Book Fair and surprise dinner!
Happy Saint Patrick's day, plus one! I hope all are doing well this lovely Saturday evening. I know it's still winter for many of you east of the Mississippi, but here in Arizona it's just been another boring rainless, snowless winter. I suppose I should not complain, but I still do!
I had another busy work week, but I made time to go last week to the annual Book Fair here in Tucson. It is a huge event here, and one of the largest in the country. I wanted to go and speak to specific publishers I saw on the list of attendees. I have been bombarded by countless publishing companies since I first inquired years ago. Although they have been more persistent since my cross-country tour, I now know which companies are just after people's money. Many of those companies also set up booths at fairs like these, but have no interest in people's writing or stories other then to take their money. I have spoken to many of these via email or on the phone, and when all is said and done, it becomes apparent that the only writing they're interested in his a check made payable to them! I spoke to a few reputable publishers, and explained that my manuscript was still being cleaned up at the moment. They seemed interested and asked me to send them excerpts of the book, and I can't wait to get that part of my story rolling. Unfortunately as you know, my book is held up at the current moment as the proofreader deals with a personal tragedy in her family. I will be sure to give you the latest update as things develop.
I also spent last Wednesday evening celebrating a special event with my son Jonathan and the family. His mother and I planned a surprise dinner at a local pizzeria to celebrate his new career as a blackjack dealer at the local casino. I suppose it might not be the ideal career path a parent would want for his child, but Johnny has always been a whiz at math and I am please to see him get out of the trades as a fitter and go into something vastly different. It's not easy for people of any age to change their course in life, especially once people are settled and feel trapped in their career choices. But since he is young and single, it is the best time to make a change. Whether or not this turns out to be a long-term career or just an adventure for a 25 year old remains to be seen, but he has always been a good son and has made great choices his entire young life. He was totally surprised by the gathering, and humbly thanked everybody for thinking of him. I'm sure he will excel and his new job, as he always has his entire life.
Thank you once again for checking in, and continuing to support my efforts to finally see this journey to its completion. I think I could see the the light at the end of the tunnel now, I'm just hoping it's not the train coming in the opposite direction! Until next week my friends, stay safe and enjoy the first day of spring wherever you call home.
Good morning friends,
Happy Saturday morning to you, I hope all are well and warm wherever you call home. I apologize for the delay with my update, but I was busy celebrating my birthday. I had all intentions posting this yesterday, but I was caught up in the excitement of March Madness , with my local team the Arizona Wildcats.
It's hard to believe that I am now 56 years old, as most of you know time just seems to fly by. If you haven't figured out yet, I'm not too concerned with aging, and never really have been.I try to live everyday to its fullest, realizing the precious gift of life we all possess. Speaking of time, it was exactly a year ago today that I landed in Anchorage Alaska, on my second to the last stop of my tour. It was the coldest climate I had ever experienced, except for the few nights I slept in sub-zero temperatures in my truck in the Midwest. I didn't have to sleep outside in Anchorage, since I rented a motel for 5 days, but since I flew in, I was confined to the local bus system for transportation. Waiting for the bus to to arrive in 21 degree weather, was a first for me, and not very pleasant!
Today is also the annual book fair here in my hometown of Tucson, a bittersweet occasion for me. I had set this date when I first arrived as a goal to have my book completed and ready to showcase here at this event. Unfortunately, as you know, I will only be attending as a spectator. I still remain undeterred, despite the delay in my publishing timeline. The first book is written, but still some time away from hitting the bookshelves and E-book market. I believe, as I've stated several times, that everything has its time, and this is not the time for me to be part of the writer's club. Nevertheless I still dream and envision that for me in the near future. I hope that you still believe in me and my determination to complete my journey in the written form!
I also have a issue that I've been struggling with this past week. As you know I am self-employed, and enjoy working for myself and all the freedom that it entails. I was offered a job position as a union rep here at the local office where I was a member for 21 years of my life. I do not miss having a boss, or punching a clock like the majority of folks in this world. But I also do not have any health insurance, and that is one of the big perks that come with this position. I'm not getting any younger, and a lot of the work I do comes with the risk of getting injured at any moment. Also my immune system has been altered as of late, from my year on the road I believe, and I've been more sick this year than all the other 56 years of my life.So those are the things I weigh, as I decide what to do next. I am not tempted by the money or perks they are offering me, but the loss of freedom and time I now control would certainly be compromised. I am well into my second book, and my writing will certainly suffer I foresee, since I will go from a 30-hour work week, to possibly a 40 to 50 hour schedule. My sister tells me it's time to grow up, and I tell her why? LOL! I will keep you posted on my decision, but I'm pretty sure I know which way I'm leaning.
Thank you for all the birthday wishes, and I certainly pray I will be part of the book fair a year from today. Thank you for checking in, and for your continued support. Take care and stay safe until next time!
I hope to find you all healthy and warm, wherever you call home. I myself I'm I'm doing well this Sunday evening. After spending time with with my daughter on her recent visit, I was really backed up with work, while still battling a nagging bronchitis that won't end.
I would like to take a minute and acknowledge the poor folks, young and old, who tragically lost their lives last week in another senseless school massacre. I do not have school-age children anymore, so my heart goes out to those parents who drop their kids off every morning at school or watch the bus take them to class, fearing that they might not ever make it home again. I too have a teenage grandson in California, and I know his parents live with that fear as well. I don't know what the solution is, but I fear that the political divisions it creates, only prolongs any sensible answers needed to bring about change.
I spent all week doing a variety of things, including painting a house, knocking down a dead 30-foot tree, fixing screens and drywall, to name a few. My living room ceiling also spring a leak with the the the rains, so I spent this afternoon patching the roof. January is usually slow, due to most folks overspending themselves for the holidays, but things usually cranked up again in February, mostly due to tax refund and warmer weather conditions, at least here in Arizona. But my biggest headache of the week, was my brakes going out on my Toyota Sequoia. Now I could just about build a house, and enjoy every aspect of construction, but I hate working on cars. It is, to be honest, my Achilles heel! I could do a variety of auto repairs, but I just downright hate doing it I took after my father in that aspect, and have paid the price, financially. This time I decided to change the brakes myself, and I spent all day yesterday working on replacing the brake pads. There was one stuck nut, on the rear caliper, and it gave me a world of trouble. I cursed and cussed, in Spanish of course, until I got that damn thing off! With my hand all greasy, and my head pounding with stress and frustration, I decided never to do the work myself. I can't wait to become a successful writer, so I can hire some grease monkey to do the work for me LOL!
I do not have any news on the book front, I have not heard from Mary Ann. I'm sure she is still dealing with the grieving process associated with the loss of her daughter. There is no time frame for that kind of loss, so I will stay busy in the meantime, with my second edition, as time allows.
As always friends, stay safe and thank you for checking in with me. I'm still humbled and overjoyed that so many people have continued to follow and support me months after I completed my journey. But as you know, the journey isn't over until I get this manuscript published! Every day comes closer to that goal, so until then have a good week, and I will right you soon.