Fear in Writing: Write Around the World: Jackee Alston's vlog on Southwest US

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Write Around the World: Jackee Alston's vlog on Southwest US

Problem solved by Jackee's tech savvy husband!  Sorry for the inconvenience, but I'm sure the wait and the extra trip will be worth the trouble.  Once again...

Back to our round-the-world tour of great writing locations and settings.  Our tour guide today will be Jackee Alston, who combines the worlds of natural science and art to create Middle Grade and Young Adult books.  She lives in Northern Arizona (a beautiful and very clean part of the country, as I have lived there myself) and raises her three children around books and nature.

For the first time ever...I present Jackee Alston with a vlog!

If you want to know more about Jackee, visit her bio page on her blog, Winded Words.  You can also read some of her work while you're there!  Thank you, Jackee, for this creative guest post, and this fascinating look into a world that is unfamiliar to many.  The SW is a truly mesmerizing place.

Monday, Cold As Heaven takes us to Winterland for the last stop on our Write Around the World Tour.  In fact, Cold says they had their first snow just last week.  See you there...dress warmly!


  1. I like the marshmellow one. I lived in Arizona as a kid and yes, it gets that hot!

  2. Too funny! Loved the little girl who wouldn't eat the snack...even for $10! Ha!

    Looks like a fantastic place to write. :) Thanks for sharing.

  3. Awwww!!! Yay!! Thank you Michele Emrath for hosting and well done Jackee Alston!! I loved this!! What fabulous ten great reasons you write where you write! I think the roasting of marshmallows au naturelle is the clincher for me. Oh ok and the views too. The circle of sacred mountains is also pretty atmospheric too...!!Lovely!! Thank you for sharing! Take care

  4. What a great series idea, Michele, and, Jackee, you did awesome. Gotta love the wide-open wonder of the southwest.

  5. Great job, Jackee! I love the cactus sofa...and the writer snack!

  6. Loved the vlog and all the reasons, especially the view - WOW!

    Thoughts in Progress

  7. Alex- It does, it really does get that hot. Though in Northern AZ, it's pretty damn nice--my place in Flagstaff didn't even have air conditioning!

    Elizabeth- Isn't she creative? Imagine what her writing must be like...

    Old Kitty- She makes me want to go back to AZ, and to read her books! So gald you came by. I love a good setting for a book--make or break for me.

    Tricia- A big, wide space against which to set a story...Doesn't get much better than that! Thank you, and you're welcome!

    Sharon- This list is really awesome. A cactus couch would keep you awake, wouldn't it?

    Mason- Gorgeous, right? And I never would have thought of a vlog. So many creative people out there!

  8. haha! Loved this, Jackee! Proud of you and your very first VLOG!!

  9. Hooray for Jackee - wonderful job! I agree - the views are fabulous. :)

  10. You guys are so sweet!! Thank you so much for watching the vlog. I was very nervous to make it, but had fun with it.

    ...You can bet if someone offered ME 10 bucks to eat a green chili I would!

    Thanks for the opportunity to guest post, Michele. :o)

  11. Hi Jackee! Saw your post about your very first vlog and I had to come and check it out. You did a good job. I think I'd have tried one of those chiles for $10, lol.

  12. What a great idea. Seems I am late to this one too. Really enjoyed Jackee's vlog.

  13. Oh my gosh I loved the kid & the chilis, the cactus chair, the "forget this!" and the roasted marshmallows!

  14. Views and marshmallows - what more do you need? Thanks so much for hosting Jackee - it's so nice to learn more about her!