Denver Comic Con, Here I Come!

On my way to Denver in 90 minutes and hoping my stress dreams about it will now end! Absolutely crazy one this morning. This is why I find fantasy writing easy, I suppose!

Doing a giveaway of an awesome Viking mug (painted by moi at Fire On The Mountain and in honor of NaNoWriMo), hers and his Orville T-shirts (thanks to Becky Jewell for the artwork and Judith Mulder for the Ts), an octopus dress (long story), and of course, some books! Scan the QR to be added to my mailing list and enter for a chance to win it all!

(and wish me luck!)

Alligator Preserves Episode 24: Who Are You Calling a Cute Little Old Lady?

Marge by some ruins on her property by the river.

Don’t call Marge Dorfmeister a cute little old lady.

There’s something about people who grew up on a farm. Octogenarian Marge Dorfmeister shares a lifetime of experiences, her poetry, her humor, and her ideas about the end of life.

Her original work “Buena Vista” (from the original musical melodrama “He Promised Me Violets”)

Show Notes and Links:

  • She’s a farm girl! Call her Marge
  • Moving to Buena Vista, CO and never looking back
  • Former president of Chaffee County Writers Exchange, and now the oldest member
  • The news, war, and her work establishing a new campus of Colorado Mountain College
  • Writing groups, the Shavano Poets, and her poem “What Was the Question?”
  • Dealing with the end of a 67 year relationship with her man
  • Her favorite “Secret Garden” door

    The idea of being a “cute little old lady” and the circle of life

  • “Old wives tales” medical treatment
  • Fears?
  • Happy memories, her husband, the Pick and Shovel Players
  • Controversial actions
  • Advice, even though she doesn’t believe in giving it
  • Her songwriting and how her daily routine has changed
  • These are a few of her favorite things
  • Storytelling and dreams
  • Secrets

    Handwritten notes of Marge’s music, page 1
  • Next episode: Something completely different

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Alligator Preserves Episode 23: SPECIAL SERIES: Leadville Race Series with Marvin and Lisa Sandoval

Marvin and Lisa “paint” on magical disappearing paper before our interview!

Marvin and Lisa Sandoval discuss their experiences with the Leadville Race Series and what it takes for anyone, including YOU, to finish these epic endurance races!

This is the third in a special series about these renowned races in Leadville, Colorado . . . races that start at 10,200′ elevation!

Lisa and Marvin display their post-interview paintings! (they drip when wet!)

Show Notes and Links:

  • Marvin talks about his Turquoise Lake 20K run finish
  • Leadville’s Herald Democrat newspaper
  • Heavy half-marathon
  • Finishing races and one not completed (no new gear!)
  • Marvin talks about his knee surgery
  • Marvin and Lisa discuss why they race
  • Overcoming anxiety and having the right mindset
  • They discuss their most difficult and most fun races
  • Cut-off times during the races
  • Grit, Guts, and Determination (but not “Grits”!)
  • Ultra bike race advice
  • Advice for crews
  • Bike malfunctions (and what to expect)
  • Tandem cycling
  • Food . . . HerbaLife
  • Smiling and encouraging other races
  • How much cow bell is too much cow bell at aid stations?
  • Orange Mud (Marvin’s kit this year)
  • Absolute Bikes (Lisa’s kit this year)
  • Leadville Trail Race Series
  • Leadman/Leadwoman and Lifetime
  • Life Time Fitness
  • Legacy Foundation benefits the people of Leadville

Other Links:

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Alligator Preserves Episode 22: Duty, Honor, Country

Pat C. Hoy II, the man who helped to determine my future. Photo from a link to his full essay: Homage to Vietnam

Who will you remember today, tomorrow, and forevermore?  In this episode, Laurel reads an excerpt from an essay written by her West Point mentor, Pat C. Hoy II, who was instrumental in her decision to stay at the United States Military Academy.

Pat’s essay reminds us of the sacrifices made not only by service members of the Armed Forces, but by their families as well.

Read Pat’s full essay here: Homage to Vietnam

Order Pat’s book here: Instinct for Survival: Essays

and listen to the excerpt here:

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” ~ an excerpt from General MacArthur’s Farewell Speech — Duty, Honor, Country (May 12, 1962)

 

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Hey, story lovers! Did you know that Alligator Preserves is a one-person operation?

Please help keep me, Laurel McHargue, host of Alligator Preserves, on the road! Would you treat me to a monthly coffee (and brownie)? Please and thank you!

Every week I think of ways to inform and entertain my listeners, seeking out fascinating people and writing pieces to share with the world. Each finished episode takes many long hours to produce, and I do this because like you, my listeners, I enjoy stories told well.

With the support of patrons, I can continue to provide stimulating weekly content free of charge to many who are unable to pay, and I can keep up with the latest equipment to provide you with an enjoyable listening experience.

I’ve already started to travel to capture stories on-location, and that costs time and money. A girl’s got to eat, you know, and even if you could cover the cost of one coffee (and maybe a brownie?) each month, your support would help keep me on the road!

It’s easy to become a patron at this Patreon link. For only $1/month you’ll get four ad-free episodes of my show, and at higher levels you’ll get extra episodes, including premiere readings of a new short story I’ll create each month . . . and more.

If you are already a patron, thank you for your continued support, and please encourage your friends to join you as an Alligator Preserves Patron of the Arts! I just might have a future episode with your name in the title!

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~ Laurel

PTB ’83!

United States Military Academy
Senior West Point photo in “full dress” for parade uniform.

Today is an auspicious day. Thirty-five years ago, I traded in my cadet gray for Army blue along with all my other classmates in the class of 1983. “Proud To Be ’83” was our motto, and to this day, I’ve never questioned my decision to join the Long Gray Line.

Author Kat Seaholm posted my essay about why my goal is to write in every genre, and my decision to attend West Point factors into my story.

Someday, I’ll write about my Army years.

Find out a little bit about me and why I’ve chosen this author goal here: Friday Feature: Author Laurel McHargue

Thank you, Kat!

SPECIAL SERIES: Leadville Race Series with Ty and Roxanne Hall

Ride a mountain bike over 100 miles in tricky terrain over 10,200′ elevation? And do it again and again . . . despite extreme adversity?

Ty and Roxanne Hall have eyebrow-raising stories about their experiences training for and participating in the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, and tips for anyone who might consider signing up for this challenging race series. Do it! Sign up!

Ty and Roxanne Hall share their experiences overcoming adversity and racing the LT100 Mountain bike race!

Show Notes with Links:

  • Leadville Race Series
  • Link to SPECIAL EPISODE: Leadville Race Series with Ken Chlouber
  • Ty and Roxanne Hall, owner of the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center,  Cookhouse and Sleep Yurts discuss how they met and why they race (are they born with the  desire?)
  • Roxanne’s mother is in the Sports Hall of Fame in Leadville and in Denver for her contributions to the skiing world. Roxanne loved gymnastics
  • The camaraderie of racing
  • The early days of the LT100 Mountain Bike Race (started in 1994, and Ty first raced in 1995 with about 150 other racers)
  • Crewing for the race
  • Roxanne talks about her horrific accident in 2008 and subsequent recovery
  • Roxanne’s Ange Guardien de Velo (Guardian Angel of the bike) project
  • Owner of Melanzana makes special items for Roxanne during her time on crutches, and Harperrose Studios promotes her work
  • They each talk about food for racing
  • Tips for newbies to the race
  • Ty’s participation in the “Tomorrow Chaser” project…raised @$35K last year for the community
  • How long will they race?
  • How do they want to be remembered?
  • First Descents (please consider donations!)
  • Wounded Warriors (please consider donations!)
  • Legacy Foundation (please consider donations!”
  • HAVE A GOAL! SIGN UP!

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Alligator Preserves Episode 20: In Which I Answer Many Questions!

Ever wonder how writers are inspired, what their routines look like, how they make characters “real” and relatable? I have answers for aspiring writers of every age!

After my Skype session with a language arts class in Texas, the teacher compiled a list of insightful questions from her 7th grade students and sent them to me. In this episode, I answer them all!

Fun Skype session into a Texas School library! Thanks to Melanie Moore Vann (teacher), Linda Kay (Librarian and photo credit!), and Ridgeview Middle School students!

My sincere thanks go out to the staff and students of Ridgeview Middle School in Round Rock, Texas for their enthusiasm and sincere interest!

Show Notes with embedded Links:
(These are the questions I received. For answers, listen to the episode!)

What would you recommend when you have writer’s block?

Other Links:

f you enjoyed this episode and others, please subscribe to Alligator Preserves on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and tell your friends about it! Please support Alligator Preserves on Patreon.  You will be rewarded!

Submit your books to the prestigious 2018 CIPA EVVY Awards. The website for more information is at cipabooks.com. You have until May 19th, so don’t miss out!

And if don’t have a book to submit but love to read, please volunteer to judge this year’s submissions (and you’ll get a bunch of free books, too)! Click on this easy link to receive your favorite types of books. You choose how many and what kind of books you want. Remember – you get to keep all the books you judge for FREE!

Alligator Preserves Episode 19: Are You A Pantser?

Do you even know what a pantser is?

In this episode I visit and laugh and really mess up a knock-knock joke with Annalisa Parent, writing coach and author of “Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Write and Revise Your Novel Without an Outline.”

Annalisa discusses the benefits of planning and pantsing when it comes to writing a book, how neuroscience influences creativity, ways to work around writer’s block, the evolution of language, and much more.

(see the interview on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/CqeptmXHF74)

Show Notes and Links:

Other Links:

f you enjoyed this episode and others, please subscribe to Alligator Preserves on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and tell your friends about it! Please support Alligator Preserves on Patreon.  You will be rewarded!

Submit your books to the prestigious 2018 CIPA EVVY Awards. The website for more information is at cipabooks.com. You have until May 19th, so don’t miss out!

And if don’t have a book to submit but love to read, please volunteer to judge this year’s submissions (and you’ll get a bunch of free books, too)! Click on this easy link to receive your favorite types of books. You choose how many and what kind of books you want. Remember – you get to keep all the books you judge for FREE!

 

Special Series: Leadville Trail (LT) Race Series with Founder Ken Chlouber

Ken Chlouber, poster child for grit, guts, and determination! DIG DEEP!

Do you have what it takes to complete a 100-mile foot race through the Rocky Mountains? Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville Trail Race Series, believes in you–but you must make a commitment to yourself.

In the first episode of this special Alligator Preserves series, Laurel visits with Ken and learns what’s special about Leadville and this unusual race series.

Show Notes with Links:

Ken Chlouber, 60-year-old bull rider!

f you enjoyed this episode and others, please subscribe to Alligator Preserves on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and tell your friends about it! Please support Alligator Preserves on Patreon.  You will be rewarded!

Submit your books to the prestigious 2018 CIPA EVVY Awards. The website for more information is at cipabooks.com. You have until May 19th, so don’t miss out!

And if don’t have a book to submit but love to read, please volunteer to judge this year’s submissions (and you’ll get a bunch of free books, too)! Click on this easy link to receive your favorite types of books. You choose how many and what kind of books you want. Remember – you get to keep all the books you judge for FREE!