A Million Miles from Home

In a few hours, since it was uploaded just a few minutes ago, my third full-length book, A Million Miles from Home, will go “live” and be available for the Amazon Kindle.  My process in converting to an  e-book involves several steps.  I change the format to Word, I do some editing to repair or update and before submitting it I read the book from cover to cover or in this case from top to bottom.  Although I loved doing Alaska Bound and Gagged and Kiss This Florida, I’m Outta Here and all the Mini Reads and short (novella-length) essays this last book has really blown my mind.  I definitely have a new respect for myself.

I have been traveling since 1989, traveling solo since 1992 and started writing about my adventures in 1994.  When my first book Restless from the Start  (now out of print) was published in 1997 I started lecturing about my solo travels and with each book I told more and more of my travel adventure stories.  I thought nothing of it when audience members came up and said “I could NEVER do what you’re doing” and I would give them the “aw shucks – I can’t sit home and brood” or “I’m living my husband’s dream.”  I just wrote about my adventures and told my true stories and sold my books. It seemed like such an easy alternative to finding a real job.  I find, with my books, that one leads to another and nobody can read “just one.”

I have spent a lot of time this summer converting and reading about my adventures from the last many years…..and with this latest book……I must confess……I don’t know how I did it.  I can’t believe that in tiny steps I have transformed myself into one gutsy broad.  I can’t believe that I put myself in such danger.  I can’t believe that I met so many wonderful people along the way. I can’t believe that I’m here telling these fascinating stories – and since I am now years removed from the trips – I can’t believe that it was ME doing them.

I am now entering a new phase in my life. I find the drivers are crazier on the road than when I started out almost 25 years ago. As as single old lady, after a few “incidents” this summer I don’t think I’m as safe on the road as I used to be.  I don’t think it’s time to quit completely but I’m certainly going to back off a bit.  My RVing road trips will be slower and probably closer to home. I will attend more rallies because they are fun with lots and lots of friendly people around.  Although still in great shape my truck and I are a little older and (hopefully)  a lot wiser. I’m planning on a few cruises – starting September 13th  however just before leaving  I’ll be lecturing and selling my books, etc at a camping rally in Hope, BC. on September 9-11.

I’m also hoping for a few interesting bus trips, both near and far from home.  Any suggestions?     In the meantime…..have a GREAT weekend and I’ll start on my next e-book after a day’s rest.  This next e-book is VERY special.    Joei



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