I am now working on a new and exciting biography. It is untitled as yet but promises to be an exciting and enriching project.
My dad and I recently reconnected after being apart for 30 years. We are rediscovering each other and sharing the stories of our lives.
My dad, Joe Hart, is retired now and living in Waco Texas. But he has lived a rich life filled with travel and the contract engineering work that he loved. He often says that he " saw the USA at 70 miles an hour", he traversed the country, often pulling a travel camper which would become his home while he was working the next job. Dad was part of a community of " job shoppers" who built friendships and lives and they moved from one job to another. Dad wrote a book about his job shopping days, travels , and friends and this book has given me both history and insight about his life and beliefs. But Dad's book about job shopping is only part of his story. , I can truly say that he lived life to the fullest.
Dad was never still. Always learning and reaching for the next opportunity or adventure. Dad was a licensed pilot, licensed realtor, ham radio operator, and entrepreneur. He owned several businesses including 2 mobile home parks, a mini donut franchise, a logging operation, and job shopping agency. Dad also designed and built 4 homes, his first when he was in his twenties. Never one to be still, Dad also pursued the hobbies he loves.
Dad is an avid outdoorsman and yearns to be walking in the woods. His annual elk hunting trips are some of his best memories. He found the hunting to be even more challenging and enjoyable when he began using a bow and arrow rather than a gun. This led him to a new hobby- making hunting bows by hand. He continues to do this still, even though the use of his hands are limited and the manual manipulations of creating a bow are difficult.
Today, Dad spends much of his time caring for his wife of 30 years, Laura, who has Alzheimer's. Each day, Dad struggles daily with physical pain from a fall in 2005 that almost ended his life and left him partially disabled. Somehow, amidst the physical pain of his injury and the emotional pain of losing a spouse to a cruel illness that destroys her memories, Dad continues to be the strong and innovative person he has always been. When the injury to his hand left him unable to hold a guitar pick, he designed and built an enclosure for the injured hand that held an imbedded guitar pick and once more allowed him to continue another if his lifelong hobbies. Playing the guitar.
Through the "magic " of Google search, we found each other again and I look forward to our daily phone calls , many emails, and soon- an in person visit. Dad's grandfather lived to the age of 100. Hopefully Dad will also.
I look forward to capturing the excitement and expanse of his life in his biography. There is still so much to learn and share about this talented man that I call Dad
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fear of cats
|algophobia||fear of pain|
|amathophobia||fear of dust|
|amaxophobia||fear of riding in a car|
|ambulophobia||fear of walking|
|anglophobia||fear of England or the English|
|anthrophobia||fear of humans|
|anuptaphobia||fear of staying single|
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Several times in recent months I’ve had consultations with authors that really surprised me. These typically happen at writing and publishing conferences. One of the best reasons to go to these events is to get a totally new take on your book from someone inside the publishing industry....
For many authors, this is the first time they’ve talked about their publishing plans and the concept behind them.
As someone sitting on the other side of the table, by this point you expect that an author will have some or all of these things worked out:
- Their pitch, the tightly encapsulated, 30-second summary that will tell you what the book’s about, what other books it’s like, and what market the book is intended for.
- Their category, niche, or genre, the exact shelf, either real or virtual, where their book will be at home, and the books against which it will be compared.
- Their persona, the specific aspects of their own personality that they will be projecting as an author in promoting and marketing activities.
After all, launching a book and, by extension, a publishing career, is a complex task with lots of layers of meaning and action all rolled into one.
None of these attributes is cast in stone, unchangeable. But authors still know they need to have thought about these things when they get ready to step over the threshold into public view. ...
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