Frequently asked questions
Why is this blog called "Creek Running North"?
You can find that answered here.
Who is Chris Clarke?
I am a writer and California resident in my mid-to-late-40s.
Why can't I find Chris Clarke's email address anywhere here?
Who is Stephanie?
Stephanie, a.k.a. equinox, is a Midwestern writer and co-blogger at Creek Running North. I liked her comments here so much that I invited her to sit in and keep CRN readers occupied while I went to the Mojave for a few days in July 2005. She did such a good job that I didn't revoke her posting privileges when I came back.
Does Stephanie have her own blog?
What a great idea!
Who is Kat?
Kat, a.k.a. Kat, is a Western writer and co-blogger at Creek Running North.
Does Kat have her own blog?
Yes. And it's a damned good one. I started reading it in January 2006 and my life has not been the same since. Naturally, I had to ask her to write over here whenever she wanted to.
I clicked on a link that looked like it was supposed to play some music but nothing happened. What gives?
I generally take such things off the server after a while to save on disk space. If you absolutely need to know what it was you would have heard, email me.
Does Creek Running North have a comments policy?
Yes. It's 1,600 words long and basically says "don't be a jerk."
Who are these Becky and Zeke people so often referred to here?
Becky was my beloved and unbelievably patient spouse. We divorced in 2008. She teaches elementary school in the Bay Area, and is sensible enough not to read this blog at all regularly. Zeke was our dog. He died peacefully in February 2007 after a long, happy life. We also have a rabbit named Thistle and several dozen deceased pets between us, who are occasionally memorialized in this blog when I get in one of those plangent moods.
Chris refers to a friend named Matthew fairly often, but Matthew never comments on this blog. Is Matthew actually an imaginary friend?
Matthew is not imaginary. Irrational and transcendental, yes. But not imaginary.
Is this a political blog?
All blogs are political.
What is this blog about?
Nature, politics, gardening, biology, North American deserts, biography, personal reminiscence, outraged and unfair trashing of innocent people, apologies for same, literary criticism, annual sniping at Burning Man and Annie Dillard, poetry, in-group in-jokes, dog stories, and relating of anecdotes my family likely wishes I would keep to myself.
Chris shows a barely perceptible glimmer of talent on rare occasions. Has he ever been published?
Here and there, yes.
Why, then, does he give this stuff away for free?
Because it's still cheaper than freelancing.
Does Chris have a resume?
No, I mean a real resume.
This blog would be much better if you would (avoid/stick to) the subject of (politics/nature/essays/biography/going on and on about yourself)
That's not a question.
What happened to Faultline Magazine? Why did you move this blog to where Faultline used to be?
Faultline, California's Environmental Magazine, was a project of mine intended to provide a source for Californian environmental news. This blog was originally just a sort of "column" within Faultline. Despite years of labor, Faultline never gained traction in either readership or fundraising. I pulled the plug on it. Think of Creek Running North as the Alien larva burrowing inside the corpse of its hapless host, now bursting from Faultline's torso to chase Sigourney Weaver around the ship in her underwear.
Faultline also hosts Ron Sullivan's blog Toad in the Hole, which plays the role of the ship's cat Jonesie in that last metaphor.
Can I buy the faultline.org domain from you?
No. For a suitably large amount of money, perhaps.
Would you help me get my father's bank account out of Nigeria where it has languished since
Aren't Chris' political and ecological views rather extreme?
That depends on the vantage point from which you view them.
This is a Bay Area blog, right? So why all the desert stuff?
I'm working on a book on Joshua Trees, which grow in the desert. This requires frequent visits to the desert. There's lots of good stuff to write about in the desert.
When will the book be published?
Sometime after I finish it.
Why did your commenty thing hold my comment for moderation?
Don't know. If you haven't registered, try registering. If you have, let me know when it happens and I'll see if I can puzzle it out.
Will you add me to your blogroll?
Maybe. Write something good.