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A monthly diary of current postings and quick train of thought entries


December 2017

December 30th

Got a few things to work on over the weekend, so today is going to be very simple (and also the final post of the year)…

Happy New Year!!!

I hope you have an amazing start to 2018, that the year treats you and all those close to you incredibly well, and that you get to enjoy plenty of amazing experiences and brilliant successes.

Thank you for visiting my web site. Thank you for supporting my efforts. I hope to have you coming back around several times in 2018 and beyond.

Busy start planned around In My Backpack for 2018. I’ve set up plans for a lot of content to get posted here, have some announcements to share, and the list goes on. I had planned to finish off the year with a new essay, but managed to get myself sidetracked (I know… nothing new). When I look over where some material currently sits in the production line, it’s going to be better to offer it up next week.

So enjoy the holiday, and come back around next week.

December 29th

New essay coming over the weekend.

Kicking things off for today, my published efforts. You can find my books in editions for print and Kindle. They are available at a few online booksellers, including Amazon…

My author page at Amazon

Writing & Books area of In My Backpack

The Kindle versions are currently just 99-cents per book! That means you can complete your collection of my titles for less than ten dollars.

At Amazon, the paperbacks count toward their free shipping consideration. While I can’t promise that it will be perfect at the moment you read this, that usually means buying any two of my books could result in delivery to your door at no extra cost.

Sticking with the writing for a moment, I am absolutely thrilled to be able to announce that appearances in 2018 are beginning to take a bit of form! While I’m can’t share the full run of specific details just yet, I can lift the curtain a bit and say the first confirmed date is a workshop presentation on October 3rd in Rhode Island. The Upcoming Events area will be getting updated soon, and should stay as current as any possible resource for upcoming workshops, signings, readings, presentations and more.

December 27th

Let’s do some basics today… table setting of sorts… foundation work.

A Parkside View is nearing the start of its third volume… the January edition being Volume 3, Issue 1. And, this issue will deliver some special news.

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Local Friends for Local Business celebrates another anniversary with the January challenge. And for that, we’re going to go with a really simple concept: Something New. To join Local Friends next month, just walk into a business you’ve never visited before and check things out between January 1st and 31st.

Around here at In My Backpack. We’re going to ramp up activity. A lot. No… really… A LOT.

Last January, we tried to pick up the pace and deliver a strong month of new material. Had a blast doing it. And so… we’re at it again. The basic target to start off 2018 is set at 40 new additions over the month of January. Most will be new to the web site. A few will be From the Backpack efforts, where we’ll dive into the archives to find some material that, for whatever reason, was either pulled from the site over the years or stored away and deserves a shot at being dusted off and shared once again.

The run in January kicks off efforts heading toward the Fifteenth Anniversary of Backpackville, which we’ll be celebrating in March.

December 26th

And… we’re back…

Yes. I get it. Much too long between posts.

(I think… big stress on the word think… we’ve managed to sort out most of the seasonal fun of craft fairs and shopping and more. Holiday travel and visits and celebrations completed. Tables and boxes and more at least somewhat where they belong until the last wave of events. Ready to focus more on writing, less on organizing the garage and loading the cars. Let’s dive back in…)

The Life Won’t Pass Me By offer

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The holiday season may be finishing up. The opportunity to get two paperback copies of my books, an autographed collectible, and most shipping options for the great price of just $25 continues.

This offer is only available here… requested directly at In My Backpack. Check out the complete details, and send us an e-mail to get the process moving.

Disney is working with Cirque du Soleil on a new show for Orlando.

Barring a very unexpected twist, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is done after two seasons.

Ok… back to posting… we’ll work on some housekeeping tomorrow, work into the weekend, and attempt to hit January at full speed.

December 9th

Still getting things back into some version of normal chaos around here. That means a short entry. One item… a new essay… and then moving along with more over the next few days…

Disney is bringing a new attraction to Disney World… and that would be a lot of the world. A gondola ride, or skyliner, is moving along in development. It appears at this time that it will link multiple stations, ranging from some of the theme parks to a few resort areas. No word yet officially on when we might see operations begin or even how operations will be handled.

And the new piece… “Here, is a rock

December 8th

Quick entry today… just a handful of links. New essay tomorrow.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… or, fine, the Doctor Who special.

The looks at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom are beginning to arrive.

December 5th


While supplies last, I’m offering up a package that you can only get directly from us. The full list of details can be found here – Bob’s 2017 Special Book Offer. Here are the basics…

For $25, you get the following:

(1) A copy of Life Won’t Pass Me By.

(2) A copy of a second book, which you will be able to select from Conversations, Time Just Drifts Away, Title Town (and other tangents) and Thirty Days in November. (You can even ask for a second copy of Life Won’t Pass Me By. Title selections may vary based on the timing of your request… first come, first served… again, offered as supplies last.)

(3) A picture of the Life Won’t Pass Me By cover, signed by both myself and Jay Gillen (the artist responsible for the artwork).

Plus… that $25 includes most shipping. And I say most to cover options created by scenarios such as (but not limited to): (1) People living in places where additional costs may apply (international requests, or Alaska and Hawaii). (2) People asking for delivery options to be sped up (I am expected 10 to 12 business days for processing and delivery, but I can not guarantee delivery dates on the shipping covered by the offer).

So… a handful of conditions possibly applying… that’s $25 for two books, a limited-edition collectible, all shipped to you. And, if you want, I will sign and personalize each book.

Send me a message or an e-mail. We’ll get back to you, confirm the details, and get things moving.

This is a limited time, limited supply offer. Depending on the response, we might alter it, adjust it, and even continue it in some way. BUT… once the autographed pictures are gone, they are gone. And for right now, if you want your first selection of titles to be a possibility, you need let us know as soon as you can.

Thank you for the interest and the support.

December 4th

Ridiculously busy few days kicking things off in December… and honestly, as I mentioned back in November… it’s been a crazy run heading back for weeks (and even months).

Beginning here, I’m going to take two days to get up to speed… make some announcements… and generally just get the place organized. Later this week, by Friday (or so), we’ll get to some new stuff.

Later today, I’m going to lift the lid on details for special offer on my books. It involves a package deal, featuring Life Won’t Pass Me By, and will include some limited-edition stuff as well. Information will be announced on social media pages, and I expect that tomorrow I’ll be running down the full description here on the web site.

Local Friends for Local Business has begun for December, with the challenge of The Holly and The Ivy. Yes… because, of course, a holiday theme. It’s about friends and family and joy and celebrating. Get out there and support your neighbors and community this month.

And to finish off today’s entry… a HUGE THANK YOU

This past weekend wrapped up the 2017 Holiday Tour for ComplemenTerry Designs. We were in New York Mills, New York, for the annual Holiday Craft Show. And… it was awesome. Incredible people running, staffing and volunteering at this amazing event. We were thrilled to return this year, and are already looking ahead to being back in 2018.

It was a limited run in 2017… Putnam (Connecticut) in October… Turning Stone Resort Casino (New York) in November… New York Mills (New York) in December. All events we’ve attended previously… great people, great friends, and great times.

Thank you to everyone that helped with these shows, and to everyone that came out to visit with us and support our efforts. We really appreciate it.

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