After all these years, and technical and editing problems, my book “There Are Homeless In Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless” is allegedly, as of this morning, 72 hours of publication on Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon).
It’s been a long journey getting my book about the homeless, which focuses on Bucks County, PA, to market. It seems I am just about there, only the waiting doesn’t seem to end, like Maurice Ravel’s Volermo. Every time I heard my late Dad listen Ravel’s Volermo, he pointed out that the classical tune keeps seeming to come to an end, but it keeps going, until finally… boom! It‘s over. He also remarked that this tune was played to wear prisoners of war down. Maybe I should rewrite the title to read “Volermo’s Homeless”.
My quest to write a book about the homeless started back late winter/early spring 2014, after I met the local homeless in Levittown, PA at a homeless meal at the Salvation Army and got better acquainted with them at the local library and Veteran’s memorial by the library. I started writing stuff about the homeless and stored it on my laptop. In time, a guy who wanted to start a non-profit to create much needed shelter for the homeless set me up on a WordPress blog site. We had trouble launching the non- profit and realized the main problem to do this was hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless, prejudice, stereotyping.
So I wrote blogs to educate the public about who the homeless really are.
At one point I started to write a book about the homeless in Bucks County. I wrote much of the draft of my book in a nursing home when my dearest companion Sandi was there.
I started writing articles on different subjects on FaithWriters.com. Author/Publishing Consultant & Speaker Vernita (Neat) Simmons commented on an article I posted on Faith Writers about the homeless. She asked if I was an author. I told Neat I wasn’t but that I wanted to write a book on homelessness. The rest is history. Neat edited my manuscript, made suggestions and helped me with the mechanics associated with publishing a book. She also encouraged me. I could not have done it without her.
A friend, a graphics artist from my church volunteered to do my cover. I sent him photos I had taken and he embellished the one for the front cover, greatly enriching it and helping to visually introduce my story. Neat really liked Bill’s work and will recommend him if someone needs his services. He said he contributed to what he saw as a noble cause.
God is teaching me to be more patient. I’m blessed to have my Christian brothers and sisters there for me as my patience runs thin. I learned patience dealing with Sandi. Although she tried my patience, I really loved her. Rather than bail out, I learned to work it out with her! Sandi is the main particular/character of my book which is a combination story and exposition. I also learned patience with Katherina, not her real name, whom I started seeing about 1 ½ months after God took Sandi home. I choose to call her Katherina based on the Katherina in Shakespeare’s “Taming of The Shrew.” Katherina has the same role in my next book, which I am now writing, as does Sandi in my current, soon to be published book. Once tamed, my Katherina was as sweet as the Katherina in the Shakespeare play.