Kevin J. Anderson has more than 140 published books, 56 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and penned the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.
i write. i make up stuff. i adventure hard, so you don’t have to.
The Waldo Canyon wildfire in the Colorado Springs area has been in the news nationwide, and we’ve got a front-row seat. Five days ago when we first heard the news that a large swath of Waldo Canyon was on fire, I was dismayed—this is a beautiful wilderness area near the base of Pikes Peak where I have hiked many times. Very quickly, however, the fire turned into an inferno and spread, causing evacuations of several mountain towns. Thanks to drought conditions, and several days of temps over 90°F, the fire grew and grew.
This is smoke, not thunderclouds
The main fire is about 15–20 miles from our house. The air is filled with smoke. Over 300 homes have been destroyed. Yesterday we learned that the town of Monument, only a couple of miles from here, is on pre-evacuation notice, and the smoke was the worst so far. The winds picked up. Jonathan and Jessica, and our two-year-old grandson, came up to stay with us from Colorado Springs to get out of the smoke.
smoke from fires around base of Pikes Peak
Not a good view to have out your back door
Fortunately, the weather changed, temperature dropped in the afternoon, as well as a brief rain shower. Today, the firefighters made good progress, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for good news tomorrow.
I took all of the photos from our house.
But at least the smoke makes the sunsets beautiful
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