Later this summer my wife and I are going on a wild
adventure. We will cross nine states. Of course I include Ohio in that number,
and technically we are not crossing Ohio, just driving out and then back in. We
have never visited four of these states, which is part of the adventure.
I have decided to write a book about the trip. It won’t be
completely fact, or completely fiction. Kind of like life, I guess.
Several months ago I started a blog post about traveling\commuting and it has grown out of control. Too large to ever be a blog post. There are too many intertwined threads to be a series of posts. So it is going to become a book, it is going to become this book. A book about the journey, not the destination, nobody cares about the destination. It is all about the trip. It will be a kind of a travelogue for the wanderer, or the wonderer, depending on the point of view.
For those of you keeping score at home that is three books I
am in the process of writing.
- The science fiction, time travel saga, where a
small group of bumbling cowards have to save the world from armies, arriving
from the past, future, and alternate realities of the present. Already written,
mostly, just needs refined, or rewritten.
- The story of a common, slightly nervous, erratic
man running for mayor, almost by accident and the self-preservation and lack of
concern for the public that consumes politics. Mostly written, just need a big
ending. Maybe something with police mobilization and a collapsed parking
garage. But, the ending is still being thought through.
- The soon to be published travel journal. Based
on the meandering trips we take. Partially a journal, partially a tale of
discovery, some music appreciation, and a lot of self-aggrandizing fiction,
just to make me look good.
I intend to use to profits to retire, or buy a pizza and
possibly a beer, depending on the profits.
There is, I hope, a big market for books about me, and my travels,
and my discoveries and my sheer, awesome awesomeness. It will include my wife,
who is going to play several key roles in this adventure, sometimes a hero,
sometimes a villain. To paraphrase Dylan “was she a devil or an angel, you
never knew which, from on to the other she could easily switch,” from Caribbean Wind. But, as in my life, she
will always be the star.
Music, the force that guides us down the highway, will have
a prominent place. Food, restaurants, diners and charcoal grills will all occupy
important passages, and may even get a picture. Kayaking, hiking, blazing fires
at dusk, and setting on the porch reading and writing and watching the rain are
all sure to find a place on the pages. And there will be guest appearances by
Trina’s Sunnies and some Painted Rocks from New Zealand, and thanks to my
cousin, Mike there might even be a non-perishable food item cropping up from
time to time.
Right now the working title is “Home Is Where the Car Is.” Or
“Sunrise From Somewhere Else.”
If you want to preorder a copy, too bad. I don’t do that kind of thing. But, I will let you know how it is going, and maybe even drop some of the better parts, if there are any, on this very blog.