A walk to the edge of the world

A few weeks ago, while reading about the Bog Bodies of Europe, the nucleus of a story flashed into my mind. It gave me goosebumps...partly because that's what happens when something fires up my imagination, and partly because the world in which I envision it has been waiting for me to write a story in... Continue Reading →


When I win the lottery…

I will buy one of these. Or better yet, that one. Because those things are difficult to find, and even if you did find one, it wouldn’t be as nearly flawless as this one. And I will buy a whole bunch of land out here: And I will build a nifty house, not big, but... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Memorial Day

Well, not on Memorial Day literally, as that's come and gone...but I was catching up on my reading at According To Hoyt, and Sarah's Memorial Day post made me think. (AtH always makes me think, which is what I like most about it.) On Memorial Day, the daily MSN home-page poll asked if you flew... Continue Reading →

The thing you need most is always to be found where you fear to look. Don't let fear and doubt -- or even simply the lure of comfort -- hold you back. Go out into the storm, enter that dark cave, and face down the monster inside. h/t Searching For Dragons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5zdal1MKf0 This song always gets the juices flowing. Maybe it's a bit incongruous, but although I love the Old West, I have no liking for country/western, bluegrass, or any other music that commonly evokes those bygone days. I'm a metalhead through and through. Which is where Volbeat comes in. This is where bluegrass, Johnny Cash, and... Continue Reading →

Try these games–recommended by the FAR System

The FAR System was inspired by the great features of several other tabletop roleplaying games. We highly recommend that you try them and buy them. And when FAR Western is ready, we hope you’ll buy our game too. If you enjoy any of these, you'll probably enjoy ours. In no particular order, here they are:... Continue Reading →

Old West prescription shades

Did you know that people in the Old West actually wore sunglasses? It was a surprise to me. I've been thinking about guns, horses, clothes, provisions, even eyeglasses...but sunglasses never occurred to me. While doing research on the Allen Pepperbox gun, I stumbled across a dramatic part the gun played in early Mormon history and... Continue Reading →

Christmas at the sawmill – A true story of the Old West

The growing settlements in the mountain valleys of Utah needed lumber, and it was Benjamin Franklin Johnson's job to provide it. More than a job -- a mission. The Mormon church's Council of the Twelve had asked him to do it, so he regarded the task as a sacred duty. The sawmill had been sited... Continue Reading →

Happy Far Western Thanksgiving!

Whereas President Ulysses S. Grant has issued a proclamation enjoining all citizens of the United States to thank the Creator for their blessings on this, the 28th day of November, 1872, the proprietors of this publication feel that it would be proper to re-publish the proclamation that established this national Day of Thanksgiving. By the... Continue Reading →

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