Thursday, December 2, 2010

December Update

It's been too long since I posted anything new here, and now I intend to update this page on a more regular basis.  I started this particular blog to have a place to post general news about what I'm doing with my various projects - especially the writing projects. 

My last update here included links to various sites and blogs around the web that reviewed my book: Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It's Too Late.  There have been many more positive reviews since then and I can now report that Bug Out sold out the first print run and continues to sell well.  The paperback edition has been on Amazon's Top 100 bestseller list in the "Outdoors and Nature" category for 158 days (as of today), as well as in the Top 100 books in "Current Events."  It has also consistently been in the Top 5 in the two sub-categories of  "Survival Skills" and "Disaster Relief." 

This interest in the subject matter of Bug Out has led me to a contract for a follow-up book that will be completed by July.  This one will go into greater detail on certain parts of Bug Out that had to be condensed for the original book.  The new book will be my third survival-related title to be published by Ulysses Press.  In the meantime, I have finished the second book I contracted to write for them: Could You Survive?: 13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Got Out Alive, and it has been edited and revised and is now in the layout stage to be made ready for publication early in 2011. 

In addition, while working on this new survival book in the coming months, I am simultaneously working on a novel that should be of interest to many of the same readers, as it has some related themes.  This will probably be my most challenging project to date, due to the nature of fiction writing vs. researching and writing non-fiction.  It's something I really enjoy though and look forward to seeing through to publication.  

The books are keeping me busy, but I'm still working on my Tiki 26 catamaran project from time to time and hope to launch it sometime next year.  Occasionally I will even find time to update the blog about the project, as well as my Scott's Boat Pages blog, which is still somehow attracting a fair number of readers.  Due to the interest in the book, Bug Out Survival is of course my most popular blog, and has now reached the level of over 25,000 page views per month, though once again, I don't update it as often as I would like.  You may also noticed that I have temporarily removed the "photography" link from my main navigation bar in my home page, but this will be back soon.  I will soon launch a new photography blog detailing my journey to learn more about DSLR photography, specifically with my Nikon equipment.  With the recent release of the new D7000, I am now delving into videography as well, and will be posting about my experiences and writing gear reviews.  I also plan to use videos hosted through YouTube and similar sights to demonstrate some of the how-to topics of my other blogs and to document some of my future adventures on the new catamaran, etc.   

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