I was now safely retired for the third time. I was hoping it would take, but if past history was any predictor I would be employed in a gainful way very soon.
Sometimes you should keep your thoughts to yourself, or better yet, don’t even think them.
I had been playing at being an author for the last eight or so years. It all started with a long road trip where I started telling my wife a story about a kid hitchhiking to California from Ohio.
It had some of my life and times as a loose framework but with little basis in reality. She really got into it. As the tenth hour of our drive approached she told me, “You should write this down, it would make a fun story.”
I promptly forgot to do that. Then life changed, I was downsized out of a job. I spent the next eight months looking for one.
During that time to keep my sanity, I did write that story. I posted it on a site called Stories on Line. It was well-received to my surprise. Apparently, there were many old guys with too much time on their hands.
I kept writing and they kept reading, some sending kind comments, others not so kind, but on the whole, it was good.
I did go back to work but kept writing. What started out as a short story became two very long books and two short stories.
Somewhere in there, I decided to retire. That lasted about two weeks, my company had needs for someone on the road, and I could use the money, so back at it on a supposedly part-time basis.
By the end of the year, I was paying my social security out in taxes. Silly me.
So I retired again, for real this time, I thought.
Then I had a late-night snack of sauerkraut on chocolate ice cream. Not really but I have to blame this on something. There is no way I’m going to take personal responsibility for what happened next.
I had the bright idea of publishing them!
After checking around I realized that no traditional publisher would touch them, but Amazon would let me fight it out in the market place.
Say what you want about the Zon it does give Indies a chance. That and the fact I think my soul was mortgaged a long time ago.
The first thing I found out was that if my books were published as they were written there would be two paperbacks that were over a foot thick.
So I combined all the stories and then broke them down into seven separate books.
Now up to this time, my editing consisted of Word, my wife reading and marking it up, then us both listening to the finished chapters in Natural Word.