Monthly Archives: March 2011

Moving on…

The new home of Away and Away

Dear Readers,

As I am a writer with big dreams, some of them almost in reach, others a long way off, I am making a change.  The guys I work with at AllTreatment have suggested I take the step and purchase my own domain.  About a week ago I did so, and with their help I have set up shop in a new location,

I hope all of you will follow me to the new address, all my former content will be posted there, as well as old comments.  There are a few kinks since the transfer, I know, but I am doing my best to fix every glitch I can.  It shouldn’t be too long til I am completely up to speed.  If you cannot find an old post here, it has moved on to the other site, though most of my old content is still here.

Hope the move isn’t too inconvienent,

S.C. Barrus


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Dedicated to Bridgesburning

Dopamine Levels

Bridgesburning is my first frequent contributor to the discussion on this site, so this post is dedicated to her!

She has her own blog at


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Matilda gets an iPad

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S.C. Barrus’ Guide to Quit Smoking

S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and AwayYou might be aware that aside from my fiction writing, I am also the Managing Editor over at the website, where I write on just about anything related to the world of addiction.

Yesterday I completed my guide to quitting smoking, and I am rather proud of it, so I thought I would post up the table of contents here. Continue reading

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One Week Internet Free

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve posted a lot of content lately, roughly a post a day.  While I have been enjoying the process and the results, it has eaten up great chunks of time which I would normally use to: write, yoga, hike, read, sleep, punch my punching bag, hang out with friends, etc.

So, for the following 7 days, I will not post another post.  In fact, I plan to be relatively internet free, using the net just to check my email and watch The Daily Show.   This is not my first time doing this, I generally go about a week internet free every two or three months or so, basically when I’ve noticed I’ve spent too much time online.

If you are interested, you should give this a shot with me.  It will be generally painless, will give you time to finish reading that book you’ve never had time for (I’m going to finish reading Herman Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund), and just get you off your butt in general which is always a good thing.  Spring is on it’s way, so I think I’m going to head outside a bit more.

Good luck guys, see you in a week.



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Shake the Dust

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Trampled By Turtles – Folk Metal (?)

S.C. Barrus, S. Cody Barrus, Away and AwayI met with a good buddy of mine, Chris Slater, the other day.  He just turned 21, so we hopped around town checking out some of the local bars, having an all around good time.  Somewhere in all this, Chris brings up the fact that I’ve posted folk music on my site, that he plays banjo and I play guitar, a new semi talented band perhaps?  Perhaps.

Either way, we both love folk for some of the same reasons.  Modern music can be so produced now a days that it feels put together by a machine, almost in human.  Today’s counter culture has addressed this with the folk genre, a genre fraught with little production values but lots of soul.

Enter Trampled By Turtles, a band my brother Jason showed to me about a month or two ago.  Their style ranges from mandolin led blue grass, to what I like to call folk metal, the opitomy of which is there song “Wait so Long”, the song that got me into them in the first place.

Trampled by Turtles are playing a 21+ show at the Tractor in Seattle on 5/12/11.  I plan on going, and you, whoever you are, should come with me.  If you buy me a ticket in the next week I’ll get you a free copy of my all elusive book (you can’t buy it online).  If you buy me a drink at the show, I’ll give you a free pat on the back.

If you like Trampled by Turtles, be sure to check out these posts: Old Crow Medicine Show, Seasick Steve: Side of the Road Blues, Nicholas Ridout – The Pike Place Busker, and watch the videos of Valerie Lopez and Jason Barrus on my Events Page.

Farewell from S.C.B.

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