I took my ill-fated walk seven years ago, and my cross country motorcycle ride three years ago. Probably the only people who will read this post are the people who forgot to unsubscribe from my blog. Surprise!
Ever since I returned from my walk, I have been slowly pecking away at a book about my adventures. I scrapped it partway through, after I was diagnosed with severe adult attention deficit disorder, because once on medication, I read what I’d written and it bounced all over the place. So I started over, and over, and it finally started making some sense and the story began taking shape.
Having never written a book before (not for adults anyway) I had no idea how to structure it, what the most successful methods were, (like writing an outline? Roughing out chapters first?) or how to integrate relevant stories from my past into the tale. I learned as I went along, which is why it has taken so long.
Finally, though, I am down to collaborating on the editing with my daughter and my best friend, to make sure I haven’t missed anything like typos, punctuation, clumsy sentences, whatever, in what is essentially the final draft. The more eyes on it, the more mistakes get caught. I discovered that listening to the book helped greatly, because, besides the fact that I know the story and write the book, many people missed the same errors because, like mine, their brains knew what should be there. For example:
“We went the store and bought more bandages.”
There word ‘to’ is missing, but our brains fill that in, and you know what the sentence means. And with easily recognizable words, we don’t really READ them, we can scarcely glance at them and know what they are, so the above sample sentence can be read in a flash, the omitted word overlooked. But using an app in my phone, “she” (the voice) read it aloud, and then awkward sentences like that become glaring obvious errors. I was surprised how many people had read the book and missed then same ones, as I found many many little mistakes like that.
Originally I wanted illustrations, maps, all kinds of extra stuff, but since just the writing of it alone has taken so long, I decided to just get the story done. As slow and picky as I am, it would have ended up getting published posthumously, if at all.
So hopefully, the book will be done before Christmas, if not, early 2019. My intention is to publish it as an ebook, on Amazon I suppose, and out-of-pocket publish 50-100 hardbound copies of the book, for friends and family, and the people who were kind to me on my journeys.
Perhaps soon I will post again about what I have been up to since my bike trek, and I will as well when the book is available online, but for now, I’m just checking in, and letting you know I’m still at it. Thanks, if anyone is still out there.