The first order of business in today’s blog is to wish my two favorite cousins in the world happy birthday, Beverly McKiddy and Berni Frees. They’re not twins or even siblings and their birthdays are a few years apart, but both ladies are very special to me. We wish we could be with both of you on your special days, but since one of you is in Arizona and the other in Michigan, we did the next best thing and stayed in Florida. I hope you both know how much we love you.
I spent the first part of the day yesterday working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and got quite a bit accomplished. Then, after I printed out everything I had written for Miss Terry to proof, John Huggins picked me up and I went over to his motorhome, where he and Kathy interviewed me for another one of their Living the RV Dream podcasts, this one on writing on the road. John and Kathy and I all hear from a lot of people who think they would like to try writing a book or blogging or something to help pay for their travel costs. Yes, it can be done, but it’s no get rich quick scheme. We talked about many of the things involved in being a nomadic working writer. It’s always fun to hang out with John and Kathy, they are wonderful people with a tremendous amount of knowledge about the RV lifestyle.
There are already a lot of RVing writers, and Jolene Macfadden-Kowalchuk recently posted a blog listing authors who are also RVers, along with information on their books. Check it out folks, there’s some great reading here.
Longtime reader Darwin Soder lives in nearby Sarasota and had contacted me and said he would like to stop by for a visit. We decided that yesterday would be a good day for that, and when I got back home from John and Kathy’s, Darwin and his partner, Susan Tzchesnok, were already there and visiting with Miss Terry. Sometimes you meet people and feel an instant kinship with them, like you’ve known them forever. Such was the case with Darwin and Susan. They are a delightful couple and we really enjoyed getting to know them. I hope we get another chance to get together one of these days.
How many of you plan to attend the Escapees Escapade rally in Essex Junction, Vermont in July? It’s going to be a lot of fun, and Essex Junction is a wonderful place for an RV rally. Years ago we were vendors at an FMCA rally there and we have wanted to go back ever since.
I’m the featured speaker and will be presenting five seminars at the rally. The seminars I’m scheduled for are Highway History and Back Road Mystery, Fulltiming FAQs, Work Your Way Across the USA, The Frugal RVer, and Successful Self Publishing. John and Kathy Huggins will also be there doing a seminar, as will Greg White, Charles and Chris Yust from C&C Insurance, and Jim and Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour, to name just a few of the friendly, talented people who will be at the rally. It’s an Escapee rally, so even if you’ve never been to one before, I guarantee you’re going to have a good time and make a lot of friends. I hope we see a lot of you there.
Thought For The Day – There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. – Will Rogers