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August 2022

August 29th
And… hello…

August has been a crazy month. Trying to get things settled and moving again. New book release. The annual festivities. And, because that wasn’t enough, added in an essay per day average challenge.

Well… we made it. Three new essays today brings our total to thirty-two for the month.

Going to post these and pause. A few bits of news and such coming soon.

Don’t judge me

What do you want?”'

Perspectives from the mirror

August 28th
August 27th

I want to start out by saying thank you everyone that took part in some way with the National Buy Bob’s Book Day celebrations yesterday.

You folks have always been amazing. Can’t express enough gratitude for your interest, time and support.

The crazy thing to me is, every year you all get it. You understand what I’m attempting to do with such a declaration and the festivities around it. And you respond to it by picking up some takeout, making a few drinks, settling in and visiting my web site, checking out my books and reaching out to say hello. Many of you have said it’s become a reminder of sorts to check in with me and catch up if it’s been a while.

I like that. Makes me smile.

So, thank you. Thank you to all the folks that have been visiting the web site. Thank you to everyone that picked up a copy of the new book. Thank you to everyone that texted and emailed and more. THANK YOU! Love you guys.

Keep in mind, the festivities continue throughout the weekend. You can still find free Kindle editions of four books…

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Appreciate the time and support. Hope you enjoy.

Melissa Fumero leads a strong cast in the new series Blockbuster as it heads to Netflix in November.

We’re going to close this entry with three new essays. Got thirty-one days in the month, posted about two dozen, and a few more are already in development. I think we might just do it.

Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance (until the tracks run right next to their yard)

Add some hazelnuts and stain the deck

The unexpected joys of neighbors

August 26th


It all started back in 2012. I had released Time Just Drifts Away that summer, and was looking at any and all ways I could think of to publicize the book.

While moving around the internet, I would occasionally see postings for national day of this and national day of that. Didn’t really think much about any of them, but would chuckle from time to time.

On August 1st, I saw that it was national raspberry cream pie day. As you can understand, that connected as a very big deal. While I say that as a joke, with a whisp of sarcasm and a wink, the reality is that I did begin wondering about how these national days were decided and what they meant. The next day, August 2nd, I learned it was national ice cream sandwich day and everything crashed together.

The result? If raspberry cream pie and ice cream sandwiches could have national days of recognition, then my writing deserved a day of its own as well.

When telling the story, it’s here that I usually pause to stress the humor involved. I do take the awareness of my work very seriously, and I also try to point a light in its direction when I can. But I do not for a second celebrate National Buy Bob’s Book Day without understanding it’s a bit silly and declared in fun. Remove the support of absurdity and a smile, and it just doesn’t work.

I would love it if you bought a book or two. Thank you very much if you do.

I would be thrilled if you visited the web site. Welcome to Backpackville, enjoy your stay and come back again soon.

And if, by chance, you told some of your friends about my work, well, that would be awesome.

I’m grateful for any and all support you incredible people offer. Thank you for it.

That said, sincerely, in many ways I just hope it connects with you, perhaps is a bit memorable, and somewhere down the line encourages you to look around at my writing. I truly hope it makes you smile. Sappy, sure. But it’s all about having a bit of fun.

Today we’re ramping up the celebration with a few special items of note. To begin…

A Parkside View: Volumes 5 & 6

It’s a new book release. Out in print and Kindle, more than five dozen essays have been assembled for this collection. Check it out here:

A Parkside View: Volumes 5 & 6 at Amazon

Also, heading into the weekend, the Kindle editions of four titles will be available for free:

Thirty Days in November ~ until the 29th

Something Old, Something New ~ until the 28th

Conversations ~ until the 28th

Time Just Drifts Away ~ until the 28th

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You can find their Kindle pages at Amazon here:

Thirty Days in November at Amazon

Something Old, Something New at Amazon

Conversations at Amazon

Time Just Drifts Away at Amazon


Keep stopping in and looking around In My Backpack. We’re running at a good pace in August, keeping busy and attempting to average more than an essay per day for the month.

Check out A Parkside View: Volumes 5 & 6, and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter if you haven’t already.

Grab your Kindle, open up the Kindle app on your tablet or smartphone, and add the four titles to your library.

And, keep smiling.

Thanks again for everything you do for me and around The ‘ville. I’m grateful for the attention and the support.

August 25th

LOTS of ground to cover…

Friday, August 26th, is National Buy Bob’s Book Day, and there are going to be some great opportunities and offers to go along with the applause and fireworks…

* A Parkside View: Volumes 5 & 6 is being released

* The Kindle editions of four Books will be available for FREE over a few days around the 26th…

* August 25th to 29th – Thirty Days in November

* August 26th to 28th – Something Old, Something New

* August 26th to 28th – Conversations

* August 26th to 28th – Time Just Drifts Away

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When Only Murders in the Building returns, Paul Rudd will be coming back with it.

If you’re a fan of Killer Klowns From Outer Space, this is for you. We don’t have any news on a sequel, but there is a video game on the way.

The original Clue movie is a classic. Incredible cast and a terrific sense of what it wanted to do. A new effort is on the way with Ryan Reynolds involved, and the production keeps adding some interesting pieces.

Production on season two of Clarkson’s Farm is moving along.

It’s no secret A Christmas Story is one of my favorite movies. Not just one of my favorite holiday movies. One of my favorite movies. So, yes, I will be checking out A Christmas Story Christmas when it arrives on HBO Max in November.

They don’t really think when they make changes

The corner of my eye

The B-5 D-7 dinner menu

August 24th
August 10th
August 9th

The In My Backpack website was started as a way to share my writing. It was also started as an experiment.

I have always wanted to produce material of decent quality. However, the main idea to try new things, push myself, develop content and share it. Toward that end…

When I try to do an essay-per-day-average for a month, that increased production brings along good and bad. I do generate some work I really, really like. I do find myself a bit more on top of things, coming up with new ideas that I am almost forced to explore immediately. And I think my writing can be stronger overall as a result… kind of a result to the needs of “don’t think, write”. But, in the quest for quantity, there are several pieces that I see as being done right now though they might need some additional work to be truly edited, explored and complete.

I’m asking you to keep this in mind, because the experiment and production approach has more or less always been the idea behind this site. As we move through August, I hope you’ll give some of the essays a bit of room to breath. Not because they’re bad or difficult. But because they’re being written and presented as friends having a conversation in a casual setting.

And with that… enjoy…

I don’t believe you… or, more accurately… I don’t care

Hands-free what?

Always order the floor mat in August

The high cost of lunch

It might be the technology (and not me)

August 7th

Today I want to begin nodding in the direction of some upcoming projects. And for this post, we’re going to discuss a release that should happen in late September or early October.

Suspiciously Picturesque

This is actually an effort I had announced under a different name. To be fair, it had been moving along under several names. It’s the latest anniversary effort for the In My Backpack website.

In March of 2022, In My Backpack celebrated nineteen years. And, as you may be aware, around here we’ve always had a slightly twisted, off-kilter, organized approach to our chaos. We celebrate out five-year-marks on what many would consider an unusual pace.

The work began with more than six hundred and seventy essays making the initial move into consideration. Yes, six hundred plus. That was quickly cut down, but over one hundred… over ten dozen… specifically, one hundred and twenty-six, made it in some form to the work putting together the first true draft. We deeply considered just about every piece of material created for the site over the years, including some efforts that were being developed for the site even before the site was truly running. The final collection should be a lot of fun.

With A Parkside View: Volumes 5 & 6 in the immediate future, this is setting up to be a very busy run to close out 2022. And Suspiciously Picturesque is going to be an important part of that run.

We’ll be back on Tuesday!

Glad I didn’t start that

August 6th

Let’s recap the week…

A Parkside View

The latest edition of the monthly newsletter will be out tomorrow. Four essays will be on its pages, with two of them being published for the first time.

Every issue of A Parkside View is free, but you have to sign up to receive it. How do you sign up? Well, that’s easy… (1) Send us an e-mail – Bob@inmybackpack.com – and tell us you’re looking to receive it. (2) Or, send us a message with the request using any of our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

A Parkside View: Volumes 5 & 6

Bob’s thirteenth title is nearing release.

A collection of sixty-seven essays, it covers the ground of newsletter releases in 2020 and 2021.

The Eleventh Annual National Buy Bob’s Book Day

The celebrations are being held on August 26th.

We’re going to have more details on all of these (and more… much more) as August continues.

Now, for today’s additions…

Well, that’s an awful lot

The journey of a thousand steps

Look, up in the sky

August 5th
A Parkside View: Volumes 5 & 6

This month, Bob is releasing his thirteenth book, and it’s a fun one.

Assembled from the monthly newsletter editions released in 2020 and 2021 (volumes five and six, as the title would suggest), it contains sixty-seven essays. Three of those appear only on the pages of this book, and for twenty-nine others the only previous publication was their run in the newsletter.

The book will be available in print and Kindle editions. As of right now, the expected release date is August 26th, as a special part of National Buy Bob’s Book Day festivities. Confirmation of the release date along with ordering options will be shared soon.

The August issue of A Parkside View will be out this weekend. So, get yourself signed up for by sending an email, or use our social media pages to send a message.

August 4th

The Eleventh Annual National Buy Bob’s Book Day

On August 26, 2022, we are going to celebrate National Buy Bob’s Book Day. This annual event has always featured a few special surprises, and this year will be no different.

It started as a way to promote my first book release. Basically, while looking for ways to raise a bit of awareness, I noticed that everything from olives to crab stuffed flounder seemed to have recognized national days of celebration. Eventually, I decided that if egg rolls, microwave ovens, deep fried clams, playing Monopoly, denim and gingersnaps could all earn such recognition, then my published writing deserved a day as well.

So, August 26, 2012, we set off some fireworks. And we’ve done it every year since.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll have a few more details to share. Special offers and events will be a part of things. For now, one big announcement arrives tomorrow… when we’ll show off the cover of the next book.

Release date for it?

I’ll give you one guess.

Lady Gaga in the shoes of Harley Quinn? I could see that. In fact, I definitely WOULD see that. News building that Gaga will be taking on that role, as reports of her joining Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker: Folie à deux production have been confirmed.

If you’re looking forward to Clerks III, the trailer is out for the gang’s next shift.

Today’s new essay… “Always have a backup

August 3rd

A Parkside View

This month is going to be a pretty special one for the newsletter.

First off, the new issue will be out this weekend. It has been a rough run for the monthly effort for some time, as a variety of personal reasons demanded attention. This edition meant a lot to work on. Really happy to be finishing it up and looking forward to sharing it.

Next, the book assembling all of the essays from volumes 5 and 6 is heading toward a release later this month. We’ll have some information, including a preview of the cover, in the next few days.

The newsletter began about six years ago. July of 2016. I wanted to develop something a bit different from the online segments, something more direct-to-audience in nature, where I could also explore some things that might not work on a web site and expand the way I could interact with readers.

For the base format, I make sure that every issue contains at least two essays. Of those, one is completely new and debuts on its pages exclusively. The other is drawn out of my archives, something of a From the Backpack concept. That in place, every month could contain as many essays of either style as I assemble.

In recent issues, I’ve expanded the content. One effort—Streaming in The ‘ville—offers up without specific reviews or explanations, some of the recently viewed streaming content that for whatever reason we enjoyed. Another feature—Parkside Takes Five—is an interview-based effort. More corners and side streets are going to be explored in the near future as the newsletter continues to be developed.

The first two years—2016 and 2017—came together in a collection, A Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2. It contained every essay published in the newsletter over that time, with the addition of a handful of brand new essays exclusive to the title. The third and fourth years—2018 and 2019—followed the same format and were assembled as A Parkside View: Volumes 3 & 4. On Friday, we’re going to lift the curtain on the next gathering of newsletter essays, which will include a cover reveal.

For today, that’s it. New essays and more tomorrow.

Now go sign up for the newsletter, and we’ll see you soon!

August 2nd

Basic rundown today… setting up the next few days.

Tomorrow we’ve got a set up for A Parkside View. We’re going to dive into the return of the newsletter in August. We’ve also got some details to share about the release of A Parkside View: Volumes 5 & 6.

On Thursday, we’re going to turn the spotlight in the direction of National Buy Bob’s Book Day. The annual event is slated to release the balloons and fireworks on August 26th.

On Friday, we’re going to cover some of the ground about upcoming releases. There’s been a title change for one project, and a few other items that we want to share.

Beyond that, we’ll see where the month takes us. But the goal is to make August a month where we average a new essay each day, meaning a minimum of thirty-one brand new efforts making their way to Backpackville. Today, let’s wrap up this entry with the first batch of material…

The incredible shrinking expectation

Removed or stolen or missing, I don’t know

How fast to go

August 1st

A lot has been going on… and when it comes to you, amazing folks that I’m thrilled have taken some of your valuable time to visit Backpackville, I apologize for the delays around here. Thanks for sticking with me.

Some of you know this has been a particularly strange and difficult time for me, and I’m grateful for all of your support and attention. Over the past few weeks, life decided that strange and difficult wasn’t enough, and that a bit of chaos and travel and more should get tossed into the mix. So… delays and such.

That ends today.

This month, we get rolling with a ton of work and announcements. A new issue of A Parkside View is on the way, some details about the upcoming annual National Buy Bob’s Book Day festivities are ready to announce, information is coming together about new book releases… and the list just keeps going.

We’re also going to work on making August an essay-per-day-average month.

Those ideas will start tomorrow. Today, a few links.

The Menu is not a film I had heard about, but after watching the trailer I am paying attention now. Anya Taylor-Joy leads a cast that includes Ralph Fiennes in what appears to be a very interesting role.

Our Flag Means Death is getting a second season.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is approaching its release. I’ve been pleased with efforts like Moon Knight, where the main MCU was essentially ignored. This appears to be along somewhat the same lines… a few main connections do exist, but a bit lighter in tone, some winking comedy, and unexpected guests getting decent play.

Our first look at Black Panther: Wakanda Forever gives off a brilliant and astonishing sense. This movie has all the appearances of being epic.

See you very soon!


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