Chapter 8!

Chapter 8 of my book in progress is ready for patrons to download!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/20629798

As you probably know by now, I am writing this book entirely by hand.

I am writing in pencil on legal pads because a neurological problem has made it difficult for me to type.

This download is a first draft with a quick edit. Dear Old Dad will edit it two more times before transcribing it all into Word.

We are numbering the chapters as they are written. They will probably appear in a different order in the finished book.

Once the book is finished we will make the ebook edition available to all our Patreon sponsors.

Chapter 8 tells of my early attempts to learn guitar and how I got my Dobro 33-H

Pooka Break

I woke up at 4:00 AM to put the finishing touches on the eighth chapter of my new book. I was intensely writing, thinking of nothing but my work and the dance between the words in my head and the point of my pencil scratching across the paper.

Then Pooka decided I needed a break. She wouldn’t take no for an answer!

Bad Bonsai

The little bonsai tree I salvaged half-dead from the Salisbury Walmart has made an almost miraculous comeback. Like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree, it just needed a little love.

To be a proper Bonsai tree I would have to prune this plant and twist it and basically force it to grow into whatever vision of a tree I have in my head.

I just can’t bring myself to do that to this little tree.

So, I’ll stop calling it a Bonsai, plant it in a big pot and call it what it is: a tree.

Patrick's desk bonsai

Chapter 7!

Chapter seven of my book-in-progress is available for patrons to download and enjoy.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/20559673

As you probably know by now, I am writing this book entirely by hand.

I am writing in pencil on legal pads because a neurological problem has made it difficult for me to type.

This download is a first draft with a quick edit. Dear Old Dad will edit it two more times before transcribing it all into Word.

We are numbering the chapters as they are written. They will probably appear in a different order in the finished book.

Once the book is finished we will make the ebook edition available to all our Patreon sponsors.

Chapter Seven is about Tiny. Some of you may remember Tiny from The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo.

I’m Okay

Yesterdays road trip to see the neurologist went well. I have some real challenges ahead of me, but it looks like I’m going to be okay.

I’ll post a video in the next couple of days with more details.

God bless,
-Patrick

Doctor Pooka

Pooka

Long day on the road tomorrow to see my neurologist.

I am nervous to hear what the doctor has to say. I am also nervous because I have seizures and bad headaches when I am in a moving car.

Thankfully, Pooka kitten is here demanding that I stop fretting and focus my attention on more important things: like keeping her entertained!

Read A Chapter!

It is really difficult to describe the book I am creating with help from Dear Old Dad and support from our friends on Patreon. We have discussed how the book is being created, so the next logical step is to let you read a full chapter.

Chapter One: Fine Irish Lads

I should warn you in advance that this story involves foul language, male strippers, Pentecostal preachers, the IRA and and Irishman does something unspeakable to a banjo.

The craziest thing of all? Every word of it is true.

The number and title of this chapter is just for our reference. The order of the finished book is up in the air until the writing is finished and we begin the final edit, layout and all that jazz.

You can help us create this book, The Daily Frail, Sing the Banjo and other projects by supporting us on Patreon.

If you want to help but want to skip Patreon we can always use pencils, paper and other supplies.

 

Veggie Burgers & Other Happy Things

I made myself a veggie burger with avocado for my meal of the day. Pooka wasn’t too sure about that. It was so delicious!

The I went out to watch the bees and other bugs in the apple mint. The Victorian moss rose is blooming and completely untouched by the Japanese beetles. As I was cutting zinnias for mom I met the most excellent preying mantis.

A lovely Sunday afternoon. Now for a nap with Pooka.