Monday - June 24th, 2024
Apple News
×

What can we help you find?

Open Menu
Michael Embry Author, Blogger

Michael Embry is a multi-genre author of 15 books.

Books Authored By Michael Embry

By Michael Embry
By Michael Embry
By Michael Embry

Recent Content

Loading...
Back To The Keyboard &Raquo; Cradle Of Conflict
Back to the Keyboard

 It's been quite a while since I've posted something here. My apology. I could use the excuse that sometimes life gets in the way, but that would be a cop-out. A writer should write, regardless. I h…

 It's been quite a …

 It's been quite a while since I've posted something here. My apology. I could use the excuse that sometimes life gets in the way, but that would be a cop-out. A writer should write, regardless. I have been writing, but not on this platform since last May.First, I had the sixth book in my John Ross Boomer Lit series, Cradle of Conflict, published on Dec. 1. Anyone who has written a book knows that there's a lot of writing that goes into the final product, from drafts (I had seven), to edits, to rewrites. So that took up a lot of my time until I wrapped it up in early November with my editor …

Read More
Alive And Well, And Writing &Raquo; May Newsletter
Alive and Well, and Writing

 I haven't posted a blog in about three months. That's a long time in cyberspace. It was my plan at the start to have a minimum of one post per week and usually exceeded that number. But sometimes l…

 I haven't posted a…

 I haven't posted a blog in about three months. That's a long time in cyberspace. It was my plan at the start to have a minimum of one post per week and usually exceeded that number. But sometimes life gets in the way of intentions. It's not like I've been in a vegetative state, even though I'm a vegetarian. I'm still working on the third rewrite of the sixth book in my "John Ross Boomer Lit Series." It hasn't come along as smoothly as the previous entries, but still, there's progress. I'd like to finish it in a few weeks to submit to my publisher for publication later this year. It might b…

Read More
The Writing Life: Difficult Restart

A week ago I returned to a manuscript that had been in a file folder for nearly a year.  I had put it aside for various and sundry reasons. For those who don't follow my blog, I'm working  on the s…

A week ago I returne…

A week ago I returned to a manuscript that had been in a file folder for nearly a year.  I had put it aside for various and sundry reasons. For those who don't follow my blog, I'm working  on the sixth book in the John Ross Boomer Lit series. I confess that it's been a rocky return to the manuscript. I work on a chapter each day with edits and rewrites. The problem is that I'm still not sure I like where the story is headed.I originally thought I could build on the 40k words and finish the first draft in a couple months. Perhaps that'll happen once I get into a groove. My big concern is t…

Read More
The Writing Life: Back To The Keyboard &Raquo; Computerized Thinker
The Writing Life: Back to the Keyboard

 It's been nearly a year since I saved the manuscript for my next novel on the hard-drive. I put it aside for reasons that I'll keep to myself. But on Feb. 1, I reopened it to begin work on the sixt…

 It's been nearly a…

 It's been nearly a year since I saved the manuscript for my next novel on the hard-drive. I put it aside for reasons that I'll keep to myself. But on Feb. 1, I reopened it to begin work on the sixth book in my John Ross Boomer Lit series. It's my hope to have a complete draft finished in two months. I've written more than 41k words so my first task is to read what I've already written and go from there. So far it's been almost like going over another writer's words. That's good because I'm giving a reader's eye to the story.I'll be making edits and rewrites along the way as the story comes…

Read More
No More Thinking About The End &Raquo; Gravestones
No More Thinking About the End

It may seem odd to many Boomers and other old folks, but I don’t fear death.Now in my mid-70s, I’ve reached many of the goals set many years ago. I never expected life to go on forever — and wou…

It may seem odd to m…

It may seem odd to many Boomers and other old folks, but I don’t fear death.Now in my mid-70s, I’ve reached many of the goals set many years ago. I never expected life to go on forever — and wouldn’t want it to. After so many trips around the Sun, it can get kinda boring.But have you ever considered a few of the positives about kicking the proverbial bucket?No more Filing state and federal income taxes. That means no longer have to keep track of everything you do during the previous years before Filing.No more having to replace vehicles, appliances, and other devices.No more grieving o…

Read More
Looking Ahead &Raquo; List
Looking Ahead

 Embarking on another year, it's my intention to make it better than the previous one. It's not always the case because most things are beyond my control. So, in that case, I simply try to go with t…

 Embarking on anoth…

 Embarking on another year, it's my intention to make it better than the previous one. It's not always the case because most things are beyond my control. So, in that case, I simply try to go with the flow and encounter things as smoothly as possible, although bumps along the way can snap one out of a stupor. So here are some of my goals, not resolutions, for 2023:Get back to my novel, the sixth book in the John Ross Boomer Lit series. It's been sitting dormant for about eight months. I've written more than 40k words so I need to read and rewrite from the get-go.For many years, I've planned…

Read More
Looking Back &Raquo; Time
Looking Back

 This year wasn't the most productive for me. I reached a few of my personal goals. I don't know if it's age or what. Perhaps I don't have the stamina and motivation. I don't know if that's attribut…

 This year wasn't t…

 This year wasn't the most productive for me. I reached a few of my personal goals. I don't know if it's age or what. Perhaps I don't have the stamina and motivation. I don't know if that's attributable to growing older or simply limited interest in doing things. Only time will tell.On the writing front, I didn't have many posts here, probably the fewest ever. As mentioned before, I don't want to post something for the sake of posting something. It's a waste of my time and of readers as well. I do plan to write more about music and travel. There's such a glut of posts out there about writing…

Read More
The Books I Read In 2022 &Raquo; Betrayal
The Books I Read in 2022

I'm a member of Goodreads and always participate in its Reading Challenge every year. This year's personal challenge was to read 30 books; so far I've exceeded that at 32 and still have a couple more …

I'm a member of Good…

I'm a member of Goodreads and always participate in its Reading Challenge every year. This year's personal challenge was to read 30 books; so far I've exceeded that at 32 and still have a couple more on my bookshelf.As a writer, I'm a voracious reader. I believe reading makes me a better writer. I think all writers feel that sentiment about their writing. While I love books, I also read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and various Internet sites. Even cereal boxes. Here are the books that claimed some of my precious time this year.I spent an inordinate amount of time reading about our disgraced …

Read More
A Post About Nothing &Raquo; Thinking
A Post about Nothing

 It's been six weeks since I posted anything on this blog site. For those who are subscribers, I apologize. For others, I will return at some point in time. Bear with me. The point I want to make to…

 It's been six week…

 It's been six weeks since I posted anything on this blog site. For those who are subscribers, I apologize. For others, I will return at some point in time. Bear with me. The point I want to make today is that I'm not going to post something for the sake of posting something. If I don't have anything to say, I'm not going to fabricate some line that is a waste of my time, and more importantly, of yours! I do intend to get back to regular posts, after the holidays and when I have the time to write something worthy of your time. As many of you probably know, I try to avoid politics. It's not…

Read More
On The Road: A Short Trip To Asheville, N.c. &Raquo; Dsc2962
On the Road: A short trip to Asheville, N.C.

Asheville is a jewel in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a small city with big appealDowntown AshevilleMy three-day visit to North Carolina in October exceeded expectations. I knew some things about the city…

Asheville is a jewel…

Asheville is a jewel in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a small city with big appealDowntown AshevilleMy three-day visit to North Carolina in October exceeded expectations. I knew some things about the city, such as the famous Biltmore Estate, and did some research on other places to experience.For many years, while traveling to places in the southeast, I would drive past the Asheville exits on the interstate. Looking back, that was my loss. But I'm glad I was able to overcome the foolish decision of my younger years. Yep, live and learn.Blue Ridge Mountains It's hard to beat driving to that area o…

Read More
Forty-First Annual Kentucky Book Festival &Raquo; Kentucky Book Festival Logo
Forty-first annual Kentucky Book Festival

 It will be a star-studded gathering of authors at the 41st annual Kentucky Book Festival on Saturday.Around 150 authors, including yours truly, will take part in the day-long event at Joseph-Beth Bo…

 It will be a star-…

 It will be a star-studded gathering of authors at the 41st annual Kentucky Book Festival on Saturday.Around 150 authors, including yours truly, will take part in the day-long event at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington. It runs from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. This will be my 11th appearance as an author, beginning in 1985 when it was called the Kentucky Book Fair and held in Frankfort. Newspaper journalist Carl West founded the fair in 1981. I also served on the executive board for six years, until it moved to Lexington in 2017 under the auspices of the Kentucky Humanities Council. This year…

Read More
Destination Banff, Glacier, And Yellowstone National Parks: Notes Along The Way &Raquo; Notebook
Destination Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone National Parks: Notes Along the Way

 I always take a notebook or notepad with me when I travel. I usually write about a day's events after I return to the hotel, but sometimes I'll put down thoughts on the bus or when there's a break a…

 I always take a no…

 I always take a notebook or notepad with me when I travel. I usually write about a day's events after I return to the hotel, but sometimes I'll put down thoughts on the bus or when there's a break along the way. I don't trust my mind to remember everything I've seen or heard over a busy day.My notebookI also keep a small spiral notepad in my camera bag so I can jot down information about where I took a photo. I find it valuable, especially when I return home and begin sorting through the hundreds of images I've taken at various stops along the way. So, here are some of my scribbles from my r…

Read More
Destination Banff, Glacier, And Yellowstone National Parks: Side Trips &Raquo; Dsc2475
Destination Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone National Parks: Side trips

One of my joys when traveling is to go off the beaten path and explore places that expand one's experiences in life. While Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone national parks are certainly highlights of my…

One of my joys when …

One of my joys when traveling is to go off the beaten path and explore places that expand one's experiences in life. While Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone national parks are certainly highlights of my recent guided tour, it was several side trips that added richness to the journey.Head-Smashed-In Buffalo JumpAfter three days in Banff, the bus headed south in Alberta, Canada, to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. The name of the place puzzled me, but learned that it was about the three Blackfoot tribes and their relationship with the buffalo for over 6,000 ye…

Read More
Destination Banff, Glacier, And Yellowstone National Parks: Yellowstone National Park &Raquo; Steamy Geysers
Destination Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone National Parks: Yellowstone National Park

 Yellowstone National Park had been on my travel bucket list for many years and it certainly lived up to expectations in August as a fascinating and unforgettable place to visit with its geysers, can…

 Yellowstone Nation…

 Yellowstone National Park had been on my travel bucket list for many years and it certainly lived up to expectations in August as a fascinating and unforgettable place to visit with its geysers, canyons, colorful springs, waterfalls, and assorted wildlife. Steamy geysersI was concerned when flooding ravaged parts of the park on June 12, washing out roads and damaging infrastructure about seven weeks before my tour was scheduled for a two-day visit. But give credit to the National Park Service staff for making the needed repairs that opened most of the park for tourists. Yellowstone is the …

Read More
Destination Banff, Glacier, And Yellowstone National Parks: Glacier National Park &Raquo; Dscn3023
Destination Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone National Parks: Glacier National Park

 Glacier National Park is a wonder to behold.Red Jammer Unfortunately, my visit to this majestic park was for only a few hours, boarding a 1936 vintage Red Jammer at St. Mary with 11 other passenger…

 Glacier National P…

 Glacier National Park is a wonder to behold.Red Jammer Unfortunately, my visit to this majestic park was for only a few hours, boarding a 1936 vintage Red Jammer at St. Mary with 11 other passengers and traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass. But along the way, you can't help but marvel at the mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and wildlife that passes before you along the way. Encompassing about 1 million acres, it was designated a national park in 1910.Glacier National ParkYou also see scores of hikers who get off the beaten path to explore the beautiful region of North America, s…

Read More
Destination Banff, Glacier, And Yellowstone National Parks: Banff National Park &Raquo; Gondola
Destination Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone National Parks: Banff National Park

 In the weeks before arriving in Banff, I read several travel guides, travel blogs, and watch informative and entertaining videos on YouTube.     Before I travel anywhere, I do a lot of homework …

 In the weeks befor…

 In the weeks before arriving in Banff, I read several travel guides, travel blogs, and watch informative and entertaining videos on YouTube.     Before I travel anywhere, I do a lot of homework to familiarize myself with the destination. I believe it enhances a trip because it provides a roadmap, so to speak, of places I want to see on my adventure.     For those who might be unfamiliar with Banff National Park, it is Canada's oldest national park, created in 1885 as Rocky Mountains Park. It is in Alberta, a western province, and about 80 miles from Calgary.Gondola on Sulphur Mountain…

Read More
Destination Banff, Glacier, And Yellowstone National Parks: The Beginning &Raquo; Calgary Airport
Destination Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone National Parks: The Beginning

 Early in August my wife and I went on an 11-day tour of Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone National Parks. Being nature lovers, it ranks as one of the most scenic trips we've had in our travels in the …

 Early in August my…

 Early in August my wife and I went on an 11-day tour of Banff, Glacier, and Yellowstone National Parks. Being nature lovers, it ranks as one of the most scenic trips we've had in our travels in the past few years. With Covid-19 still raising its ugly head around the world, we were relieved to know that Canada only required the recommended vaccines, with the understanding they could still test us upon arrival in Calgary. But our tour company required us to have a negative Covid test within 72 hours of departure. We passed that test. Calgary International AirportBut our tour still got off to…

Read More
Destination Portugal: Lisbon &Raquo; Lisbon12
Destination Portugal: Lisbon

 Lisbon is the vibrant capital of Portugal, a gorgeous city steeped in history, impressive architecture, cultural diversity, and friendly residents. The only things that could spoil a visit would be…

 Lisbon is the vibr…

 Lisbon is the vibrant capital of Portugal, a gorgeous city steeped in history, impressive architecture, cultural diversity, and friendly residents. The only things that could spoil a visit would be the weather, sitting in an enclosed tour bus, and not having enough time to take in a lot of the activities and sights to satisfy the curious tourist. Unlucky me and my fellow travelers. We encountered off-and-on rain during our two days in Lisbon, a city spread over seven hills and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Of course, the weather is something you have no control over when on a guid…

Read More
Register to become a Member of BabyBoomer.org

Recent Active Contributors

Show More

Keep Up To Date With Our Latest Baby Boomer News & Offers!

Sign Up for Our FREE Newsletter

Name(Required)
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.