Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

MOTIONAL BLUR







“A nonpareil road novel that winds up packing a real emotional punch.”  

--T.C. Boyle


Road trips open new doors of discovery, and this one, a novel you’re likely to read in one sitting because it moves as fast as the protagonist’s car, is a journey unlike any other.


“Fans of road trip stories will enjoy the ride and the descriptions of the American West.”

-- Booklist


LAUNCH EVENT  

TECOLOTE BOOK SHOP, UPPER VILLAGE
MONTECITO

4 OCTOBER 5-7 p.m.



Thursday, September 1, 2016

BOOKLIST REVIEW OF MOTIONAL BLUR







September 1, 2016

Motional Blur

Eringer, Robert

Oct 2016. 160 p. Skyhorse, hardcover, $18.99


Investigative journalist Eringer's new novel is the coming-of-age story of a middle-aged man.  Luke Andersen is a Santa Barbara surfer who makes his living as a hired driver and karaoke host.  His plans rarely extend beyond the next killer wave.  

On Luke's 39th birthday, a mysterious older man, Charles Gearhart, hires Luke to drive him to Las Vegas.  But when the pair reach their destination, Charles decides to continue their journey, and, though Luke grumbles, he complies.  

As the two-men road-trip through Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, and California, Charles dispenses life lessons on various topics, such as standing up to bullies, staying true to one's word, and drinking martinis properly.  And as the men explore questions of masculinity and responsibility, Luke confronts the reasons he may be stuck in arrested development.

Eringer's present-tense narration and conversational style keep the reader engaged throughout the novel.

Fans of road-trip stories will enjoy the ride and descriptions of the American West.








Tuesday, August 30, 2016

MEMENTO OF THE OCCASION







Found in Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona.

Carved out of 10,000 year-old fossilized ivory by a local Native American artisan.



Sunday, August 28, 2016

THE BEST STRATEGY FOR VEGAS






The Mandarin Bar, 23rd floor of The Mandarin Oriental, the only casino-free hotel in Vegas.

But it's still Vegas.



VEGAS






Vegas?

I friggin' hate Vegas!

But here we are; break a long drive with an overnight in a desert "oasis."

Soulless may be more apt.



Friday, August 26, 2016

KACHINA WOMAN






Both the Navajo and Hopi Native American tribes believe they derived from Boynton Canyon, and that their Mother spirit resides in this rock.

The Yavapai-Apache feel the same, having built this sacred shrine.

No wonder Kachina is reputed to be Sedona's most powerful vortex.

I took this photo with my Leica C after doing my quiet thing and this is how it turned out, no Photoshop, nothing.


A QUIET SPOT





You're supposed to find the right place for quiet, then sit and face your demons.





Didn't take long.  It was waiting for me across the ravine.




FOLLOW THE RED ROCK ROAD






No munchkins.

But plenty of old Native American spirits, including this guy...





"HELPING HANDS"






Church of the Red Rocks.

And three Franciscans...





Wednesday, August 24, 2016

POT OF GOLD?







No, just assorted New-Agers getting beamed up... 



STILL & CHILL






Boynton Canyon Trail, early morning.





Kachina Woman.  

Reputed to be Sedona's most powerful vortex.

(Metaphysical shock therapy.)











Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

ALMOST NOWHERE






Maybe the name of a novel yet to be written.

Or maybe just a state of mind.

Or maybe where all of us are and don't even know it.



"ARE YOU FRIGGIN' KIDDING ME?"






"I'M GOING TOO... RIGHT?"






Not this trip.

But Travels with Lulu is definitely in the cards one day soon.



Friday, August 19, 2016

MOTIONAL BLUR WEST COAST BOOK TOUR FINALIZED







PUBLICATION DATE:  4 OCTOBER 2016



Tuesday, October 4th @ 5 p.m.

Tecolote Book Shop, 
1470 E. Valley Road 
Montecito, CA 93108



Thursday, October 6th @ 5:30 p.m.

Chaucer's offsite event:  

BoHenry's Cocktail Lounge 
1431 San Andres Street 
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Free pizza, courtesy of Paesano's.

All drinks half-price 5-7 p.m.



Friday, October 7th @ 7 p.m.

Book Soup 
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069



Saturday, October 15th @ 7 p.m.

Copperfield's Books 
104 Matheson Street 
Healdsburg, CA 95448



Tuesday, October 18th @ 6 p.m.

University Bookstore 
990 102nd Avenue, Bellevue
WA 98004



Wednesday, October 19th @ 7 p.m.

Another Read Through 
3932 Mississippi Avenue 
Portland, OR 97227



Thursday, October 20th @ 7 p.m.

Bloomsbury Books 
290 E. Main Street
Ashland, OR 97520



Friday, October 21st @ 7 p.m.

Books, Inc. 
1491 Shattuck Avenue 
Berkeley, CA 94710