|About the Book|
This short novel begins with several humerous events in my life, leading up to the discovery of a novel I began in 2001 and then packed away in 2003 after experiencing a stroke. I basically forgot about it, not totally, but close enough. One of thoseMoreThis short novel begins with several humerous events in my life, leading up to the discovery of a novel I began in 2001 and then packed away in 2003 after experiencing a stroke. I basically forgot about it, not totally, but close enough. One of those out of sight, out of mind, type of experiences we all are familiar with. The title of the novel is Ragged Ambush Bug - The Curse. It is listed in the front matter of this book as Book one by this author.At the age of 74, I compiled a Bucket List. The first item on the list was to clear out my office files. This was around September of 2011. I cant remember what was second on the list because I am still working on number one. To make a long story short, I found my manuscript, read it and decided I must have experienced a total memory loss somewhere along the way. Reminded me of the old adage expressed by many of my senior citizen friends- I can watch any movie, read any book, even hide my own Easter eggs. Not funny but nearly true, especially, for stroke survivors with memory problems.Anyway, I liked my book, or at least the nearly 10 chapters I had completed. As I expected, my family thought it was great, and I was encourged to finish it. So, reluctantly, and with no enthusiasm for the venture, I dug out all my notes, a very sketchy outline, and began an adventure into the unknown.After several weeks I finally figured out where I was going with the book and settled into completing it. Ten months later, ten to twelve hours a day, seven days a week, I was finished. It was e-published by Amazon Direct Publishing in September, 2012.I discovered I enjoy writing, and it comes easily for me. The problems encountered include, but are not lilmited to, puncuation, formatting, spelling, and a loss of typing skills. I have a couple of fingers on each hand that refuse to cooperate. Stroke complications probably contribute to that. I have vision problems directly related to the stroke, i.e., when reading I experience double vision, and I have to concentrate on focus. I have other vision problems but my brain has adapted, and I am seldom aware of it. My neurologist says I am lucky, and I agree.The novel has been well received. It has 14 reviews, and believe it or not, I dont even know some of the reviewers.Self publishing is a challenge, and I could never have accomplished it wihtout the invaluable assistance of family and close friends, especially my computer geru. It helps if you are old and stubborn. Being young and persistant is a real asset.My advice, if you want to write a book, is to go to the AmazonKindle website. They will provide you with about all you need (free) to get started. Then they will walk you through the process, step by step. It helps if you are computer savvy. If you arent, find a third grader somewhere. Thats what I do when I need help navigating Facebook.