Denver itself is comprised of a multitude of suburbs that were once small cities and are now so gobbled up just like in all metro areas. We moved last year from Thornton which is north of Denver to Aurora which is east of Denver and now we have moved to Lakewood, Colorado. Lakewood is west of Denver and super close to the mountains but not in the mountains. No fireworks yesterday the 4th, because it is so dry. But the city of Denver had fireworks in it's sports stadium. I couldn't go and they weren't visible from our house but we still had a good time with our daughters and grandchildren.
In Thornton and Aurora and Denver itself the street lights at night are as they have always been, brilliantly white. However in all the suburbs close to the mountains the street lights are yellow. It's a lot darker. They do that because of all the wildlife. Deer, racoons, skunk, beavers an occasional bear and mountain lion. No joke. You see one you'd better stay clear. They aren't afraid of you anymore. Also coyote's, which have started to attack even adults and also fox. This shouldn't hurt the tourist industry since it is super rare, just one of those things to be aware of especially with pets and small children.
Back to yellow street lights:
In a couple of Dean Koontz's books he describes yellow lights as "piss yellow." Now this is the difference between Suspense/Horror and Fantasy. I would describe those same lights as "warm amber." Hehehe.
I'm thinking of starting a small press. Not sure when or what to call it but I would attempt to publish two books a month besides my own. I believe I'd start with Fantasy, Science Fiction and Mystery and add children's stories later. I have no idea yet how I'd handle that, perhaps a separate name for fantasy/sci fi than mystery and for sure a separtate name for children's books. I have several friends doing this so once I have my own internet up again I will have to ask them questions.
What do you think? How have you been?