Photo Friday: Smoke

So far behind on everything.

I’ve got a few weeks’ worth of photos, some for Photo Friday, some family stuff, and a few more that I can’t even get off the camera yet because it’s out of juice and my charger has disappeared.

The following is a portrait of my cousin:


Ahh, smoke.

He’s a distant cousin by marriage, actually, and he found me online thanks to my Smoke Blog posts. We’ve talked a lot since, but this is the first time we were able to meet face to face. We had steaks & beers at a local microbrew, then relaxed and chatted with a couple of cigars. It was right after things started ramping up at work, what with the start of the school year, so couldn’t have come at a better time.

I’m happy with how the camera handled this. We were sitting in near-total darkness, but the camera and my Canon 430EX SpeedLite metered it out just fine. I bounced the flash off the white roof of the porch to smooth out the light, and I just dig the result.

And he did, of course, give me a hard time for not finishing Lie with the Dead yet. It’s good that even family is keeping me honest on that one. Lately it’s been more a matter of time than of desire or other issues, but the school year has settled in and things are moving into a rhythm. I’ll get there.

I’ve apparently been too quiet on Twitter, too, as one person asked if I was dead. All symptoms of the same thing: overloaded with work and commitments. This month needs to be a big one for me, though, as once LwtD is done I have a short story that needs revising and a new one due in November. Busy busy busy.

Here’s hoping Autumn is as quiet as I’ve been anticipating.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

One comment

  1. TriMarkC says:

    And I thought our pics at the microbrewery were cooler!

    You’ve got a couple very nice cigars to celebrate completing Lie with the Dead!

    I forgot to bring home my signed book, though! Gotta hang out again, I guess!