chance this will be my last entry for January. Busy week coming
up… busy week of work on stuff for things other than the web site.
So… a few items worth noting…
are only a handful of days remaining to take advantage of the
Won’t Pass Me By
special offer. Available only here at In
My Backpack, this package deal includes:
copy of Life Won’t Pass Me By – signed and can be personalized
second book, which can be selected from an assortment of titles
– signed and can be personalized
picture of the Life Won’t Pass Me By cover – signed
by both me and Jay Gillen (the artist that drew the cover art)
Life Won’t Pass Me By package is available for
just $25, and in many cases also includes
shipping costs. But… it is only available until February
Parkside View is almost ready for February.
The next monthly edition will be out in roughly a week. If you
would like to sign up to receive each issue, send an e-mail.
Friends for Local Business is wrapping up
the January challenge – Something New. The idea is to look around
your community, find a business you’ve never visited before, and
step inside. This effort runs all the way to the 31st. Then…
February challenge for Local Friends is going to explore the other
side of the coin – Old Reliable. In this instance, between the
1st and 28th, the idea will be to find a place you have visited
before, but for whatever reason you haven’t been there in a few
months (or perhaps even a year or more).
Designs is in the process of confirming the
first announcement for 2018 events… which will be a two-day show
on November 24th and 25th. It is beginning to look like we might
once again approach things with a limited stretch of appearances
of calendars… the writing appearances are beginning to shape up.
One event is currently locked down for October 3rd (details coming
soon). You can find out more about my books and events in the
& Books area of the site.
recently announced my next book project, A Parkside View:
Volumes 1 & 2. This collection contains all of the essays
printed in the first two volumes of the monthly newsletter. That
ground covers 18 essays previously seen only on the pages of A
Parkside View. It also includes 25 essays drawn From the
Backpack. Plus, 2 new essays will be included. Look for more details
to be shared throughout February, with a release date currently
set for March 6, 2018.
the “wow… just… umm… wow” files. According
to an NPR article, there were disqualifications
at a recent beauty contest for camels. Apparently, there were
findings of Botox use.
does look like Indiana
Jones is moving closer and closer to a return.
2020 is beginning to solidify as a target after being mostly rumor
previously, with filming beginning next year.
things up with a new essay… “A
2x4 that’s really 2x4”
we’re going to end things with several essays that come from a
couple of places.
brand new work. Two essays for that. Simple.
From the Backpack offerings are always fun for me to consider
and work on. I enjoy looking over my older material, regardless
of things like style, source, or where I found it. This week,
the focus of some searches shifted slightly to the early web site
and efforts that were experiments. I called some pieces Random
Thoughts, and never really had given any of the results in that
area individual presentations. I revisited many posts and drafts
of such material, and over the past two days posted eight essays
from this material. Today, I’ve got three more to add.
these five essays also accomplish something else… they bring us
beyond the target of 40 essays for the month of January. Once
this daily entry wraps up, I’ll have linked to 41 essays this
month… 41 posted to the web site.
are good I’ll have more to add in the next few days, but I have
also seen a few other projects come about that need my attention.
So, my posts between now and February will be a bit scattered
Friends for Local Business is winding down
the January challenge, with about a week left. The idea is Something
New, which is based around getting out and finding a business
you have never before visited.
is about to see some things getting announced for the schedules
Designs and Bob’s writing appearances. While
we are not likely to be offering full details for a few months,
we do want to take a moment to: (1) Thank those people and groups
that have been working with us on setting up, exploring, and ultimately
heading toward confirmation for events. (2) Encourage you to check
out the event pages (found in the ComplemenTerry
Designs and Writing
& Books areas of the site). (3) Reach
out and let us know if you have questions about any of the events,
including thoughts about our participation.
you are interested in Bob’s published efforts—and, THANK
YOU for that—don’t miss a tremendous opportunity
to add to your collection. There is a special offer available,
but it is ending on February 1, 2018. The
Life Won’t Pass Me By package is
built around two books and a signed collectible for $25.
parade of great stuff for Black Panther
new work… “Made
support for multiple universes”
the From the Backpack pieces… “Cleaner
wedding to remember”
with our Random Thoughts efforts… digging into the archives, and
pulling a few items From the Backpack.
essays today… we’ll get back into the swing of presenting a few
other items tomorrow…
pack up… it’s December 1st already, the holidays are over”
big, stupid companies strike yet again”
school… sort of”
to it today… essays to post… should have some longer entries with
different things as the week moves along.
I’m starting a run of From the Backpack posts that includes essays
that previously appeared at In My Backpack in a segment
referred to as Random Thoughts. Should have about ten of them
over the next two or three days.
of these essays began from ideas that I wanted to post, but didn’t
have what I felt was a fully developed effort. In the end, the
experimental turns that occasionally appear in things around the
site, a desire to clear some content from the idea lists and draft
piles, and a handful of assorted other reasons led to my creating
a segment that was part quick and part rough. Something I might
return to visit again later.
have been re-written in several ways for the postings you are
going to see here. To a degree, that did not involve as much editing
and new writing as I expected when I first came across them and
started the work for adding them. It also doesn’t mean they got
the full editing or creative attention that delivers them to a
truly finished and not to be touched again form. But, they definitely
underwent some new proofreading, some new formatting, and some
four Random Thoughts entries appear From the Backpack…
in a name? (Or… where am I?)”
things I knew back then, that I don’t know now”
Volumes 1 & 2
am thrilled to be sharing the details of my next book release
today. A Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2 will be out
on March 6, 2018.
Parkside View began as a monthly newsletter
in July of 2016. The goal was focused on three ideas…
Writing a new essay for each edition. This material would be
brand new, never before released, debuting exclusively on the
pages of the newsletter.
Incorporating some older material, which I have referred to
as “From the Backpack” essays here on the web site. At In
My Backpack, it usually refers to material that once was
on the web site, but for any of a number of reasons is no longer
around… can also mean material that has been started or even
written, but had been filed away in folders and drawers and
notebooks… in the end actually being all sorts of stuff that
essentially isn’t posted. For the newsletter, that thought shifted
a bit, drawing upon any and all materials including some that
was active on the web site but simply hadn’t been presented
in the newsletter at any time. At least one From the Backpack
essay would be included in each edition.
Occasional material and news and announcements and more from
Backpackville… the In My Backpack community that features
Local Friends for Local Business, ComplemenTerry Designs, and
my published books.
2016 and 2017—known as volumes 1 and 2 of the newsletter—there
were a total of 43 essays printed over 18 editions. 18 new essays
and 25 essays From the Backpack. All of these essays are being
included in the release of A Parkside View: Volumes 1 &
2. In addition, two new essays—“A Parkside View” and “Sunset”—will
be a part of the book. That will create a total of 45 essays…
2 never before released… 18 released previously only in the newsletter.
original announcement of the project was made in the January edition
of the A Parkside View newsletter. I have made an adjustment
from that first announcement… moving the release date to match
up with the March celebrations of the Fifteenth Anniversary of
the In My Backpack web site.
book will be released in a print edition as well as being available
for Kindle. More details are coming soon!
you aren’t receiving A Parkside View each month, it’s
easy and free! Just send us a message or e-mail.
little announcement… look for the posting of essays and such to
return next week. Likely Monday.
of today, we’re twenty days into the month of January. And, that
means about two-thirds of the way through my effort to get 40
essays posted here on the In My Backpack web site.
are usually two parts to my thoughts when I work on this kind
of a project for a month. First… simple… ramp up productivity.
Get myself writing more, worrying and hesitating less. And second…
hunt through some of the archives to find material that isn’t
on the web site (some of it may have been at one time, and some
of it may just have been stored off to the side in a file or cabinet
the first five years of the web site, I tried to post some material
in different ways. I had segments called “A Momentary Lapse…”
and “Are You Chewing Gum?” for the journal-like entry stuff. And
I posted something I called “Random Thoughts” occasionally, which
involved material that I described at the time as: “Too long
for “A Momentary Lapse…”…not enough for a full article… need to
get them off my “ideas to work on” list…”.
month, in looking over some of the older material, I found a few
essays that I thought would be pretty neat to revisit. And several
of them are being developed out of old Random Thoughts.
closing in on thirty efforts already posted this month… I have
two new essays nearing completion that will be ready to post in
the next day or two… there are at least eight essays from the
Random Thoughts that appear ready to become more fully developed
and posted as From the Backpack efforts, and likely more than
could clear the January target by mid-week.
tomorrow. More stuff on the way. Thanks for stopping in.
postings today… one new… two sports essays From the Backpack…
up, the new piece… “Someone
thought of coffee”
then the throwbacks…
isn’t what replay was supposed to be”
is the NCAA thinking?”
coming over the weekend.
our social media pages, there has been a countdown taking place
recently. A countdown that is moving along toward Sunday… this
next Sunday, January 21st.
that day, we’ll be making an announcement here at In My Backpack.
(It’s based on information revealed in the January edition of
Parkside View… and if you’re not receiving
the monthly newsletter, SIGN
moving along with a busy month. Quick entry today. New essay and
then more tomorrow…
are words for?”
books… print and Kindle editions… available at Amazon, the Kindle
store, and from a variety of online booksellers.
Backpackville, there are a few different neighborhoods. Local
Friends for Local Business is one specific
Designs is another. A
Parkside View is a third. The Photo
Gallery… the list goes on. (The site has grown
just a tiny bit since March of 2003.)
‘ville itself is kind of an all-encompassing idea that includes
some of the everyday material (Now
Playing and The
when it comes to the professional stuff—and by that we mean the
published material… the stuff available for purchase—the majority
of information can always be found in the Writing
& Books section.
you can learn more About
Bob. You can find details about each of the
books. And, there is information about the publishing and where
to purchase each title.
recommend Amazon. We do that mainly because it’s an all-in-one
location. Bob has an author page at Amazon. Different countries,
around the world, offer some of Bob’s titles (and in many places
offering his work, all of the titles). There are ways to learn
about both print and Kindle options. Where available, all of the
titles are currently considered for Amazon’s free shipping. And
there is more…
Hocking at Amazon
Hocking at Barnes & Noble
Hocking at Goodreads
of us at In My Backpack thank you for your interest and
time. We are grateful that you visit the web site. And we are
incredibly grateful for your feedback, comments and support.
YOU for stopping by… THANK
YOU for purchasing Bob’s books… and THANK
for coming back.
Fantastic Beasts movies will each
be set in a different city.
a push going on to create
a new state. (Honestly though, it seems I
recall moments when California has talked this talk before.)
a new essay… “Modern
day treasure map”
Life Won’t Pass Me By special offer is still
are the basics: $25… two books… one autographed collectible.
package is only available by request here at In My Backpack,
and… The Life Won’t Pass Me By special offer will
February 1, 2018!
of right now, there are still copies of five titles available
for this offer. Life
Won’t Pass Me By (the main book) along
Just Drifts Away, Thirty
Days in November, Title
Town (and other tangents), and Conversations.
me an e-mail for more details!
close things up for today… two new essays…
sense of community”
Friends for Local Business continues in January,
with the challenge of Something New.
are good that within a few miles of your home there are several
businesses you’ve never visited. Restaurants and shops… some offering
terrific food, great products, and amazing service. But you may
never find out how good they are. (Unless you take some time to
look for them.)
get out there! Find a place you may
have thought about before, but for whatever reason you haven’t
made the time. Look around and check out the places you overlooked
while driving by. Step inside. Get to know the places.
original, first, Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween is a classic
movie. Classic. Quite arguably legendary. And as production begins
on a new installment… with Curtis returning and advance word hinting
at some massive adjustments being offered for what should be viewed
as the official timeline of the films… notices are getting out
of some very
interesting names involved as cast and crew.
more we get to see ahead
of the arrival of Black Panther,
the more this movie shows just how groundbreaking and incredible
it may be.
things up, two new pieces…
up, an end to the 2016 drive along the east coast… “Days
Eight, Nine, Ten and Eleven – Florida – Relaxing in Orlando and
then beginning the journey home”
being a citizen”
came back in a hurry across portions of the US this weekend. After
kicking off the year with blindingly brutal cold, many were treated
to what might be considered a heat wave over two or three days.
the cold returned.
areas of the northeast saw swings of 50 degrees or more between
Friday and Saturday. And that has meant all sorts of associated
to get some things done in the sudden rise of temperatures, which
made it easier to stay and work outside. Then trying to get some
things done before the sudden drop of temperatures, including
just setting up ways to stay warm. Either side of the coin, work
the work continues. New essay today to finish things off.
not convinced about this meeting”
day. Got to deal with some snow… so… no time. But… work for the
new effort… “Around
in this month of attempting to ramp up production… a bonus new
rain, go… oh, never mind”
the Backpack effort… with a bit of current day help… to close
out today’s entry. Quick link to something I spotted on the internet
beyond brutally cold in some places, in others (like Australia)
highway is melting.
now… an updated effort pulled From the Backpack… “Would
an essay today… new one… back tomorrow with more…
matters (I think)”
we wrap up today’s entry… the tenth journal entry this month…
it will be with a new essay.
promised I was going to make every attempt to get 40 essays posted
this month. A combination of new essays, older essays that may
have once been posted but for some reason aren’t around currently,
older material finally finished off and ready to share around
here. A total of 40 essays.
as we round the bend around the first third of the month… it’s
going pretty well. Fourteen essays are up as of today… seven new…
seven From the Backpack.
hit a bit of a snag for a couple of days. I needed to work on
something behind-the-scenes before posting a few entries. I apologize
for that delay. (Hopefully the run of material will keep you busy,
make you smile, and allow you to forgive me. I’ll work on keeping
the pace up.)
new addition… “Just
wait a minute”
day… another essay… new one today, with the link at the end.
quite possibly not the project you may have been hoping to see,
you like Flight of the Conchords, the news
that they likely have a special headed to HBO is a good thing.
the new posting… “Treating
the planet better than we do”
yeah… that’s not all… a second new posting… “Track
we manage to pass the first quarter of the month. 31 days in January…
today’s the 8th… I’m not going to do exact math… 25% wrapped up
at some point over these hours.
target for the month was to post 40 essays, using a combination
of new material and some archived stuff. Where do we stand? Yesterday
I posted something From the Backpack, which was the ninth essay
for the month. Not a bad start. Today, I’m going to add two new
a travel piece from a 2016 adventure… “Days
Four, Five, Six and Seven – Florida – On to Orlando and a few
perfect days of nothing”
backyard I’ll probably never have”
one From the Backpack today. New essay coming tomorrow.
a second… hold on… there might have been a time when the Earth
Parkside View is out for January and
making the rounds. The first page contains a very special announcement,
which I expect to share here on the web site in a bit more than
you’re not receiving the monthly newsletter… well… why not? It’s
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second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events
is slated to arrive on March 30th.
may have heard about the state of Oregon and the new laws about
pumping gas. But, my guess is that if you don’t live in Oregon,
don’t know the whole story. (I’m not saying
there aren’t some very funny parts to it, just that you should
know more before making jokes.)
entry wraps up with another essay taken From the Backpack… “Paving
my childhood with comfort food”
post today, just a new essay…
and dryer balls”
of the items on my to do list for this month is adding 40 essays
to the In My Backpack web site. And today’s entry will
close with a link to a new essay. That will bring our total to
six essays in four days, which is a decent pace to get this effort
will involve some older work that may have been posted before,
which I usually dub as From the Backpack material. This is stuff
that I could have written years ago and perhaps put in a folder
someplace… items that were written and shared on the site but
removed for any of a number of reasons… ideas that I outlined
or began writing but never completed… and on and on. The start
of January began with five essays drawn from such places. And,
I have to say, I was stunned by them all in some way…
mom bag”—posted this time on January 3rd—is
a piece that makes me recall how the web site got its name, while
also bringing up memories of travel and other assorted tidbits.
Christmas… I think”—January 2nd—is slightly
late for the season, but offers up a different twist on one of
my favorite holiday themes. Seasonal greetings for me are not
a literal expression of differences or personal beliefs, intent
on dividing people or pushing an agenda. They are a strong bond
and thoughts of kindness, where I am offering my wishes for your
health overall and your meaning in my life as someone that matters.
They are an offering of thanks and appreciation for making my
fires”—January 1st—one of my older efforts,
roughly three decades in the making as it appears this week.
just three of the five. Those first essays contained material
where I was surprised to find they weren’t a part of the site
in recent years. I’m thrilled to bring them to the pages of In
My Backpack now. I have a good feeling that this month is
going to have more surprises like these as we move along.
today’s new essay… more tomorrow…
more From the Backpack today… we should get on a somewhat normal
battle lines have been drawn… about three feet high”
was working on a few projects today… the January edition of A
Parkside View… some materials involved
in a project that will be announced this week (first announcement
coming in the January issue of A Parkside View, web site
announcement will be made in about two weeks)… digging through
the archives and files and drawers to find some older material…
writing new material… and on and on…
it occurred to me that the best way to start things out this month
(and get the newsletter out this week instead of late May) would
be to kick off January—and the run at posting 40 essays this month—with
five essays From the Backpack.
one yesterday… two today… two tomorrow. A Parkside View
should be out by Thursday.
are today’s postings…
are the days of Schoolhouse Rock”
Christmas… I think”
is going to be a crazy month… and that means taking a few days
to get everything into place. So today… we’re going to start with
Local Friends and an essay taken From the Backpack, along with
a quick look around the web. Tomorrow… a new essay along with
details about the postings coming this month. By Wednesday or
Thursday… the release of January’s edition of A
Parkside View and two more essays.
Friends for Local Business is setting out
on an adventure for Something New. And such a challenge is actually
the 1st and 31st of this month, at some point step inside a business
you’ve never visited previously.
lunch in that restaurant you’ve been meaning to try. Spend some
time in that new shop down the street. Go for a walk… get in the
car… turn a few corners… find a door that looks interesting and
fun and different and open it.
your neighborhood… in your community or one nearby… in the area
where you happen to be spending some time… find Something
New, and enjoy.
is an interesting idea. Short summary… it’s
a vending machine for homeless people. Slightly longer summary…
people in need would essentially apply for a card that can access
the machine, which in turn can provide a tracked supply of items
such as food and toiletries. The article covers more information
about the effort.
to wrap up day one of the New Year… From the Backpack… “October