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


February 2018

February 28th

And here we are… February about to wrap up, March coming in, and I still have dozens of to-do items tossing about all over the place in a rush to either get them done or carry them over. Let’s see if we can give things some focus.

In My Backpack will be celebrating its Fifteenth Anniversary in March. I do have some plans in place for the anniversary, which I am basically leaning toward approaching with less advance announcements and more spotlights as they happen. (A good portion of that involves a few items where, while I am pretty excited, promises cannot be made that they will be finished and ready between the 1st and 31st next month.)

I am hoping—stress the hope upon hope upon hope part of hoping—that by tomorrow I can share some special promotions that will be running in March for my books. What I can tell you right now is that we are kicking the tires on several options that could end up involving something for every title.

A Parkside View will be ready by next weekend with its new issue. And… cross-promotional opportunity here… A Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2 will be out next week on March 6th. Updates on the book will be part of the March 1st web site update.

And because you folks have been amazing, we close with a new essay… “A home for all seasons

February 24th

Today… a peek behind the March curtain. By Monday… a new essay and more.

After a great run in January, you may have noticed some massive stop signs have appeared around In My Backpack. I get it. I’ve seen them. All over the place. There are a few reasons for that.

Next month is the Fifteenth Anniversary of the web site, and I have been working on some projects to go along with it. A small part… hopefully, fingers crossed, moving in the right direction at least… is a return of the Lucky Seven interviews. I should have some more to share on that when March arrives.

On March 6th, A Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2 will be released. I am quite appreciative of some of the advance notice coming around, and hope to see a bit more as the publishing date nears. We will definitely have additional news on the new book in a few days.

As part of celebrating both the anniversary and the new book, I am working on a promotion involving at least Time Just Drifts Away. Need to finalize a few things, but it looks like there will be a short run of dates in March where you will be able to download the Kindle edition of my first book for free.

I wish I could share more, but for now that’s about it. An anniversary… special interviews… a new book… a chance to download one title for free… yup, busy.

More coming soon. Be sure to head over to The Attic for now. January was a tremendous month for material, and there are literally hundreds of essays to check out in the site’s active archive area.

February 20th

Been a crazy month. A lot of work is being directed at the combination of the next book release (A Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2) and the upcoming anniversary for In My Backpack. Should be able to pick up the pace a bit again around here over the next few days.

Featuring all forty-three essays that have appeared on its pages, A Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2 will be released on March 6, 2018. Content includes eighteen pieces that have only been released to date in the monthly newsletter, along with two new efforts exclusive to this book. The title will be offered in both print and Kindle editions.

The advance promotional work for the book has begun, with a nice piece appearing online for The Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York. (The Post-Standard is expected to run this effort in its print edition on Sunday, February 25, 2018.) My sincere thanks to The Post-Standard and Casey Rose Frank for the attention and consideration.

In March, this web site will reach its Fifteenth Anniversary. While it’s too early to share specifics, there are plans in motion for a handful of special celebrations.

Closing in on the release of Incredibles 2.

Some details about progress and plans around Disney theme parks.

February 13th

Another short entry today… snippets from the web…

The questions have been there since Mjolnir was destroyed. And now, we might have the first looks at Thor’s new weapon.

The wait for season 2 is almost at an end. On March 30th, A Series of Unfortunate Events, led by Neil Patrick Harris and Patrick Warburton, comes back to Netflix.

February 11th

A bit of this, a bit of that… trying to get back to work around the web site.

No heavy lifting today, just some assorted items and a new essay to finish things off…

I promise I won’t say many of the things I’m thinking. When a couple with no sailing experience decides to invest everything in a boat and set off around the world, the questions begin and they do not get kinder the longer you think about scenario. But… there they go… off on their voyage. Land was never out of their sight, and they didn’t need to use the number three to cover a count of their days of travel.

More details about Deadpool 2 are emerging, including a new trailer and the confirmation of Terry Crews.

And to wrap this day up… “Surprised I’ve never…

February 6th

The new issue of A Parkside View will be out by Thursday. (I actually expect it out later today or tomorrow… but given my history, we’ll see how that goes.)

Not going to be a huge entry today. Been putting in some time on the new book, and I don’t have a ton to share right now. Should have a new essay or two as the week moves along.

Word is that Mario Kart may be coming to a smartphone near you.

A lot of great stuff came out over the weekend. While the Avengers: Infinity War bit wasn’t one of the best overall, it was a solid reminder of what is heading our way in a few months.

February 3rd

A LOT of ground to cover… so grab your beverage of choice, get comfy, and let’s head off…

Local Friends for Local Business

This month, the challenge is Old Reliable. It runs the full month, the 1st to the 28th.

We all have those places that we trust nearby. For a cup of coffee… a quick meal… medicine, clothing, home repair… the list goes on and on.

In some cases, we know the owners. In some cases, we know those stopping in to buy things. In all cases, they are the places we would never find if we lived someplace else, and yet we would need to find some equivalent in our new neighborhood.

One great part of these places, beyond the people, is that we know what we expect to find. They make food we find tasty and crave… they carry the brands or options we are looking for… they offer an environment we feel comfortable in. As the title of the challenge suggests… they are, for us, reliable.

A Parkside View

The February edition will be out in the next few days. Just finishing up a few final things.

This issue of the monthly newsletter will be the twentieth offering. Its pages always contain a new essay, bowing for the first time exclusively in A Parkside View. Also included is at least one essay drawn out of the archives—From the Backpack—and that can mean from the web site, old notebooks, and even folders and scraps of paper that have been filed away for quite some time.

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Writing & Books

Sticking with A Parkside View as a theme… in March, the new book will be released. A Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2 contains all of the essays from the first two years of the newsletter. (Volume 1 covered a half-year, with the newsletter kicking off in July of 2016. So... two years... eighteen months for this one.)

Forty-five essays will be on the pages of this new book. Two essays, acting as the bookends, will be brand new and only found in this effort. Eighteen of the essays have only appeared previously in the newsletter.

More information will be coming out this month. The release date is now set as March 6, 2018. And, here’s a look at the cover design…

ComplemenTerry Designs

As we begin exploring opportunities and finalize some details, 2018 is shaping up to be a limited-run year as far as appearances are concerned. As of right now, we are sorting out information that we believe will mean only two shows for us, with each of those being a two-day event. The first is on November 24th and 25th, and we could have some specific details available soon.

To stay up to date on all of the latest information, check out the ComplemenTerry Designs Calendar of Events page.

Writing appearances

In October, Bob will be headed to Rhode Island with his “A Writer’s Workshop: You may never get published (Horror stories and thoughts to help you try anyway)” program. This is the first event of 2018 to be confirmed, and additional information for it will be shared very soon.

In addition, there are some discussions being held about readings, signings, and other presentations. Check the Upcoming Events page for all current and finalized details.

The month of January...

To kick off the year, forty-two essays were posted on the site. The material covered A LOT of ground… two in Sports… two in Travel… and the others posted in the General area, which included new essays and From the Backpack efforts.

To catch up on what was posted last month, you can look over the Now Playing entry for January 2018. Plus, all of the material available on the site can be accessed by checking out The Attic.

And that’s it for today. A few updates need to be made around the web site so February can fully arrive. We’ll be back on Monday or Tuesday, hopefully with a new essay ready to go.


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