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Sam Neumann is a New York Times bestselling author and Bob Ross Enthusiast. This is his place. Make yourself comfortable.

New Books (and Old Books I Want to Give You for Free)

1. The Call of the Mountain, that novel I keep talking about, is available for preorder on Amazon. This means you can just click the button to buy it now and they’ll magically send it to your device when it’s released on July 21. You should do it. Do it. Honestly, it’s $4. Just do it. Here’s the skinny: Deep in the…

Ranking the Bears

Deep in contemplative thought about whether polar bears or grizzly bears are cooler, I realized I must go deeper into this topic. Everyone knows the bear is one of the greatest animals, but what kind of bear is best? How many types of bears are there, really? Is there a worst bear? Could a person ride a bear? Etc. There…

On Branding

Some moons ago I was sent to Indianapolis by my employer to attend the NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar. This event is described as “an annual professional development event providing effective leadership, educational and transitional programming for more than 200 current graduate assistants and interns from NCAA membership institutions, conference offices and affiliate organizations.” For me, it was a free trip…

Cover Reveal Time

I’m drinking coffee out of my Bob Ross mug as I type this, so you know it’s an occasion. The reason I gathered you here is to show you the cover of my forthcoming book, The Call of the Mountain, which you probably saw before you even read any of this text. So my work here is done. Thanks for looking. I…

Photoramble: Rainy Days

It was a rainy, gray day in Boulder yesterday. I had some free time and was hoping to do a hike, but I canned the plan when I saw the weather. Who wants to hike on a crap day? At some point in the afternoon, I got restless, said screw it, grabbed my camera and a raincoat and went out. When…