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Creating a New Naturist Normal in a Pandemic

The fence will be replaced

It’s not that there is no sunshine, it’s just that it is so fickle about staying out long enough to make a difference. There has been enough sunshine to allow me to keep my tan which I acquired in Ecuador during the winter. It’s the prairie spring winds which really get to me. But enough about weather.

Work on the back deck is slowly coming to an end. All that remains is a bit of trim of Duradek tiles and then building a new railing. My neighbour who is a carpenter and works at the lumber yard tells me that I had built it so strong that the house will fall down first. Where most people would use three support pillars and one beam, I have used eleven pillars and three beams. I image that I will have the deck completely ready for a christening with wine by Wednesday. Of course, with social distancing, it will be a party of two, my wife and myself.

Like everyone else, I am getting tired of Covid19. There is nothing I would love more than being able to travel to see my grandchildren and their parents. Even though they have lifted travel restrictions with our neighbouring province where my son lives with his family, we are delaying a visit until both parties feel that no one will be compromised. My son doesn’t want to put us at risk since we are in that demographic that is most at risk – over sixty years of age. We don’t want to put our little grandchildren at risk. It would devastate us if somehow we carried the virus to inadvertently contaminate them. Our daughter and her family in the USA is not even a possibility for at least another month. Should the gate to cross the border open, I doubt that we would rush through it, at least not until, like with our son, both sides are confident in keeping each other safe and Covid-free.

So, what do I do in the meantime? Well, obviously I will continue to do projects at home – next project to make the fence more like a privacy fence. Also, equally obvious, is that I will continue to invest my time in writing and editing. Somewhere along the way, more later than sooner, there is also the project of making audio book versions of my novels. And as usual, almost everything is done without clothing, if at all possible.

How are you navigating through these pandemic times? What is your new normal?

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

Living room work station

As I sat here in my living room, working on my naturist novel, the sky turned very dark. Then I heard thunder. It wasn’t much longer before lightning began to flash in the sky as a storm moved closer. And now, the rain is beating down in torrents.  In other words, it is raining cats and dogs, or as they say in French, il pleut a verse. We need the rain. Other than very small showers, it has been an exceedingly dry spring.

Earlier today I was able to do some more work on the deck’s reconstruction. I am pleased with the progress to date, but I am also pleased that I likely get a few days off from this reconstruction work.

The novel is drawing me in. I wrote the initial draft of this novel two and a half years ago. Because of so many other projects, I left it to sit on the sidelines for the most part. I did post a number of chapters of that first draft to my Patreon page. But even that didn’t get the attention the novel deserved. I decided to invest my writing time with this novel, a naturist novel of sorts, before I return to other projects. I am learning that I can’t really multitask all that well with juggling a handful of writing projects at the same time.

Now, about the novel. The setting is in Vienna, Austria for the most part. In the rewrite version, the main protagonist is learning to share his place in the story with a co-protagonist, a woman. The story becomes their story rather than his story, which is how the original version was told. The rebirth of this novel has this man have a name change. Everyone else in the novel, his co-protagonist and the secondary characters, all get to keep their names as given in the first draft. So far, I’ve managed to add an additional 2,000 words in less than five chapters rewritten.

In one way, the novel is reading more like classical literature and less like a subsidiary genre. That will change as the novel progresses. I have to admit, that I am excited about this return to this novel.

On a different note, I am making changes to my Patreon page. I want to make the page better for visitors with more content. The free portion of the site will become the dominant part. The patron section will continue to offer new material which will be more “personal” in nature. I had thought of simply abandoning the Patreon site. However, there is no problem with Patreon. What is needed is a reinvestment of myself in the site, especially for patrons. The site will be getting a major overhaul in the near future. I will keep you abreast of the changes here. Hopefully, this will encourage more of you to become patrons.

First Free Hike of 2020 – An Excellent Pandemic Activity

The deck is coming along nicely

I honestly didn’t expect that I would get out for a free hike today. The day began overcast and very, very windy. However, by about 2:30 in the afternoon the clouds broke and there was scattered sunshine. That was all it took. As a bonus, the wind dropped in speed to just very windy. I begin the walk at the seven kilometre mark from our home.

I drove to the normal spot for the shorter version of my free hikes, not sure if I would even be able to hike as the farmers were out in force seeding crops and spraying  pre-emergent chemicals to keep the weeds down until the crops had a chance to establish themselves. I was lucky. There was no evidence of farmer activity which meant that I would be able to walk the full distance without worrying about meeting anyone along the way.

At this time of year, there are no mosquitoes or other biting insects. With warm temperatures, the walk was rather pleasant. It was with regret that I reached the turn around point as it meant that I didn’t have much longer to spend outdoors in complete freedom. Though one can see for many miles without a tree to obscure one’s vision, the landscape is varied enough to be interesting. More importantly from a naturist point of view, the location is off the beaten track. I have yet to meet another human on these free hikes over the past few years.

With the walk completed, I put on my shorts and shirt and drove back to my home in the small prairie town. I still have a few chores related to the deck to complete before the afternoon is done. Then, I will be returning to writing. The writing muse has finally put in her appearance and I find myself motivated again to work on my naturist novel. Such is the new normal of life in the Covid 19 era for a naturist.

All Decked Out For Now

Deck supports being placed

Saturday afternoon and all work has ground to a halt on the deck. I am at the stage where I am placing the joists on top of the new beams. The last beam was set in place this morning after our usual six kilometre walk in the countryside. Yesterday I had finalised all of the deck supports and installed the first two beams.

I had made another trip to the lumberyard yesterday as well, to pick up a few extra boards and to buy “hangers” for the 2×6 joists. No hangers were to be had, although there will be new hangers arriving on Tuesday morning. I just had enough hangers to be able to get the frame up, and place the joists according to where they need to be. Once that was done, it was time for tea “au naturel” on the cement patio at ground level.

With tea done, I cut the last four joists and then placed the three-step riser in place for the deck. These few jobs were done skyclad as it was quite warm, though windy. I had thought I might then go for some free-hiking, but the wind and scattered clouds dissuaded me. I was then persuaded to simply clean up all the tools and relax in the sunshine. I will remain clothing free for the rest of the day, unless a neighbour decides he needs a free beer. He is always embarrassed by my nudity unlike his wife, so I go easy on him. It is about respect. I have no desire to lose the friendship of neighbours in our small prairie town. One needs to have good, dependable neighbours. We look out for each other regardless of differences.

I have no work in the yard for tomorrow, so hopefully the weather will allow me to go for a naturist walk in the country hills, a trail that I often use in late spring, summer, and early fall. As well, I am quite certain that I will take advantage later today, and for the next few days, to get some writing done on one of my novels.

Keeping it Normal and Natural as an Author

Fact or fiction?

Well, it’s Sunday afternoon and some filtered sunshine is making it through a thin cloud cover. Every once in a while a break in the cloud cover teases as the sun pours in through the large picture windows of my home. We went out earlier for a six kilometre walk even though the wind blowing between 30 and 40 kilometres per hour. We live on the prairies and wind is an almost perpetual condition of existence. You either go crazy or you get tougher. As usual, our walk meant that we were socially distant from the rest of the world. We didn’t even meet one passing half ton truck during our walk. The closest person outdoors was literally kilometres away.

Back home, I returned to an old writing project that I had begun two and a half years ago. It is historical fiction and it required a lot of research to write the first draft, and even more research since then. The last bit of research was done in northwestern Europe last autumn. Having allowed all of this to sit below the surface, something inside began to stir within me. A new beginning has been started with a thousand words already appearing. These words tell me that many more are yet to be written before I get to blend the old words with these words. If anything, what will emerge will be better for it, be a story that could well be a true story.

As a writer, I know that much that we define as fiction, is anything but. The moods, the emotions, the actions, the personalities, the conflicts, the joys and sorrows are all spoken from what is experienced, not imagined. Characters appear that are modeled on people in the author’s life, both consciously crafted and unconsciously mirroring these know others, and the known self. The better the author’s skill, the more likely a reader will see these characters as representative of real people rather than as caricatures. The more realistic and reality-based the characters are, the easier it is for a reader to identify with the characters or ascribe them to people in the reader’s life.

I am writing a fictional historical novel, that is a fact. I can’t point to a certifiable paper trail for each or any character that would enable the story to be classified as non-fiction. Doing the research is critical to creating a realistic context and setting for realistic characters.  Is there nudity? There is always nudity where there are humans. Again, context and culture will be important. The one thing I can’t do, is to ignore the reality of the historical world.

It’s time for a cup of tea before I return to the book-in-progress. Have an enjoyable Sunday.

A Beginning of a Post-Pandemic Naturist Story

The promised sunshine hasn’t appeared … yet. I still have a bit of hope that the sky will clear. In spite of the cloud cover and a tinge of dreariness in the weather, I find that I am able to write. Of course, I am writing indoors near the big picture window looking out to the fields and hills in the distance. Since no one is walking around outside on the street, I don’t need to even think of wearing clothing [not that I would] in this otherwise exposed location. When there is a lot of traffic outside, I tend to write in my home office.

I have finally finished the opening of my Naturist Post-Pandemic story, and I have posted it to my Patreon site. Unlike most of my posts to Patreon, this story will be visible to everyone who wants to read it. You can find that first part here. Read it and let me know in a comment there, and a like if possible. Of course, I will also accept comments here for those who feel more comfortable doing so.

I have a different Naturist story being published, a chapter at a time at my Patreon site. You can read it with a patron donation of $1 or more. With a $3 or more donation, I will mail out a copy of one of my books after twelve months of sponsorship. Also in the Patrons-Only section, I have naturism illustrated poems. I hope to see you there. As a writer, I can’t depend on Amazon to provide me with some sort of supplementary income. That is why I have a Patreon account. In a way, it takes the relationship between writer and reader to a more personal dimension, a relationship that was critical before the modern publishing industry reared its sometimes ugly face. There is a caveat. The writing that appears on my Patreon site is naturist in both philosophy and plot. There is no erotic component, no titillation. Yet, there is also no shying away from honest sensuality when it would appear naturally. If you are searching for porn literature [is there such a thing, I mean the “literature” part?] it won’t be found at my Patreon site.

NB – The Patreon site has been discontinued.

Murders At Sunny Green Acres Naturist Campgrounds

Well, all good things have to come to an end. At some point, I just had to get out of the hammock and get on with life. By life, I mean beach walking, writing, editing, and some socialising on-line and off-line. Hammock life is a hard life, especially on my back. Heading out into nature reinvigorates and removes all aches and pains.

As far as my writing is concerned, I am now at 2,500 words and there is still no indication as to who is responsible for two deaths in the naturist campgrounds, or why they were murdered. Since I only have 2,500 words left, I need to find out the answers to these questions, I have my work cut out for me. I’m not used to writing short stories, preferring to use the complicated and intricate laying down of plot, motives, psychological profiles of characters, and so on. Likely, I will go way over the 5,000 words and find myself doing a lot of pruning of the first draft. The muse has returned from a brief day off.

It’s Official – This is My New Naturist Home

December BBQ

The past few days has seen my Naturist Lens site experience what seemed to be a non-ending stream of problems. It was because of the problems which resulted in posts disappearing forever into cyberspace, that I decided to create this version of the site – a back-up – just in case.

When I lost my two stats plugins which couldn’t be reinstalled, I knew the writing was on the wall. I can still see the stats from 2012 to the present at WordPress central for my account. Apparently I have had 291,074 visits to Naturist Lens since I began the blog site.

As well, I can’t see or connect with any of my followers at that site – 103 people. I am still able to post to that site though there would be no record of anyone visiting the site. I just posted a notice on Naturist Lens to let any who land on the site that this is my new home. That site will be discontinued in the near future.

Now, with all that said, life goes on for me. I am writing, as usual. I have three major writing works in progress.

  1. Historical Fiction – the story of a family from about 900 AD to 1900 AD. The story begins in France, with a stop in the Holy Lands during the Crusades, another stop in Spain during the time of the Templars, another stop in Scotland, and then a return to France. Then, in the second half of the 1600s, the shift to North America and Canada takes the family through to modern times. There is some naturism within the story, naturally occurring.
  2. Speculative Fiction/Naturist Fiction – A contemporary story of Celtic gods and goddesses among us. The setting is in Austria, Hungary, Spain, and France. Naturism is a vital component to the story.
  3. Contemporary Fiction – set in Canada and called Father Time. This is a different story that wrestles with current politics while telling the story of a cast of characters found on both sides of the conflicts of ideology. Most of the characters bare the names of my children, grandchildren, and friends in real life. The story has, in no way, any reality in terms of these characters. There is a bit of incidental nudity in the story.

Click on the links to see the stories as they unfold. The second mentioned story is at Patreon and requires that the reader be a patron of the site.

A Naked Writer and Winter

A writer’s library

It’s snowing again. It appears that winter is here to stay until spring. Today is the second day of NaNoWriMo – the National Novel Writing Month. So far I have written more than 7,000 words of the 50,000 word target for November 30th. With the weather being what it is, I don’t imagine I will be tempted all that much to spend much of my time outdoors rather than at the keyboard.

As for what I am writing, it’s a mystery, even to me. Other than having already planned for a cast of characters and location for the story which is set in today’s world, that is about all I know.

I finished the revisions of the third book of my autobiography and it is now out to several Advance Copy Readers before I take the next step of publishing. If any of you wish to become one of these readers, just drop me a note here in the comments section and I will get right back to you. Now, it’s time to add in another few hundred words while there is still time today.

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