couple of days in progress.
Parkside View was sent around yesterday…
April edition… if you haven’t signed up, it’s free and includes
special content. Send an e-mail along to start receiving every
a bit of the web site for the new month. Not sure if the surprises
will arrive in April or not, but there are some fun things being
then there are some assorted projects underway, keeping me moving
around from one thing to the next.
yeah, and a couple of new essays. See you again in April!
stylish as a yellow turtleneck can be”
discoveries (even the mysteries)”
Two more essays today…
just might be dulling my skills (and it might be dulling yours
the first woodpecker of the season a thing?”
new essays today. Catch those links in the usual place… at the
end of the entry.
we finished up the third of this month’s Special
Offers… three books… three limited-time Kindle
lot of people took a few moments to add some of the titles to
their Kindle libraries. I appreciate that, and hope you enjoy
people used the Kindle Unlimited program this month, specifically
during the promotion dates, and I am grateful for that as well.
Keep in mind, if you use Kindle Unlimited, all ten of my published
titles are available as part of the program.
more on my published efforts, check out the Writing
& Books area of the site.
edition of the monthly newsletter is being finished up. Chances
are good it might get sent out a day or two early, with distribution
here’s the new stuff…
you please pass the salt?”
a television station falls in the forest…”
third and final limited-time promotion for March…
is the anniversary month here at In My Backpack, and
we’ve been running Special
Offers as part of the celebrations. We’re
in the middle of the third and final offer, which is the Kindle
edition of Conversations, free until Monday, March 25th.
Offers for this month continue, this time
with the third and final FREE Kindle offer…
to coincide with the fourteenth anniversary of the In My Backpack
web site, Conversations features interviews and material
drawn from years of efforts. It also includes a lot of material
exclusive to the book… never shared or published in any other
include Earl Swift, Terry Fator, Keris Stainton, Chris VanDahl,
Brigitte Valdez, Kelly Smith, Brian McCullough, Daryl Wagner,
Scott Jordan, Christina Shaw, Brandon Evans, Terry Hocking and
took all of the photos on the cover. In addition to some of those
taking part in the interviews, the terrific Roberta Hoag and Tammy
Putala appear in the images.
are some incredible and talented people, and I appreciate their
time, consideration and assistance in a variety of projects. I’m
proud of the results, and hope you enjoy.
marks the end of this month’s second Free Kindle promotion… Thirty
Days in November.
can add my fifth book to your Kindle library, for free, but you
have to act today.
all part of some Special
Offers we’ve been running as part of the Sixteenth
Anniversary of the In My Backpack web site. Two offers
have been extended… one remains to debut. Don’t miss out!
kick things off today with a bit of thanks…
Days in November rose to the top of one
of Amazon’s Kindle charts for free downloads in the category of
essay collections. Pretty cool.
add a ton to my savings. It is a free promotion. So, if you’d
like to consider some of the paperback editions, or perhaps bring
one of my other titles to your Kindle for 99-cents, I’d appreciate
that. Still, pretty cool.)
free Kindle promotion is part of a few Special
Offers we’ve been running this month. Three
different books… Kindle editions… no charge. Add them to your
Kindle library for free.
one involving Thirty Days in November continues today
and tomorrow. But hurry, because it ends on March 18th.
information on all of my books…
Writing & Books area here at In My Backpack
Amazon author page
ten of my books are available in paperback and Kindle formats.
Paperbacks can be found at several online booksellers, such as
Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and qualify for free shipping considerations
at Amazon. Kindle editions are all regularly priced at just 99-cents
you – THANK YOU
– for your time and support. (Enjoy the new title in your library.)
a side note… all of my published books are currently available
as part of the Kindle Unlimited program. If you participate in
this, you can read all of my books for free.)
a new essay to finish things up today… “Monopoly
is back! (And honestly, I can’t be bothered)”
a new essay today.
to mention that the Special
Offer for Thirty
Days in November is still going on. You
can get a free Kindle edition of the book as long as you check
it out by Monday, March 18th.
you go… “Differences
aren’t that different (but they aren’t the same)”
we begin Special
Offer number two…
Days in November
today, and continuing until Monday the 18th, you can get the Kindle
edition of Thirty Days in November for free.
roughly three years ago—April 2016—Thirty Days in November
is a collection of non-fiction essays.
effort began as part of a personal writing challenge that wasn’t
planned to develop into a book. Feeling like I was spinning my
writing wheels and hoping to raise the quantity I was producing,
I set out during the month of November 2011 planning to average
one essay per day. Did it again in 2013. The result left me with
about six dozen essays in some format, and several other scraps
of ideas that hadn’t really been developed.
the summer of 2015, I took revisited the material, decided to
bring it together and began assembling a manuscript from the essays.
Some got dumped before I even had a true first draft, and some
were pushed to the side during different stages of proofreading
and editing and rewrites. Eventually, the final draft became a
total of thirty pieces.
today, you can get the Kindle edition of Thirty Days in November
for free. Tell your family. Tell your friends. But most of all,
if you use Kindle, get the book and enjoy the reading. (And thanks
for the time and support.)
finish with a new piece… “A
cold wind is blowing (the fluffy snow)”
coming on Saturday or Sunday.
FREE Kindle Special Offer
and most importantly… thank you.
kicked off a few Kindle-based promotions on March 7th, with Time
Just Drifts Away available for your Kindle
library at the terrific cost of free. Several people took advantage
of the offer, and we are grateful for the time and attention.
Hope you enjoy the reading.
and we hope you agree, good to know… it’s not over.
got two more books—Thirty
Days in November and Conversations—that
will have free, limited time promotions available for the Kindle
out the Special
Offers page for more details… grab your Kindle
and head to the store… and get ready. The Thirty Days in November
offer begins tomorrow, March 14th.
a few things today, including a new essay at the end.
was reading this
article in the Sydney Morning Herald
about a surprisingly busy part of the day at a McDonald’s. And
it kept my attention for a few reasons…
up, a few things in it sound reasonable, and offer up some information
that most of us wouldn’t think about in general circumstances.
For instance, that a mid-afternoon rush is caused by the end of
a school day. It makes sense, but not all of us would readily
come up with it as a potential operations consideration.
it raises the questions about whether or not offering healthy
eating options and providing a place to gather after school hours
are worth exploring. Again, for schools, might be an off the mainstream
subject, and yet still worthy of acknowledgement.
the article swerves off the tracks a bit, such as when it dives
into labels. It calls this activity a type of snacking. It uses
that thought to get into calorie counts and whether or not a value
meal option should really be considered a snack if you’re going
to eat dinner just a few hours later. They even bring in a university
professor to qualify whether or not these kids are there for a
snack. And, to me… well…
cares? Who cares if it’s called “snack”? Call it snacking, overeating,
potentially poor diet choices, puddle hopping or tree sniffing,
and none of it changes the main subject. Which is, look at the
kids heading to McDonald’s for midafternoon eats and is this something
we need to be concerned about?
stuff overall. Worthy of a look.
up… the great FREE KINDLE GIVEAWAY of Time
Just Drifts Away continues.
in the middle of the first of three Kindle promotions involving
my books this month. You can learn more about the entire scenario
in the Special
Offers section of the web site. For this one…
Monday, March 11th, you can get the Kinde edition of Time
Just Drifts Away for free. That’s free. Nothing. No charge.
Just grab your Kindle, head to the store, and add it to your library
the new piece I promised… “All
the safety in the world (doesn’t help stupid)”
a second new piece… “What’s
a third… “The
same thing (only different)”
you’ve been good, so a fourth… “Do
I need to say this again?”
on a few projects this month. Hoping to add some additional essays
soon, including some travel and sports pieces. Stay tuned on that.
also celebrating the Sixteenth Anniversary of In My Backpack,
Offers on three different books. For limited
times, you can get Kindle editions of Time
Just Drifts Away, Thirty
Days in November and Conversations,
all at the amazing price of free.
we begin the first of three Special
Offers available in March…
FREE Kindle offers
Just Drifts Away
today, and continuing into Monday, March 11th, you can add Time
Just Drifts Away to your Kindle library for free.
miss out on this offer. Get the book… then tell your family and
the project had me hooked when they announced David Tennant was
doing Good Omens. Then they added the amazingly talented
(and thoroughly underappreciated) Michael Sheen. You know… and
it wasn’t sounding good, it was sounding brilliant. So, they added
Frances McDormand as God… and Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan… and
holy crap. Yes, yes, yes, please, I’m in. Yeah… trailer
is out… cast list is expanding. Michael McKean
and Brian Cox and Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman. (Did I mention Frances
McDormand and Benedict Cumberbatch playing God and Satan?)
have no clue why, but every time I see material
from the upcoming Shazam!, I smile
and want to see the whole move.
essay today… “Putting
the toothpaste back in the tube”
Friends for Local Business is one of the extensions
that has joined Backpackville over the years. Usually, the challenge
each month is based on the concept of getting out into your surroundings
and finding something you never knew much about before… offer
some support and learn about your community. This month, we’re
Me Smile is the theme for March, and it builds upon some of the
things that make you feel good. Good food. Good shopping. Good
times. In this case, however, it asks you to think about the places
you visit for comfort and perhaps already visit on a slightly
regular basis. In this case, we’re asking you to not only support
them, but let others know about them.
as the month moves along, head out for a favorite meal, buy someone
a unique gift, and tell your friends about the great small businesses
This Thursday –
March 7th – begins a five-day run, where the Kindle edition
Just Drifts Away will be available
Yup. Free. It’s
the first of three Kindle offers taking place this month.
Released in 2012,
Time Just Drifts Away was the first of my ten books
to be published. New to some of the efforts and hurdles involved,
the paperback came out in July with the Kindle release following
As a quick note
about Kindle… one I will repeat as we move along this month…
if you use Kindle Unlimited, all ten of my books can be accessed
for free as part of the Kindle Unlimited program.
For more details
on this month’s Special
Offers, check out the dedicated page for
offers here at Backpackville.
The latest edition
Parkside View is out. Make sure you’re
signed up and receiving my monthly newsletter.
Let’s close with
a new essay… “Positioning
(And, because you’ve
been good, a second new essay… “The
value of novelty knickknacks”)
can’t say that the time has moved along at a blistering rate since
we started In My Backpack in 2003, but it certainly doesn’t
seem like we should have sixteen years’ worth of material. But…
the years, we’ve posted thousands of essays and more, with hundreds
and hundreds of them active and in place today. We’ve expanded
beyond general writing and such into areas featuring photography
Gallery), a monthly newsletter (A
Parkside View), social media pages, and
plenty of twists and turns and expansions and more. Ten books
have been published with more on the way.
become a community. A group of neighborhoods, featuring different
work and material. Backpackville. The ‘ville. And it is incredible
to have you play a part in it.
month, we’ll be celebrating the anniversary with a few special
projects and events. The first one we can share begins next week…
FREE Kindle Promotion
the month of March, we’ll have three separate runs where the Kindle
edition of one of my books will be available over five-days for
free. Here’s the list…
Just Drifts Away ~ March 7th to March
Days in November ~ March 14th to March
~ March 21st to March 25th
more on my published efforts, check out the Writing
& Books area of The ‘ville, or, head over
author page at Amazon. (Speaking of writing…)
monthly newsletter is ready for March, with the new edition heading
out today or tomorrow. Are you receiving every issue?
yes… THANK YOU!
If no… WHY? It’s free. All you need to do is let us know, and
we’ll send it your way.
Friends for Local Business…
month the effort is looking to Make
Me Smile for the challenge.
sandwich you love… the place where you find music or movies… something
for game night… anything you’re looking for to enjoy the day.
Support the businesses you love.
Me Smile is the theme for the March challenge.
that gets us started. More coming this weekend.