Perfect Timing!

I’ve been nosing around the Indie writing circuit recently, as part of a campaign to educate self on who is doing what out there to make the internet a book-filled place. These things happen when your book is ‘almost finished’, the great edit looms and any distraction will do.

I happened upon the brilliant blog Indies Unlimited, which has not only become a daily must-read, they’re even letting me write guest blogs. I like these guys. On a recommendation from Indies, I joined Book Junkies on Facebook and began to listen to a series of author interviews on blogtalkradio.

David Cleinman talks to authors about what makes them tick, well what’s not to get hooked on? I want to do audio interviews for the podcast here very soon (and I have the first interviewee all lined up, very exciting) so when David had a gap in his schedule and needed a writer to talk to I had to give it a go.… Read on...

The one with the snow chains

Have you shared a favourite podcast yet? There’s a free ebook to be had in return for shares/retweets etc. Yes, something for nothing, all for a little retweetypoo. Let’s go viral people!

And, of course, send me your links to share too.

Sharing any one podcast will send you to the download page for Carolyn’s first book. It can be this week’s, or last week’s or the first one ever, or any one of your favourites.

For the rest of this week I’ll be posting reminders of some of the most popular podcast episodes, and making it easier than ever to share them.

There’s a new like/share for button for Facebook at the top of the page, as well as the usual Twitter, Digg, Pligg, Pin, Reddit (etc. etc.) button below the post. Just hover over it for a myriad lovely, cuddly social options.

And, if you’d like to download all 20 chapters quickly and easily, without messing about with the archive pages, there’s a cool little iTunes button at the top right of your screen.… Read on...

The one with the wrong tractors

Have you shared a favourite podcast yet? There’s a free ebook to be had in return for shares/retweets etc. Yes, something for nothing, all for a little retweetypoo. Let’s go viral people!

And, of course, send me your links to share too.

Sharing any one podcast will send you to the download page for Carolyn’s first book. It can be this week’s, or last week’s or the first one ever, or any one of your favourites.

For the rest of this week I’ll be posting reminders of some of the most popular podcast episodes, and making it easier than ever to share them.

There’s a new like/share for button for Facebook at the top of the page, as well as the usual Twitter, Digg, Pligg, Pin, Reddit (etc. etc.) button below the post. Just hover over it for a myriad lovely, cuddly social options.

And, if you’d like to download all 20 chapters quickly and easily, without messing about with the archive pages, there’s a cool little iTunes button at the top right of your screen.… Read on...

The one with the jackknife

Have you shared a favourite podcast yet? There’s a free ebook to be had in return for shares/retweets etc. Yes, something for nothing, all for a little retweetypoo. Let’s go viral people!

And, of course, send me your links to share too.

Sharing any one podcast will send you to the download page for Carolyn’s first book. It can be this week’s, or last week’s or the first one ever, or any one of your favourites.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting reminders of some of the most popular podcast episodes, and making it easier than ever to share them.

There’s a new like/share for button for Facebook at the top of the page, as well as the usual Twitter, Digg, Pligg, Pin, Reddit (etc. etc.) button below the post. Just hover over it for a myriad lovely, cuddly social options.

And, if you’d like to download all 20 chapters quickly and easily, without messing about with the archive pages, there’s a cool little iTunes button at the top right of your screen.… Read on...

The one with the tulip bulbs.

 
Have you shared a favourite podcast yet? There’s a free ebook to be had in return for shares/retweets etc. Let’s go viral people! And, of course, send me your links to share too.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting reminders of some of the most popular podcast episodes, and making it easier than ever to share them.

There’s a new like/share for button for Facebook at the top of the page, as well as the usual Twitter, Digg, Pligg, Pin, Reddit (etc. etc.) button below the post. Just hover over it for a myriad lovely, cuddly social options.

And, if you’d like to download all 20 chapters quickly and easily, without messing about with the archive pages, there’s a cool little iTunes button at the top right of your screen. (While you’re there, you could even do a little review if you liked!)

Then go here and fill in the little form.… Read on...

Freebies Hooray

Here’s the first giveaway!

A free ecopy of Carolyn’s first book: A year on Planet Alzheimer; and a little longer in Canada (Yip, nothing to do with trucks) but first, you know the deal eh? Please hit a button on your favourite podcast!

Which podcast?

It can be this week’s, or last week’s or the first one ever, or any one of your favourites. If you can’t choose which, there will be some reminders of classic episodes over the next week or two.

Which button? You choose!


Share

This cute little button bank appears at the bottom of every podcast post, so you can:

Retweet, if you’re a tweeter.

Go ‘like’ the Facebook author fan page and hit ‘share’ if you’re a Facebooker.

Neither of those? How about an iTunes review? The itunes link at the top on the right under ‘Podcast Feeds’.

Shameless, I know. You can digg, pligg, tumble and pin as well if you like, while you’re at it, I don’t mind at all.… Read on...

Updates galore

Yes, I know, what’s going on? We got left in the middle of a chapter and it’s taking cliffhangers a bit too far.

Life intervened with the podcasting a bit, and coincided with a realisation that there will come an end at some point to the adventures. Whither the blog? Whither the book? Whither the podcasts? Decisions had to be made, researchings had to be researched.

And now it can be revealed…all the whithers in one hit!

The blog: I’ve been sent a book to review! Academy Chicago Publishers, bless their little cotton socks, emailed to ask if I’d like to review a new book they’re bringing out about trucking. They thought this blog was the ideal spot, which of course it is. I have it now, am happily reading and will post a review shortly.

And this led to an idea. I have links (down to the right as you read this) to truckerly writers, blogs and books.… Read on...

Delving into the archives

While having fun editing. I keep coming across favourite stories. Here’s the next Pick of the Week

 

It’s the day I found out that military bases are a little behind the rest of the world in the politically correct department. And also discovered the little-known and revolutionary law of physics: embarrassment, if severe enough, can overcome gravity.

 

More picks of the week as they are edited, and of course, the first podcast is almost upon us.

Read on...

Podcasts coming soon…

Well, the editing continues apace and the blog is almost a book. There is a slight level of uncertainty as to how it might end, but hey, that’s part of the adventure.

As is the arcane world of publishing.

In the meantime, we will have some fun with the chapters as they are edited into some sort of logical tale.

This blog will host the podcasts, which you will be able to download as MP3s at your convenience. Regular weekly ‘Tales on 18 Wheels’ complete with terrible accents will begin soon.

In the meantime, and as I edit away, I will post links to some favourite escapades from the archives. Just to remind you what’s on the menu. Clicking on pick of the week from now on will take you to a random post. Unless of course, any long-term fans have special requests!
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Experimenting with uploading video clips

Since I’m busily editing the truckerly tales into some sort of book instead of having new adventures, I am going back over all sorts of past exploits. I really ought to share these clips of Skid School. Deliberately jackknifing a trailer so that you can learn how to survive is an interesting experiment in terror.

The voice you can hear is the instructor, each truck had a radio so that we could all hear everybody else’s abuse. That was a student, not me I don’t think. Here is the instructor demonstrating what it’s supposed to look like:

And here is the final exercise of the day, locking a tractor’s drive wheels. I know this one isn’t me because we had a single rear axle. That means an extra 360 degrees on the spin.

Happy days. Of course only one of us had the presence of mind to take a camera along, I realise the foolishness of not doing likewise now.… Read on...