week around here... and I may not have a chance to stop in and
post for a couple of days. So... sort and sweet today...
want to point in the direction of a couple of television programs…
under the radar, you likely haven’t even noticed them programs…
that I have found myself very pleasantly surprised with.
first is Pickler and Ben. It’s a daily talk show with
Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron, which Terry and I watch on the CMT
Network. It’s a very refreshing, fun, relatable effort. Kellie
and Ben have terrific chemistry as co-hosts, and the relaxed atmosphere
and presentation work amazingly well.
is Rosehaven. Airing on Sundance, the show comes from
Australia and the network is getting ready to move straight into
airing the second season. In a strange way of describing it, the
show is much like Pickler and Ben in that it doesn’t
have heavy hands on the polishing and production. Amazingly, it’s
very easy to miss a ton of jokes and great moments taking place
in the background.
new essays today… one a bit of a profile (not a deep profile,
but a specific person as subject profile) and the other a new
travel piece. Links at the end.
want to point the spotlight today toward a great friend of the
In My Backpack web site…
In My Backpack Interview with Suzi Quatro
Up with Suzi Quatro
been incredibly fortunate to meet, speak with, and work with some
incredible people for my web site. Suzi Quatro has repeatedly
demonstrated herself to be one of the kindest and most thoughtful
people you could ever dream of encountering. Just wonderful and
brilliant, and one of the first ever to take part in a project
for the Backpack. Quick to respond to my inquiries, and always
open and honest.
worked on two pieces for this site, with the main interview ending
up in my first book (Time
Just Drifts Away). In fact...
a really great article from Marc Savage recently
posted by the BBC, she mentions her “ego room” (where she keeps
her treasures, memories, etc.). When I approached her about including
the piece in the book, she not only agreed without hesitation,
she was kind enough to ask me for a copy of Time Just Drifts
Away to add to that collection. Quite a thrill for me.
take some time to check Suzi’s current work out (stay up to date
at her official site at www.suziquatro.com).
the new material…
Eisen, media superstar”
second, long title… “South
and north along the East Coast – Bob and Terry on Tour 2016 –
New York to Florida, and points in between – Days One, Two and
Three (and a start of Four) – South Carolina – On to Myrtle Beach”
Saturday, the 21st, ComplemenTerry
Designs will be returning to Putnam, Connecticut,
to be a part of a fantastic day. It’s the 2017 Northeast Connecticut
Great Pumpkin Festival.
is a terrific event that we’ve attended many times in the past,
and we are thrilled to be joining it again. The entire community
takes part… from the restaurants and shops in town, to vendors
being set up outside. And as usual, attendees can expect live
music and the scenic train ride to be a part of the celebration.
day starts at 10am, with a forecast that right now looks absolutely
perfect… sunny and 70s from Friday through Sunday for the region…
with an October Saturday that would be just about impossible to
improve. (We’ll be hoping that weather outlook doesn’t change.)
Things are scheduled to wind down around 3:30pm.
of right now, you can expect an assortment of designs for our
crafts. In keeping with the season and festival theme, most will
be based on harvest concepts. During past festivals, we have been
asked about seasonal items for the winter months, Christmas decorations,
and even some everyday arrangements, and we should have a few
pieces that fit in with all of these ideas as well.
back to writing… new essay today, with the link at the end of
the entry. (Bonus – Should have at least two more essays in place
you’ve visited The ‘ville more than a handful of times over the
years, you may be noticing a few new things are appearing this
month. I mentioned the general idea in October’s first Now Playing
entry on the 6th. Here are some more details…
the home page had become a giant nightmare. I remember in the
early days wanting some sort of simple gateway, perhaps offering
a few recent notes and saying thanks for visiting while pointing
off into the larger site. Instead, as my attempts to introduce
everything the site contained combined with the expanding list
of areas, that home page grew into outside links and Local Friends
and ComplemenTerry Designs and A Parkside View and Writing
& Books and logos and photo galleries and… and… and…
massive crash of information that delivered a lot of commotion
and very little clarity.
biggest change for the entire web site is, essentially, that nothing
has changed. In My Backpack continues to be an experiement
and testing ground of sorts, and some of the efforts that have
become a part of the site are ones I’m quite proud to have included.
That means all of the different neighborhoods around Backpackville
remain in place. A variety of columns. My book releases. Efforts
like ComplemenTerry Designs and Local Friends.
can still find all of the essays, columns, travel pieces and writing
posted on the Backpack… you can still find information about my
professional writing… and you can still find the pages and more
associated with other stuff, friends of the Backpack, and so on.
main home page though… it’s been stripped down to the very basics.
Banner at the top… road signs leading to the professional efforts
or The ‘ville… and a few items of interest along the margin on
the right. Simple.
working on adjusting some of the background colors and a few font
choices. I’ll admit… that one is a bit of a challenge. Not my
strength. Still... I’m trying to wash the colors out a bit. Working
on making things slightly less harsh and sharp and tiring on the
eyes. I’m trying to get the font styles and other items a bit
more consistent. (Not certain I’m succeeding. I’ll keep at it.)
things will take time. There are, literally, hundreds of pages
on the In My Backpack site. Chances are, I’ll be doing
a bit on each and every one. (And it has been long overdue.) Plus,
because of course, once I manage to wade through most of it I’ll
probably decide on a different path. (Still... I can dream.)
here we go… “Regional
may have noticed a few things…
been a strange transition into the month of October.
month kicked off with me on the road, and I have also been working
on some projects that involve travel, meetings, and the future
appearance schedule. Short summary… handful of things not involving
time with the computer. (And to stay with the idea of travel for
just a moment longer…)
want thank everyone that came out to the writing workshop in Mystic,
Connecticut, and the book signing in Westerly, Rhode Island. It
was a pleasure meeting all of you, and I’m grateful you took the
time to be there.
also want to extend a huge thank you to the Utica
Public Library and Mystic
& Noank Library for hosting me and the
writing workshops in September and October. Both libraries are
simply beautiful, amazing facilities. Tremendous staffs and wonderful
histories. I’ve now been to each location multiple times, and
I sincerely hope to have the chance to return to them again in
making some changes here at In My Backpack. And, as you
might have noticed on the home page, those changes have begun
all of them are going to be very subtle… barely noticeable. Minor
tinkering to streamline and organize. Just about all of them should
be in place by the first days of November
reasons for the changes are pretty simple… I need to clean up
a few things.
In My Backpack started back in 2003, it was built as
a place for my writing. Nothing too complicated in design or intention.
The plan was that there really was no plan. The web site was going
to be a place where I could share material, while experimenting
with some things and developing others.
past five years or so have seen that change a bit. Pretty much
a result of the experimenting and developing. Published books…
a web site for ComplemenTerry
Designs… the start of Local
Friends for Local Business… and as a nifty
summary, a bit of expansion around Backpackville.
the most part, my attempts at bringing together all of the stuff
around The ‘ville for more than fourteen years has been something
like a dining room table in a house where no one eats at the dining
room table. It usually becomes a bit of a perfectly situated catch
all. Keys and mail and shopping lists and loose change and items
to remember tomorrow and more. In short…
when you know where everything is, often it can take a moment
or two to find it. And if you don’t know where everything is…
the home page has been stripped back and now directs things into
two directions. One, to a cover page focused on my published and
professional writing. The other, to a page that is based on the
old site home page and presents all things Backpackville.
of the changes so far and those coming up should feel familiar
to anyone that has visited in the past. The top banner remains,
which points as always toward the main neighborhoods of The ‘ville.
This is not an overhaul involving massive changes in content...
just the presentation and, hopefully, clearer directions and signage
(so to speak).
also not pretending that the changes won’t eventually be changed.
Some of the new things I’m figuratively tossing on the table might
turn out to be better served with a place in a drawer. Better
in theory than practice. I’ll address those as we move along and
see how things look and get used.
feel free to send along your comments, observations and suggestions.
Feedback is always welcome.
a handful of remaining notes…
next event is coming on October 21st. We are returning to Putnam,
Connecticut, for one of our favorites -- The NECT Great Pumpkin
Festival. We always enjoy attending these festivities with ComplemenTerry
Designs, and we are really looking forward
to this year.
Friends this month is focusing on Unexpected
you ever walked into a restaurant, looked over the menu, and discovered
some ingredients you love but rarely see when dining out?
about a shop, with an inventory of brilliant items that you never
find in other stores?
are plenty of ways I could try to be more specific… but the focus
is straightforward… these are places offering incredible temptations
and wonderful treasures that you never thought you would find
when you opened the door and stepped inside.
foods… perfect gifts… Unexpected Delights. October 1st to October
that’s it. First entry for October of 2017. I should have some
new essays (yes, plural) later next week.