This looks like a fun day at the water park, right? It’s a picture from this year’s Memorial Day celebration at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. People are celebrating the holiday weekend without a care in the world. There are plenty of photos like this circulating online, but the “PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING” banner proudly displayed over a tightly-packed crowd makes this one my favorite. That’s one for the history books, folks.
The pandemic isn’t over. Not even close. The spike of people gathering in crowds like this over the holiday weekend will inevitably trigger a second wave of infections and deaths.
Why is this happening? Why are people gathering in large crowds when the virus may still be spreading at epidemic rates in 24 states, and a second wave was starting in the Midwest and South even before people started abandoning distancing over the holiday weekend? Read more ›
Hi! My name is Treesong. If you’re reading this, you probably already know something about me. I’m a father, husband, author, talk radio host, and Real-Life Superhero. I write fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, mostly about the climate.
I also have a “nonstandard” name.
My full legal name is Treesong. It’s a single-word first name with no last name. I had my name legally changed to Treesong in 2002. If you want the short version of the story behind this name, check out my Origin Story page. It’s a Real-Life Superhero origin story, so be prepared for some cheesy framing.
This “nonstandard” name has led to a lot of strange experiences that make for interesting stories. I’m writing this post about my name because I have a new story to tell, but first allow me to share some of the classic name-related tales from the Adventures of Treesong. Read more ›
A very merry unbirthday to you! My birthday is coming up on May 19. I’m not having my usual big party this year because spreading a deadly virus isn’t my idea of a good time. Therefore, all celebrations that involve friends will have to take place online this year.
I invite you to celebrate with me online! In lieu of gifts, here are a few suggestions for how you can celebrate my birthday with me.
- Have Your Own Party at Your Place. Do something enjoyable that you don’t do on a regular basis. It doesn’t even have to be anything I would enjoy. Play some music, have a dance party, have a picnic or other adventure outdoors (with appropriate distancing), watch some movies, play some games (online or offline), whatever feels like a party to you. Tell me about it if you get a chance. We can’t have big gatherings out in physical reality right now, but we can still party on our own terms.
- Give My Books to Someone. This is a two-for-one gift! Giving my books to someone counts as a gift to them AND as a gift to me. It’s two for the price of one. Remember to Rate, Review, and Recommend (The Three R’s) any books that you like, especially books by independent authors. That counts as yet another gift. Three gifts in one!
- Support Drilled News, Hot Take, and Heated. These three climate-related projects offer some of the best climate reporting and commentary available. “Support” can mean listen to the podcasts, read the newsletters, donate in my name, or just help spread the word. Even if you’re not usually a climate person, one of these podcasts will surely draw you in.
- Take A Creative Climate Action. Do something creative, interesting, funny, quirky, or daring in support of climate justice and tell me about it. Write a poem or song, paint or draw something, dress up like a climate superhero in front of some relevant landmark, and so on. The sky’s the limit. We all know about the usual action steps like writing a letter to Congress or going to a march/rally. But I enjoy hearing stories about more creative climate actions. There are eight billion people on this planet, so there must be at least eight billion ways to support climate justice. Tell me yours.
Thank you for celebrating my birthday with me! If your birthday is coming up in the next 365 days or so, let me know how I can celebrate it with you. There are many challenging things going on in the world right now, but even in the midst of an apocalypse, there are still reasons to celebrate.
My first novel, Change, now has wider distribution! In other words, you no longer have to go through Amazon to get a copy of Change.
I announced in February that I was expanding distribution of my writing beyond Amazon. Due to the pandemic and various other delays, that transition is taking longer than I originally planned. However, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just published the ebook edition of Change to all of the distribution channels available through Draft2Digital. This currently includes Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo (including Kobo Plus), Tolino, OverDrive, Bibliotheca, Scribd, 24Symbols, Baker & Taylor, and Hoopla. I’ll also be publishing a print edition of the novel through Draft2Digital soon. Their print publishing is currently in beta testing and I’m on the list to participate in that beta soon. Read more ›