After a few weeks away travelling with work it’s been good to have a weekend in Brisbane. Although it doesn’t feel like I’ve done much since writing my last blog post, every second of the day seems to disappear with something happening!
Writing my first book
I’ve working hard towards a deadline of May 1st when I need to have 65,000 words written for my first ever published book “The Best Job in the World: and how you can follow your dreams too“. After meeting with my publishers, Wiley, over Christmas on our road-trip to Melbourne it’s been head down, bum up for me to try and concentrate for long enough write…another page, another chapter and then link all of my mutterings together into something interesting, engaging and useful for other people who read it – not just another travel journal, of which there are so many these days.
It’ll be a useful tool for people who wander how it’s possible to make money and maintain a lifestyle of travel and adventure with tips about avoiding the pitfalls and maximising the opportunities. Plus I’ll throw in a few behind the scenes stories of the trials and tribulations of life during Best Job in the World. It wasn’t all plain sailing!
I’m still undecided about which cover I’ll go for but here’s a teaser of what it ‘may’ look like:
The 4×4 Show
I spent Saturday at the National 4×4 Show here in Brisbane, presenting on the main stage to the crowd all about The Life and Times of Colonel Mustard, along with Pat Cullinan, The Irwins and a few other adventurous Aussies.
Whilst I was there I also bumped into Chris and Elayne Clash (Our Adventure Bug), two Brits who live in Melbourne after travelling around the world in Victor, their homemade vehicle. They have a great story to tell and were a good source of motivation for next year’s overland trip of our own through Asia, plans for which are forging ahead.
Sophee and I wandered around the other vehicles there collecting ideas on updates and conversions that need to be made. Suffice to say I now have a long list of “vaganised’ changes to make to the Colonel – grab handles, vanity mirrors, a towel holder – he won’t know what hit him!
New Zealand 9
In November 2014 the Global Adventurers - (our new brand) Luke Edwards, Pat Kinsella and myself will be heading to New Zealand to set a new world record for the greatest ever adventure race – 545km in 9 days by kayak, MTB and trail running. After finishing the Aussie 8 last year we’re keen to get out teeth in to something tougher and this will prove to be just that. We’ll film another documentary about the adventure and can’t wait to bring you more details as they emerge. To keep up to date follow our Facebook page.
Training will be brutal this year as we prepare for back to back marathons on the mountainous terrain of the south island during the expedition proper. With Pat in the UK battling the arrival spring I’m hitting the hills and trails of Queensland alone whilst Luke deals with the rigours of becoming a new dad. Rest assured he’ll be back soon enough. I’ve found a mid-year goal of the 96km Kokoda Challenge to test my mettle of where my training has got to, we’ll have to see if I’m ready!
Once we have the commercial side of the mission locked in we’ll officially launch it, but for now here’s where we’ll be heading to take on the best tracks and trails in the world:
For now it’s back to the writing cave (lock myself away from daylight and the internet!) for another few days of author-application. For anyone who knows me it’s hard for me to sit still for an hour, let alone a day of it!
Have you written your own book before? Tell me all about how you found the time AND patience?
Where’s your next adventure happening and when? I want to hear all about it.