monthly diary of current postings and quick train of thought entries
…we’re not going
to make it to thirty-one essays.
So, we’re loading
up for November and making another run at things. Yup… thirty
days in November. (Alternate meanings intended… side notes,
shameless plug, Thirty
Days in November available in paperback
and for Kindle. Makes a fantastic gift. Add it, along with my
other titles, to your holiday shopping. Umm… ok… back to it…)
Won’t be easy hitting
thirty new essays, partly because the holidays are coming and
travel is nutty. But we’re going to give it a shot. And, because
I’m really invested in getting A LOT of work done, it’s going
to be a massive thirty days…
We’re also stepping
back to an old friend, National
Novel Writing Month. Going to use it as
a way to put an upcoming project into motion.
The bottom line?
Even short of the
target, a solid run of production in October. A
Parkside View for the month is out
today, with November coming in about ten days. Lots of work
in lots of areas next month. Things in Backpackville are good,
with a wave of material on the way.
See you again soon.
Parkside View is out and about, and
the October issue is on the way. New essays at the end of this
post, with more coming soon. Not a blistering pace for the month
yet, but it brings the total to seven so far and we are moving
along. (I still think we’re going to hit our goal of an average
of one per day for October.)
about a few updates and changes to things. This has included
the site as well as social media pages. Since taking a some
of these actions, a couple of questions arrived. Two pieces
of information were mentioned that I think I should acknowledge…
First, I am extremely
sad to announce that it’s true, the social media pages, external
website and sections in Backpackville for ComplemenTerry Designs
are being closed down. Any finished pieces and materials are,
for now, being handled privately. A massive amount of appreciation
goes to all of you that supported these efforts and events over
the years. It has been an amazing experience, with so many of
you becoming very close friends as a direct result of these
endeavors. I am grateful to all of you, and thank you.
Second, we are also
phasing out areas and projects associated with Local Friends
for Local Business. While I—and everyone around The ‘ville—are
still enthusiastically committed to the support of local businesses,
it has repeatedly been proven over the years that this needs
something different. We will continue to mention small town
treasures and unique finds, especially for special occasions
and during travel-related efforts. Usually, it will be by using
existing opportunities such as the Now Playing journal. Over
time, we will explore a variety of new thoughts.
These two items
are the most visible to date of many adjustments being made
all around In My Backpack. We will continue to modify
the site, attempting to make it more friendly and clean for
you, while also allowing us the best options for presenting
the materials we hope to share.
I expect a rush
of work to begin hitting next weekend. Then, a full sprint to
the end of the month (and hopefully clearing thirty-one new
pieces). Enjoy these two, and come back again soon…
rake or not to rake”
Because of course,
a few weird days in a row hit and hit hard. And—yeah, likely
no surprise to you either that this would happen as well—those
few days turned into several days, as August basically crossed
immediately into October.
Been away, a good
portion of the time working on some things, and now we’re back
at it and posting in The ‘ville. We’ll go over what you can
expect in October (and a bit of the future) in a second. Suffice
to say as a start: Things are fine, and we’ve finally reached
the time to get our feet moving again around here and pick up
the pace. Groundwork in October, then an all-out sprint in November
and December to wrap up the year.
We get to the actual
start of this post and begin with a THANK YOU…
Buy Bob’s Book Day
2023 edition of this annual event featured a lot of things:
on all of my books has been reset, and you can now add any
of my fourteen published titles to your Kindle library for
the whopping price of 99-cents each
There was a special
offer on the latest titles
And we had a run
where five older titles were available to add to your Kindle
Many folks looked
around the website, and several took part in these offers. I
truly appreciate it. I try creating casual atmosphere for it,
because I fully recognize the silliness and borderline absurdity
of recognizing my writing by declaring a national day of celebrations.
Still, there is a very real seriousness for the efforts, and
I am trying to raise awareness and give a bit of fromt-and-center
stage time to my work.
Thank you for enjoying
the humor, appreciating what I do, and supporting my writing.
I am approaching
October with plans to get back into things with an essay-a-day
average, so we’ve got that to be happy about. First material
arrives at the end of this entry.
Parkside View is done for September,
but those weird days I mentioned earlier paused just about everything.
Look for the release of that issue by the end of the upcoming
weekend, October just about mid-way into the month, and November
should settle us back into a place where we get new editions
out near the end of the month.
I expect to have
some news later this month about publication schedules for new
titles. And speaking of schedules…
I’ve been working
with some old friends (and some great new places) to arrange
a really interesting set of upcoming appearances. Yes, it looks
like the writing workshop will return, along with some more
traditional designs such as readings and signings. A few people
are working with me on some fantastic new thoughts as well,
and these should be joining the run early in 2024. I expect
to final and confirm information on several, and will share
what I can over the next few weeks.
You want more?
I’ve got some interesting
guests working on projects with me, and I hope to be able to
release one or two of them by the end of this month (definitely
With all of that
in place, I’m ready for a nap. So much time and so little to
(Wait. Strike that.
Reverse it. See you again soon.)