Some of you might have been wondering what’s going on. I have a cover, and I have a finished novel, and I’ve decided how I want to publish it. So what’s the holdup?
Well, I had the idea a few months back of creating a companion book on this website to augment The Parking Ticket, which I intend to publish as an e-book on Kindle Select.
Charlie Kristofferson, for example, one of my main characters, decides to hike all seventeen trails listed in the Hiking Map and Guide for the Waterton Lakes National Park, which is in the province of Alberta, Canada.
The Akamina Ridge ends up being one of his favorite hikes, even though it does involve some scrambling. It is 18.3 kilometers long and has an elevation gain of 975 meters, almost a kilometer. Straight up in places. But he soon learns that going up is far less painful than coming down.
However, the view from the top of the ridge is absolutely spectacular.
So I decided to include some photos of that view to help those who’ve never hiked in the mountains to visualize what Charlie saw.
And I did the same kind of thing with the scenes and events in thirty other chapters, as well.
But instead of adding all the photos of the scenes and events in those chapters to my novel, I’ve posted them here in a companion book. That way, I can share more photos than I’d be able to if I added them to the novel itself, and I can change them if I wish.
I’ve also included additional information about those scenes and events, which might be of interest to some readers, but which would likely disrupt the flow of the chapters if I’d included it there.
Each of the chapters in The Parking Ticket that has photos and additional information in my companion book has a (P) beside the date in its title. For example:
PART I – CHAPTER 1 – 2018 (P)
The (P) indicates the option of going to the companion book for that particular chapter whenever it suits.
This approach, I hope, will enrich the reader’s experience.
I have finally finished publishing the companion book. To see it, go to “A. THE COMPANION BOOK for THE PARKING TICKET” at the top of the “Post Index” for my Blog.
And now that the companion book’s published, I’ll be able to upload The Parking Ticket as soon as I read it through one more time.
Meanwhile, I can get more serious about my next novel, which I’ve already started.
And one final thought: If you enjoy reading The Parking Ticket even a fraction as much as I enjoyed writing it, then I suspect you’re about to embark on a worthwhile journey.
In my Blog section, immediately following “Part XIII – Chapter 17 – 2018” on my “Post Index,” I’ve grouped a few of the photos I used in the thirty-two chapters of The Companion Book for The Parking Ticket into one post.
I’m assuming some of you might enjoy looking through them without having to read the commentaries.
If, of course, you are curious about one of the photos and would like to know more about it, you could go to its particular chapter in The Companion Book.
Again, in my Blog section, following “C. THE PHOTOS” on the “Post Index,” I have begun posting aphorisms. An aphorism is a single thought or observation that is stated in as few words as possible. A well-known example is Nietzsche’s, “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Each Friday, when I upload a new aphorism, I move the previous Friday’s to the end of the aphorisms in “My Previously-Posted Aphorisms.” This will keep them in chronological order, and at times they might even seem to grow out of the ones above.