Year To Date

1798674_574972642598792_355151299_nI’d heard some grumblings from a couple people about my lack of activity around here. I’d planned to take a couple weeks off just for a break . . . didn’t actually realize it had stretched to damn near two months. Re-committing to this thing is probably a good idea, even though it makes me a little nervous. I ain’t making any promises. . . .

I assure you it hasn’t been laziness keeping me away. A few distractions, my usual hate/less hate relationship with social media, etc. have certainly been part of it. The bottom line though is that it’s been an incredibly busy year so far. Mostly on the day job front with travel. Since the first of January alone I’ve already spent essentially a work week each in Nebraska, Florida, Texas, North Dakota, Indiana, and Massachusetts. I’m headed back to Texas again next week. Hell, I’ve already done more this year than I had through July last year, and I have trips to Illinois, California, and Nevada already pending between now and May . . . with other projects potentially coming up between now and then as well. At the latest, I will hit my 200th trip for my “career” in this gig no later than May, likely sooner. That’s a lot of TSA feel-ups, shuttles, rental cars, hotel rooms, and shitty road food, folks. No wonder I’m a lardass.

Though I haven’t done anything with fiction, the writing gig has gone pretty well. I’ve been steadily producing pieces for the Independent, which is always a good time. I like the people I work with there. Just this month I had my first national magazine piece that not only featured my writing but my photographs as well. That was pretty cool. I’ll be doing another one on the same subject due to hit the stands in the fall. Meanwhile, another project surfaced via phone call yesterday that will launch sometime this spring. It’s always nice when someone calls back based on the work I’ve done previously.

2014-02-27_AmericanFalconFebruary was unprecedented on the “live performance” front. My band, American Falcon, did a residency at the Missoula VFW where we played every Thursday night. Those four shows increased our live output 400% from the previous year. It was a BLAST. We were able to work out some new material live, which is always fun to do. We hope to record our second album in April/May, and I’ve been bouncing ideas off an artist who will be providing an original painting for the cover. That’s a gas, and I’m really excited for how it’s going to turn out.

I also participated in this quarterly event in Missoula called Tell Us Something. This is a night where a dozen or so folks get up on stage and tell a story, all centering on a common theme. I didn’t really know what to expect, but the place — the Top Hat — was packed. Hell, there was standing room only 30 minutes before it even started! Frankly I was a little intimidated, but after some liquid courage I went up and my ten minutes or so of storytelling went over pretty well. I had fun. I’ll definitely do that again.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. I’ll try and get back to some of the things  I had been doing around here, maybe a few more reviews of stuff here and there, I don’t know. I’m more eager than usual for spring, and it’s starting to show some flirtations of an imminent arrival. . . .

Tell Us Something Live!

Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

8 thoughts on “Year To Date”

  1. Thanks for the update, nice to know that you have not disappeared entirely! I was part of the Tell Us Something audience—you can definitely add storytelling to your expertise.

  2. Hey we (the royal we) figured you were just busy – and you were!! Good news all around. Nice to see the update of your continued badassery. 🙂

  3. Holy moly, you’ve been busy! And with some pretty outstanding stuff, congratulations on all of it. I’m still waiting for the AF world (continental, perhaps?) tour. My lighter is ready. Glad to see you back on the medias, even if just for a little while.

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