Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet," "Endangered Edens," and "Time Is Irreverent."

Monthly archives for April, 2018

The Tweeter

The Tweeter

Marty’s photo of the day #2528: When I was in Spain, I photographed lots of old churches. They were really quite interesting, and many of the ornamentations seemed quite unusual for religious buildings. Looking at this one now, it seems rather prophetic. I call it “The Tweeter.”   Did the Spaniards predict Crybaby Trump tweeting […]

Whipsnake

Whipsnake

Marty’s photo of the day #2527: I photographed this whipsnake in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. I had to be quick to capture this photo, because it was doing an admirable job of defending itself.

Pelican in blue

Pelican in blue

Marty’s photo of the day #2526: It’s artsy photo day. This is a brown pelican that I photographed over the Sea of Cortez. The bird was in focus, but the sun washed out much of the scene. So I darkened the photo and increased the vibrancy while boosting the blues that were already there. Because […]

Bigotry in the book promotion industry

Bigotry in the book promotion industry

I expect bigotry from conservative Christians and from the Republican Party, but I have to say that I’m surprised by the bigotry I’ve witnessed in the book promotion business. Books reach the top of the charts in three ways: the author is already a celebrity, everything goes right and the author gets a big publishing […]

In-flight; in-focus

In-flight; in-focus

Marty’s photo of the day #2525: I always enjoy the victory when I get an in-flight photo in focus. This is a great blue heron.

Borneo walking stick

Borneo walking stick

Marty’s photo of the day #2524: Borneo is an island of walking sticks. Here’s one of the many I found while night-hiking there.

Ravens

Ravens

Marty’s photo of the day #2523: I photographed these ravens during an early morning hike on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Bison

Bison

Marty’s photo of the day #2523: Today is dedicated solely to doing the final pre-publication listen to the audio book for Time Is Irreverent. The audio book is going to be awesome! With no time for anything else, my description of today’s photo will be brief: bison.

They’re onto us!

They’re onto us!

Marty’s photo of the day #2522: The action has been slow lately on the motion-sensing camera in our front yard. I think the animals are on to us.

A sad Earth Day

A sad Earth Day

Marty’s photo of the day #2521: I wish I could say “Happy Earth Day,” but this is one of the least happy Earth Days ever. I took this photo in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—the most magical, untouched location in the United States. Pasted below is the Epilogue that I wrote for the Arctic chapter […]

Time Is Irreverent is a #1 Best Seller in LGBT Science Fiction

Time Is Irreverent is a #1 Best Seller in LGBT Science Fiction

My goal this week was for Time Is Irreverent to become an Amazon #1 Best Seller in at least one category. Yesterday I accomplished that when my novel hit #1 in Parodies. Then, even though I sat at #2 in multiple categories, all the books ahead of mine had such strong sales that they looked […]

Foremost authority on comb-crested agamid lizards?

Foremost authority on comb-crested agamid lizards?

Marty’s photo of the day #2520: I photographed this female comb-crested agamid lizard on the island of Borneo. How do I know she’s a female? The males have a much larger comb crest. And that’s about all I know about these lizards. However, as I was typing this, I Googled the lizards’ name to make […]

Time Is Irreverent is #1 in Parodies

Time Is Irreverent is #1 in Parodies

I’ve been working incredibly hard to push Time Is Irreverent up Amazon’s charts. Today the book reached Best Seller status for the first time in the United States. It’s now the #1 Best-Selling Parody! The novel is also #2 in LGBT Science Fiction, #2 in Humorous Science Fiction, and #3 in Political Humor, so I […]

Farewell to the late-great Stewart Brandborg

Farewell to the late-great Stewart Brandborg

Marty’s photo of the day #2519: This is me with the late-great Stewart Brandborg, who died last Saturday. Here’s what I wrote about Stewart in my book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico:   Before we move on to the next section of our journey, I […]

There’s only so much I want in common with Douglas Adams

There’s only so much I want in common with Douglas Adams

When I finished writing “Time Is Irreverent,” and pitched the novel to various people in the industry, I often had to answer the question “What book is yours most like?” Because “Time Is Irreverent” is unique, my honest answer should have been “none.” But that’s not the way the game is played. So for lack […]

Puerto Rico electric vs paper towels

Puerto Rico electric vs paper towels

Marty’s photo of the day #2518: In honor of the Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians baseball games in Puerto Rico this week, I’m digging into my Puerto Rico photos. The series ended last night with each team winning a game. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that the final game would be “electric,” with Twins’ Puerto […]

Climbing the Amazon charts

Climbing the Amazon charts

On Tuesday, I began a week-long promotion with the goal of moving “Time Is Irreverent” to #1 on Amazon in at least one US category. Yesterday turned out to be my best sales day ever, and my novel is currently at #2 in LGBT Science Fiction, #5 in Humorous Science Fiction, and #6 in Dark […]

Baseball and boas

Baseball and boas

Marty’s photo of the day #2517: In honor of the Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians baseball games in Puerto Rico this week, I’m digging into my Puerto Rico photos. The island really needs these games as a pick-me-up, after the Trump administration botched the hurricane recovery efforts (they have enough paper towels now, however). Both […]

Baseball in Puerto Rico . . . and iguanas too!

Baseball in Puerto Rico . . . and iguanas too!

Marty’s photo of the day #2516: In honor of the Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians baseball games in Puerto Rico this week, I thought I’d dig into my Puerto Rico photos. The island really needs these games as a pick-me-up, after the Trump administration botched the hurricane recovery efforts (they have enough paper towels now, […]

The first major review of Time Is Irreverent

The first major review of Time Is Irreverent

The normal process for books is to submit them to major reviewers months before publication, so that their comments can appear on the release date. Because Time Is Irreverent satirically skewers today’s Republicans and predicts their future course, I couldn’t follow the normal process and risk that it become dated before its release. Not that […]

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