flyfishing movie

My brother is involved with this kickstarter campaign to help raise money for this movie about cancer and fly fishing. Please consider donating.

Kickstarter campaign page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/travisswartz/fish-on-stories-from-a-reel-recovery-retreat


cool stuff


the "other" blog

I started working on another blog with a few other guys. You can check it out here: http://bureauphile.wordpress.com/.




thoughts on writing

"But reports can give you tunnel vision, trapping you on the middle rungs of the abstraction ladder and crippling your ability to tell a good story."

pg. 58, Story Craft, by Jack Hart

Stories are told either by using summaries of what has happened or by putting the story into scene. There are areas in between the two however. And if you are in this gray area, you are not telling a good story. Try to move towards either end.

The good writer must "show and tell."

Part of my new work is reading a book about the craft of writing each week. I liked what Hart had to say about these things.


vituary: jordan r.

My good friend, Jordan, just graduate from college. I can’t fathom that the little girl who needed help doing her homework is an adult.

But what a wonderful adult she has turned into. She is into birds. What is fun about her interest is that it has been 1. lifelong, and 2. it has given a structure to her life thus far which has allowed her to explore all kinds of other things through the lens of her love of birds. She has traveled all over the world to see birds and spent countless hours with her family in search of birds. She used birds as a vehicle to complete her Girl Scout Gold Award project. She has worked to preserve the habitat of birds and to use science to figure out why some birds are struggling.

She is gracious and fun to be around. In the last few years we have not spent as much time together as we did when she was little. But I have followed her growth into an engaged young adult who promises to do great things with her time here.

Congrats Jordan. May the world keep producing great people like you.

(Hat tip to Pam Rutter Photography for the picture.)