Marty’s photo of the day #4328: Even though I live in Montana, there’s no doubt that I have performed more often in Pennsylvania than any other state (followed by New York, Washington, and North Carolina). One reason for this is that Penn State has campuses all over the state, and I’ve performed at most of […]
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Come play with the puppy!
Marty’s photo of the day #4275: Nellie hurt her left rear leg late last summer. We had the vet look at it, but she couldn’t figure out the problem without sedating Nellie for an X-ray. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious, as the only time it’s noticeable is when she gets up from a […]
Doctor Refurb: More great reviews!
Great reviews keep coming in for my new science-fiction political-comedy, Doctor Refurb! This one, from Indies Today, arrived this morning. Reminder: If you live in western Montana, I will be telling stories and signing all seven of my books at 6:00 p.m., this Wednesday, at Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton. Please stop by! For […]
Weaving in Venice
Marty’s photo of the day #4066: When Deb and I were in Venice, Italy in late 2018, I got to play reporter’s photographer at the Luigi Becilacqua workshop. There my wife interviewed a representative for an article she was writing for Handwoven Magazine. The velvet weaving workshop dates back to 1875, and their work is […]
Thank you Senator Tester and President Biden!
Marty’s photo of the day #4065: In celebration of President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act today, I dug up this photo of Deb and me at a Jon Tester campaign rally in 2018. Deb and I have known Senator Tester for years, and he campaigned with Deb when she ran for the Montana State […]
Yummy stuffed bones for your dog
(Pretty much) back to normal speaking tour!
Marty’s photo of the day #3927: April will be my most back to normal speaking tour since the start of the pandemic. It includes shows in greater Chicago, greater New York City, and even a return to an old favorite—the Tanglewood Nature Center in upstate New York (where this photo of me with a great […]
Real life in fiction
Marty’s photo of the day #3903: To-date, I have written three nonfiction books and three science-fiction books. Additionally, I am almost finished with my seventh book. This one will be another science-fiction political-comedy. Even when I write fiction, I draw on personal experiences and factual events. In one of the adventures in my new book, […]
Marty Essen signed book special!
Signed books make great holiday gifts! Beginning today, I am offering a signed book special. Here are the prices: Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents: $19.95 Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: $19.95 Time Is Irreverent: $14.95 Time Is Irreverent 2: Jesus Christ, Not […]
My COVID-19 vaccination: the reaction and the whining
I had never had a reaction to a shot before, but after I got my Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, I felt like I had gone several rounds with a heavyweight boxer. My wife, Deb, on the other hand, didn’t have any reaction to the shot she got at the same time. From what we’ve […]
Dying before finishing would really piss me off
Marty’s photo of the day #3524: As an author, I can’t think of anything that would piss me off more than working for months and months on a book, only to die before it was published. Even if someone tries to finish the deceased author’s book (as has happened for some), it’s never as good […]
New York City stories
Marty’s photo of the day #3511: I took this photo of New York City several years ago, when I was on a college speaking tour. My soon-to-be-released humorous memoir, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, features several stories that revolve around New York City, including my trips there when I […]
Hits, Heathens, and Hippos cover reveal
Just arrived! The cover for my sixth book: Hits, Heathens, and Hippos. I don’t have a publication date yet, as I’m still evaluating publishing options. It could be as early as February or as late as November. I also have some great back cover blurbs from celebrities. Here’s one of them: “Hits, Heathens, and Hippos […]
Signed Marty Essen Books!
Avoid the Black Friday Crowds. Signed books make special gifts! For a limited time, I’m offering free U.S. shipping on all signed books and will also include a free signed copy of Endangered Edens with every purchase of two or more books. All books are Amazon #1 best-sellers in their respective categories. Here are the […]
Send in your 2021 Obamacare application in now!
My wife and I love Obamacare (ACA). For self-employed people like us, it’s really the only way to go. Because Republicans are determined to take Obamacare away from millions (in a pandemic!) and are using a Supreme Court hearing later this month to do so, I didn’t waste any time and completed my application for […]
Making the most of the Trump Pandemic
I feel almost guilty saying it, but Deb and I have adapted quite well to life in the year 2020. While we mourn the massive Trump-induced deaths, racial injustice, out-of-control cops, and the slow murder of our planet, curling up in a corner and whimpering isn’t our style. We’re doing what we can to bring […]
What if Biden is delaying his VP pick because . . .
Joe Biden won’t be announcing his vice presidential pick next week and instead will announce the week of August 9. I don’t ever remember so much anticipation for a VP pick. I think that’s because many of us are thinking long-term. The Republicans could be stuck sucking shit at the bottom of the outhouse for […]
How life would be different with a single change to history
I love writing the Time Is Irreverent series of novels, because the characters allow me to demonstrate how things would be different with a single change to history. For instance, in the first novel time-traveling protagonists Marty Mann and Nellie Dixon show how life today would be different if Christianity hadn’t taken hold, and in […]
Off to the editor!
Yay! I just sent Time Is Irreverent 3: Gone for Sixteen Seconds off to my editor. After I wrote my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents (published in 2007), it took me nine years to publish Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. […]
My writing room
Marty’s photo of the day #3055: I recently read a blog about how important it is for writers to have a special writing room. I think I have that covered. During the day, I have a stunning view of the snow-covered mountains, and at night I work by candlelight. Regarding my writing: Time Is Irreverent […]