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Discussion in 'Quitters' Club' started by Boyink, Jul 5, 2021.

  1. Jul 5, 2021
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've mentioned working on a book - I think I'm finally ready to give a preview of a chapter.

    The content is 100 of my weekly travel columns that I've been writing for the paper. The working title is "Souvenir Stories," but I'm not in love with that.

    The content is a bit all over the map (heh) - some chapters retell a historic event, some are profiles of people we met, some are really just a travel blog post.

    I decided I wanted to do the design, layout, and production all myself, and will then self-publish in a way that gets the book listed on Amazon. I had to learn InDesign much deeper than we use it at the newspaper.

    Over the weekend I printed a couple chapters out and decided I was happy with the design, so now it's cranking through another 95 columns and reformatting/editing/adding photos for the book.

    After eight years of travel and two+ years of writing about it I hope to have the book out sometime late fall/early winter.

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  2. Jul 5, 2021
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hm, didn't notice I had used the same photo twice...:rolleyes:
     
  3. Jul 6, 2021
    Mr Vaughan

    Mr Vaughan Fly by the seat of your pants

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    seems interesting, i'd like to see more!
     
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    Mr Vaughan

    Mr Vaughan Fly by the seat of your pants

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    it is a bit hard to read in this format though
     
  5. Jul 22, 2021
    aallison

    aallison 74 cj6, 76 cj5. Has anyone seen my screwdriver?

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    I don't care for the title either. It does not portray what the book is about. I was having a hard time reading the text as well.

    BUt I think the premise of the book is way cool! You could take this lots of ways in the presentation of the stories. Personally, I'd like to read about the actual stories of the family in the book. How did they adapt? What did you guys do to keep them from being bored? How happened to the rig? All the behind the scenes stuff. I think that would be very interesting.
     
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  6. Jul 22, 2021
    Lockman

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    Hey Mike......I'll buy a copy in advance ! Looks good, Sir.
     
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  7. Jul 23, 2021
    Boyink

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    The thought was that the stories themselves were the souvenirs from the trip, rather than various rocks, t-shirts, etc. But there are other books out there with similar titles that want to tell the stories of the physical souvenirs they collected, and this ain't that.

    The font is better on paper or in high-res PDF.

    There's a bit of all of that, save for much in the way of RV-specific stuff. There are plenty of RV how-to books out there already, so I didn't see the need to write that. I tried to focus the columns on other people's stories, things we learned, or how a particular place changed or challenged us. There are tons of "look at us and the cool stuff we do" travel blogs and YouTube channels out there - I didn't want the book to be (just) that either.

    Just to be clear, this will be a collection of independent essays. It's not a single long story that flows from chapter to chapter.

    A sample of the chapters I've done so far:
    • Meeting the last survivor of the Bataan Death March in Mobile, AL
    • How Johnny Cash grew up in an experimental socialist community in Dyess, AR
    • Meeting a 90-year old blues DJ who had the longest-running radio show in Helena, AR
    • A random comment leads to a day of kayaking with a complete stranger in Mesa, AZ
    • Seeing the sunrise over the Grand Canyon on Easter Morning in Winslow, AZ
    • Why there is one highway in America that's completely metric in Green Valley AZ
    • The now-deserted campy birthplace of winter baseball in Mesa, Arizona
    • How working in a campground entrance station taught us to see invisible people in Mesa, AZ
    • Seeing the last seasonal on-the-hoof moving of sheep through a Mesa, AZ campground
    • Driving an ex-NASCAR race car around the Phoenix, AZ Racetrack
     
  8. Jul 23, 2021
    jeepstar

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    I like simple, entertaining reads like this. keep us posted
     
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  9. Oct 20, 2021 at 10:11 AM
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Update.

    Settled on a title/subtitle:

    Driven to Wonder

    8 years in an RV with kids.

    I also hired an illustrator to do the cover - he did my last book too. His portfolio site is Scott Thigpen Art. The vibe I'm wanting for is something like this Steinbeck cover:

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    The cover work will cost a pretty penny, but when I thought about all the time I'm putting into this project I'd hate to short change it with a crappy cover.
     
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