The Thistle & the Prairie-fire

My baby brother humored me the other day when I visited and he drove me on some of his oilfield rounds. He humored me by stopping the truck numerous times and letting me hop out to take photos. Ryan, I owe you some gas money!

Tall thistle

Indian paintbrushes & Black swallowtail butterfly
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Indian paintbrushes & Black swallowtail butterfly

I followed the Black swallowtail butterfly a little ways across the hillside, but I was a little afraid of running into rattle snakes or something so I gave up and walked back to the truck…with a handful of wildflowers.

“You are not bringing those into my truck!”

Sheesh dude. (I did it anyway, though I was nice and put them inside a bag I’d brought along.)

I think I will use this post title for a short story idea that I had recently. Regarding that, I’m going to have to do some thinking about it, but I was considering occasionally posting some fiction here. Would anyone be interested? I’m not too sure about it yet (publication concerns and whatnot).

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    1. First rights, copyright issues, etc…it’s all something I’m going to have to look into more before I am brave enough to put that stuff up here.

  1. PS – I have a post planned soon that also includes a purple flower. I’m not copying – I promise. I got some good shots while out photographing the mess the ground hog made.

  2. I can’t believe you still have paintbrush blooming—ours faded at least 1.5 months ago if not 2. 🙂 Happy!

    I would love to read your work, but I would be too afraid to post it. I thought a few times about sharing some of my FT book but then got afraid to do that.

    1. I’m sad because I missed the height of it 🙁 My brother took me to an area that just a week or so before had been a blanket of it. We got there and only a few were left blooming. Next year…

      I know, right? I’m going to just have to get myself published so I can share with the world 🙂

  3. Beautiful photos! I agree with Jolene…but if you share something, I would love to read it. I’m sure you’re quite talented. Have a lovely weekend.

  4. I would adore reading some of your work!

    I too have pondered about posting things on the blog (short fiction etc…but I do have it copyrighted…so… hmmm.)

    Beautiful photos!

    1. Thank you! I’ll let you know what I decide to do with the writing. Once I’m finished, would you be interesting in reading something for critique purposes? I’m a long way off from that, but I thought I’d ask 🙂

      1. Yes most definitely let me know 🙂 And I would love to do anything to help…. we could be critique partners! Of course it’s been a while since I did any writing. Must get back on track. So I am a long way off too. It’s exciting to think about though.

  5. Yes to the fiction! 🙂 When I wrote my first bible study & was going to put portions of it online, someone gave me the tip to take the portions and mail them to myself. Have the postman postmark where the envelope seals & you have yourself some serious copyright proof in the event someone takes your stuff before it is officially published. It was an easy thing that made me feel safer – for relatively cheap too. 🙂

    1. Yes, I have heard this too. Just make sure you write on the outside what it is (or a code/reference number that tells you what it is, compared to a list you don’t post). My Dad did this one time. He had either designed a new condom or a cartoon character based on a condom (I know!) and at the time he did it (25+ years earlier as a young man), was worried about one of his mates nicking it, as they had been discussing general ideas together but not the specifics, which he then went home and wrote down. He opened it one time when I was a teenager. He was a bit embarrassed to show me, understandably, and I was a little bit shocked, but he was explaining the principle to me and wanted to demonstrate. It was now like 25+ years later and the other guy concerned didn’t do anything with it in that time, so he broke the copyright seal on it so it wouldn’t stand up in court in the future.

      Whilst I would really love to read what you write, if you want to make money out of it, obviously that’s a bad idea. Unless you post a ‘whet-your-appetite’ excerpt or something 😉

  6. Elizabeth, this sounds like a great title for a story — in fact, I thought it was! (Loved your photo outing, though.) I’ve heard (or read) when you publish stories ala blog, you should put your copyright statement at the end of each post (within the body of the text.) Some folks don’t “see” the copyright for your blog… WordPress has some good copyright info in their help section on this. Also, periodically, you should Google a specific sentence from your story to see if it shows up anywhere else. Have fun writing “the rest of the story!”

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