Off the Trail

What if eating meat was outlawed?

Cue the hysterics. Like this gentleman.

But let’s suppose that eating meal is illegal.

Here is my take, via the short story Free Range.

You can read it here.

October 25, 2019   Comments Off on What if eating meat was outlawed?

“Penguins are in trouble”

This from a sobering research report published last week by some of the world’s leading experts on penguins. The report notes that “more than half of the world’s 18 penguin species are declining.”

The three species most in danger are:

  • African penguin
  • Galápagos penguin
  • Yellow-eyed penguin (seen below in New Zealand)
yellow-eyed penguin

The report notes that there are only 1,700 pairs of yellow-eyed penguins left on our planet. Galápagos penguin could number fewer than that. And the African penguin, at 21,000 pairs, has seen its population drop from 1.5 million in the early 1900s. To call this an emergency is an epic understatement.

I wrote The Tourist Trail because of penguins and whales, because I wanted to raise awareness of their plight and the heroic efforts of those who are trying to protect them.

But more important than the book, I also stopped eating seafood.

In the greater scheme, it’s a small thing to do. But if everyone did this small thing we would save millions of penguins, dolphins, albatross, and whales. Because even if they are not being fished to extinction, they are being bycaught to extinction.

The demand that we create fuels the decimation of oceans. We are the problem and we are the solution.

If you’ve given up on seafood, thank you. If you haven’t, please consider it.

If not for you, for the penguins.

August 22, 2019   Comments Off on “Penguins are in trouble”

The Tourist Trail is now an audiobook

Let me just that I have newfound respect for those who create audiobooks, because after a month of starts and stops and re-recordings I’m happy to announce the audiobook for The Tourist Trail.

It’s available on Audible and comes in at just over 7 hours, which by no means reflects how many hours went into it!

I read that professional audio producers average about 2-3 hours for every finished hour of recording. As for me, I’d say I came in at 8-10 hours for every finished hour.

But I’m learning. And I hope you like it.

Let me know if you’d like to hear Book 2 as well.

June 21, 2019   Comments Off on The Tourist Trail is now an audiobook

Join me tomorrow in Portland at the Oregon Historical Society for Holiday Cheer

I’ll be signing copies of The Tourist Trail and Writing for Animals.

It runs from noon to 4pm



December 1, 2018   Comments Off on Join me tomorrow in Portland at the Oregon Historical Society for Holiday Cheer

Did you happen to notice the new Tourist Trail cover?

The cover of the first edition of The Tourist Trail features a landscape photograph of the Magellanic penguin colony along the shores of Argentina, the precise location where the book begins. It was a photograph I had taken and I thought it would make a nice cover.

And it did, but it didn’t make a great cover. So as we began preparations for the sequel to The Tourist Trail, we also went and hired a professional, Rolf Busch.

And he designed a wonderful cover, using a photograph that we provided. Those who’ve read the book will know what exactly is hanging around the cover model’s neck and its significance. As well as the icebergs.

The Tourist Trail cover

I love this cover and I hope you do as well.

And stay tuned for the sequel, coming in less than six months…


October 5, 2018   Comments Off on Did you happen to notice the new Tourist Trail cover?

Corporate intelligence and the animal rights movement

An interesting article in the New York Times about the rise of corporate intelligence (spying) firms and the lengths they will go to in order to dig up dirt on activists and other ordinary people.

I mention this because my next book, coming next year (at long last), is about the role of one such fictional firm and the havoc it wreaks on animal activists.

I plan to share much more about this book in the months ahead. As always, contact me if you have any questions…




May 7, 2018   Comments Off on Corporate intelligence and the animal rights movement