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Sam Neumann is an author, photographer, and student of the otter way of life. This is his blog. Head to the top menu for more info or check out the most recent posts below.

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…

Saying No

You know how we all feel obligated to explain ourselves every time we say no to something? “I’d LOVE to come to your swanky thing where I’m required to make small talk with people I’ve never met this Friday, but I’m afraid I can’t. I have a, uh…racquetball-related conflict. You know how it is. Next time!” It’s like somewhere along the…

Writing Tip: Don’t F*#king Do This

…I’m compiling an ongoing list of simple tips to improve your writing, and make writing easier. None of these are original ideas – because I don’t have many of those – but aggregated knowledge I’ve found useful. They aim to help with both that unfinished sci fi epic on your desktop (i.e. fiction) and your resignation letter due to repeated HR violations (nonfiction).…

The End

“The end.” That feels good to write. I’ve never actually written it at the end of anything before, because it’s unnecessary and redundant. But I wanted to try it this time, the way we all like trying quaint, old-timey things every now and then, and damn if there isn’t a certain satisfaction in those two words. Anyway, I finished another novel.…