new essay today (I know… crazy, right? It’s almost like I’m being
productive or something.)
was going to bounce all over the place and cover a few things,
but then I realized I had something close to sharing and decided
on another quick entry. So… new essay… enjoy… I’ll be back soon.
going day… just a new essay…
am I waiting for?”
I want to cover a bit of ground, hang a few spotlights, and place
some directional signage. (Cue drumroll. Narrator: “Celebrations
in 2003, the In My Backpack web site went live. Since
then, there have been just a few developments…
site itself has been revised. And revised again. And revised again.
And… well… we probably should just hang some type of under construction
sign, with the word always scribbled on an angle accross it. Most
of it has been intentional (the dropping of items like movie reviews,
and the restructuring of the monthly journal area known today
Playing), where content was modified, removed,
added and so on, in an attempt to improve what we were doing.
have been made for major areas, such as Interviews
and the Photo
published a book, and now the list of available titles has reached
ten released offerings. The Writing
& Books area includes information on all
of these, which range in non-fiction driven content that covers
essays, travel, sports and interviews.
always viewed the Backpack as a friendly place to visit, with
a community feel that has developed and expanded greatly since
those early days. Setting my professional writing (the
author) and more personal efforts for the
in place as two neighborhoods around here, we’ve added some additional
neighborhoods to The ‘ville: ComplemenTerry
Designs and Local
Friends for Local Business are two examples
now part of the family.
also added a monthly newsletter, A
Parkside View. Distributed by e-mail,
the publication includes at least two essays each month. One is
being released for the first time anywhere on its pages. The other
is a From the Backpack based offering, drawn from archives and
notebooks and more of the web site or another part of my personal
now, well over 500 essays, interviews and travel pieces are available
on the site. Over the fifteen years, well over one thousand have
been produced and shared. More are on the way.
are grateful to all of you for visiting, spending some time, and
looking around. We appreciate the feedback and comments. And,
we are thankful for your interest in the books out there for sale.
having mentioned the books and newsletter… a bit of direct, shameless
Volumes 1 & 2
March 6th, the first collection of material from the newsletter
was released. The effort contains every essay produced on the
pages during the first two years of A Parkside View (2016
and 2017), and also features two brand new essays.
you’re looking for more information on my writing (and THANK YOU
for that), you can learn more outside of the In My Backpack
web site by checking out:
author page at Amazon
author page at Goodreads
trailer for Avengers: Infinity War
is out, and… wow…
you ready for the second film? Fantastic
Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is coming later this year.
once in a while, someone asks me to compare places I’ve spent
time in, such as upstate New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
funny thing is, there really isn’t much of a difference between
those three areas
you compare cities like Syracuse, Providence, Hartford, Rochester
and so on… they are incredibly similar. Providence and Syracuse
could—in many views and significant ways—be the same city.
go-to joke about it is very simply this: Upstate New York runs
about 5-10 degrees colder than southeastern New England. And that’s
No. Of course not. But if you lived in both regions, I don’t think
you’d see snowfall—the obvious concept—as being as vastly different
as annual accumulation totals say it is. Snow is just kind of
there. And it adds up gradually in many ways… an extra storm or
two each month, some overnight coatings of an inch or two, and
stuff like that. Syracuse is not buried under forty-five feet
of snow while Providence is decorating palm trees.
me, the true shock is found in two items for upstate New York:
the wind and how when it gets cold, it gets COLD.
The other day I witnessed the perfect example of the difference
between upstate New York and southern New England. And it may
become my new standard.
of those wonderful roadside places that serves ice cream and also
has a grill menu opened up on Saturday. Terry and I love the place,
and as you probably can imagine, the opening of a seasonal location
often brings with it visions of the approaching summer days. In
short, doors open, winter is nearing an end.
Sunday we stopped in to grab a quick dinner. And while we were
enjoying our meals, a woman walked by. Outside it was 29-degrees,
with about ten inches of snow remaining from a storm a few days
earlier. She was coming into the indoor dining area from the outside
ice cream counter. She sat down to eat her sundae, with her winter
gear still on… coat, hat, scarf, and gloves.
to the just opened for the season ice cream stand, in below freezing
temperatures and snowy conditions (with more snow in the forecast),
to stand outside and order a sundae, then eat it with your gloves
on. Yes, that is upstate New York.
be clear… people go to these stands in places like Rhode Island
as well. And they do it in the winter. But most often, those stands
are not seasonal but year-round operations, and the patrons are
ordering chowder and clam cakes.)
than a week ago… actually, Thursday, March 8th… a special promotion
the first time, I participated in an offer that made one of my
books available for free on Kindle. If you use Kindle or the Kindle
app, you could get my first release, Time
Just Drifts Away, at no cost. A free
addition to your digital library. The offer ran for five days,
and concluded yesterday, Monday, March 12th.
want to thank everyone that took the time to check out the book
and my writing during the promotion, especially those of you that
took advantage of the offer and downloaded it. I hope you enjoy.
offer was just one part of a very busy month around here…
Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2, my
tenth published effort, was released on March 6th. (And, Amazon
continues to offer it on sale, with a price
reduced more than 20% from the regular cost.)
In My Backpack web site has been celebrating its Fifteenth
Anniversary this month, which was technically reached on March
Kindle download and new release on sale weren’t the only special
offers involving my books. Throughout March, the paperback editions
of all nine efforts released in 2017 or earlier have been lowered
can learn more about my published works in the Writing
& Books area of the In My Backpack
web site. Also, when available, there is a page that covers some
of the information for Special
always, I want to thank everyone for their support, now and over
the years. It means a great deal to me, and I truly appreciate
is running out on the special offer for Time
Just Drifts Away. RIGHT NOW, you can
Kindle edition of my first book FOR
is a limited
time offer… it runs thru Monday, March 12,
2018… so don’t miss out.
things off… The FREE KINDLE DOWNLOAD
you use Kindle or the Kindle app? My first book, Time
Just Drifts Away, can be added to your
library for free… but only thru Monday, March 12, 2018.
note in direction of Local
Friends. We’re celebrating Celebrations this
month. The idea is to head out to those places you use when planning
parties and such.
Grinch is returning… next year… in a new animated
adventure… featuring Benedict Cumberbatch.
look at… more a teaser for… Star
coming to Disney theme parks.
the two new essays… “Found
warmer… dude, you’re on fire… oh wait, ice cold”
last thing today… because we can always use a smile… Baby
goats in pajamas. (You’re welcome.)
Fifteenth Anniversary continues…
of a basic entry today. New essay at the end, with a couple of
notes leading the way…
month I have several offers on my books available…
– My new release, A
Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2 – Officially
out this past Tuesday (March 6, 2018), the book is available in
print and Kindle formats. And, RIGHT NOW,
Amazon is offering the print edition at more than 20% off the
regular price. (Use this link to find A
Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2
– My first book, Time
Just Drifts Away – Released five years
ago, you can get the Kindle edition for free for a limited time.
Break out your tablet or open the app on your smartphone, then
add Time Just Drifts Away to your library FOR
FREE (but only until March 12,
– The first nine titles – The paperback editions of my first nine
books (those released in 2017 and earlier) are on sale right now.
The reduced prices will remain in place until the end of March.
my author page at Amazon, where you can learn
more on all of my books.)
Writing & Books area of In My Backpack
details about purchasing my books
listing of special offers on my books
new essay today, with more coming tomorrow… “The
walls have secrets”
I’m digging into the Backpack and bringing two essays to the site.
And I have to be honest… mixed feelings. (Explained a bit about
that yesterday.) But before we explore that material, let’s mention
Just Drifts Away
a very special offer began… the Kindle edition of Time
Just Drifts Away is available FOR
Just Drifts Away is my first published book. It includes
more than thirty essays and a dozen interviews, collected from
the first nine years of the In My Backpack web site.
is a limited time offer,
which will end on Monday, March 12, 2018, so don’t miss out. If
you have a Kindle or use the Kindle app, add my first book to
are celebrations all over the place this month. New book release…
Fifteenth Anniversary of the site. Use this link to check out
rundown of all the special offers on my published works.
back to those first essays…
the years, both of these essays ended up stored away for one reason
or another (or, more accurately, for a combination of reasons).
One part of the reasoning for keeping them off to the side once
they had been removed was pretty simple – they were both incomplete
and underdeveloped. Still…
the spirit of the Fifteenth Anniversary celebrations, I decided
to give them another chance. I didn’t want to remove that experimental,
early effort feel from either of them. I didn’t want to proofread,
edit, polish and rewrite things so the original presentations
of either were lost in some attempt at perfecting them. Still…
I did make several changes to both as far as what you’ll see now
and what was there back in 2003.
published on March 7, 2003 – “Helpful
hints for college applications”
published on March 8, 2018 – “Please
Mr. Gore, don’t do me any favors”
here we are… the official Fifteenth Anniversary of the In
My Backpack web site arrives today.
March 7, 2003, after several months of planning and assorted preparations,
I brought my behind-the-scenes efforts to the internet, made In
My Backpack an active web site, and posted the first essay.
hints for college applicants” was the name of that first piece.
The next day, on March 8, 2003, “Please Mr. Gore, don’t do me
any favors” became the second essay on the site.
of the essays have long since disappeared from available postings
around The ‘ville. Part of that was simply the several changes
that have taken place over the years. Essays don’t generally disappear
for one specific reason. Usually, it’s a combination of factors.
Restructuring of areas… rebuilding after a computer issue… review
of content… decisions about something removed and if it should
be reposted… and so on.
prepping for the Fifteenth Anniversary, I looked up the materials
from the first days of Backpackville and laughed. I knew both
were early additions to the site, but honestly didn’t know neither
had been posted in quite some time. And, I laughed because I realized…
were they both horrible.
horrible horrendous awful. They had some good points and covered
the basic ground I wanted included when I began working on the,
horrible as a description of just out of place they felt and…
to kind of sum it up… they didn’t right. They felt incomplete.
Absolutely not essays I would select now as the first works for
a new web site.
of course, I’m bringing them back.
they will both return as From the Backpack efforts. A bit edited
and rewritten, but with a soft hand, so the original flavors and
textures remain. (Which just might include that incomplete and
slightly off feeling.)
Friday and Saturday, I’m going to have three new essays to post.
(Joining, as promised, one new essay I have for today.)
wrap things up on this entry with some thank you offerings.
thank you to everyone that has visited the web site over the years.
I am incredibly grateful for your time and feedback.
we released a new book yesterday. Thank you to everyone that checked
Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2.
thank you to everyone that has supported my writing efforts with
purchases. From the first book to the current effort, I appreciate
it tremendously. (For more on my books, head over to the Writing
& Books area, and also check out the Special
Offers we have running this month.)
finally, a cannot be big enough THANK
YOU to all of you that have been coming
back to visit again and again. You folks are incredible.
to break out the kites. Mary Poppins Returns…
getting closer… the
second season of A Series of Unfortunate
Events is getting closer.
essay today… “Preparing
for an emergency”
day here in The ‘ville.
up… the big one…
Volumes 1 & 2
brand new title is officially out today.
Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2… forty-five essays… print
and Kindle editions… is now available at Amazon, Barnes &
Noble, and other online booksellers.
Extra special bonus*** as this gets written, Amazon
has the book priced at more than 20% off the regular price. And,
it qualifies for their free shipping consideration.
Parkside View: Volumes 1 & 2 at Amazon
author page at Amazon
is all part of the Fifteenth Anniversary run here at In My
Backpack. More coming tomorrow… including a new essay.
really quick notes for right now… LOTS of material heading to
the site tomorrow and Monday.
up… I want to point your attention toward the Special
Offers area of the site. This month, we’ve
got a few great things planned…
One – The new book, A Parkside View: Volumes 1
& 2. The official release is next Tuesday, March 6,
2018, and that’s when we’ll be celebrating around here. For
now, it has begun to show up (Amazon and Barnes & Noble
are two spots), is available in both print and Kindle versions,
and I appreciate your consideration.
Two – To assist with the celebrations of the web site,
the Kindle edition of Time
Just Drifts Away is going to be available
FOR FREE over a limited
time. The dates are scheduled to be March 8th to March 12th.
BUT, you need to consider the wonderful joys of time zones and
the best made plans. The hours of the promotion are currently
designed around PST timing (Pacific Standard Time). So, technically,
midnight on March 8th all the way to 11:59pm on March 12th for
Three – More of the celebrating… all of the nine previous
titles are going to be available with special pricing for the
month. I am waiting for one more title to get its final adjustment
(that would be Thirty Days in November acting as the
stickler for now). Those prices will remain in place until the
end of March. While I am told that the prices will adjust across
all platforms, I am going to direct you to Amazon for consideration
on this offer since they are the only ones I know should be
Friends for Local Business.
on this soon, but for now the challenge is Celebrations.
central idea is what you would look for when hosting a party or
special event of some type. Where would you go for decorations?
If you were cooking at home, where would you shop for the groceries?
as always, the true definitions are up to you. Do you have a special
restaurant that is always part of your birthday, graduation, and
other important moments? Is there that one store you visit to
find creative and unique gifts?
March 1st to March 31st, Local Friends invites you to consider
the happy moments and how mark such occasions.
is going to be a nutty and slightly out of control month. And…
yeah… I heard you, and there probably is nothing surprising in
are starting with a winter storm headed in this direction, and
no real way of predicting how that might adjust the timing of
when I can get to work. (Snow has this funny way of turning to
ice in exactly the places you need to shovel when you make a joke
about it and leave it to be addressed later.)
let’s get things moving with some general announcements, and we’ll
get to the heavy lifting over the weekend.
March of 2003, the In My Backpack web site arrived on
the internet. Ahead of the first posts, a good deal of planning
went into setting things up. I can’t say it has all been brilliant
(and those that recall the almost purely blue and yellow color
scheme will likely agree there were some very strange moments
early on). We’ve made a few improvements…
one thing that has remained quite on target is the decision to
make this an experiment of sorts. Nothing ever perfect… attempting
to share materials and try new things…
adjusted areas, eliminated some material, overhauled and modified,
and expanded the neighborhood.
Friends for Local Business
published writing efforts are one area added to the In My
Backpack site. ComplemenTewrry Designs was brought on board,
and so was the effort that is Local Friends for Local Business.
site has spread and developed and become a community of sorts…
a neighborhood… and I’m proud of the nicknames that has generated
(two I use often are Backpackville and The ‘Ville).
month I will be releasing my tenth book. Drawn out of material
from the first two years of the monthly newsletter, A Parkside
View: Volumes 1 & 2 will be out on March 6, 2018.
with all of that… welcome to the Fifteenth Anniversary of In
been a lot of fun so far, and I’d like to thank all of you for
the railing, hold on tight, and get ready… things are going to