Until quite recently I maintained a full time job that supported the writing and related endeavors, as well as paid the bills. Recently a series of interesting developments closed that chapter which left me with two options.
With support and encouragement from my dearest friend, I could make a valiant attempt to blend my passions for writing, for providing service to the Route 66 community, and related activities into a venture profitable enough to pay the bills, or I could resort to seeking employment. At my age job acquisition becomes a rather intriguing adventure in itself. That, however, is a story for another day.
|The cover for the forthcoming travel guide.|
Thanks to Anne Slanina who introduced me to David Keppel, the project moved forward rather quickly after months of extreme frustration. Then came time to navigate the confusing waters of Create Space, the Amazon.com entity for self publishing.
One aspect that has greatly hindered establishment of a productive and structured work schedule is an almost endless series of meetings. As I lean more toward the blue collar, red neck side of life where you simply take the bull by the horns and get things done, incorporating meetings, the development of detailed reports and Power Point presentations, and related tasks into a work schedule while awaiting results has proven to be most interesting. Fortunately it has also been productive as well as somewhat profitable and rewarding.
As a consultant for Ramada Kingman, I have been able to provide service to the owners of the property as they transform the historic motel into the city of Kingman’s only full service Route 66 resort, as well as provide assistance to travelers in the process. My services are also now being utilized to provide promotional assistance for the owners of Grand Canyon Caverns Resort as well as Grand Canyon Western Ranch.
I am also able to dedicate more time to volunteer projects that have piqued my interest. Aside from the Route 66: The Road Ahead initiative facilitated by the National Park Service, I am providing assistance to the Route 66 Association of Kingman for the development of the Celebrate 90 initiative and a membership drive. I am also providing assistance to the City of Kingman tourism office, and am facilitating establishment of several cooperative partnerships on the local level for event development.
In short, I finally have an opportunity to focus energies on helping to make Kingman a destination rather than a mere stop on the road to somewhere else. Utilizing the Route 66 renaissance as a catalyst for economic development and for creating or restoring a sense of community will be the subject of my presentation at the Miles of Possibilities conference in Edwardsville.
|Courtesy Herberta of Wind Swept
At the same time, I am able to expand on the services that can be provided to tour companies, to travelers, and to businesses that want to profitably offer travelers quality service. It is quite the adventure.
There is still a question pertaining to my ability to balance all of this in a manner that generates enough income to sustain it. Meanwhile, at least I have new things to complain about, a new set of frustrations, and fascinating new challenges. This alone is worth the price of admission.
Now, lets see what I can do with Create Space, and about finishing my presentation for the conference in Edwardsville, and setting up the Garmin for the pending trip, and preparing several reports, and setting up the homestead for the caretaker in our absence, and …