Or... more specifically... the answer to the ultimate question...
What is this all about?


And the answer is... there are days when I honestly have no clue.

Ok. That’s not fair. And also not true.

But clues are tricky things. And over the years, In My Backpack has expanded and... I think fair to say... matured.

In 2003, my efforts had a fairly basic purpose... to write. I wanted to pull some of the material and ideas that I’d been carrying around for so many years, work on them, and perhaps get them read by a person or two. I wanted to kick off some rust, experiment with different subjects and themes, and have a place where I could share columns and articles and thoughts and more.

During the time since those intial days, well...

We’ve had the joys and thrills of all sorts of computer issues

We’ve stopped some efforts (movie reviews)

We’ve added some efforts (the photo galleries)

We’ve published books

And the fun around the web site hasn’t been limited to writing or even work exclusively based on my professional endeavors...

We’ve brought in ComplemenTerry Designs

We started Local Friends for Local Business

And those are just a handful of events, presented without diving too deep or exploring the smallest of details. (And -- dare I say -- not too bad for someone quite willing to put a hammock up in the back yard and take frequent naps (while defending them as thought-filled research and development efforts). While having no desire to be a starving writer, I am open to hearing arguments about the pro-side of being an alcoholic writer. (Well... not alcoholic... but I do like those fancy umbrellas and a nice frozen beverage.) Anyway...)

I have sent many letters and packages out for consideration and placed others into the filing cabinet. I’ve got several envelopes ready to go as you are reading this.

Along with some successes, I have plenty of experience that I can pass along to aspiring authors about how to handle a rejection slip. Comes with the territory. Anyone that tells you differently probably hasn’t attempted much. The only guaranteed way to avoid failure is to not try. I intend to keep trying.

And while this web site has developed into what I now playfully call the Backpack Community (and at times, Backpackville and The ‘ville), it remains true to those early days in its most basic purpose... a way to put some things out there for others to enjoy, even as I keep working behind the scenes at creating a best seller that could justify future naps.

Portions of this site celebrate my work, accomplishments and activities. There is a page for my Writing & Books, my Photo Gallery, Terry’s crafts with ComplemenTerry Designs, and supporting the community with Local Friends for Local Business.

The success of the site ultimately depends on you. I hope you will take a few seconds, visit the Complaint Department section, and let me know your thoughts and suggestions. I also encourage you to visit the Extras section, where I have placed some links I think you may find interesting. If you continue down this page you’ll find a bit more about the areas of the site, and how to use the banner at the top to find things.

Thanks for visiting. I appreciate it.

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An overview of In My Backpack

Now Playing ~ More or less the daily diary of a particular month, with informal thoughts and comments on anything that strikes me as worth mentioning. When a new article is posted to the site, I’ll have it noted in an entry for that day. I’ll also have special links and other items here. Once a month changes, the current “Now Playing” entry will be reset, and the old month will be filed away in The Attic. I do eventually pull archived months from the active web site, which is done mainly because old links to external sites can be hideously unreliable.

The Attic ~ This is the storage area... the archive of articles and other material. Go here and you’ll find general interest as a catch all along with specific sections for interviews, sports, travel, and more.

42 ~ If you’re reading this, youve already seen it.

Complaint Department ~ Contact information.

Extras ~ Links... shared for a variety of reasons.

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All of the material presented on this site, whether text or pictures*, is the copyrighted property of Bob Hocking, and may not be used for any purpose, in any form, without the express written consent of Bob.

* Some individuals have been kind enough to provide material such as pictures for use with some efforts, with approval granted for specific use. In these cases, permission was given to Bob and In My Backpack to use these images, with all rights belonging to those individuals. Any use other than that approved for this site requires obtaining their approval for such use. When applicable, notations have been presented with these items indicating the holder of rights. Authorization of use, by In My Backpack or the holder of appropriate rights, is not granted and should be considered denied when permission has not been obtained.

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Direct links to a few of the sections at In My Backpack


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There are five pages on Facebook that are associated in some fashion with the In My Backpack community.

The names in this list reflect the segments from this site... the actual Facebook label may be desginated differently.

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There are three pages on Twitter that are associated in some fashion with the In My Backpack community.

The names in this list reflect the segments from this site... the actual Twitter label is noted.

In My Backpack (@BobInMyBackpack)

ComplemenTerry Designs (@CTerryDesigns)

Local Friends for Local Business (@FriendsLocal)

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There is just one page on Instagram associated with the In My Backpack community.

The name reflects the segments from this site... the actual Twitter label is noted below.

In My Backpack (BobInMyBackpack)



If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail us at Bob@inmybackpack.com