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


July 2017

July 20th

Ok… today there isn’t much ground to cover in the post itself, but once we’re done today most things should be in place and back up to date. (And we’ll even wrap it up with a new piece.)

Local Friends for Local Business continues its July challenge… Sum-Sum-Summertime. The idea is to look toward seasonal specialties, including food and activities, and enjoy some of the local treats summer has to offer in your area.

This weekend I plan to have some more information to share about the upcoming book releases.

A great run of details about the changes coming to Disney World.

And to close things off today… “Horsefly

July 17th

Quick entry today… just a couple of links. New essay coming on Thursday.

The 13th Doctor – Jodie Whittaker. Looking forward to this.

A few details about upcoming Disney projects.

Article involving making movies and recycling. Overall, I know there is a ton of material not being covered by this specific effort, but the idea it presents was incredibly interesting.

July 15th

Do you want the long version or the short version?

Just kidding… long version it is.

Over the past few weeks, well, chaos would be a good word to use for description. Both of my sisters arrived for visits of varying lengths. My parents celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. And… yup… Life Won’t Pass Me By and Conversations are in the process of being edited and assembled for release. (Not a bad grouping for surface scratching. Side note: Lawn needs to be mowed and there is a ton of laundry piling up.)

It has been almost four years since we have been able to get the entire family together (and counting), and about two years since we have assembled the majority of the group. Since the process to bring us together begins with planning cross-country and international travel, we try to take advantage of it when the stars do align. So… past three weeks… card playing, dinners, driving, shopping, driving, various adventures, lunches, driving, craft projects, LOTS of clam chowder and clam cakes, and more.

That doesn’t mean a good amount of work hasn’t been taking place though. Books are being edited and finalized. And here’s where a few things stand right now…

Life Won’t Pass Me By

I had been chasing a July release for this effort, but I am switching things up. A proof copy of the book revealed a couple of issues… small issues, but things I want adjusted.

The text is done… cover wrapped up… and I think everything is now in place (just waiting on a new proof copy). I feel very comfortable announcing that Life Won’t Pass Me By will be out on August 8, 2017.

Here’s an image that is being used for the cover. Jay created it a few years ago for Terry and I.


August 22, 2017. That’s the release date of this effort.

I wanted a bit of separation from Life Won’t Pass Me By… wanted to get it out ahead of this year’s National Buy Bob’s Book Day festivities… and everything in general is going well.

Over the next few days I will be sharing a bit more about both of these projects. Moving along…

Writing & Books

In addition to releasing the two new efforts, plans are being made for some appearances. Signings and readings are being scheduled. And, a new workshop is being designed and set up.

Later this month I will be announcing the first wave of specifics… which will include details about the first three dates of A Writer’s Workshop, which have pretty much been finalized.

Keep up on all things writing by checking out the sections in that area of the In My Backpack site.

Local Friends for Local Business

The July effort has begun. Continuing with the recently adjusted, now full-month design, Sum-Sum-Summertime is the challenge theme and it continues until July 31st.

What things do you enjoy doing in the summer? Is there a specific food stand that opens seasonally or serves a specific type of food? Do you head out to a specific park for a picnic, take a boat ride, or participate in some outdoor adventure?

The summer celebrates what it offers in ways other seasons cannot imagine. The longer days and warmer weather, getting outdoors for yardwork and grilling, activities with friends… the list has no end.

Sum-Sum-Summertime is looking at all things summer fun. The cravings, activities, people and food and more.

ComplemenTerry Designs

It honestly doesn’t seem possible… but it’s true… the next wave of craft fairs and community festivals and holiday events is approaching. We’ve already confirmed our participation in two events for the annual Fall-Harvest-Christmas run. We should have specifics posted soon, and expect to add at least one more to what likely will be a slightly abbreviated schedule.

Even with a reduced in-person-cars-on-the-road run, you can reach out to us if you have special requests. The lights are on over the crafting tables… the elves are busy… and it’s never too early to think about some decorations for your home.

Actually… even though that covers it nicely enough… that is the short version of things after all.

Family visits… book releases… community activities… calendar of events… and that’s just the start.

Two brand new books coming up in August. I have lots of details to share about those projects as the release dates approach.

In the next couple of days, I will have at least two new essays to share.

This fall, a strong run of travel and appearances kicks off.

And I’m looking forward to sharing some of the information about all of this with you.

July is going to be a massive turning point for things. Thanks for hopping on for the ride.


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