I started the writing that would become this book before leaving, driving by car, from Toronto, December 3rd, 1999.
Ironically, it originally began as a project to post entries for a trip I was taking, driving to Costa Rica; it was a blog, at a time that I didn’t even know there was such a thing. But, just now, a quick look at Wikipedia says that the term was ‘invented’ in April or May 1999. My friend, John Farley, was completing a HTML course at Ryerson University, and set up the basic HTML pages for me to populate with content. I parachuted it into GeoCities, and started filling it with log entries for the trip, driving down.
Some where along the way, it took on a life of its own.
A couple of years ago I heard, on the CBC, Ideas program, one of Moses Znaimer guest speakers, Eric Weiner, at the annual Ideacity, he (slightly incorrectly) quotes Henry Miller (at min. 19 of 54 mins.), “One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.“, (from Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch, (1957), New Directions Books, New York, p. 6.)
It encapsulates what has happened to me; but I still want to publish and distribute the book as widely as possible (and get a little financial acknowledgement/support for subsequent work).
The writing process has been great, the clarification of the message via the plot, clarifying the presentation, and making it… flow, and just figuring stuff out, has been fantastic!
But a lot of work, for me.
Publishing is much more difficult to understand, but over the course of my creation of this book, the infrastructure has come right on up; so self-publishing electronically, with build hooks to launch a print on demand service, is my worst case scenario..
I’m picking up, right here, the completion of the revising and writing, and the actions to distribute it and get revenue; so I can do more of this, and be played by the big scam less, and less.