New Year, New Roles as Citizens

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons/Carwil Bjork-James

For those of you who make New Year’s resolutions, here’s one to consider (albeit a few weeks late): resolve to become a part of the solution this year. It might be easier than you think, thanks to Colorado state senator Morgan Carroll. A major advocate for citizen involvement, Morgan, with her new book out this month, Take Back Your Government: A Citizen’s Guide to Grassroots Change, shows how any ordinary citizen can make and change law and policy in their state, through practical tips, checklists, and sample documents. Morgan aims to give readers an inside look at how state legislatures really work through this accessible how-to manual.

Morgan conducts hundreds of town hall meetings and community seminars, teaching ordinary citizens how to influence the legislative process, and it was her own civic activism that launched her ultimate decision to run for office. In Take Back Your Government, she shares practical information and easy-to-follow steps for beginner advocates, including:

  • How to find out who your elected officials are
  • How to make contact– sample letters, e-mails, and telephone scripts are all included
  • How to write petitions and fact sheets
  • How to  testify at a legislative hearing
  • How to be an advocate in ten minutes or less
  • And more!
Morgan (above) will be at the Tattered Cover Colfax on Friday, February 10, at 7:30 pm, and at other venues around Denver this spring and summer. For her upcoming schedule, please check here. For more tips, follow Morgan on Twitter: @TakeBackYrGovt, on Facebook:, and on her blog:
(Top photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons/Carwil Bjork-James)

The creepy crawlies are coming.

Spring is here, and Colorado’s vernal display of flora and fauna will soon be in full swing.

Crawling and slithering in the midst of all that fauna will be reptilia and amphibia.

Spring days are prime time for searching for Colorado’s native creepy crawlies, from the Texas horned lizard, which shoots blood out of its eyes to defend itself from predators and to attract the sparkly attentions of one Edward Cullen, to the all-female clone armies of the checkered whiptail and the plateau striped whiptail.

In May, we’re releasing The Guide to Colorado Reptiles and Amphibians by Mary Taylor Young. It’s a helpful guide to all of the slithery and slimy beasties that Colorado has to offer.  The full-color photos and basic profiles of each critter will prove useful to novice herpetologists exploring their backyards and wilderness trails, as well as to anyone who has an interest in identifying the creepy and the crawly.

I had a pretty scary encounter with an unidentified reptilian a few weeks ago. I was shopping for a plant in the wilds of Home Depot. When I picked up a potted flower and tucked it safely in my arm, a small (but very vicious-looking) lizard darted from the plant to my jacket. I watch a lot of Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, so I knew how to react to an animal attack. But just because I knew better doesn’t mean I didn’t throw the plant on the ground while I danced around, making strange sounds, trying to take off my jacket while keeping the lizard as far as possible from my jugular vein. My husband nearly died that day from laughing so hard. If that lizard had been a Texas horned lizard, with a blood-shooting defense mechanism, I would have died from sheer terror. That’s why I take reptiles so seriously.

We’ll be posting more about The Guide to Colorado Reptiles and Amphibians in the weeks to come. I hope that our readers, like me, will be able to use it to identify herptiles in their Colorado habitats, from backyards to canyons, from creekbeds to the plant departments of big-box stores.

Introducing Fulcrum’s Newest Bloggers


Allow us to introduce ourselves…  The three of us, Dani, Katie and Brynn, will be blogging weekly for Fulcrum Publishing, bringing you all kinds of juicy information on Fulcrum’s wonderful authors, upcoming releases and interesting thoughts regarding books and the constantly evolving publishing world.  We hope that you will join us on our blog each week, and please also feel free to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and at

We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Dani Perea

Hello blogverse, I’m Dani Perea, the new Sales and Marketing Associate here at Fulcrum. I just moved to Colorado from Boston (or as we say, Bawston), MA. I came to Fulcrum because I loved its History and Native American titles. When I am not blogging for the press, I enjoy crafting steampunk hats and goggles, and rigorously training for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Brynn Flaherty

Hi Fulcrum blog readers – I am Brynn Flaherty, Fulcrum’s new Marketing Assistant.  I just moved to Denver from Aspen, Colorado, where the beer really does flow like wine.  Although I am not a Colorado native, I have lived in this lovely state for 10 years and can think of no where I’d rather be.  Well, maybe a tropical island or two…but Colorado is home, and I love to get outside and enjoy the mountains as much as I can.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Fulcrum team, and I look forward to blogging and taking part in all things marketing.

Katie O’Neill

Hello! I’m Katie O’Neill, and I am the Marketing Manager at Fulcrum. I love my job and am thrilled to be joined by these two amazing women, and to embark on our exciting journey together. I’ve lived in Colorado for two years, but I am still not quite used to the snow, after living in Phoenix and San Francisco for many years.  When I’m not furiously answering emails and phone calls during the work week, I like taking long hikes with my very sweet and energetic Lab puppy, George. Or, sleeping.