In case the daily reminders at the top of every post this week weren’t reminder enough, I’ve released my second book, Arizonan Sojourn, South Carolinian Dreams: And Other Adventures. It’s a collection of travel essays I’ve accumulated over the last four years, and it’s available now on Amazon. The Kindle version went live today, so if you pre-ordered, you can now read the book!
I’ve been eager to release a second book ever since I published The One-Minute Mysteries of Inspector Gerard: The Ultimate Flatfoot back in March 2021, but various time constraints always seemed to interfere. Ironically, maintaining the blog—even with help from good friends—is one such hinderance, while also serving as the source material for this book!
Blogging daily (today marks the 1545th consecutive day of blogging) is great fun, but it takes time. Longtime readers will probably have noticed the increase in guest posts (especially from Audre Myers and Ponty), as well as lighter posts from yours portly. Those lighter posts are partially out of necessity—in order to maintain my busy work and private music lessons schedule, I have to write some fluffier posts here from time to time.
No worries—I have not given up on political writing entirely, nor have I abandoned writing seriously about music, faith, art, etc. Sometimes, I just need to upload some pictures of a LEGO set I built and call it a day.
That said, blogging daily is also the source of Arizonan Sojourn, as blogging daily will likely be the source of my next book (topic to be determined). Pulled from four years of travel essays, with a particular focus on the six-part trip my older brother and I took to Arizona in December 2022, the book regales readers with tales of my not-so-outrageous exploits.
So, I found myself last week with a modicum of extra time because Middle School students were taking some horrendous standardized test, after which they were dismissed for the day. That removed my duty to teach Middle Music Ensemble for a few days, and that extra fifty-six minutes each day, along with the lack of private music lessons with Middle Schoolers, enabled me to complete the compiling, organizing, and edition of Arizonan Sojourn.
Unlike Inspector Gerard, I also made sure to proofread and revise Arizonan Sojourn much more carefully this time. I cannot guarantee it is free of grammatical errors—I found one as soon as I published the book (it is now fixed)—but it should be substantially less embarrassing in this regard than Gerard was.
That’s all to say that you should buy it. I’ll also be uploading a PDF manuscript of the entire work to my Subscribe Star page for $5 and up subscribers tomorrow.
Of course, it’s much better to have a physical copy, no?
Here’s where you can pick it up: