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Over this past weekend, Desiree Lee and I – and our daughter – went down to Willow Creek, California for their annual Bigfoot Days Festival. We had a lot of fun, although the festival wasn’t at all what we had expected. We were anticipating something more along the lines of a street fair. We knew there would be a parade. The festival kicked off with a parade. After that, it was a bunch of vendors set up in the local park – very few on whom had any sasquatch-themed merchandise.

For me, the highlight of Willow Creek was most definitely the Willow Creek-China Flats Museum. Their “Bigfoot Collection” was something I’ve waited most of my life to see. Being there was a sort of pilgrimage for me. The history in that room was overwhelming. They cover modern sasquatch research from the footprints that spurred the media to coin the term “Bigfoot” – a term I very seriously don’t like – up to present day. They even have one of Roger Patterson’s original casts from the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film footage. If you watch the footage linked to this post, please keep in mind that the original film has been copied over and over, and dubbed on VHS over and over, and, now, digitized over and over. The original footage shot by Roger Patterson was far clearer. Seeing copies made of other footprint evidence that has made a mark in this area of research over the years was great. But seeing one of the original Patterson film site casts firsthand left me in awe. For those who aren’t aware of my own personal history with sasquatch, you can read that here if you like. Those events turned sasquatch into a life-long area of interest for me.

Also, while in the museum, we bought a copy of a book I never thought I’d even see – much less own. We snagged a copy of the legendary book “Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us” by John Green. The book was out of print was a long time. Used copies of it that I’d found listings for were outrageously expensive. Imagine my surprise to find a re-release edition in the museum, and to spot it soon as I walked through the door!

While in Willow Creek, we stayed at the Coho Cottages. We were in the Tao House, if anyone reading this would care to stay in the same place as two bestselling authors. The Coho Cottages was a great place. It, like the rest of Willow Creek, is surrounded by forested mountains. It’s a very peaceful setting. If we ever find ourselves in that area again, we plan on staying at Coho Cottages again. Thank you, Londa and Marc Rowley, for the pleasant stay at your cottages!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Thanks For Your Patience

For those fans and readers who are with me solely for my novels, I want to take a moment to thank you for your patience. Lately, I’ve been devoting far, far more time to work on comic book and film projects than I have been devoting to novels. “MoonWraith” is ongoing. Due to that, I need to keep up with my part on it to ensure that a new page is up each and every Monday. “Confluence“, having been launched, need to continue. It will be released bimonthly. That gives me time to work on other things between issues of it, but I still need to make sure my part of each issue of it gets done on time. I’m also working on some screenplay projects. A potential Executive Producer is going over material for “MoonWraith” to decide if he’s interested in adapting the webcomic as a film, or as its originally-intended television series concept. I’m also embarking on a new screenplay project with someone else. See several of my recent posts for what little I’m able and willing to say about that project at the moment.

Still, I am a novelist. I haven’t forgotten that – or those fans who are with me only for my novels. Several novels are in various stages of completion right now. Desiree Lee and I are currently coauthoring several things at once. Not all of those books are fiction. Please keep checking back for information and updates on those as we get closer to publication on them. If and when the four books of mine that are no longer available are re-edited and re-released under a different publishing house, then I’ll be continuing with those series, too. Ideas are also bouncing around for sequels to my award-winning, bestselling novel “Quintana Roo, Yucatan“, and my critically-acclaimed novella “Quagmire Fen“.

Much as I’d like to be working on everything at once, there simply isn’t time. And, besides work, I have a wife and a 13-month-old child. Our daughter alone is a full-time job! Rest assured, though, that I haven’t forgotten that I’m a novelist. Thank you all again for your on-going patience during this stretch between books. There will be more novels – many, many more, I hope. It’s just a matter of time.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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