and Unexpected: Backpack on the Road
Volume Three: Las Vegas
you begin with Las Vegas and add places like Hoover Dam, the Grand
Canyon, and Route 66… well… yeah. Good start.
two trips in this book took place in 2004 and 2008, and featured
the gang of four… Bob joined by Terry, Ellen and Richard.
Card Day… sunset over the Grand Canyon… highs and lows… these
were adventures that were great to begin with, and elevated when
shared with terrific friends. (Even the bad experiences are hysterically
wonderful as stories and memories).
and Richard joined Bob and Terry in each of the three volumes
of Strange and Unexpected. As a result, in the Room for
Dessert area of this book, the four relived all the journeys covered
in these books with their personal favorites.
we continue with the Travel Trilogy…
and Unexpected: Backpack on the Road
Volume Two: California
effort contained two trips that differed in several ways. 2005…
with Justin and Jay… Terry and I heading to southern California.
2007… with Ellen, Richard. Mike and Louise… Terry and I were in
first trip featured one of the most stunning national parks I
have ever seen, Joshua Tree. Absolutely brilliant. It also involved
Disneyland, which provided several surprises.
second trip was built around wine country and a visit to Yosemite.
Awesome. Just plain awesome.
bonus section again included many of the people that shared these
adventures with us. The main theme for this volume involved the
very best of a variety of subjects and locations during lifetimes
we look at Volume Three of this series.
a bit of slack, I’ll wander all over the place when telling a
approached it kicking and screaming and swearing and debating
and… suffice to say, there was a lot of talking to myself in the
early days. I knew the travel material on the web site had been
a lot of fun to work on, and that I wanted to use it for a publishing
project. And, as the case always seems to be, the first steps
after deciding a project would be fun to approach are often the
steps where the headaches begin.
of the first thoughts—and absolutely the biggest source of problems—was
to approach the material chronologically. Put the travels into
the order they occurred. This idea floated around in my head for
potentially no other reason than it seemed like the way to go.
deciding to bring together the travel writing into a book release,
and then throwing darts at the bulletin board while struggling
with actually producing it, I eventually decided to begin assembling
the material and see where that led me. Start some proofreading
and editing… look for places and ideas where I might want to produce
new material… actually begin the process and take the first few
steps… and perhaps some things would come together as a result.
And that’s exactly when it became a bit clearer.
I had been doing was quite similar to taking four or five jigsaw
puzzles with different themes, dumping the pieces onto the floor,
and then attempting to make a single finished result. Nothing
creating files and looking over the actual material on hand, connections
began developing. There were two trips to California. Two trips
to Las Vegas. Those worked better when combined. Florida involved
more than two trips, but the material there wasn’t overwhelming
in size. The idea of creating a three-volume set presented in
a location-based approach worked. And eventually I set it up for
an everything-at-once approach… all three books to be released
on the same day, in both paperback and Kindle editions.
first effort in the Strange and Unexpected efforts…
and Unexpected: Backpack on the Road
Volume One: Florida
say a lot of ground is covered would be an understatement. Orlando
and the Florida Keys are just two of the base camps for our adventures.
Stops in places like Fort Lauderdale and Miami are also involved.
parks and airboats, dolphins and alligators, brilliant meals and
our version of a Duval Crawl… this book covers all things Florida,
in ways north to south, coast to coast.
over a dozen family and friends joined in the trips covered. This
led to the bonus material in each of the Strange and Unexpected
efforts—called Room for Dessert—where I approached some of our
partners in adventure and asked more generalized questions and
travel thoughts gained from experiences visiting locations literally
around the world. In the Florida volume, the results focused on
overall travel tips.
covered the books quite a few times here in Backpackville. That
said… over the next ten days, as we approach National Buy Bob’s
Book Day, we’re going to offer up a bit oif a recap on all ten
published works. For more, head to the Writing
& Books are of the web site, where you’ll
find more information on each title, along with information about
Offers, and where you can go to purchase his
begin with the first title released…
Just Drifts Away
many ways, Time Just Drifts Away is a delightful mistake.
lot of that can be attributed to the learning process involved:
first self-published title. As one example of what I mean, Time
Just Drifts Away featured two separate release dates. I wasn’t
ready to produce an electronic edition right away and sidelined
such a project. As a result, The Kindle edition ended up following
about two months after the original paperback publication.
title of the collection comes from a line in the song “Dreams
Go By”… a great one from the legendary singer (and storyteller)
delightful mistake part though, for the most part comes from how
the collection was assembled and timed…
materials were produced with a quite serious and well-intended
note that I was releasing it to recognize the ninth anniversary
of my web site because I had too much material to wait until the
tenth anniversary. That was, honestly, true. I did have enough
to work with as the ninth anniversary arrived. That said… it has
always been closer to the truth to say that the book wasn’t early
for the tenth anniversary, but actually late for the fifth.
pair of traditions (of sort) that began with this release:
use of the Gus Logo in some fashion on the cover of books where
material that has appeared on the web site is included in the
odd-year anniversary celebrations, which involved the ninth
anniversary for this release and continued on the fourteenth
anniversary for Life
Won’t Pass Me By and Conversations.
of my favorite essays are presented in this collection…
the most of my two minutes”
special set of glasses”
idea that I’ve pointed toward many times, including as a reason
for naming the web site, was part of this collection…
Kindle edition of Time Just Drifts Away will be offered
FOR FREE during the days around National Buy Bob’s Book Day. The
event is August 26th, and the Kindle offer will be available on
August 25th, 26th and 27th.
is a bit of a transition day. Get feet back on the ground, settle
in, and prepare for a steady run to National Buy Bob’s Book Day…
let’s get to it and set some things up…
tomorrow, we’re going to look at one of Bob’s books every day.
Ten books… ten days… a bit of insight, a bit of linking to this
and that, and maybe a few stories and little known facts along
some new essays for posting, and could have several ready to go
when we hit August 26th (and the celebrations), there should be
a couple of surprises and announcements ready to share. (Still
working on that part.)
man in upstate New York was arrested. He had
a blood alcohol content that registered as .37… and he was driving…
a lawn mower. Just a lesson for you there, drinking or not, if
you plan on taking your ride on mower out onto the streets and
think you might be all over the road.
Florida, authorities only “suspect” that a woman was under the
influence, but here’s another tip for you: If it just so happens
that you want to drive westbound on the eastbound lanes… of a
toll road… maybe don’t
hit a police car.
Jean-Luc Picard is returning. CBS is developing
a new series, intended for its streaming service, and Picard appears
to be the central character.
a few things to cover…
up – Local
Friends for Local Business
month, the effort is based on My
idea is essentially for you to think about the places that feel
like home to you. It might be where you were born and where you
were raised. It might be a place you lived at some point. It might
be exactly where you find yourself today. Wherever that place
is, there were (and are) treasures around you.
you thought about a place where you lived during your life, and
plans were being made to head there for a few days, answer this
question: What fill-in-the-blank is there and only there that
I must get to during my visit? (With fill-in-the-blank meaning
restaurants, stores, attractions, and on and on.) There is almost
definitely food that you can only find there, if nothing else.
August, consider your hometown. Are there businesses you’ve seen
and always wanted to visit, but never have? Are there businesses
you really enjoy, but haven’t been to in some time? Have you ever
looked around to see if there’s a business offering something
you need, but you didn’t even know the business was there?
of those amazing community locations and stop in.
got two events lined up for the 2018
Holiday Tour. Both are two-day events.
is the weekend of December 1st and 2nd, and we are waiting to
finalize a few things before announcing any other details.
other is being held on November 24th and 25th, and involves a
return to a show we’ve been thrilled to appear at previously.
We can confirm that ComplemenTerry Designs will be taking part
in Christmas & Crafts at Turning Stone Resort Casino for the
fifth consecutive year.
finally – Special
August 26th, we will be celebrating National
Buy Bob’s Book Day. As part of it, we are
going to have two promotions taking place around the day involving
free Kindle titles.
out the details on the Special Offers page, where you can find
out how to get the Kindle editions of Time
Just Drifts Away and Thirty
Days in November.
that’s it for now. More coming soon.
story has become part of In My Backpack legend…
Buy Bob’s Book Day!
Just Drifts Away was released in the
summer of 2012. At the time, I was looking for ways to raise awareness
and promote the effort. Media kits… press releases… social media
postings… e-mails and phone calls and readings and appearances
and travel and…
get the idea. Anything I could attempt as a way to shine a bit
of a spotlight on the book.
the same time—but completely separate from the promotional book
release work—a set of ideas were swirling around as I watched
the internet buzzing with celebrations here and there for national
days of this-and-that.
was National Raspberry Cream Pie Day that finally brought about
a collision in my mind and created a bit of a chocolate-in-the-peanut-butter
avocados can have a day… If scallops can have multiple days… If
raspberry cream pie can have a day… Why couldn’t
I have a day for his published books?
the idea took shape, it was—and today still is—offered with good
humor and a goofy approach in the hopes of self-promotion.
has since become an annual tradition. On August 26th each year,
the In My Backpack web site and social media pages host
the celebrations. And while presented as a way to be a bit silly
and slightly to the side of modest in a shameless and yet still
fun way, the reality remains… this is serious as well…
is offered in the hope to bring a bit of attention to Bob, his
books, and his work around Backpackville. We hope you’ll look
around and think about picking up a copy or two. Plus, we’d be
grateful if you meandered over to In My Backpack and
spent some time on the site.
part of the 2018 festivities, there will be special Kindle promotions
where two books will be available for free over a limited time.
For details, head to the web site and click on the link to Special
your family! Tell your friends! Visit In My Backpack
often! And for the 2018 National Buy Bob’s Book Day, let’s have
always, THANK YOU for
your consideration, time and support.