19 March 2012
I just want to check in and give you some idea of what’s going on, just in case you were wondering. Vagobond has been on hiatus for the past few weeks while I’ve navigated what may be the busiest and most productive time of my life – albeit – at the moment with the smallest payoff.
When 2013 began, I decided to personally name it the ‘Year of the Completed Projects’. I had a huge laundry list of unfinished projects from incomplete books to immigration paperwork and immigration itself. 2013, I told myself, would be the year of finishing these so I can move on to the future.
So far – I’m kicking ass and taking names. To get a sense of that, you should go to www.vagodamitio.com where I’ve completely redesigned my official writer website and re-edited, re-covered, and re-published all of my books. For the past few months, I’ve literally been that madman writer sitting in a closed room furiously typing, editing, laying out, and working with graphics, text, and print. The result of all of that hardwork is that yesterday, I clicked the final ‘Publish” button on the books I’ve been working on. I’d like to introduce them to you now.
This is the 10 year anniversary edition of Rough Living. Updated and expanded with photos, stories, more tips, and more tales.
This is the book that started it all and it is available now in print or a wide varitey of ebook formats for a world that is entirely different than the one it was born in.
Liminal Travel: The Spaces In Between
I don’t think this little book has ever gotten the credit it deserves. If there is a book that sums up my travel philosophy and the lessons I’ve learned on the road, it’s this one. Plus, I reveal the nature of God and how to enjoy your life without being a slave to the man. Now, it’s freshly edited and covered and finally, for the first time available in print and all the ebook formats. It’s nice that this is called Liminal travel which literally means in between because it was written between Rough Living and my latest book….
Smooth Living: Beyond the Life of a Vagabond
Smooth Living picks up where Rough Living ended in Hawaii and follows me from living in a van from 2001-2004 to riding camels (and getting married) in the Sahara, visiting the pyramids, flying in hot air balloons over Turkey, and visiting more than 40 countries. Want to know how I went from no star to five star? The secrets are revealed along with plenty more tips and tales. I’ve been working on this for a long time and it is nice to have it published in both print and ebook form just before completing my four year journey around the world.
This is certainly my most controversial book. These years in Morocco have been filled with trials and tribulations – mostly the result of my own bad decision making and lapses in judgment, but also because this is a country that drives me completely insane. This is the book where I reveal that Morocco (and most likely that insanity).
But…that’s not all. I’ve also completely rewritten and edited my first novel Slackville Road: Two Lazy Dudes, a Dummy, and an Armored Car and republished it as a much better novella. I’ve revised and released Douchebags, Fags, and Hags into print and a wide range of ebook formats along with my short story collection Meliptimous Taggle and my offbeat fairy tale The Princess and the Vagabond.
All eight books are now available in print and as ebooks. In addition, they are all edited and written in a way that I feel I can leave them behind and move forward now – which is a good thing because life is just about to become bizarrely interesting.
Today, my wife, daughter, and I head to Casablanca for what I hope will be her final interview for immigration to the USA. If you’ve been following me for a while – you are aware that we’ve been struggling to make this happen for years! This is a big, big deal! If the visa gods approve, we will be heading en famille to the USA next month and that will be the first time I’ve been in the United States in four years! For my wife and daughter it will be the first time ever. I never expected that I would get to live the immigrant experience when I read about Staten Island and the immigration waves of the 19th and 20th centuries but we will be heading from a land where donkeys are normal transport to a land that has changed so much since I left it that I wonder if I will be able to recognize it.
Oh, there’s more…much much more…but I wanted to let you know that I’m still here, Vagabond is still here, and we are going everywhere!
For the latest updates, check http://www.vagodamitio.com and my social media. In the meantime, we’ll bring you some interesting guest posts and fantastic features.
Wish us luck!