Friday, February 10
If you've not been following the progress of my book please don't read past posts :) I've made numerous assertions over years that the book was almost done, almost ready to publish, etc, etc. There are a lot of reasons its hasn't seen the light of day until now. For those who have been following my progress I'll give you the briefest summary as I possibly can :)
Let's jump forward instead.
At the beginning of 2013 my family moved back to Kentucky from Colorado. Earlier that fall I had DNFed during my first Leadville attempt. I'd been a regular bike blogger since early 2009, and I had been chronicling my journey toward the red carpet at Leadville. When I failed to cross the finish line the stakes went up a bit. I got into the 2013 race through a qualifier, and then we moved 1,200 miles east.
I kept writing; even then I knew I was going to take my blog posts about the Leadville saga in my life and turn them into a book. The hitch was that I hadn't finished...and who wanted to read a book about a quitter? So I had to go back.
After the 2013 Leadville 100 I came home and wrote up the final chapters of what I thought was going to be a quick self-published Kindle book. And it should have been. However, I got caught up in trying to go big with the book. I tried to shop it to publishers. I looked into vanity presses. In the end it came back to this being a DIY project from start to finish. I couldn't beg friends and family to read the drafts and give me constructive criticism. Without investing money I really didn't have there was no way I was going to be able to get the book published as I envisioned it.
So there it sat on the hard drive of my computer in a file titled: LOB FINAL DRAFT.doc. I'd decided there was little else I could do. I was too close to it to see any glaring flaws and it was my darling baby book. How could I kill it? Believe me, I debated it. But I had too much invested emotionally and too much time put into it to delete that file and everything else in the folder with it.
A week or so ago I was driving somewhere and doing my typical daydream thing where I fantasize about my life being exactly how I want it to be (in those fantasy daydreams I'm a writer living modestly but comfortably) and it occurred to me that the book was doing no one any good sitting in that folder on my computer. So I decided to publish it via Kindle and through Amazon's print-on-demand service. At least then I could share it with those who are/were interested and I could have a physical copy of my book on the bookshelf. Maybe then the demon imp on my shoulder would just shut the hell up.
It took a week because I'm so easily distracted from everything. Finally, one night I was sitting in front of the TV watching not much of anything and I grabbed my laptop and started the process. To get it onto Kindle was fairly easy. I had a great cover design that a good friend had come up with for me a few months ago when I thought I was really going to go through with publication so that was no problem. Once the Kindle was away I started working on the Kindle print-on-demand beta service. I thought that would be easy and that was what I wanted, but once it finally went through I realized I couldn't offer reduced price author copies. I went back and looked and apparently you can only do that through CreateSpace. So as of today I'm waiting on the CreateSpace review process and then it will be live.
And now I enter the truly nebulous space of promotion. I have no good idea how to promote my work as I have presented it to the world. I've shared on social media. I beg those who say they will buy the book (or already have) to review it. Beyond that I'm flying blind. In the whole scheme of things that's okay. This book was more for me than for fame and glory. I'd love to be able to make a living off of writing, but I never expected that this book would be the one to thrust me that far into the limelight. It's just not that kind of book.
So for my long time fans and Dear Readers I give you a finished product...finally. And I apologize for not being more decisive years ago. But then that's totally in character for me.
If you do buy the book in any format please go back to Amazon and give me a review. Be honest and constructive, but please leave something.
Thanks in advance and in the end for all of your support and interest. This has been a great book to write. There have been some really memorable moments in the acts that I ended up describing in the book and in the writing itself. I'm somewhat numb right now to how I feel about suddenly having the book on Kindle. I think I expected more emotion and fanfare.
In the end I hope people enjoy the book and take something positive away from it. The journey for me was rough, but somewhere along the way, despite my failures, I discovered there is a strength and tenacity in me. Maybe not a punctualness necessary to be a mountain bike racer or successful author, but definitely something solid under the flab.
Friday, February 12
Friday, February 5
Kentucky Senate Bill 80 has passed committee. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 the Senate Committee on Transportation voted unanimously to pass the bill.
|L to R: Asa Swan, Sen. Robin Webb, Troy Hearn, and Doug Brent |
before the Senate Committee on Transportation
Friday, January 29
|Running snow tires on the X|
Thursday, January 28
|The Wind Tunnel on a cold but snowless day|
|Tucker Gulch Trail|
Tuesday, January 26
|This is what -10F looks like|
|Sporting chains (no kidding) and a light|
|I don't know, where would YOU rather ride?|
For my next post I'll roll you through a day in the life of a winter bike commuter.
|Not THIS day|
Friday, January 22
Thursday, January 14
Tuesday, January 12
I have mixed feelings about a three foot law. I don't feel like they really do as much as they should or as they seem like they do. They are basically unenforceable in a meaningful way. And what I mean by that is that if you are injured or killed because someone violated the three foot law whatever penalty is imposed is no consolation. And if there's no vehicle to cyclist contact then unless you have a police officer as a witness who is also a strong cycling advocate then its moot.
However, not having a three foot law is legally insensitive. Not having a three foot law ignores the need for motorists to give cyclists ample room on the roadway. And having a three foot law provides a platform for education and understanding. It is the beginning of the right kind of dialogue. We need more positive conversations about the increase of cycling on the roads in Kentucky. So far we've not had a lot of negative press, though one particular story opened the Pandora's box of negative motorist sentiment toward cyclists that didn't seem to be opened before.
It's time to take the reins and direct the conversation toward better relations and better conditions for cyclists and away from the detrimental spew that results from a sensationalistic news story that really isn't relative to the big picture.
So while I would prefer to see stronger legislation and more harsh penalties for distracted and irresponsible driving I will put my shoulder behind this effort as it currently has the most momentum and does provide a positive benefit to the cycling community in my state. I'm not conceding here. I feel like this is a good first step. But three foot laws are not the be all end all protection cyclists need on the roadways.
Friday, January 8
|Stephenson Trail, Berea, KY|