the answer is... there are days when I honestly have no clue.
That’s not fair. And also not true.
clues are tricky things. And over the years, In My Backpack
has expanded and... I think fair to say... matured.
2003, my efforts had a fairly basic purpose... to write. I wanted
to pull some
of the material and ideas that I’d been carrying around for so
many years, work on them, and perhaps get them read by a person
or two. I wanted to kick off some rust, experiment with different
subjects and themes, and have a place where I could share columns
and articles and thoughts and more.
the time since those intial days, well...
had the joys and thrills of all sorts of computer issues
stopped some efforts (movie reviews)
added some efforts (the photo galleries)
the fun around the web site hasn’t been limited to writing or
even work exclusively based on my professional endeavors...
brought in ComplemenTerry Designs
started Local Friends for Local Business
those are just a handful of events, presented without diving too
deep or exploring the smallest of details. (And -- dare I say
-- not too bad for someone quite willing to put a hammock up in
the back yard and take frequent naps (while defending them as
thought-filled research and development efforts). While having
no desire to be a starving writer, I am open to hearing arguments
about the pro-side of being an alcoholic writer. (Well... not
alcoholic... but I do like those fancy umbrellas and a nice frozen
have sent many letters and packages out for consideration and
placed others into the filing cabinet. I’ve got several envelopes
ready to go as you are reading this.
with some successes, I have plenty of experience that I can pass
along to aspiring authors about how to handle a rejection slip.
Comes with the territory. Anyone that tells you differently probably
hasn’t attempted much. The only guaranteed way to avoid failure
is to not try. I intend to keep trying.
while this web site has developed into what I now playfully call
the Backpack Community (and at times, Backpackville and The ‘ville),
it remains true to those early days in its most basic purpose...
a way to put some things out there for others to enjoy, even as
I keep working behind the scenes at creating a best seller that
could justify future naps.
of this site celebrate my work, accomplishments and activities.
There is a page for my Writing
& Books, my Photo
Gallery, Terry’s crafts with ComplemenTerry
Designs, and supporting the community with Local
Friends for Local Business.
success of the site ultimately depends on you. I hope you will
take a few seconds, visit the Complaint
Department section, and let me know your thoughts and suggestions.
I also encourage you to visit the Extras
section, where I have placed some links I think you may find interesting.
If you continue down this page you’ll find a bit more about the
areas of the site, and how to use the banner at the top to find
for visiting. I appreciate it.
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overview of In My Backpack…
Playing ~ More or less the daily diary of a particular
month, with informal thoughts and comments on anything that
strikes me as worth mentioning. When a new article is posted
to the site, I’ll have it noted in an entry for that day. I’ll
also have special links and other items here. Once a month changes,
the current “Now Playing” entry will be reset, and the old month
will be filed away in The Attic. I do eventually pull archived
months from the active web site, which is done mainly because
old links to external sites can be hideously unreliable.
Attic ~ This is the storage area... the archive of
articles and other material. Go here and you’ll find general
interest as a catch all along with specific sections for interviews,
sports, travel, and more.
~ If you’re reading this, you’ve
already seen it.
Department ~ Contact information.
~ Links... shared for a variety of reasons.