"There’s nothing like a subtle sense of humor to catch a reader’s eye and ear..."
-- - - ~ Joe Kernan -- Warwick Beacon
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-- -- "In My Backpack - Stories and Travels of Bob Hocking"

"...its as if hes talking directly to you... there were times I was positive he was seated comfortably across from me in my study..."
-- - - ~ Roger Zotti -- The Resident
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-- -- "Essays to Enjoy and Learn From"




August publication dates for new books



The new releases are approaching... and we have cover art to share.

The above drawing of Gus was drawn by Jay Gillen, and I am thrilled to be able to use it as part of the new effort, Life Won't Pass Me By.

As a result of some last minute juggling (which likely will be outlined in a few July Now Playing entries), the two collections set for release this summer will both be published in August.

Each of the new books includes material designed to recognize the 14th Annivesarty of In My Backpack. Both titles will heavily focus on the past five years, though each will also dive deep into the history of the site for content.

Life Won't Pass Me By features essays taken from around the 'ville, and offers a few pieces that date back to some of the earliest content posted on the web site. At the current time, I can confirm that more than forty pieces will be included. All of the essays have been updated a bit, if only for general editing. Some have undergone significant re-writes. Publication date: August 8, 2017

Conversations covers many of the interviews that have appeared on the site. As an added bonus, there will be exclusive content found only in the book. A few participants have responded to some new questions. And in one case, we have a brand new interview with a returning friend. Publication date: August 22, 2017

This month, the Now Playing area will include content about a lot of different things. Checking in often will provide some details about...

  • More information about the upcoming releases Life Won't Pass Me By and Conversations
  • 2017 events, including a new workshop for writer's hosted by Bob and some other appearances
And there could be more...

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Title Town (and other tangents)

On April 18th, Bob's seventh book was released.

Featuring a sports theme, Title Town contains more than three dozen essays. Most come as a collection drawn from the In My Backpack web site... originally published between 2003 and 2016. They've been dusted off and updated a bit, and are joined by an essay from January of 2017 and three that have never before been released.

2017 is going to be a busy year for Bob and his writing efforts. For now, if you want to check out more about Bob's published works...

Writing & Books

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It's the monthly newsletter... featuring at least two essays in each edition (with one taking a bow exclusively in A Parkside View).

If you would like to receive it...

  • To sign up, send an e-mail asking to be added to the distribution list. (Or, if using our pages on social media, a message will work.)
  • It is distributed by e-mail. Along with a short announcement in the body of the e-mail, a PDF file of the newsletter is attached.

We have some exciting plans for A Parkside View, and hope you'll be a part of this project by receiving it each month, and by sending along your feedback and suggestions for it.

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Local Friends for Local Business

This month the Local Friends challenge is...


The summer season is truly like no other when it comes to community activities and offerings. From roadside produce stands and ice cream shops to parks and festivals, the longer days and warmer weather seem made for getting outside and enjoying the neighborhood.

This month, Local Friends is taking those seasonal exclusives on a full-month run of summertime excitement.

Grab a frisbee and get out in the sun... pick up a sandwich and have a picnic... head for the beach... enjoy a cone...

Whatever you decide to do in July, have some fun and enjoy the tremendous opportunities found near your front door.

July 1st - 31st

Join the July Local Friends for Local Business...

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Should learning more about Bob's writing be of interest to you -- and if it is, thank you -- use this link...

Writing & Books

We appreciate the support, comments, and suggestions you've made about all of Bob's projects (and for the feedback and interest you may offer in the future).

Do you have a Kindle? How about a smartphone? (Did you know you can get the Kindle app for your smartphone?) In addition to paperback editions, all of the books are available for Kindle.

You can get more information by checking out...

Writing & Books

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I want to point out some places where you can follow In My Backpack, ComplemenTerry Designs, Local Friends for Local Business, and my published writing (and other assorted efforts). We have pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon.com, where you can receive updates and details, read postings, and learn all sorts of exciting stuff.

Amazon.com --

Bob's author page

In My Backpack --

Facebook -- In My Backpack
Twitter -- @Bobinmybackpack

ComplemenTerry Designs --

Facebook -- CT Designs
Twitter -- @CTerryDesigns

Local Friends for Local Business --

Facebook -- Local Friends for Local Business
Twitter -- @FriendsLocal

There are a couple of other pages over at Facebook that I'd like to nod in the direction of...

Time Just Drifts Away -- I use this page at Facebook for my published and professional writing efforts.

Muddy Paws and Puppy Love -- This is a fun page on Facebook where we celebrate Lady, Travis, Molly and Gus... along with their friends (and ours).

I would be incredibly grateful if you took a few minutes to check out some of these pages. (And if you have a Facebook and/or Twitter account, my on-going appreciation and ever-lasting gratitude goes along with every "Like" or "Follow" you add. (So you'll have that going for you.))

(Thank you!)

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I am tremendously grateful for your time and consideration, and appreciate your comments and feedback.

If you can, please send along an e-mail and let me know what you think of things around here. A lot of work goes into the material that gets posted on the web site and the routine tidying of content, and if you spot something that you particularly like... or something you believe we might be able to do a bit better... that information is always welcomed by us.

Have a great month folks... and thank you again for all of your attention and visits.

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My dearest companions and supporters since the beginning of the site... proud to call them family...






If you have any comments or questions, please e-mail me at Bob@inmybackpack.com