “they” I mean the real-life cowboys/girls in the world, who blog about getting hay baled and sucking up mud before breakfast. Those riproaring mofos who tweet about 100-degree heat as they work with cattle or mules or horses and . . . → Read More: Western Tweets and Posts; or Revisiting the Wild Western Web

A Man’s Gotta Do What a Man’s Gotta Do * ; or A Handy Guide to Life’s Goals

The epically awesome goals of a Silver-Screen Western hero can be distilled down to five emulation-worthy goals, which can be mixed and matched for dramatic effect.

win a love interest
protect society
wreak revenge
get rich
know thyself

*(btw, title from George Jetson of The Jetsons, not John Wayne)

Of these, . . . → Read More: A Man’s Gotta Do What a Man’s Gotta Do * ; or A Handy Guide to Life’s Goals

Will Do; or, the Eighth Principle of the Silver-Screen Western Hero Code

Chapter 8 in Reach for the Skies: The Modern Buckaroo’s Guide to Happiness will explore the eighth principle of the silver-screen western hero code:
DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.

The important parts of this to consider is that “do” is a verb (and an active one at that), and “need” is different than . . . → Read More: Will Do; or, the Eighth Principle of the Silver-Screen Western Hero Code

To Draw or Not to Draw; or, Showdown Tips and Tricks, Part II

But—w-wait–do you “shoot” first or second? Ah–that is the question.

A trick question actually. Duh–the silver-screen western hero doesn’t draw first!

The villain draws first, but because the hero is so epically awesome, he or she shoots best as well as last.

Q: Does this work in real life?

A: We’re talking movies here, bucko. Fiction. Satisfying endings . . . → Read More: To Draw or Not to Draw; or, Showdown Tips and Tricks, Part II

West World; or, BP versus Spencer Tracy

The world around us is getting Westy, a crazy combo of tantalizing Gold Rush-type possibilities with a shadow side of hubris-based epic fails. Got BP, anyone?
In films and literature of the Wild West, there are small number of basic plot structures–whether you’d call them stereotypical or archetypal depends on how you swing. One structure, based on . . . → Read More: West World; or, BP versus Spencer Tracy

The Truth of Memory; or, Cisco Kid + Telecaster = Heaven

Remember the whiz-bang shoot-‘em-ups of Saturday afternoons of yesteryear?
I don’t (having been weaned on monster movies and Tarzan flicks, which I watched with my sister during those rare moments when we weren’t pulling each other’s hair). But somehow the  flickering, galloping images from oaters are in me. (Perhaps they are inculcated by a potent combo of . . . → Read More: The Truth of Memory; or, Cisco Kid + Telecaster = Heaven

The West’s Westness, part 3

Where is the West? It is in you and me and you, too, bucko.

Fresh (or not so fresh) from yet another sojourn into the wilderness of Self, the Great Plains of Novel…my answer can only be that while we goggle at yowling coyotes and saguaro cookie jars, sunsetted cowboys and pretty prairie lasses in way-too-tight jeans, . . . → Read More: The West’s Westness, part 3

Cowboy Fact #24; or, Yes, Virginia, There Still Are Cowboys

A recent sojourn to Idaho revealed another essential cowboy truth–cowboys still exist. You just have to know where to look for them. 

Oliver’s in Pocatello: Deep into a thick omelette and excellent coffee. Along the counter are seated several men, all with sneakers and jeans and polo shirts or button-down shirts and baseball caps (the new rancher/farmer . . . → Read More: Cowboy Fact #24; or, Yes, Virginia, There Still Are Cowboys