When Will The Pondering Pig’s Memoirs Be Released?July 18, 2012
You guys are probably wondering by now if the Pondering Pig died and went to Hog Heaven. Nah, I’m still out here, still working on this book about my experiences growing up in San Francisco and thereabouts in the 1960s. It’s getting closer, but life keeps getting in the way. My mother-in-law passed away in May and family business has been taking up a lot of my writing time. But hey – life happens – and so does death. She was a great lady and deserves all the time we need to settle her earthly affairs.
Anyway, the book: First section is called On Dead Man’s Curve, the sad story of my life as a teenaged zhlub in the San Francisco suburbs of the late 1950s and how reading Kerouac’s Dharma Bums gave me hope there was something more to life.
Second part is called Baby Beats, about how I went forth into that bad beat world of the early 1960s.
Third part is called Into The Hard Day’s Night, and is about the 1964-66 era, which many people say was actually the coolest time to be in the Haight-Ashbury – before the world knew it was there.
Fourth part will be called called Earthquake and it’s about the Haight-Asbury, media circus era.
Fifth part is called Looking Back and is philosophical and thoughtful and all that. You will be so enlightened you’ll squeal.
Yesterday I met with a freelance editor to see how she can help me get the manuscript polished and ready for publication. She’s editing a few stories and if I like what she does, we’ll be closer to the finish line.
Self-published digital books are getting a bad reputation because there is so much poorly written and unedited crap out there for sale on Amazon and Smashwords. I don’t want my book to be like that. Even if I self-publish, it’s going as good as anything Random House puts out. So there!