Firstly, I have to make this very, very clear: I am very happy to be here in Arizona and especially pleased about escaping more of BC’s winter this year. No question – my inner snowbird is being well served and satisfied. So is Sal’s.
Phoenix has not proven very interesting. Not so far, anyway. To be fair, we have not explored most of it yet but what we have explored is kinda flat and brown and mainly comprised of shopping centres. There HAS to be more but, so far, I haven’t found it.
Again….we have not exhausted all areas. We’ll give Scottsdale a shot today at entertaining us to the degree we think we deserve. I am looking for quirky and weird verging on riotous with a smidge of danger. With good street food. We’ll see.
In actual fact, we have been mostly content to work half a day at ‘home’ trying to make a silk book out of a sow’s writings so as to produce the much anticipated second book. But so far all we have managed to achieve is improved grammar and spelling, better, tighter writing and it is getting more organized for easier reading.
The content still half sucks, in my opinion. I need to improve that. And, GET THIS: According to the Huffington Post, “The average U.S. nonfiction book is now selling less than 250 copies per year and less than 3,000 copies over its lifetime. There is no general audience for most nonfiction books, and chasing after such a mirage is usually far less effective than connecting with one’s communities. A book has less than a 1% chance of being stocked in an average bookstore”.
So, you can see the challenge.
There are a few good anecdotes in the book. I may add some more. And there is some ‘advice’ as to how to go about living off the grid but I am really not knowledgeable enough to do a HOW-TO or even give good instructions on much of anything factual or technical or even all that detailed. There is a smidge of philosophy-like stuff…you know….Dave’s thoughts on life….that kind of thing (yawn). It is turning out to be a natural-enough extension of the first book but it is not a page-turner.
So far, I do not recommend it. Obviously, neither would the Huffington Post. But we are still working at it.
One of the most interesting things about writing this second book is that I have noticed that the OTG genre has expanded quite a bit in the last two years. When we first published, there were, perhaps, fifteen or twenty authors that fell into the OTG category and some of the books were older ones re-issued. Today, that number has tripled. Mind you, a good portion of that increase is about alternative energy and sustainable food generation. Lots of How-to books on that and, of course, they are quickly out-dated by the newest one. Some of it is Prepper-type stuff (hoarding, guns, ammo, etc) and that can be kinda fun if you read between the lines. But there are also quite a few more of the ‘Our Life In the Forest’-type books. Ron Melchiore’s Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness is the last one I read. I liked it.
Anyway, the reason I mention all that is that there are smarter, better, braver, more capable OTG’ers out there and they are writing up their stories. My stuff is basically about living OTG on a hope and prayer with the help of an angel and a large supply of First Aid materials. That story has short legs. Can’t go too far on short legs. Two books may be more than enough.
So, we may wrap this puppy up, call it an epilogue or something and move on to writing something more fun.
Come January 20th, that decision may be made for us.
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