Self publishing

Wow, I haven’t made an entry since Christmas, but with good reason. The book I mentioned way back years ago, I finally got it published since my last entry. There’s a lot to catch up on so here we go.

My book is a hybrid. By that I mean it’s a reference book for those who are looking at careers. The book takes a look at basically 100 careers but from the inside. In other words primarily the many jobs I’ve worked at describing the details involved and pointing out the things not to do which now are funny. Anyone that has seen the movie Galaxy Quest would understand my saying these are my “Historical documents.” I didn’t find any publishers that fit my niche so I self-published.

At Thanksgiving I finally got my book to the point of where I felt I needed it to be professional edited. There are many places to turn to have your manuscript edited but the two I considered were Freelancer and Fiverr. This is strongly recommended for those looking at self-publishing because you need a fresh pair of eyes (professional ones) to see things you missed.

After I found the right person they worked through Christmas to get my manuscript back just before the new year. The editor reviewed things with me, made some tweaks and changes and “viola” I thought it was ready for publishing. Actually you need to be considering what your cover is going to look like. If it’s an eBook that’s all you need but if the book is to be printed you also need back cover work and the spine to consider.

We’ll come back to the cover in a bit. I thought I was ready but alas the manuscript needs to be typeset to make it look right. Again like editors there are a lot of typesetters, I went with Reedsy and I had to make changes like maybe 20 times for one reason or another. When it was done it looked great.

Being that my book doesn’t fit in a niche and because I had an idea of what I was looking for fortunately my sister, the artist in the family put the cover together. This was another adventure, they will want it to be so many pixels and you need high resolution to get it published. If you’re strictly doing an eBook you don’t have to worry as much about the cover alignment, or the pages and whether they’ll bleed, so you don’t want to get too close to the edge with the cover or your print. It took me until last week to actually be published.

When you are finally published then you need to focus on marketing, actually marketing should be considered before you’re published. Anyway, some Indie publishers may include some marketing but it may be minimal so prepare to market your book. The book is Career Menu With Ingredients: Secrets from the job man.

More in depth look coming…

Pearl Harbor a grateful Christmas

Today December 7th is Pearl Harbor Day. It’s the day the United States was brought into World War II. We are grateful for all that serve in the military, and today we once again honor those that gave their lives for our Freedom in 1941. Remember the USS Arizona that was sunk and still has oil surfacing all these years later.

Everyone knows that 2020 will go down as one of the worst years in history. We were attacked by a virus that locked down countries and crippled their economies. It’s a time to reflect on all the blessings we have and be filled with gratitude for all that we do have.

This is what Christmas is all about being grateful after all. It’s like so many Christmas carols sing about Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ the namesake of the holiday. Christmas isn’t the only holiday this time of year so we all have a lot to be thankful for.

Have a joyous Holiday Season and have the most Happy New Year!

Breath of fresh air

I had to get out of town to get a breath of fresh air. Phoenix hasn’t had rain or even a typical Monsoon storm this summer-very strange. We no more than arrived in Tucson and were greeted by very brief but cleansing shower. It was just enough to get everything wet as we unloaded the car.

The featured photo has a saguro and ocotillo cactus centered. The temperature in Tucson is about five to ten degrees cooler than Phoenix so it’s also a nice two-hour getaway. I can only imagine how splendid the view is from the homes on the mountainside.

Most of the country has a much cooler climate as Phoenix has hoovered around 115 two or three weeks running. Imagine wearing a mask in this heat it’s unbearable. One would argue that “it’s dry heat” and that may be true. But breathing in your own carbon dioxide and retaining the moisture within the mask proves that dry heat is worse.

Regardless, I’m enjoying this breath of fresh air in the great outdoors. The views don’t hurt the eyes too much either. Be careful and safe.

 

 

Happy Independence Day!?

How many of you ever thought about what it would be like in the year 2020? It depends how long ago you pondered that question, I mean technology is beyond what I imagined. Anyway I never in any wildest dreams saw this this coming. This? Yes, this, a day when “fear” drives us into hibernating in our homes. I asked a lot of people at the office what they were doing this holiday weekend and all too many said, “doing nothing staying at home.”

I digress, my point is this is America the land of the free. We are free to come and go, this is still the land of liberty. America is:

A Culture of Self-Government

The Constitution and the Rule of Law

The American Dream

I received an email today from a prior boss that struck a chord. He said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it along to our children in our bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” These were not his words but the words of Ronald Reagan- March 30, 1961

Today lady liberty still stands for our freedom but freedom always has to be fought for. If you think our freedom isn’t in jeopardy think again. Dozens of our national monuments have been destroyed, taken down and defaced in the past few years some of those only a week ago. Is Lady Liberty next?

Bad times good times soon

To say these are uncertain times is such an understatement. Is this reality or are we living in a weird science fiction film? I don’t remember anything ever like this, it’s insane.

Do you remember ten years ago when the “swine flu” epidemic struck our country? It killed thousands of Americans but not as many as this new Wuhan virus or COVID-19. The difference is then people weren’t frightened by the media like they are now. The fear and lockdown caused a 15-year-old California teen to kill herself. Also, a 51-year-old man killed his wife and child because he thought they had the virus.

I remember the swine flu pandemic. Yes, it too was a pandemic over most of the world and infiltrated ours from Mexico. I recall people wearing masks as they are today but the fear element wasn’t everpresent like today. Businesses and even professional sports are closed and forced to cancel events not only because of the virus but also for the fear of lawsuits.

Here are words of wisdom from deep inside New York it’s a video from a Doctor at a prominent hospital telling us not to fear this virus but to heed these words and “You will not get the virus”. Commercials are now adding hope in their message-something we all need more of today.

Last Tuesday night was the biggest and brightest Super-moon of the year. Let this shine new hope in your worrisome world.

Attitude to live by

In our youth most of us tend to take life for granted. We’re young and we feel invincible so we don’t give a thought about what’s around us even care much about tomorrow. We figure tomorrow will be the same as today, it will take care of itself. Then again many of us are always thinking about tomorrow and planning accordingly.

As we go through life too many of us don’t take time to take in the beauty of nature all around us. By that I mean the simple things like catching a sunrise or beautiful sunset, beautiful blooming flowers and animals in all their splendor.

Ah yes there are those of you photographers out there that are well aware of all these things and have the proof to show for it. I wish I would have been more aware when I was younger because life was simpler then. Things were straight forward then things were no where close to as complicated as they are today.

I mentioned this in a blog a few years ago that we need to stop and smell the roses, a song from back in those days that’s more appropriate today than ever. In addition, remember to enjoy life, have fun, take time to do the things that you love.

One foggy night before Christmas

Fog is extremely rare in Arizona because of the arid, dry climate. But the couple storms that came through this month had an effect. Phoenix had a snow equivalent hailstorm in December and November was much colder than normal.

Most of you see fog and or rain regularly but rain is a welcome relief here because we’ve been in a 30-year-drought. You know how driving in the snow is a slippery experience well during the summer monsoons the heat makes the asphalt slick when combined with rain it’s like winter advisory driving. Northern Arizona is much cooler than metropolitan Phoenix and Prescott got 10 inches of snow over Thanksgiving- a real advisory. Winter is here.

Christmas is only a week away, the stores are busy and Christmas spirit and lights are everywhere you go. But if you experience all the seasons you are well aware of that. Soon it will be Christmas Day and judging from what we’ve seen so far it may be another year for Santa to let Rudolph lead the way.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

There’s a lot to be thankful for

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and many of us congratulated those in or have been in service for preserving our freedom. I guarantee you that you had ancestors that fought in wars for our freedom, we all have.

The general attitude by Americans today isn’t thankful. If it was there wouldn’t be protests all over the country, there wouldn’t fighting, bickering and hate being displayed. This isn’t a new development but it has escalated over the past ten years.

No doubt you have seen the Thanksgiving merchandise and of course Christmas is already on display. It is sad to see the “Golden Rule” of treating others as you would like to be treated is all too often ignored. This Thanksgiving be truly thankful for the food on the table roof over your head and more. If you do Christmas will have a deeper meaning than before.

Oktoberfest

I wish I could attend the Oktoberfest in Germany. I’m sure it would be as wonderful as I ever thought it would be. German beers are unlike others because beer is part of the German culture.

Their beer is brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, which permits only water, hops, and malt as ingredients and stipulates that beers not exclusively using barley-malt such as wheat beer must be top-fermented. For most of us that might as well be in Greek.

Anyway October brings cooler temperatures in Arizona and of course Halloween. If you are flying during Halloween it’s a wonder to see all the decorations from the air. Whats even more amazing is how many more lights you see during Christmas season.

Blast from the past

Last week I was in New Mexico and once again I had lunch at the 66 Diner on Central Avenue. Here I had a Malted milk shake, in other words a chocolate malt not a shake and it came with the steel container they make it in. It amazes me how the ice cream stays frozen in the metal mixing canister.

The “50’s” restaurant is on the historic route 66 that was constructed in the 1920’s and connected Chicago to Los Angeles. Everything in the restaurant is authentic from the 1950’s and possibly earlier.

Anybody looking for a blast from the past (the movie starring Brendan Fraser) should check out a “50’s” diner or malt shop as they were called. Most places do a great job at capturing the place in time.