Welcome to the Lodge.

My name is Sam Neumann, and this is my blog. I'm an author, photographer, and probably the first person to model my way of living around the Alaskan sea otter. It's less insane than it sounds. I'm glad you stopped by - head to the top menu for more info or check out the most recent posts below.

The Otter Lodge Guide to Social Media, Part 1

The social media scene is such a two-faced animal; great for keeping up with old friends, sharing your thoughts and ideas, and learning new things about people you know, and terrible for those exact same reasons. We all get annoyed from time to time by the things we see on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+¬†Instagram, yet we keep coming back. Its…

How It All Started: My First Blog

I’ve been polluting the internet and the pages of books with my misguided rants and ruminations for the better part of six years now. The bad news: I don’t plan on stopping. However! There is good news: I think I’ve pinpointed where it all started. A few days ago, I ran an internet search for randomly stumbled upon this gem:…

Random Acts of Otter

Today I bring you Random Acts of Otter, in which the Lodge upholds its civic duty by disseminating crucial information YouTube videos about the otter community. This¬†particular video was brought to my attention by friend of the Lodge Tracy Hindman on Facebook, and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a must-watch. The story goes: This baby otter pup was…

Put the Camera Down

Here’s the deal: I’m a photographer. Far as I can remember, it started on a family vacation to Hawaii when I was a freshman in college. I borrowed my mom’s point-and-shoot Nikon, turned it to macro mode, and took a closeup picture of an orange flower. It turned out well, and this gave me the first indication¬†that “normal” people like…

I’m on a Panel

Hi. As you may know, November is National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short, obviously). As such, I am being graced with the honor of serving on an “author panel” at the Chisago Lakes, MN, public library on November 18. Yes, taking it back to the homeland under the guise of being a real, credible author who actually knows…