This and That

So. Here we are again, eh?

Not a lot going on worth writing about that wouldn’t be either whining or…well, whining!

I went to Lowe’s weekend-before-last to get air filters for my lawn mower and left with air filters and two flowering pear trees about five-foot tall. I didn’t intend on it, but they were only about twenty buck each, and according to the description I read on the tag they are a new wind-resistant variety that doesn’t fruit but flowers white in spring. It also grows only about 30 feet tall and about the same wide. They also grow 3-5 feet a year. Excellent shade tree close to the house, I hope.

I also bought Suzie a hibiscus and we planted it by the front porch. We put the pears on either side of the driveway next to the front of the garage. That’s the south corner of the house, and the afternoon sun clears the other trees around 11 a.m. this time of year. So that’ll catch that whole corner of the house, in time.  Basically all I need to get now is the west corner with something similarly short but fast-growing until my sycamores and red . . . → Read More: This and That

Native Waters: A Chitimacha Recollection

Made in the Shade

It’s been four years since I planted the first set of trees in the yard.

When I was growing up, you may recall, the house I live in now belonged to my grandparents. In those days, the west side of the house scarcely caught a ray of sunshine. A massive pecan tree, a big hackberry, and several cedars surrounded it.

Hurricane Andrew took all that away, and since then the summer sun beats down on the side of the house like a furnace.

I should have planted when I first moved there in 1998. But as you know, I tend to procrastinate terribly.

Three years ago, though, a friend gave me four sycamore trees in pots he had been raising. They were about five-foot tall.

I love sycamore trees. Like my friend Pete said, “They talk to you,” and he’s so right. So I planted four sycamores on the property line between my neighbor, and me far enough from either of our houses to be hurricane-safe. I also planted four red oaks.

Well, Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike came that year and gave all my trees quite a beating. One of the sycamores gave up the ghost. The other . . . → Read More: Made in the Shade

“The Great Sadness”: Sequel to “Native Waters” is out!

Those of you kind folks who read and enjoyed my first memoir Native Waters should know the sequel is out! The Great Sadness: Indigenous Angling and the Loss of Home takes up where the first book leaves off, and brings us through to early 2006. Available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon, and Nook on Barnes & Noble. Here’s the description from the Amazon product page:

In ‘Native Waters,’ Roger Emile Stouff celebrated the world of the Chitimacha, created by Crawfish at the command of the Creator of All Things. But behind the glory and solace of those ancient swamps and the voices of ancestral ghosts there was a growing dread. ‘The Great Sadness’ takes up after the close of ‘Native Waters,’ and the world is changing, the face of that expanse of home waters is fading and growing thin. The thin places, he calls them: the margin between this world and the next. After eight thousand years of intimacy, the native waters of his people are going the way of memory. And he is not sure if he can continue to . . . → Read More: “The Great Sadness”: Sequel to “Native Waters” is out!

An Author’s Christmas in May

Arrived yesterday!


Blow up your TV, throw away your paper

Go to the country, build you a home

Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches

Try and find Jesus on your own…

(John Prine)

I swear, the television barely gets turned on these days around our house.

There’s just not pecan we really care to watch anymore. Neither of us gets into nor gives a jolly gawl-dang about these reality shows. Primetime shows leave us confused, or at worse, dismayed.

We spend a lot of time on the computer, like people used to do around the radio or the morning paper. We discuss what we find with each other, often launching into rather long conversations, so we’re by no means “stuck with our noses in the computer” at all.

I’ve been busy with my new publishing venture, too, and that takes a lot of my time, but we always make time to sit outside right around dusk and enjoy the end of the day.

When I try to watch “conventional” television, I end up feeling confused or stupid. I generally have no idea what I’m supposed to glean from these shows, what I’m supposed to laugh at or cry . . . → Read More: Relic

The Shadowfire Blog

Just to reintroduce…

At the right hand side of the home page there’s a column containing all the blog posts from my new website Shadowfire Books. Myself and my co-conspirators Ken Brown and Gary Drinkwater will be making posts on a regular basis, dealing with the “writing life” and our own works as authors and illustrator. Please check them out…we hope they’ll be entertaining and informative. We’re very proud of the body of work we’ve published in the last month, and hope you’ll enjoy them and spread the word!

Shameless self-promotion!

But a guy’s gotta make a living, ya folla?

At the left, you’ll find links to all my books at Amazon. The links are to paperback versions; all are also available as Kindle e-books as well! Amazon will, over the next couple weeks, update the links to show both paperback and e-book versions on a single page.

At the right column, you’ll see imported posts from my new website, “Shadowfire Books.” This is the imprint/publishing venture created by myself, co-author Kenneth Brown, and illustrator Gary Drinkwater. Here we’ll be blogging about the writing life, our books, our thoughts on publishing, how we conceive notions for novels, some slap-happy kidding around, and tips for other self-published authors. Please take a look!

Best regards to all,

Roger Emile Stouff

Good Week

In case you hadn’t heard, the third Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show was a rip-roarin’ success.

Despite the weather, we welcomed 41 boats and their owners to the bayou side the weekend of April 20-22. Some 20-25 more participants didn’t make it due to the threat of severe thunderstorms, not necessarily here, but on their routes to Franklin.

It was dang awesome! Everyone loved our city, our hospitality and our festival. And all promised to be back and bring friends, making the Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show still the fastest growing event of its kind in the Southeast.

I can’t thank everyone who participated enough, and we sure enjoyed everyone’s company.

Gary and I want to thank Larry Couvillier, Ed Couvillier, Carlin Lange, Angelo Tamporello, Shane Theriot, Joe Stevens, Jay Stevens, Jason Guthrie, Kent Bailey, Grant Knox, Keith Landen, David Naquin, Sam Hanagriff and Bobby Judice. These guys made this show a success, make no mistake about it.

City of Franklin personnel as always were obliging to our needs and we are especially appreciative to Chief Sabria McGuire and her officers, Jeremy Smith and his public works employees and Arlana Shields for the fine promotion she gave the show . . . → Read More: Good Week