A Holiday Story-

A Holiday Story-

Some may recognize this as a previous post entitled ‘A New Year’s Story’, and I beg forgiveness for the repeat; finishing up Bonsai Heresy (proofing just completed) has been all-absorbing. But I figured this story had continued utility, like last year’s advent calendar does: Usually I offer the bungled photos of the year in a […]

Front Cover and Brief Review of Bonsai Heresy—

Front Cover and Brief Review of Bonsai Heresy—

As it’s terrifically difficult to write a review of one’s own work and still sleep at night, I’m copying here what Wayne Schoech of Stone Lantern wrote in his newsletter about my forthcoming offbeat, educational book Bonsai Heresy: 56 Myths Exposed using Science and Tradition— Here’s the glimpse into the future we promised, Michael’s Bonsai Heresy is […]

Producing A Self-Published Book: What You Didn’t Know…

Producing A Self-Published Book: What You Didn’t Know…

The first time I did this the steps seemed endless. There’s content editors, copy editors, illustrators, formatters, proofreaders, bluelines, and printers. And with my second book it’s not much less endless. While a publishing schedule is lengthy, taking months to wend through, on the sidelines are those waving flags of support, like at a marathon—the lone […]

~New Book ‘Bonsai Heresy’ Nearing Completion~

~New Book ‘Bonsai Heresy’ Nearing Completion~

Bonsai Heresy is my new book about our misperceptions of bonsai technique and aesthetics. The book is wrapping up and things are advancing apace… Bonsai Heresy will shortly be copyedited, giving me a much needed break No fewer than 10 savvy content editors were involved, improving this complex book immeasurably Our production timeline will give us […]

2020 Book Tour, By Amtrak…

2020 Book Tour, By Amtrak…

This fall my new book Bonsai Heresy will be published, and next year, in April 2020, I’m leaping on a train to do readings and signings—barnstorming fashion, like days of old. Our endearing Amtrak service The book tour will be a big loop around the U.S. for roughly three weeks. I have fond memories of […]

New Book: ‘Bonsai Heresy’

New Book: ‘Bonsai Heresy’

This book has been in the works for some years now. To those who were aware of this and have been asking ad nauseam when it will be done, I now have an answer. Soon. Bonsai Heresy is about the myths of common bonsai technique and thought. The book recounts some of my past misdeeds, looks […]