This page is just going to be a gateway to several other pages about things I like to do other than writing. Since I'm going to be extremely busy with my writing, links for things on this page may not appear right away, but here's what could conceivably show up here someday: Links to pages about travel and photography, books, audio recordings, artistic stuff, and other side projects. The links will appear within the descriptions below and to the right.
Travel Stuff and Photography:
Minay and I love to travel, although we're doing far less of that now that I've retired. I also love photography, so I've taken quite a few pictures on my trips, and here at home as well. I used to have an extensive collection (thousands) of travel photos on a previous incarnation of this website, but I'm going to pare that down considerably here. I will probably start with a list of some of the trips, and just a few photos from each. Plus, I'll probably do a section eventually with some examples of some of my more artistic photography. In the meantime, here are links to three sites where I used to post some of my photography (several years ago).
TrekEarth: http://www.trekearth.com/members/msirois/photos/ (images that depict life around the world - a minimum of post-processing is allowed on images befrore posting)
TrekNature: http://www.treknature.com/members/msirois/photos/ (same as TrekEarth, but restricted to images depicting nature)
TrekLens: http://www.treklens.com/members/msirois/photos/ (same as TrekEarth, but a wider range of subjects is permitted, and more post-processing of images is allowed)
Also, we are both avid readers, and have a fairly substantial personal library. When we moved a couple of years ago from a one-story to a two-story house, we gave away and sold about 200 books. The other day I did a quick count of what we have left, and it's a little over 1,900 books (a mix of fiction, reference, tech manuals, history, quilting, art, etc.). Later I may create a list of some of my favorites, but I know I don't have the energy or the time to catalogue all of them.
Minay and I both recorded audiobooks for a local company for a year or so after we got married, but got involved in other things and stopped. I also recorded audiobooks for LibriVox (March 2006 to June 2007). LibriVox (which means Free Voice), is devoted to creating free copies of public domain works of literature in audiobook form. I did one entire audiobook on my own, Anatole France's Penguin Island (according to the Internet Archive, it's been downloaded over 55,000 times). I also collaborated on a number of other recording projects for LibriVox. I loved doing that, and might do some more eventually, but it's very time consuming, so -- for now -- no, but here's a link to their site, and to some of the things I recorded for them.
I have always been fascinated with the arts, music especially. My wife and I both have acting degrees, and met at an audition in 1982. Neither of us act anymore, though. We both settled into other careers. My years in education lead me to become involved in a number of technological pursuits, and I still dabble in web and graphic design. I'll include some samples somewhere on these pages eventually. My wife, Minay, is a fabulous quilter and quilt pattern designer. You can see some of her work at her website, minay.sirois.com.
Side Project Stuff:
I do have one very small side project that I have devoted some time to. I create sayings and graphic designs for CafePress (to be used on t-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, and all kinds of other things, including a lot of designs for writers). You can see my stuff at cafepress.com/Sirois_Stuff.
And, don't tell anyone [cough]recipes[cough].