The final chapter

I am please to announce that I have added the final chapter to book two and I met my promise of finishing the book content by the end of April. This final chapter is bold and different from all the other chapters. It’s full of surprises, but don’t cheat! Make sure you read your way through the Technojungle safari to get to it. No taking shortcuts. The path is clear.

So, what next you may be asking? Well, I have some work to do on the images and the backtracks. I also want to finish the glossary which I shall add to this website even though my revised plan was to move it to the workbook which is obviously down the road. I will be working on these aspects in the coming months.

I also have in mind to do eBooks and have them ready by November, but that may be a bit ambitious at this point, so don’t hold me to it. It’s not a promise at this time.

Please enjoy these two books.

As always, I invite your input, so do comment. Thank you for participating. Read and Reply. Don’t forget to hit the Follow button.

Merry Christmas! Book One Done!

I wish to announce the completion of my first online book—The Future Never Arrives… at least not as expected, and it always brings baggage. This milestone in the Technojungle Safari Project began many years ago. I completed writing a few years ago, but have been caught in a seemingly endless circle of editing, due mostly to my having never written a book before and therefore, not knowing where I am going and how to get there.

Last last Summer (2020), I realized that I just need to somehow get the finishing touches to my editing done and to just get something out there. The last several months have been dedicated to publishing two chapters every Monday. This deadline forced me to get the book done and to get the formatting and structure of presentation formalized.

I have kept a head start and am now working my way through the same process with the second book which I plan to have completed sometime in April 2021. Publishing should begin the first Monday of January.

As for book one, it needs the images finalized with some original material. It also probably needs a lot of feedback and possibly a professional edit. This can happen concurrently with the publishing of book two. After April, I would like to proceed with moving book one to eBook and paper book. I plan to do the layout myself. Book two would follow the same four-month timeline.

Now for some exciting news. I don’t plan to wait, so I have already begun research for book three. It will be different and be full of surprises. Stay tuned, the Technojungle Safari Project is building up steam.

Of course, I have not lost sight of doing a workbook, however, this may go on hold for now.

I won’t say much more because I’ve already said it somewhere here already. I’ll keep working away during the Christmas season, but plan to get back to publishing in January on a regular basis.

So, I invite everyone to give a Technojungle Safari as a gift for Christmas to at least one person. I would like to see some traffic and some activity (feedback). It’s the simple gift of reading and learning. It’s an exciting to journey, explore, and discover, about being human beings and living in this world of Technology—the Technojungle.

Thank you for participating. Read and Reply. Don’t forget to hit the Follow button.

Merry Christmas!

Meet Norbert. He’s a Norfolk Pine. He came to me as a baby—about 8 to 10 inches high. He’s been practicing for years, beginning with tiny rice lights, but now he’s all grown up and can handle being a two-stringer of mini lights. Because of the pandemic, we opted not to go get a big tree, so Norbert volunteered to be the main Christmas tree this year. I think you’ll agree, he does a fine job of it.

The Technojungle Safari

Books

Pre-publishing Books

The Future Never Arrives… at least not as expected and it always brings baggage

Right On Track!

Book One: The Future Never Arrives… at least not as expected, and it always bring baggage is right on track for completion by mid-December. This will be and exciting milestone. The next step will be to get images finalized and original ones created and inserted. A big decision will need to be made—is is polished enough for moving forward in the publishing process, or will a professional edit be required. Another approach to consider would be to promote this website and elicit comments to apply toward editing.

Book Two: Title to be confirmed, is being re-edited and chapter will begin being published starting the first week of January of the new year (2021). I have had two possible titles in mind: The Future Is Now, or We Are the Future. Recently, I have even entertained the possibility that, if the first two books are successfully completed, along with the workbook, I could attempt a third book.

As always, I invite your input. Thank you for participating. Read and Reply. Don’t forget to hit the Follow button.

My Jungle Photos

I just made a page of short photo collages I call My Jungle. The photos were taken only minutes away from my home. They represent my favourite subject matter. I have hundreds of Pacific Northwest jungle photos I made over the years.

When you get tired of reading, go for a refreshing. Head on over to the last of the website, under Artful. The greenery is both refreshing and humanizing. I hope you enjoy them.

Information on pre-publishing of books

Recently I have had conversations about why I would pre-publish my books online. This is a process that came to me one day and I began the project without a lot of thought—it just seemed like a good idea at the time.

Now, after some discussion, I have been able to think through the pros and cons better and I have discovered that for me, pre-publishing online makes more sense than I initially thought.

You can read my reasoning here.

You may be asking, “So where are you at?” I am doing one final edit and tweak of each chapter and editing the BackTracks. The shorter point form BackTracks version will go at the end of each section and the long form will go in the Workbook. I am currently about halfway through the second section, about three quarters of the way through the first book.

I have published about half of the first section, about a quarter of the first book.

I continue to publish two chapters every Monday, so in a month, around the end of November 2020, I should have the first section of the first book published and I should be finished my final edits.

At that time I will begin attracting more reader/editors using social media and any other means I can. I will also begin working my way through the second book, so I can be at least a couple of months ahead of the publishing.

Along the way, I hope to incorporate any changes I have received from reader/editors and to add the final images. This should finalize each book and make it possible to move toward the final publications as books.

That’s it! But I do need lots of help over the next year and a half to get both books done. Then I shall get the workbook going.

Thank you for participating. Read and Reply. Don’t forget to hit the Follow button.

Tweaking

I have been busy tweaking and working out the kinks in how to actually publish my books for editing here under the Books tab. I think I am very close to having a workable process. All I need now is for input from you out there the pre-reader/editors.

Remember, my plan is that this will not take a great deal of time out of your week. I am spreading this out by publishing only a couple of chapters a week. At the back end, I’m making some final edits, but will also be working hard to incorporate your inputs as we go.

I’ll have more work when it comes to Book Two which I split from the original main book. I am still not settled on the title and I’ll get to working that out an make suggestions for you to provide input on.

Editing and publishing a book on a WordPress website—what else is there to do during a pandemic?

Important Update

Life gets busy and, as I have discovered, a book is a demanding project. Writing a book seemed a daunting task initially, yet I was naively unprepared for the unexpected task of editing. I have edited and over edited, changed and re-changed, everything—including the book itself.

Last year I decided to split the overgrown book into two. I had always planned to write a second book. So, now you know a second book is already in the works. It is the second half of the first book.

These books have now been taking years to edit and, as the years have passed, the Technojungle has moved on. So also has the world, it has moved on into a global pandemic. I have found myself having to make further revisions and additions. Nevertheless, I seem to have Book One, The Future Never Arrives almost ready.

Here is where you, the reader, comes in. I thought it would be a great idea to simply start posting chapters on this website. This would allow you to join in the process of completing these books. I am hopeful that this process will also keep me regularly working on the books. It would also allow you to preview the contents, make comments, suggestions, corrections, and engage in the editing process.

Thus, I now invite you to head over to Books and and dive right in. Every drop-down and flly-out mene item has something to read. Please take the time to leave comments.

I thank you in advance for your efforts. They are greatly appreciated.

P.S. — As it has been quite a while since I worked on my websites, I find I need to reacquaint myself with how to use WordPress. As such, I may reorganize the way the book chapters get presented. Specifically, I need to get the order in reverse. Usually, newer posts appear at the top, but this is not ideal for presenting book chapters. Also, I’ll need to work out an organization that will accommodate a large number of chapters and make it easy to move around in the book. Hopefully you will be able to follow along.

P.P.S. — You may, or may not, know that I have Essential Tremor which has been getting worse. Typing can become difficult at times. I have been writing this post using the dictation feature on my Mac. It certainly isn’t perfect and it doesn’t help with editing which requires moving around and changing the text a lot. No, the Technojungle isn’t always great at solving problems. It always relies on humans.

The book update

In a busy noisy world, projects in my life often find their way to the top of the list at various times while other may fall back. I have many projects going, it seems, and one is to get my book edited. This has turned out to be an even greater job than writing the book. I have been doing other daily writing, and some of what I have written may find it’s way to this blog. I also have been playing music. I play cornet in several bands, two of which I run.

With limited spare time to accomplish tasks for projects in my life, I decided to turn the time and energy I have available for this Technojungle project toward working on the book. I do a bit everyday and it moves along. Being my first book, I don’t actually know how to go about the project. I managed to get the book written. Then I realized that I needed to come up with an editing plan. I have some background in publishing had an inclination as to how I could have volunteers read and edit the sections. I realized that the editing was going to be a huge task, however, I may have misestimated just how long this might take. I circulated the section several times to several people and incorporated their suggestions, comments and edits into a new version for each circulation.

A project such as this could end up in an endless path of editing to an unreachable perfection. Knowing when to stop will certainly be an interesting time. I remember the day and the feeling when I decided that the book was written and it was time to start to consider the editing process.

While I may end up with more actual editing—well I am still editing, I suppose—I need to come up with a few images to scatter through the book in places I have indicated. I am also considering a glossary. So the project marches on at a somewhat steady pace. When it will be completed, I am not actually sure.

As of today, I am working on how to produce a glossary for the book. I think I have figured out a way, but it will take time to do. The idea of doing an index also crossed my mind, but that seems to be a specialized field. There are people whose only job is to create indexes. Some of these people specialize in particular genres. Indexing has been described and a profession a craft and even an art. I didn’t realize this, so an index shall have to wait. I do think that having a glossary will be useful and may assist in the creation of an index down the road.

Thus it is that, with this article, I am back to blogging for the Technojungle Project.