Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ya know what? I Should Buy A Boat needs to be better.

After reading I Should Buy A Boat 15 times I thought it was pretty good. But when I sat down to read it the 16th time I decided it wasn't good enough.

I'm going to make it better, more worthy of our experience.

I have unpublished it from Amazon. It will republish it when I am convinced it meets the standards that I have for these kinds of things.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Several notes that are noteworthy...

The pile of dirt that has been on our driveway is gone. Yay. Now just some small carpentry and painting to go. Moving several tons of dirt by hand one shovel at a time has not been very fun. All things considered, taking care of Why Knot is a heck of a lot easier. Plus it has been very cold here, We both have permanent cases of the sniffles and we are going through boxes of Kleenex like crazy.

I have re-purposed and relaunched. TheOnBoardLife.com. It's a site that I have had for a while but it kind of languished. Actually I ignored it. TheOnBoardLife.com will be about boating lifestyle stuff that I will post. You can contribute too, if you like. WhyKnotOnTheGreatLoop.com will be about our exploits. You will see that both have been redesigned and updated. Much clearer.

And finally, as you look at the sites, you will see a new ad link on the left. I have published a book about our Great Loop adventure titled I Should Buy A BoatClick here to go to Amazon or just search the title. It is not a rehash of the blog either. It's about 80% new material. Now, at the moment, it is only available as a soft cover version. It will be available as an ebook very soon, (Kindle to be specific. Free Kindle readers are available for every tech setup, Android, PC, Apple) which is obviously preferable for those of you out on the water unable to reliably receive mail. I enjoyed working on it a lot, and I think it turned out well. I am interested what y'all will have to say about it. And please, if you hate it please be kind in your online review. Remember that I have a very fragile ego.

Anyway, we are getting ready for Christmas around here. It will be pretty low key.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

You - "So, how's your shore leave going, Darrell?"

Glad you asked. Things are going swimingly. Well, "swimingly" might not be the best word to use to describe it. But it's going well. We still have a half a dump truck load of high quality dirt in our driveway that is slowly, but surely being distributed around the foundation of our house. The drywall repairs in the basement are still a work in progress. The needed landscaping on the west, north and south sides of the house are done. All that we have left to do is to distribute the rest of the aforementioned dirt all around our yard so that we can get our cars into the garage, and, when the drywall guy finishes his work, paint the basement. Ah, manual labor! Nothing like it. All of this work on the house is making me remember all of the maintenance on the boat and, all things considered, I would rather be doing that.

We have had some jollies along the way. The big event so far was being a part of the worldwide broadcast of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special on November, 23rd. I've spoken about us being fans of this British science fiction TV show before. This special event was very much a special event. We had sons Bryan and Kevin over for the broadcast and Lisa and I got into a little cosplay for it.
Amy Pond and the Doctor
Lisa died her hair red to resemble Amy Pond, one of the Doctor's companions. I dressed up with a leather jacket, tennis shoes, suspenders, a bow tie and a stalk of celery pined to my jacket lapel. In one swoop I channeled the 5th, 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors. The broadcast was outstanding, we had a lot of fun and Lisa looks hotter than hell as a redhead.

The other event that has occupied my time is that I have written a book about our Great Loop adventure. It's not a travelogue but a memoir. I first tried re-purposing this blog but I didn't like that way that was shaping up. So instead, it contains about 85% original material about some of the more notable aspects of the trip. I think it's different than the other books out there about the subject. I'm pretty pleased with it. Some of the chapters are about how we bought Why Knot, our experiences at the AGLCA rendesvous, wildlife and a few chapters about specific places on the route. It even contains a chapter about how I would market a marina, drawing on my experience in the area. I'm in the final stages of editing at this time, concentrating on punctuation, continuity and the like. It will be an ebook on Amazon. I think you all will need to buy at least seven copies of it.

We've been keeping in touch with our friends out on the loop and cruising up and down the coast. It sounds like that conditions haven't been too good. It's been rainy and windy. That's too bad. But, again all things considered, we'd rather be on Why Knot somewhere in Florida than in St. Louis. The forecast for Thursday in the gateway city is for snow. Yikes.