A James Bond-worthy Setting for the Next Project Kobra Book!

A James Bond-worthy Setting for the Next Project Kobra Book! This place is surreal! It is the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel in Udaipur, India. Not your average highway motel. Udaipur is one of the oldest cities in India.  Man settled on the banks of the Ahur River around 2000 BC, and the city of Udaipur was

2019-06-16T10:36:41-06:00Saturday, June 22, 2019|Categories: Interesting Settings, Romantic Suspense, Spy Thrillers|Tags: , , , , |

Lose yourself in our planet’s beauty with the winners of Wiki Loves Earth

Satchari National Park, Photo by Abdul Momin, CC BY-SA 4.0.   I am a long time financial supporter of Wikipedia.com, and recently, as a thank you, I was sent a sneak preview of their photo competition.  The winners are every bit as good as some of the stunning National Geographic photography, and worthy

2019-01-18T13:34:10-06:00Thursday, January 24, 2019|Categories: Fun Stuff, Interesting Settings|Tags: , , |

Pampered Vampires and the Mile-High Club

This is one of the posts I lost, that I recently unearthed in a raw PHP coded archive.  It first appeared on this blog in March 2011, just when I was launching my very first indie title, Blood Knot.  This is some of the research I did for that novel. -- t. We tend to

Somehow, I’ll Get This Into A Story!

I'm not entirely sure how I found this one.  Not sure how I'm going to use it, either. A Russian fisherman, Roman Fedortsov, has an Instagram account where he posts images of the creatures he and his fellow fisherman find in their nets.  They trawl far and deep, and some of the life in the

2018-10-30T12:43:44-06:00Saturday, November 3, 2018|Categories: Fun Stuff, Interesting Settings|Tags: , , , |

Time travel as tourism…where would you go?

This is another long post that ran in conjunction with the release of Bannockburn Binding (the individual book, not the series boxed set that was released a few weeks ago!). The blog where it appeared has long gone. (Yet I'm still here.  There's a sobering thought.) I'm preserving the post here, instead.  -- t. I’ve been

2018-09-02T15:09:46-06:00Saturday, September 8, 2018|Categories: Interesting Settings, Time Travel|Tags: , , , |

Virtual Time Travel

  It's a murky picture, because the men in the photo are actually throwing their spears at the picture-taker...and they're not actors. This is North Sentinal Island, a remote island in the Bay of Bengal off India.  The residents of the island live a completely isolated hunter-gatherer lifestyle and have done so for what an

Sunset on Mars

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, April 15, 2018 It's a pretty ordinary looking photo.  The average teenager with a cellphone could frame a better shot of a sunset. You have to let it sink in a bit to really understand how awesome this photo is.  Why?  Because:  It was taken by a robot.  It

2018-06-04T14:24:16-06:00Tuesday, June 5, 2018|Categories: Interesting Settings|Tags: , , |

Western Australia Day

Another anniversary date I didn't want to omit acknowledging. Western Australia Day was called Foundation Day when I was a kid, and we always had special assemblies on the day.  The name was changed to Western Australian day in the 1990s, after I left Australia, as the old name had come to be considered insensitive

2018-06-02T14:40:18-06:00Monday, June 4, 2018|Categories: Interesting Settings, Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , , |

Why The Lake Is Pink

Lake Hillier, Western Australia I came across a post on Bored Panda recently, and within it, they were raving about Lake Hillier - the pink lake.  The pictures are pretty amazing. I was kinda jazzed, because Lake Hillier is in Western Australia, my home turf. In fact, it's just off the coast of Esperance,