Highpointing for Tibet: A Journey Supporting The Rowell Fund is published! It is the account of the 50 for Tibet project, the dream of my good friend John Jancik who wanted to climb all fifty state highpoints in one year. The one year part of that dream proved unrealistic, however, the push to climb the highpoints created the opportunity to meet many interesting people, see beautiful landscapes, share awareness of the situation in Tibet, and raise significant money to help support Tibetan artists, writers, and musicians through The Rowell Fund for Tibet. The journey, planned for one year, has now extended to eleven years, and the adventures of the 50 for Tibet project fill the 206 pages of this book. Highpointing for Tibet is available on Amazon.com.
The Sun magazine publishes powerful first-person essays, interviews, and fiction. Writing in The Sun tends to be thoughtful, emotional, and memorable. I had tried to publish with them a couple of times, but no luck--until now. They have a section on the theme Accomplishments in the August 2017 issue (their 500th issue), and I wrote a short piece about learning an important lesson about being rejected as a writer. It appears on page 38.
I recently attended the Wyoming Writers conference in Gillette. My essay Real Sense Surreal about seeing the fata morgana mirage in Greenland, won first place in their nonfiction division. I read excerpts from the essay at the conference and met with many excellent writers and editors throughout the weekend. The essay hasn't been published yet, so I can't provide a link now, but I will post a link if it is published.
Traveler's Tales selected my story White Water Death about a drowning in Yosemite National Park as the Editor's Choice story. You can read it at White Water Death.
The essay won a Silver Award in their annual Best Travel Writing contest. In addition, my essay Boston Heat about running the 2004 Boston Marathon won a Gold Award, and my essay Whitetail Peak won a Bronze Award.
Photo by John Jancik
Dr. Steve Gardiner is the author of five books and over 600 articles.