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Mar 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm #1314532
Hey everyone. I've been a long time lurker, and a semi-recent subscriber. I find the backpacking community to be very helpful and considerate (which is more than can be said of day-hikers). On that note, some people may be readers who enjoy a good book once in awhile. Personally, I backpack to write and brainstorm. While I do keep a blog, my true passion is fiction.
So from one backpacker to another, here is a link to my book:
Yep. I wrote that.
And because I like you guys so much, I'm letting you know when it will be free (non-nature lovers have to pay full price!)
It's science fiction/mystery with philosophy and religion- Think The Brothers Karamazov mixed with Game of Thrones, but in the future. Ambitious, ne? (While not overtly graphic, I wouldn't recommend it to readers under 18.)
I hope you all enjoy it, and maybe we can talk about it if we ever cross paths on the trail.
Feel free to PM/post questions! My two favorite things to talk about are writing and backpacking.Mar 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm #2083716
The author's name is different and I just wanted to confirm that the book is "Rights" by JT Hatley before pulling the trigger.
Nice offer but meh… it's $5. Consider it me buying you a cup of coffee.Mar 17, 2014 at 9:05 pm #2083719
Yep, that's me. I usually have handles for forums, etc.
Thanks. Hope you enjoy!Mar 18, 2014 at 7:23 am #2083791Michael GunderloyBPL Member
So, do you actually manage to write while on the trail? Longhand, or electronic? I get ideas while I'm hiking but then I don't end up writing them down until I get home because my handwriting is so atrocious.Mar 18, 2014 at 11:06 am #2083850
It's funny- I'll get great ideas on the trail, but if I wait to write them down I'll inevitably forget. If it's on the trail, I'll stop, scribble a few notes to remind me so when I've set up camp I can write down the rest.
My handwriting is pathetic, but even at its worse I can still pick out the parts that will jog my memory.
If possible, I like to spend a full day at a location, where I find a nice lonely spot to write.
Like on a cliff.
Mar 18, 2014 at 11:28 am #2083858Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern CaliforniaMar 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm #2083889
Don't go swiping your card on pencils from Amazon quite yet. A "Which pen for the Wonderland Trail" thread is forthcoming.Mar 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm #2084040Adam KilpatrickBPL Member
@oystersLocale: South Australia
LikeMar 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm #2084225
I actually prefer a pen when I'm out there- Having to stop and sharpen is irritating over long periods of time. I snatch up cheap calligraphy fountain pens so my handwriting can be SOMEWHAT legible.
With the amount of writing I do, short pencils would rub my hand raw between the index finger and thumb ("first web space"), especially so if the eraser head was down to metal.
Write something wrong? Scribble it out and keep going. Write first, edit later.
Update: Tomorrow is the freebie day!Mar 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm #2084271Sharon J.BPL Member
@squarkLocale: SF Bay area
"I actually prefer a pen when I'm out there- Having to stop and sharpen is irritating over long periods of time."
Well, there's help for people like you:
Mar 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm #2084284Mar 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm #2084302Jim ColtenBPL Member
I have a copy of the Davis Rees book … anyone interested could post a WTB in Gear swap and we'll discuss terms;-)Mar 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm #2084404Greg MihalikSpectator
David Rees with his sharpening field kit.Mar 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm #2084411
Oh wow David Rees isn't joking! I assumed his book was satire.Mar 19, 2014 at 8:40 pm #2084425Greg MihalikSpectator
Of course he is legit…. Note the awards….
Go to Vimeo.com and search for "sharpen pencil".Mar 20, 2014 at 10:04 am #2084583
Get 'em while they're hot!
Book is up for free.
Let me know what you think.
amazon.com/dp/B00I9FSQ68Jun 2, 2014 at 10:24 am #2108040Matthew Alan ThyerBPL Member
@feetforbrainsLocale: Pacific North West
Wish I would have thought of this. Last month I did a free period for my book too.
Humanity has survived environmental and atmospheric calamity and begun to move out into the stars. Sport still plays a vital role in our day-to-day affairs. The Big Red Buckle recounts an episode of a single-stage endurance race held between two shield volcanoes on a Mars that is slowly being terraformed. Participants must run and soar over 1,500 kilometers while the solar system watches.
For Marco Aguilar, just being at the starting line represents the culmination of two years of careful preparation and training. He aims to win the Grand Martian Traverse, and take home The Big Red Buckle for himself and for native Martians.
Unfortunately the free time is over, but I too am looking for new readers. So here's the deal. Post a response here and tell me what e-reader format you prefer and I'll mail you a copy. No charge. Read it on your next backcountry excursion and let me know what you think.
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