You might have noticed a dearth of travel photos around these parts. There’s a reason for that, and that is mostly that Instagram is one of my favorite social media services. I love the streams of my friends photos, and I love posting my own. The filters also lend them a bit of drama, and can make the colors really pop.
Here’s Rainier out my airplane window this morning.
Here’s Vashon and Maury Island with Commencement Bay and Tacoma in the haze.
And here’s Mount Saint Helens, looking very cratered.
(I took the 33 minute flight to Portland this morning on my way to Boise and right now I’m blogging in the PDX airport lounge waiting for the next flight.)
I’ll try to remember to post travel photos when I can, but if you have a smartphone, you can always just follow me on Instagram. And if you don’t, you can see my Instagram account online. The new blog format has put all my social media links at the bottom of the page, so you can always scroll down there and visit my Instagram page to see what I’ve been posting. Hint: it’s probably Hannah or a sunset.
The awesome Tacoma artist Chandler O’Leary painted a watercolor portrait of me in her sketchbook last month. I’ve been meaning to post it here, but if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll see it there too.
Chandler, among other projects, has a cool new site called “Drawn the Road Again” that is a watercolor/sketchbook travelogue. The whole site is illustrated and painted and it looks fantastic. (Side x Side helped her out with building it, hence the awesome portrait as a thank you).
You can also expect to see Chandler’s artistic sense on the cover for my science fiction novel.
Mary and I both felt that this book needed a very different look and feel than the mystery covers that Mary’s designed for me. Chandler’s work on it has been really exciting, and I can’t wait to launch the book (and the cover) soon.
For those counting … I’d say we’re a few weeks away from revealing the cover and under two months away from releasing the book! I can’t say 100% for sure but I’d estimate October sometime. When I release the cover, I’ll post the official launch date too.
Let the countdown begin …
The new ErikHanberg.com is still a work in progress, but I didn’t want to leave the danged “coming soon” page live any longer than I had to.
So the site’s up, and hopefully it will continue to improve.
Like the Six Million Dollar Man, the goal is that this version of the website is better, stronger, and faster.
The previous site, while it had some features I really liked, was terribly slow to load and if I ever was lucky enough to grab a big influx of traffic, it would have faltered under the load. There were also some issues with formatting posts that got to be very annoying. We’re going to blame that for the lack of posts this summer.
With a novel coming out this fall, it seemed like the right time to fix it up.
I’ve always liked Longfellow’s poem “A Psalm of Life,” which I first read in high school. Here’s the last stanza:
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
When I first read it, the last word felt wrong to me. In a poem that is all about how time is fleeting and how we must be a hero in the strife, it seemed weird to end the poem with an admonishment to learn to wait.
Since then, I think I’ve come around to better understanding the virtue of patience (although my iPhone isn’t helping, but that’s another story).
It seems this virtue often gets left behind in the world of independent publishing.
We filmed a short video with a Masters student at UW about what it’s like to have just a Nissan Leaf as our only car. It’s been really great, as I wrote about earlier.
But now we have a nice documentary video about it as well! Enjoy.