It’s time for a major website makeover. Love, Obsession, and Consequences is now DEERLAND.
To many of you, my website’s previous title must have seemed puzzling. My blog posts were about nature, the environment, the outdoors, and even hunting. What did any of that have to do with “love, obsession, and consequences?”
I could tell from my search stats that I was often a dead end for lovelorn souls who desperately needed help with important personal decisions. They arrived at my website after Googling questions like “Is it love or obsession?” and “How to get over a love obsession?” To them, I apologize. If you’re one of them, and if you happen to return and read this, I sincerely hope things are going better by now.
To the rest of you, I can explain everything. It’s all about the deer. You see, our complex relationship with deer truly does make for a twisted tale of love, obsession, and consequences. First comes love and obsession, then consequences.
That’s the story I’m working on now. And today, on July 4, it’s official. The working title of my next book is DEERLAND.
It will be published by Lyons Press, and is represented by Laurie Abkemeier. She’s a great agent, one of the best in the business, and I feel tremendously fortunate to be working with her. Without her patient coaching and guidance, I never could have made it this far.
It’s been a long road. I’ve already drafted a couple chapters, and I’ve learned a lot about both the publishing business and the deer business. In both cases, however, I’m still learning. There’s a long road ahead, both figuratively and literally.
As I research this story, I’ll be driving down freeways, back roads, old logging roads, and even suburban side streets. I’ll also wear out a couple pair of hiking boots. During the months to come, I’ll be sharing some of my experiences right here on my blog.
Out in the woods, new stories are waiting to be told. The deer are out there. I’m going to tell their story—and ours, too.
We do, after all, live in DEERLAND. It’s easy to underestimate, especially if you live somewhere like LA or NYC, just how huge a role deer play in the environment, our culture, and even our economy. To learn a bit more, please check out my new Home page as soon as you’re done here. For now, let’s just say our complex relationship with deer reveals a great deal about America—and also about us Americans.
Yes, this is a story about deer. Most of all, however, it’s a story about us.