An industry colleague wrote to me this touching note in regards to my book, Bruce's Beliefs:
“I was reading it and it is such a wonderful look into you and your heart. I just wanted to comment on the chapter about Roxy. I don’t remember ever crying while reading a book until now. That was such a perfect, beautiful story and experience. I have two dogs as well that I love dearly. Thank you for sharing and thank you for making me see the true value of those that bring that shining example of love into my life. . . “
Wow! That is everything I could have ever hoped for in writing this book - to touch the lives of others in some positive way, that readers will feel that their precious time was well spent and their lives richer in some small way for having read it.
Mission accomplished. Should you be so inclined to read our book, I hope that you will feel the same.
Just a week after the release of our first book we have already had some very positive reactions.
The book was an expensive project. A great deal of time and resources went into its creation, but not in an effort to make money - I don’t ever expect we will break even, much less turn a profit on the book.
The book, like the book release party, is a gift to those who will take the time to read it. I have known fascinating people, I have experienced great love, and I have learned some things that I think worth sharing and that I hope others might benefit from.
I have finished the book based on things I have learned in 30+ years of being in business and some tales of wonderful people I have known. We had the Booksigning-Party-to-End-All-Booksigning-Parties, an extravaganza, a spectacle, as it were.
If you were there, I am sure you are so glad that you didn’t miss it.
And if you missed it, well, you missed one heluva kick axx whale of a good time. A certified balloon artist on stilts, JB Rollerskater dancer performers, some really odd mime-like entertainers in unitards (bit creepy, bit awesome), a Gypsy fortune teller arcade like in the movie Big, a claw machine filled with our toys with free quarters for all, gourmet food and chocolates, live music, and the capper must have been me signing books! Actually, no that wasn’t the highlight. . .
And on the subject of laughter, a personal favorite of mine, Marvin Glass says, “Humor is the greatest antidote to self righteousness, intolerance, bigotry, and other hallmarks of fascism, naziism, communism, colonialism, and all the isms that have plagued mankind.”
I would have enjoyed such a conversation with him. I couldn’t agree more. I have come to exactly those same conclusions, and it is often the subject of this blog, and much of my new book.
My first book will be available in a matter of weeks!
I have long wanted to write a book but had little idea about what. I am not sure that I have a novel in me and I marvel at those who fabricate rich stories, characters, and environments.
What I do have, though, is an abundance of stories that you might find entertaining about the many wonderful, wacky, amazing people that I have had the pleasure of meeting and knowing. Some of them are in this book. More will fill the next book that I hope to complete next year.
This has been a long and fulfilling team project with our delightful Cassie as coordinator and PR mastermind, and our very own and amazingly astonishing Jessie as ghostwriter, editor, organizer, and etc. It has been a delight working with them.
39 years ago today, an excerpt from day 24 of Bruce's first cross-country bicycle adventure:
Thursday, June 7, 1973
"Today we climbed to 7522 ft. at Estes Park--a 22 mile haul up. The mountains are truly beautiful. We have had no flats thus far, but today we had three within a span of 20 minutes and 100 yards. Here we are in Estes Park, city of hotels, motels, tourist shops and general shit, yeach! Came up beautiful Big Thompson Canyon."