Saturday, 10 October 2015

World Wondering: The Book

I'm proud to announce the book of my travels is out now.






It is, however, in a limited print run of one, as seen above.

In fact, the real story is that last week I finally, formally, finished writing the Asian part of the travels, September 2011 to April 2012. This is the story of my adventures with Burness, from Australia, through Southeast Asia, India, and China, visiting 22 Wonders on the way. The core is lifted from this blog, although the entire thing was extensively rewritten to give it more of a flow and a narrative.

It's been my ongoing work since the beginning of this year, although very much slowed down since June when work, life, and moving house got in the way. Over the last few weeks, I forged out some more free time, and managed to polish off the final draft. It was a great relief, and I'm pleased with the end product. To reward myself, I had it put into book form by Lulu, who do such things.

What now then? Well, I've written a book! For the next week or two I'm going to bask in that happy afterglow of having achieved something. And then I'm going to try and do something with it, and tout it to agencies and publishers. I'm realistic - this will be a dispiriting experience. If something comes of it, then great. If not, then I've still written a book and still have my ultra limited edition.

For the blog, it means that (maybe) I'll devote a little more attention to it. Maybe I'll do the same with my wife, and my friends, and my bills, and all the many emails I've been meaning to write...

And then... well, that's merely the Asian part out of the way. Next up is Europe and the Americas. My 22 Wonders so far tallies over 210,000 words (for reference, the Lord of the Rings trilogy tallies 470,000). I've visited 68 Wonders in all currently - that's another 46 still to write about. The next book could take me quite a while.

7 comments:

  1. I'll take the book off you if you like. It's second-hand, so I can offer £3.

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    1. Hold fire. You'll probably get it on Amazon for £1 in a month.

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    2. How can I get one? I am in South Korea

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    3. Right now, the only way way would be to fly over to Scotland and sneak into my flat and steal it.

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  2. I found your page from an article you wrote on Cracked and I wanted to wish you a swift and easy path to getting published. I've been reading about your travels for a few years now. Your writing style is fantastic! Not only are you wonderfully detailed on your subjects, your humor and personal stories really make it feel like we're on this adventure with you. I live in the Los Angeles area and have enjoyed many road trips taking in the natural beauty of California and other nearby states, but due to health problems in the last several years I've been cooped up more than I would like. You're writings have let me travel vicariously and I thank you for that. Keep up the wonderful work and good luck in getting published, it will be much deserved!

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    1. Thanks Anonymous, that's really appreciated. Hope your health improves and you can enjoy some more travel soon. You've spurred me on to try and write a little more in this blog (I've got plenty to write about, I just need to get into the swing of it again).

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  3. I'm always happy to see a new entry here. Btw, I apologize on behalf of the rest of California for yours and Danielles 4 day layover in Los Angeles. I live slightly north and always wonder how disappointed visitors are when they realize the sparkle is mostly made of urine, litter, and the veil of smog lol!

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