On the ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ Book Tour

By Hal Walter

March finally arrived in April, and the wind had been howling the entire afternoon as I left for an evening speaking engagement at the Greenhorn Valley Library in Colorado City. The Sangre de Cristo Range was barely an outline in the ghastly gray dust blowing over from the San Luis Valley, and an occasional gust tossed my car sideways.

The quickest route from my home near Westcliffe is the Greenhorn Highway through San Isabel and Rye. It’s a curvy and hilly, but scenic, drive with very little traffic. As I rounded one curve on this winding highway, I found a tree that the wind had dropped from the uphill side of the road. It had fallen perpendicular to the pavement and broken at the trunk. The impact from the tree breaking had literally tossed the fairly sizable treetop uphill quite a distance, leaving it angled across both lanes amid debris of bark and broken branches. I stopped the car and got out to inspect the scene and take a photo. Then I got back in and eased slowly past the tree trunk, continuing on my way and calling to notify the authorities when I arrived at the library.

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Book Review: Full Tilt Boogie

Full Tilt Boogie: A journey into autism, fatherhood, and an epic test of man and beast.

By Hal Walter

224 pages, Out There Publishing; 1st edition (2014)
ISBN: 978-0967714813
Reviewed by Martha Quillen

Whether Hal Walter is about to get pulled over a cliff by his unpredictable Jenny, Full Tilt Boogie, or he and his wife are sitting on the edge of their seats at a grade-school performance hoping their son Harrison won’t fall prey to a sudden emotional outburst, this book is an incredibly candid account of a man trying to do his best.

When the book opens, Hal is a champion pack burro racer who is getting older and a little bit slower. He yearns for one last win, and a friend assures him that Boogie is his best bet. She’s beautiful, graceful and uncommonly fast – a runner born.

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Writing in the Age of LOL, BRB and WTF

By Hal Walter

When I spoke to my son’s 5th grade class back in September, I did a short reading from my book Wild Burro Tales. I had a little postscript in mind, and after the reading I asked how many of the kids want to be writers when they grow up.

I was expecting one or two to raise their hands, and I had some premeditated advice for them. What I was not expecting was to see a lot of little hands shoot enthusiastically into the air.

I was paralyzed briefly. I thought, really? This many kids want to be writers? What exactly will they write in this day and age of social media, online “news” feeds and Kindle Shorts? And who will pay them to do this writing? Should I warn them of the frustrations, the long odds of “success” … the pay?

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