Rick McKeon

Biography

Rick is a retired engineer living in beautiful Prescott, Arizona. Since retiring he is pursuing his passion for writing, playing music and teaching.

He is currently producing a series of video lessons on playing the guitar and banjo, and is writing books encouraging people to appreciate nature at a deeper level.

Also, pursuing his love of mathematics and philosophy, Rick has written non-technical books on the enjoyment of recreational mathematics and the search for patterns in nature.

To learn more about Rick's creative endeavors visit his website at: https://rickmckeon.com

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There are several things I am passionate about: hiking and nature, music and mathematics to name a few. I love to look for patterns and interconnections between diverse phenomena. Writing gives me a chance to share these passions with others.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my friends and students. I am working on several books, but most of my publishing so far has been instructional videos for banjo and guitar playing. My fans encourage me and I enjoy the interaction. I learn as much from my fans as they do from me!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Rick McKeon online


Books

The Natural Banjo Player: Nature's Lessons for Effortless Playing
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 10,070. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Instruction and Study - Techniques, Nonfiction » Music » Musical instruments
If you study nature closely you will understand the strategies and techniques that the natural world has developed over millions of years! Many of these strategies can be applied to the banjo. With practice, your banjo playing will become enjoyable, natural and effortless!
Understanding Nature Vol. 2: Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Environment
This is the second volume in the "Understanding Nature" series. My purpose for writing this volume is to encourage young people to get outdoors and enjoy the natural world.
Kailee's Adventures in the Pine Forest
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Adventure » General
This is the story of a young girl and her amazing adventures in the Pine Forest. She learns lessons from the ancient rocks and trees. As you will discover, her adventures are not just fantasies!
Nature's Small World: When Viewed Close up Ordinary Things Become Extraordinary!
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 790. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Earth sciences
This is a collection of beautiful images taken through the microscope and then the same objects at normal size so you can tell what they are. The first half of the book has the close up images and the second half has the full size pictures. See if you can guess what they are before looking at the answer. I bet you will be surprised at some of them!
Understanding Nature: Enjoying Nature at a Deeper Level
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Ecology and Environment
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Use all of your senses to understand nature at a deeper level! This book contains lots of fun activities for you to try while you are out enjoying nature.
You Make Us Feel Young Again!
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Ministry / Adult
This is a collection of funny and inspiring stories from some of my rest home singalongs. If you read this book you will laugh and you will cry!
Amazing Fractal Images! Postcards From The Complex Plane
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature
There are many special places to be found by the "fractal explorer" who ventures into this strange land. Join me in this adventure as I share with you some postcards from the complex plane.
Underlying Patterns: Searching For Patterns In Nature
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature
Join me on an adventure of discovery! We are searching for patterns in nature.
Sierra Impressions: Images and Inspiration from The Sierra Nevada
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 2,330. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Amateur naturalist
I love wild places! Over the past 27 years of hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California I have collected hundreds of beautiful photographs and wonderful memories. This little book is my attempt to share with you some of the most beautiful places you will ever see and the thoughts they have inspired in me. Hope you enjoy it! Rick

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