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~*Service Worker*~

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Progress, not perfection...


 aww Thanks for listening...

My live is taking turns in the right direction.

I have been wanting to write a book for a few years. My goal was to produce 200 to 400 copies.

I kept working- so I could pay for the printing... and never seemed to make it.

The book is about a 19th century character. He was in convict Australia, whaling, mining in California. He was always on the move.

I had done all the research. Ready to write.But the goal was too far out.

The gentleman had written three books in his time- which were interesting and entertaining. No need to repeat those. He had a bad reputation- which I didn't believe was justified.

He was no arm-chair writer.

In my life too- a lot of people would not believe what i had done and seen.

I have a sponsor over in Australia. The great-grandson of my hero.

He is getting a lot older- and I was rushing to get the darned thing finished.

We bought  a new printer this year. Black and white only- all the bells and whistles. it would be easy for me to just "pull the handle" and create copies of my own.

This is a scholarly work- with heaps of references and annotations. To give to our museum and the local library. I have a proven readership of three or four people.

And one for my family to keep.


I kick myself for taking so long- for the penny to drop.

Just as easy for me to print out a few copies and "bob's your uncle!"

So I have takeoff- doing finishing touches to my research- and already getting into the script.

I have had to teach myself editing skills. I may have to get someone to proof read it- to winkle out the spell-check glitches...

hmmm just setting my sights too high.

I know my work is up to a high academic standard. I initially presented a conference paper on my topic a few years ago. My friend and colleague, who has a PhD, was surprised to see a fruit picker come up with a paper- but there you go...

...a couple of years ago he rocked up here to host a conference, and bought his mother along to help him run it!

OMG! I had to step in and help them-poor things.

I got the whole family history from mum... but we three got on like a hour on fire.

It was a successful conference.

One thing I learned was that they were into visiting goldmines and industrial ruins. Not into the sort of work I was doing.

I could have wasted a lot of time and money getting along to more conferences.

We do live and learn. 

aww -D. 


A Universe that Creates Flowers : Has to be Trustworthy.

~*Service Worker*~

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I bekieve there are ways to self ounlisb with Amazon for a reasonable sum The qualifier's mother did it. While she is now a millionaire she is a pretty frugal person Once the oublishjng is comolete the marketing of the book is another matter I know a osychologist who also self oublished through Amazon. Her books were oretth impressive I am excited for you that you are working towards this significant life goal. Good luck Maresie


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How wonderful, and good luck to you! EBook publication is also a possibility, but doesn't feel quite as nice as the paper books, imo!



If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. - Lao Tzu

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