The Rough Draft

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In the Badlands, August 2008

Well the cover for my upcoming thriller has been chosen.  I’m not going to reveal which one yet but I would like to thank everybody who voted for the cover of their choice.  It made an already hard choice easier, though not so easy it was a snap.  I’m still waiting to get back notes from the editor but I’m sure I’ll see something in the next week or so.

Any writer is often asked, “Where do you get your ideas from?”  For me it’s always been from anything I see or read that gets my imagination going.  It works well for fiction and it can certainly get the ball rolling in non fiction too.

I first got my 04 Dl-650 V-Strom in 2007.  There were 24,000Km on the clock.  Seven years later I’ve just rolled over 100,000Km.  That’s a yearly average of 14,300Km.  By some rider’s standards that’s not huge, by others it is.  I think it depends on what you want to get out of your bike and what it does for you.  I know there are different strata in the ADV community from the world travelers to the TAT riders and a whole host of others in between.  I don’t think we need to belittle any segment of the community as we’re all riding our own rides.

Still, I’ve averaged at least one good ride a year of some distance and like most of us today, I blogged about it as it was happening and then would finish it all off when I got home.  The other day I started dragging and dropping all of this material into Scrivener to see how much of it there really was.  Well, there’s over fifty thousand words of written material covering seven years of personal triumph and with some tragedy thrown in for good measure.  I’ve been able to indulge some sites of historical importance and I’ve been able to exorcise some personal demons along the way.  My bike has changed too.   From a two wheeled torture rack to a machine I wouldn’t hesitate to take anywhere.

The reason I was loading all of this into my editor was to see if there is a book in there somewhere and it turns out there is.  There are whole swathes of story I’ve left out of the blog, either because I was rushed to get it out or it simply slipped my mind at the time because I was focused on other goals.

It’s not a book of great feats of derring do on a motorcycle.  It’s a book about being able to have some fun and not break the bank on your bike and sometimes it’s about what a hard ride really looks like.

Riding a bike literally saved me from a very dark path I was going down.  I owe a lot to motorcycles.  They are a big part of my life and who I am.  I’ve met some of the greatest people on my bike and been to some pretty cool places.  If I can just get ten percent of that across to people through the writing, then it will have been worth it.

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