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William Burcher
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Just posted this little article on how to take the best interior shots of real estate with an iPhone (if you absolutely have to). Take a look:

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m a fan of the Incline. This iconic “trail” (the word seems so mild) at the base of Pikes Peak ascends 2,000 feet in less than a mile. Its average grade is 45% with sections at more than 68%. Comprised of more than 2,744 “steps,” this thing is an athletic challenge for anyone. And here are my top 5 reasons why this ICON is the most unique experience in Colorado Springs:

It’s An Attraction That Makes You SWEAT

Think about that. People come from all over the world to experience this. And to do it, to even see it, they have to sweat. Bullets. Rivers. I can think of no other tourist attraction where the attractiveness of the thing itself is pure physical challenge. This is unique. Contrary to most, whereby you arrive, fork over some dough, and then eat something or drink something or watch something, consume something…this is anti-consumption incarnate. You expend on the Incline. In effect, you give.

It’s 100% Free

As it’s been said many times over by the likes of Luther Vandross, Janet Jackson, Sinatra, Sam Cooke, The Temptations, and many more before…the best things in life are free!

Views (and Vertigo)

If you’re hiking (again, such a mild word) the Incline and need a break (you most certainly will), you’re treated to some of the most incredible, unobstructed views of the city and the foothills. Just be careful. The higher you get, the steeper the trail becomes and looking down at the hundreds, thousands of steps you’ve conquered already—descending near-vertically in a sweeping column beneath you—is enough to make anyone swoon. Best to sit before you look out and down. Ahhh…sitting!


There’s something powerful in physical suffering. There’s something meaningful and innate in suffering together. Militaries know this, sports teams know this, workout groups know this—when you’re sweating with other people, lungs and legs burning, judgments fade. Bonds are formed. Ties are bound. On any given day people of all races, backgrounds, affiliations are sweating together on the Incline. I’ve heard more laughter, more heart-felt greetings, more mirth and merriment and words of encouragement on the Incline than anywhere else in my adult life. If our representatives in Washington could take a field trip to Manitou and collectively sweat together, a lot more positive action would certainly result. And yes, I’m saying the Incline can make the world a better place!

Meaning, Deep and True

Immediately before I filmed this time-lapse sequence, a large group of firefighters from across the region began an ascent up the Incline. All of them were wearing their full allotment of protective gear—60+ lbs of equipment. Although an early hike this year was necessary because the trail is closing shortly for a few weeks of repairs, the firefighters make this brutal trek every year to honor the lives lost during the events of September 11th, 2001. For them it’s a way to remember and to pay homage to a sacrifice that few of us can imagine. They recognize that their sweat on this steep and brutal trail (comparable to the 110 flights of stairs in each of the tours of the World Trade Center) is made of similar stuff to that expended by the men and women who ran toward the monstrous danger that day in 2001, rather than away from it.

This is why the Incline is such a special place. For so many people it embodies something more, something greater than we experience in our day-to-day lives. Any “attraction” that can challenge mind and body and engender a deeper connection to other people, past and present, deserves, unequivocally, to be known as and labeled the ABSOLUTE BEST. Thanks Colorado Springs.

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I've had the privilege of getting to know two extraordinary gentlemen, who are rapidly becoming pillars of the Colorado literary community. John Lewis and Joe Barrera are in this game for the right reasons. Their literary journal, The Almagre Review, seeks to make a difference — to add a powerful, honed and beautiful voice to the often cacophonous choir that can be modern literary media. Thank you guys for being you, for being present, and for producing your Review — A bright and shining light.

John recently published his thoughts on The GAIAD. I'm impressed and truly grateful that he made it through the entirety of the novel, knowing his workload and the train-loads of submissions The Review receives. Please keep it up, you warriors for good. Your work is noticed and appreciated.


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Yeah! Happy to announce the release of the Official Trailer to The GAIAD — "There's More Here."

Filmed on location in the San Rafael Swell area of Southern Utah — a beautiful, secluded, haunting place. Special thanks to Miguel Martinez for his portrayal of Garr-Eth of the Zhar-Nues.

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“Writing Violence in Fiction”—Writing from the Peak, with Pikes Peak Writers
December 19, 2016 by wburcher

Here’s an excerpt from a recent article I wrote published online by Pikes Peak Writers—a comprehensive resource for writers in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“Writing Violence in Fiction”

Write them. As realistic as possible. Make it gritty, make it stink, make it hurt. (It will dissuade the real thing.)

I was fresh. It was during my second or third month of training as a cop on the street just west of Denver. I was on a traffic rotation focusing, supposedly, on that stereotypical kind of cop-thing, but it had been an exceptionally busy week. We’d rarely had the time to scratch a ticket. We ended up supplementing Patrol almost without let-up on a repeated, specific and particularly time-consuming call. For whatever reason, it was a week stacked, packed, jammed full of them. Suicides. A few a day. A planetary alignment, a phase of the moon, the weather, the upcoming holidays, who knows? People were offing themselves like it was in style.

“Traffic 9, copy a party not breathing,” came the emotionless voice over the radio. The call was north, at the far end of the city, and we were the only unit available.

“Traffic 9 copy. From 52/Sheridan. We’ll be code 3,” I replied. Emergent, lights and sirens, fast.

This was all well and good. Fun even. But I knew what “party not breathing” meant. The guy, the girl, the man, the woman, the kid, the baby, whatever—would be dead. Despite the conditioning provided by many a TV medical drama, people were rarely brought back. CPR never worked. It cracked ribs, made other noises and maybe gave a witnessing family member the sense that something was being done; but the Reaper, though he be grim, was rarely persuaded to change his mind.

Thirty seconds before my arrival another cop called out on scene. She must have already been close and dropped what she’d been on (another suicide) to respond. Slam on the brakes, transmission in park, leave the engine running, overhead lights on so Medical can find you. I ran to the unit in the back of the condo complex, its front door ringed by a faded wooden fence. I opened the gate and a hurried, haggard female voice bellowed up at me from the ground.

“Take the gun. Take the gun!”


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The Almagre Review, Out Now

The Almagre Review is an independent literary journal based in Colorado Springs, Colorado featuring a well-curated, diverse set of authors contributing pieces centered on a positive, substantive theme. An excerpt of "The Gaiad" is featured in this quarter's issue. The Review is available online as well as at local bookstores throughout the Pikes Peak Region:

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The most profound messages are the shortest. Video available at the link below.

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October 8, Local Author Meet and Greet—Colorado Springs, Colorado

SPRINGS FOLK! Saturday, October 8, come out and support a diverse group of LOCAL authors at a swinging little event. We’ll be talking our books, our bios, our strange brains. Things chocolate and wine-looking (and wine-smelling, even wine tasting) will be served, FREE. Held at a cool little venue, The Cottonwood Center for the Arts, at 427 E COLORADO AVE, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80903. 11AM—2PM.

I’ll be representing “The GAIAD,” of course: Book signing. Book selling. Book plugging. Crazy backstories, maybe a little inspiration. And I’ll be with good company. The event is held in conjunction with Indie Author Day, organized by the world’s largest brick-and-mortar book distributor, Ingram, among others. Check out the site of our local organizer, JMars Ink for further details. And definitely take a look at some of the featured authors below (Author bios care of JMars Ink):

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