Ted finds his way in the southern Goldfields.
|1991||Moved to Arizona. Went hiking my first weekend. Saw the Goldfields when driving toward Payson on the Bush Highway. What beautiful mountains!|
|1996||My first Goldfield hike was the Tomahawk Mine hike led by Ken McGinty for the Sierra Club. When I set foot in these mountains it was love at first sight. Why isn’t there a book?|
Climbed the wrong mountain on an off-trail exploratory hike in the Goldfields.
Bought a GPS and software for mapping: started recording waypoints on hikes.
Decided to start writing a book about hiking in the Goldfield Mountains.
Joined the East Valley Writers’ Group.
Bought a film scanner to digitize my collection of 35mm photographic negatives and slides.
Sent out query letters. Got a stack of rejections from publishers and agents.
|2003||Switched to a digital camera, painlessly downloading pictures
to the computer henceforth.
Workshop — Getting Published in the Real World — Phoenix College, May 2-3, 2003.
Lots of research: libraries, universities, the Arizona Geological Survey, and local historians.
Developed the first version of the Goldfield Mountains web site. Self-taught in HTML.
Networking with other authors was ultimately successful in finding a publisher!
|2004||Publication contract signed.
Initial version of Goldfield Mountain Hikes sent to the publisher on a CDROM.
Interviewed by Libby Farris of the East Valley Writers’ Group.
|2005||Continued exploratory hiking in the Goldfields.
More arches discovered. Lots of new pictures.
Publication delayed. “By the way, I have some new material ready for the second edition.”
|2006||New chapter, new maps, and six new hikes added to the first edition.
Final editing done by the author using QuarkXPress on my Apple Macintosh computer.
First 24 copies air-lifted to the Superstition Mountain Museum for a book signing.
|Presentations, book signings, and exploratory hikes continue. See recent trip reports from the Goldfields and elsewhere.|
|Goldfield Mountains Home Page||Phoenix College Workshop||Interview by Libby Farris|
|updated June 5, 2018||© Copyright 2018 by Ted Tenny. All rights reserved.|