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Nightcap Books reading into the night. Mugilan Raju Prime my subconscious, one hint at a time. He bought big chunks of land and had a place built. Much of the stone and wood was cut from the land. The rest of the building materials was brought in on the narrow-gauge railroad from Truckee to Tahoe City and then put onto the steamer to boat down the West Shore to the site.
The house construction was begun in , finished a few years later, and it served as a grand summer lodge for family members and their guests for many years. For those curious about the "Ehrman" in the name Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, one of Hellman's daughters married a man named Ehrman, and that couple lived longer at the house than anyone before or since. Most of a century later, the surviving family members sold the property and house to the state of California to use as a park. The state was going to tear down the house, which was rundown.
Fortunately, a private group raised funds for restoration, and the house was saved. Now we, the public, own, and get to enjoy, the park. One of the cool things about being a writer is that when I'm struck by a particular place, as I was by Sugar Pine Point, I can set scenes there in a book. Labels: Tahoe Stuff. We don't get a lot of fog in Tahoe.
But one morning a few days back, we woke up to a thick gray soup.
As it happened, I was heading up Echo Summit and drove out of the fog and popped into the sunshine just a few hundred feet up. I pulled over at the top of Meyer's Grade and snapped a pic. It looked like the fog was an ocean, and the mountains rose up out of it like tropical islands. But there's another bit of news about Whole Foods. It is coming to South Lake Tahoe. It will be on the main drag, between Herbert and Ski Run. Ski Run is where the largest of The Red Hut breakfast cafes is, known, by a few select, discerning readers, as a place that sells my books.
Now, Whole Foods has a chance to become known, by a few select, discerning readers, as the fancy grocery story just down the street from the breakfast cafe that sells the adventures of Owen McKenna and his Great Dane Spot. Some ice like stucco on the walkway Friday morning. Sunday, November 12, Movies vs. I've often noticed that people go to see the next Hollywood blockbuster and get enthralled and excited.
I also often notice that when someone writes a review of a book by one of my favorite authors or even one of mine , I'll see comments suggesting that the book stretched credulity. When that happens I sometimes wonder if those same readers watch movies with the most ridiculous scenarios and never question a thing. Writers care. We want readers to "buy in" to our story, care about the predicament in which our poor characters are stuck, and enjoy the ride.
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However, it's hard to constantly be held to a higher standard than that grandest of story vehicles, the movies. I'd guess that the root of the problem is "seeing is believing. Or, maybe some readers simply hold writers to a higher standard because novels are a higher art form? I doubt it.
Movie makers certainly get a pass of sorts. When the audience sees stuff on the big screen, they tend to buy in and get invested. They saw it with their own eyes. I don't need to bore you with examples. Would you pause and question the creator for telling such an out-sized tale? Enjoy the next book you read! Labels: On Writing. Where would one think winter lasts 7 months a year? Oh yeah, and Tahoe. Before the storm started, the prediction was 1 - 3 feet total accumulation above feet of elevation before the skies clear. What we get at our house.
I last shoveled about two weeks ago we had two small snowfalls in October. Before that, I cleared about 6 inches in the middle of June.
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We did get some snow on August 23rd, but I didn't bother shoveling. That means that the only months in the last twelve when it didn't snow was July and September.
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Then again, maybe it did snow a little in September. Discounting the summer months because the snow melts almost right away, that means actual winter-like weather only persisted much in May.
So add it up November through May.