I’ve finished writing the book but the complete work is not quite finished! We’ve been teasing at this book release on the front page of our website and in various social media posts for a little bit of time and it’s finally time to dedicate a full blog to the topic. Way back in 2015, inspired by the vast number of request for just such a thing, I set myself the goal to write the book of my life’s journey. As many know, my neurological condition had an interruption planned for 2016 and my writing goal necessarily fell by the wayside.
After the two-year delay, I returned in earnest this year to the project and the result has been a fantastic journey in my own growth. I’m here to tell you the draft is complete! We have already passed several edit cycles though a bit more is still being done to polish the final product for release. Writing a book is no small project and this is no small book as it checks in at roughly 100,000 words.
The process has involved my generating drafts and working on them myself until I feel they are ready to share with Tracy. She and I then go through an edit cycle together and I cannot stress enough how much this is our book as a result of her incredible talent, support, and encouragement. After we finish each section, it has gone to a professional editor who happens to be a good friend–thank you, Gene Lejeune. I’ve also had a few other friends read some or all to give reactions encouraging still more adjustments. Ultimately we are far enough along to be confident in the information I am sharing now.
The title of the book is “See You At The Summit.” The subtitle of “A Journey from the Depths of Loss to the Heights of Achievement” provides a little more insight into this auto-biographical journey. When and how can you expect to have a copy? We plan to have the book available for our 9th Annual Peak Potential Dinner and Auction event on November 17, 2018. Why not join us for the evening which will serve additionally as our initial book launch celebration?
This is the unofficial announcement and we expect to make official announcement we hope you’ll help us share far and wide come September. In the meanwhile, here’s the list of chapters in the order presently planned but understanding we are still providing some polish to the final product.
- Introduction – A Leap of Faith
- Chapter 1: Start at the Beginning
- Chapter 2: First Struggles with Blindness
- Chapter 3: NERO – Be All You Can’t Be
- Chapter 4: Modi Norse Dog of Courage
- Chapter 5: Losing Sight of the World
- Chapter 6: Full Tilt Full Time Fan of the Year
- Chapter 7: Ostend Summit to Surrender and Back Again
- Chapter 8: Wheelchairs, Momentum and a Hiking Stick
- Chapter 9: A Colebrook Boy At Heart
- Chapter 10: Coming of Age
- Chapter 11: The Mighty Quinn
- Chapter 12: Hooray Tracy
- Chapter 13: A Vision for 2020 Vision Quest
- Chapter 14: Running, Marathons and Mudders
- Chapter 15: Ashes Over Kilimanjaro
I hope you’ll look forward to reading as much as I enjoyed writing it and that soon we will “See you at the summit”!