So, I sent an article.
And, they published it.
I was happy. My guest blogging career had begun.
And, they seemed happy. They got another blogger that writes to their liking and in their genre.
Looks like a win-win.
I’ve already submitted my second article. Seeing the first one published motivated me to write more.
In my latest book Dreams of the Philippines, (out soon) I write about arriving at Clark Air Base for the first time. I sat anxiously in the windowless cargo bay of a C-141 Starlifter military transport aircraft. It was pure adventure. Here’s an excerpt from the book …
I closed my eyes as I waited anxiously for the wheels to touch the runway. I was excited about the prospect of visiting the Philippines. I’d heard about it. I’d listened to the stories from the troops stationed there. I’d read books about it. I read the boring encyclopedia articles about it. Even the boring entries sounded exciting.
The Philippines – made up of over seven thousand islands. What’s the exact number? Who knows? A Filipina beauty pageant contestant explained it best. One of the judges asked, “How many islands are there in the Philippines?” Her reply drew great laughter, applause and admiration, “Do you mean high tide or low tide?”
If there’s anyone out there who’s never had a fresh, ripe, Philippine mango, I highly encourage you to go get one now. Drop everything you’re doing and get that mango. Take the next flight to Manila. Do whatever you have to do to get that mango. It’s all about enjoying life … and eating a fresh, ripe, Philippine mango is about as good as life gets!
My First Mango
“What’s that?” I asked, pointing to an exotic-looking fruit.
The lady finished peeling a piece of fruit for another customer and then answered my question, “It’s a mango; ever had one before?”
“It’s delicious,” she said. “You got to try it.”
I’m reading a book by James Altucher titled The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth.What does this have to do with cancer?
Well, it turns out … a lot.
You see, James highlights areas he feels are the up and coming trends and the first one he lists is “Biotech.” He goes on to explain exactly why he invests in companies and technologies that diagnose cancer. But – and here’s the big takeaway – he doesn’t go near companies looking for a cure! He’s even gracious enough to explain why he stays away – far away – from any companies and/or technologies involved in searching for a cure. I’ll let you hear it from James as he explains it on page 152 as follows:
I’m in the process of putting together the final touches on my latest book Dreams of the Philippines and thought I’d share how I went about getting it done. The main purpose for sharing is to encourage. If you’ve always wanted to write a book, then I want to encourage you, let you know “You can do it!”
As I went through another re-write of my Preface I thought, “Hey, this is really the story of how I wrote my book. How I overcame obstacles. How I got past some serious “I’m stuck” moments. Why not share this with others?
So, for anyone looking for encouragement on tackling your next book project, this one’s for you!
Preface to my latest book, “Dreams of the Philippines.”
This story is fiction.
But, it’s based on a trip I took to the Philippines back in early 1989 as a young Air Force 2nd Lieutenant.
This book represents a new step in my writing career. I’m venturing a little deeper into the world of fiction. What does that mean? Let me take a stab at explaining.