A few recent food adventures

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:45

While camping, I made cowboy barbecue of a custom variety, with some creole cream style red beans, which I put on a burrito with hot tomato. It was delicious!!!
Just now I had a warm chocolate muffin, with Creole coffee and chicory, all covered in whipped cream. Yummy!!!
Also eating lots of greens seasoned Southern style, with smoky bacony flavorings.
All the little gas stations here have fried chicken, along with a variety of things like pickled pork snouts, red beans and rice, po' boys, boudin, and more.

New Orleans!!!

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 17:12

Made it!!!
Long beautiful ride from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, Louisiana. Followed the Mississippi River. Camped out along the way. Went through some really amazingly scenic places. Only got a good morning call from the cops once, that I can recall! This morning.
Kind of exhausted. Time to recharge in NOLA for a little while. Sitting at a cafe in a studenty area. Good coffee!
Lots to do...
Rock & Roll!!!


Submitted by eagle on Sat, 05/02/2015 - 13:57

Just ate a breakfast with buttermilk pancakes, eggs, bacon, grits, coffee, cane syrup, and lots of butter on everything. With the smell of wood smoke, and lots of beautiful people.
I love Louisiana!

Oh my goodness!

Submitted by eagle on Sat, 05/02/2015 - 01:01

Today I read through the entire draft of Astrotripping. What a trip!
Seriously, just reading the book draft has taken me on a journey through the last two years, and across space and time. Reliving many adventures, while coming to new realizations, has proven quite inspiring.
And I wasn't kidding when I said it's a really good book! :)
I love it! I laughed, I cried, I'd do it all over again, and will when I do the next draft.
I am really grateful.


Submitted by eagle on Thu, 04/30/2015 - 22:21

Today I finished writing the first full draft of Astrotripping!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tomorrow I'll read it.
Feels fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Plus, it's a really good book. :)
Stats: 174 pages, 76,070 words.
Still lots of revising to do, as I will write another draft. And then there are other steps along the publishing path. However, this is a pretty big landmark.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Recently Reading: Walden and Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau

Submitted by eagle on Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:19

In Walden and Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau writes of his experiences living in wilder conditions alongside a pond, rather than with mainstream civilization. He expresses a very life-affirming view, and quite beautifully. Intuitively, he seems to grasp much of what characterizes the good life, without recourse to modern scientific precision. A few times he seems to veer off into his own preferences as if they represented some of the grander, more abstract ideas and ideals he represents. However, overall he seems to convey the importance of developing our meanings in life.

I especially like this passage:

I read in the Gulistan, or Flower Garden, of Sheik Sadi of Shiraz, that "they asked a wise man, saying: Of the many celebrated trees which the Most High God has created lofty and umbrageous, they call none azad, or free, excepting the cypress, which bears no fruit; what mystery is there in this? He replied, Each has its appropriate produce, and appointed season, during the continuance of which it is fresh and blooming, and during their absence dry and withered; to neither of which states is the cypress exposed, being always flourishing; and of this nature are the azads, or religious independents. -- Fix not thy heart on that which is transitory; for the Dijlah, or Tigris, will continue to flow through Bagdad after the race of caliphs is extinct: if thy hand has plenty, be liberal as the date tree; but if it affords nothing to give away, be an azad, or free man, like the cypress."


Submitted by eagle on Wed, 04/29/2015 - 22:45

Just wrote up to around 75,000 words of Astrotripping. Now the rough draft is almost ready. Next I'm going to edit it a bit, then proofread. After that there'll still be quite a lot more to do. However, it feels great to get to this point.
Also, continuing to have fun adventures in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Submitted by eagle on Wed, 04/29/2015 - 00:06

And lots of 'em!!!
Today I wrote over 5,000 words of Astrotripping, bringing the running total to over 70,000!!!
Getting close to finishing this draft!!!
Meanwhile, having a lovely time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, meeting wonderful people and going wonderful places.
My new definition of being a writer means getting hit by lightning and doing your wordcount for the day anyway.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lightning Strikes!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:40

Last night I camped out on the Mississippi River again.
This morning, I awoke to a thunderstorm with lightning. Bright flashes filled the sky. A bolt of lightning cracked the air.
The rain started to pour down heavily, and a strong wind forced water everywhere.
Already a bit surprised, I started to think of what to do.
Lightning struck, shocking me.
"Ow! Fuck!" escaped my mouth.
The smell of burning emanated, and I thought I could see smoke rising amidst the maelstrom.