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Showing posts from July 15, 2007

Annalee's Economical Polar Bear Ecotour

Polar Bear
Originally uploaded by Accent Alaska I was wandering around Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris, reading about the ecotour called The Northern Lights, Polar Bears & Winter Wildlife that takes place in the Brooks Range and Kaktovik, Alaska in September 2008. They will charge you $5350, and though they warn "distances are large in Alaska and a significant amount* of time will be spent in vehicles searching for wildlife and driving to destinations", I am sure that they will provide a wonderful tour. But, not all of us can afford $6,000-plus for an ecotour. To take up the slack in this industry, I am considering opening a side business as an economical ecotourism operator.

Here is the rough draft of my polar bear tour on the as-of-yet-to-be-submitted-to-the-SBA business proposal for my ecotourism business.

The One-Weekend Economical Polar Bear
and Northern Lights Expedition

Friday Night: Arrive in Fairbanks. Drive to Chena Hot Springs. Spend the night at the lodge soaking i…

Starry Night Covers

I found these covers wandering around, and was immediately drawn to the Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night feel. Denise Vitola's Ty Merrick series are futuristic, mystery and lycanthrope shapeshifter all rolled into one.

Book One

Book Two

Book Three

There are other novels in the series. But these are the three with the covers I enjoyed.

Carnival Dream

I had the strangest dream last night. Already some of the memories have started disappearing. That’s too bad. I’m sure there was some great imagery in there for stories. The images our minds come up with in dreams always amazes me. I’ve got a loved one in the hospital. I’ve been spending most of the last week visiting and worried and the dream was definitely an extension of my worry.

In the dream I was driving down the road with the woman that sits next to me at work. She was driving, and who knows why I was her passenger. She was wearing a tight little jacket. And she wanted it off. While she was taking it off, it morphed into a monkey vest. You know those tight little vests that monkeys wore? Like the little monkey in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Or the vests that mechanical clapping monkeys. Don’t the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz wear them too? I used to have an illustrated version and I think they did but I can’t remember (at least in conscious thought, maybe my subconscious mind…