We have been documenting our travel adventures with you for almost 8 years now.
It’s hard to believe that we sold our family home back in 2013, and set off shortly afterwards to travel the world for an indefinite time period. During those years we have traveled around the world and made some amazing friends along the way.
Visiting other countries and witnessing a different culture, seeing another way of doing something, eating new foods, observing how they dress, hearing about their history, exploring a museum, admiring the architecture, and seeing the natural beauty has had a profound effect on both of us.
We are more accepting, tolerant, patient, and understanding that OUR way, is not the only way, and in many cases, not the best way either.
We have become more grateful for the little things, like hot running water.
We have written stories, told about our day-to-day experiences (both good and not so good), shared some laughs, taken literally thousands upon thousands of photos, and grown as people.
You have kindly followed along and several of you have encouraged me to write a book about our travels.
Well, long story short, with all the time I have had on my hands, while socially isolated, I just recently signed up for an online course to teach me about the publishing world. After six weeks, I am only about half way through the course, and I have not been slacking. There is a LOT to learn, but I am making headway.
One of my homework assignments was to write a short 3,000-5,000 word ebook. That included composing the introduction and several chapters, include a resource section, format it, design a cover and publish it in one day. I completed the task, but it took me two days instead of just one. And now, (drum roll please), as of last week, I am now a PUBLISHED AUTHOR on Amazon.
In all fairness, this is NOT the Great American Novel that I someday hope to write. In fact 5 of the 26 pages are the Copyright and Resources 🙂 🙂
Today I was thrilled to see that my little booklet had received a couple of reviews and was ranked as #1 New Release in the Philanthropy and Charity category.
In case you are curious, and want to share in my latest adventure, you can find my book on Amazon here:
I took nine topics such as friends, family, children (or grandchildren), someone grieving, the homeless, or a favorite cause, and then listed free, middle of the road, and over-the-top ways to be of service through acts of kindness and generosity.
AND, just in case you do not have a Kindle to download an eBook, there is a very simple solution. There is a FREE downloadable app that can be uses on your computer (Mac or PC), iPad or other tablet or phone (Apple or Android).
Here is a link for the simple free Kindle download.
Just to clarify, the app is free, but my little booklet sells for a whopping $2.99. And if you do get it, and like it, I will be quite grateful for positive reviews.
Obviously, this tiny tome is not my end goal.
I have completed the outline for my first full length book. I chose the topic to use as a learning tool. It is on a heavy topic, but as my generation ages, there is more and more need for this information. It is about Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and what one needs to know when they suspect a loved one may be exhibiting memory issues. I drew upon some of my experiences while being a primary caregiver for my mother. I still have not decided whether or not this book will end up being published under my name or a pen name. I expect that it will be sometime mid-summer before it will be ready to publish.
My real goal is to write about my passions, travel and photography. I am also part way through writing the outline on my first travel related book. It is much easier to write about a topic we have loved and enjoyed together for decades. I have no idea how long it will take me to complete my first travel book, but it is exciting to finally have it started.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to be in a position where I can see my dreams coming true. I have had my picture taken around the world wearing my silly black baseball cap with “WRITER” boldly blazed across it. I have envisioned this and stated my intention out to the universe for so many years. I am thrilled to finally see a crack in the door. Thank you to so many of you who have encouraged me over the years to write a book. The final versions may be different in scope and subject than I had originally envisioned, but, I do feel like I am finally “pregnant” and “something” will get delivered after a challenging nine month or so gestation period.
P.S. There will be NO gender reveal party 🙂
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