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Book 2 of the "Dancing with Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality" Trilogy!
Book 1 "Dancing with Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality" and also, announcing the imminent publication of Book 2 "A Work in Progress: The Life my Brother Saved" coming in spring '17.
Clip from "Lit Happens" with host the late Wes Funk, my dear friend, mentor and supporter. In this clip I disclose my plans to publish the trilogy, after the successful debut of book 1..."Dancing with Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality". You are invited to read the 1st 90 pages in this FREE SAMPLE. Join the hundreds of readers across the planet who have purchased Book 1 by visiting this link.
After the successful publication of "Dancing with Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality" I am excited to announce the upcoming publication of Book 2 of the trilogy, called "A Work in Progress: The Life My Brother Saved".
The projected publication date for Book 2 is June 2017. The manuscript is completed and now, formatting is taking place. I launched a campaign to introduce book 1 prior to its publication in late 2015. Over 50 generous people responded with contributions, and all of them were rewarded with signed copies, mailed to their doors, once the book was published.
The 1st book of the trilogy is available in all 3 formats, including Hardcover, Paperback and Ebook at my website. After the successful publication of Book 1, I am qualified to oversee and usher in the publication of Book 2. There were many challenges to overcome with the publication of my 1st book and now that I have it in my hands, I can say with utmost certainty that Book 2 will be available within about the next 6 months.
Writing and publishing Book 1 and now with the forthcoming Book 2 has become my Passion Project. When I started back on the life-saving therapy dialysis in May of 2014...with as of this writing with absolutely no end in sight after 31 months...my writing has taken on a whole new significance! After all, there are no guarantees that I will survive long enough to receive the 2nd Gift of Life aka a living (or deceased, for that matter) kidney donor. The publication of the trilogy is therefore, both my way of coping with a very uncertain and precarious health condition; and also my most valiant effort to leave a mark on this life before it is simply too late.
Short film created for Sasktel MaxTV by Bamboo Shoots shows many examples of the "monumental murals" that I have designed and painted over the years, including the seminal "Recovery 1" that kick-started my career.
After I was initially diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Failure at the age of 19, I resolved that I would not leave this planet without leaving my mark. Thus, my ambition to paint "monumental murals" was born.
The cover art for "Dancing..." is a "visual prayer" for EVERY Dialysis Warrior on the planet, and there are millions of us! Just imagine...there is a living or a deceased kidney donor for ALL of us...just waiting in the wings to manifest! Please visit this link to see the museum-quality replication of this image, priced very affordably for all to enjoy.
After my kidney transplant in 1979, donated by my loving brother Steven, my health was revitalized...honestly, I felt like a million bucks! I designed and created the mural called "Trinity 1981" for St. Mary's Basilica in Halifax which generated a ton of publicity...albeit only a very small sum of cash. No matter, the notoriety propelled my embryonic career ahead in no uncertain terms!
Spoiler alert: 30 years after the completion of "Trinity 1981", my life came around full circle as I was commissioned to design and paint the truly monumental...as murals go..."March of Trinity" in Saskatoon.
Suffice to say, I have realized my most cherished ambition to "leave my mark" on this material world by designing and painting over 60 large murals across this great country of Canada, and for that I will eternally grateful, for the opportunity. Now however, my ambitions must be tempered by the steadily decreasing energy levels that, alas, are the plight of a long-time Dialysis Warrior. Even as my energy levels flag, I remain steadfast in my determination to "leave my mark"...though now it will most likely be limited to the publication of the trilogy. This, my friends, will be my next endeavor...the 1st 2 books of the trilogy!
God willing, I will be the recipient of a 2nd Gift of Life...and I promise you, dear reader, that healing journey will be the substance of the 3rd book in the trilogy...written in "real time", when that glorious day arrives!
In the meantime, I would once again invite every reader to partake of Book 1 in the present gripping moment, and the eventual promise of Book 2 as I stride to finish the project and get it into our hands!
Risks and challenges
My expectation as a self-published author is that...Book 2 of the "Dancing with Rejection" trilogy will be forthcoming in the spring or early summer of 2017. My publisher has promised me that upon of my manuscript, the book ought to be in my hands within about 6 months. All things considered, I believe this to be true, based on the successful publication of my 1st book. As previously mentioned, I mailed signed copies of almost 50 copies of Book 1 to every contributor to that campaign. This fulfillment of my obligation has created good will in the community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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