I spent most of 2017 writing a book called “Far From Perfect” (described via the below press release). Before I started writing, I decided to put together a timeline of different events I went through during the span of my life. This was done on a spreadsheet. I went back as far as I could remember. I’d enter the date of the event. In the next field I’d write a description. I ended up with about four hundred lines. From there, I decided to start writing.
Once I started writing, I wrote six days a week and spent almost the entire day typing away. I’d go to bed thinking about what I wanted to write the next day. If I thought of something I felt couldn’t wait, I’d often get up in the middle of the night. I’d fire up the computer and jot my thoughts down.
The book took about nine months to finish. Then, I spent about a year making adjustments, while trying to figure out the best way to move forward with publishing. During that year I was often traveling. The adjustments and research were done sparingly, as time permitted. After researching the many different avenues for publication, I decided to take the self publishing route.
Currently, the entire book is being printed and bound by the author. Each book takes about a half hour to put together. Then, the binding is glued and set to dry overnight. The next night the cover is glued to the binding and set to dry overnight. From start to finish it takes two days to create each book. Because of this process, each book is a little different. This is a self published book in every sense of the word. Each book purchased is truly a one of a kind.
The book was written, typed, edited, and proofread in its entirety by the author. Please be understanding in regard to potential errors. There are over 70 thousand words and 285 pages. Even though the author used diligence, he is only human and as such prone to making mistakes. Far From Perfect takes place in East Hampton, Connecticut, Cromwell, Connecticut and Miami, Florida.
Without further ado, I would like to announce the publication of “Far From Perfect” via the below Press Release :
Far From Perfect Press Release:
(Date: 7-8-2018) This press release is to announce the publication of my first book: Far From Perfect – By George Farina. I’m not a New York Times Best Selling Author. I’ve read books on their best seller list. The words flow effortlessly. They are rhythmic. They thrust a person’s imagination into a new and exciting world. Parts of what I’ve written might come close. I guess that’s up to the reader to decide.
In this book I tell a story. It’s a true story. It’s a story that was written with a lot of thought. It’s a story being told as accurately and detailed as possible. It’s a story detailing part of a persons life. It is also an informative story. I try to pass on as many of the things I’ve learnt as possible.
This is a book about a life. It’s about the experiences encountered during that life. The things witnessed. Throughout that life many different events occurred. People entered and left. These were people I met in school. They were neighbors. They were people I met at an abandon 18-wheeler truck trailer, during a time when I didn’t have any other place to stay. They were people I met at events, at work, and even in the middle of the street. I met people through chatrooms, Myspace and Plenty of Fish.
Many of these people took parts of a “far from perfect” life to enjoyable. Their personalities; their character; their charisma made parts of my life exhilarating. They gave me many amazing memories. I relived them vicariously while writing. These are memories I accumulated over the course of forty years.
With that said, as the title states, my life was far from perfect. I’ve been through plenty of struggles. Some of the struggles I didn’t include, simply because I don’t like thinking about them. I know I’m not the only person on this planet who has struggled throughout their life. I didn’t set out to write a book. Circumstances led me to writing. Now that the book is finished, I think people might like hearing a few of the stories I’ve detailed. Others who’ve been through struggles might relate.
When I started writing, I wasn’t in a good place. My head was filled with all that went wrong. It was filled with all the terrible. As I continued writing, I started thinking about the people I’d known, and all the crazy things we’d been through. I thought about their personalities and their sayings. I often laughed to myself as I wrote about them. They drowned out much of the terrible.
Even with many of the terrible times excluded, I wrote about enough struggles to justify keeping the title. I hope the people who decide to read Far From Perfect find it enjoyable.
Far From Perfect can be purchased at: https://www.georgefarina.net/farfromperfect
Almost every night a group of squirrels come to visit. It’s cool watching their routine. They each have their own personalities. Two of them stick together and always play around with each other. They chase each other. They jump from tree to tree and play in a few of the sand piles.
Two different squirrels spend most of their time scavenging for acorns. Though, they both take their own approaches. Actually, only one of the two puts time and effort into finding the acorns. This squirrel is focused and always working. He’ll find enough acorns to bury many of them for a later date. Now the other squirrel, he does things different. You might say he is a bit conniving. If squirrels went by a set of laws and morals, I’m sure he wouldn’t be in compliance.
This squirrel sits back and waits for the first squirrel to find and bury an acorn. Then he runs over to that spot and digs up the acorn. Sometimes, the hard working squirrel catches him. And then the chase begins. He’ll chase the conniving squirrel away. Though, the acorn thief doesn’t stay away. He’ll sit on the outskirts of the area waiting for a chance to swipe another acorn.
Then there is one little guy who keeps to himself. At least as far as the other squirrels are concerned. While the others are playing, he goes off to his own area to look for food. He seems like he is enjoying himself. He just likes to keep to himself. I think he’s a juvenile and exploring life for the first time. Though, he is friendly with humans. When I’m sitting outside, he’ll visit the area near where I’m sitting. Kind of like his way of saying hello. He’ll sit and watch me for a few. Then he’ll check for food before going on his way.
I always liked squirrels. They seem to have an in depth understand of how to enjoy life. They’re happy little critters.
This week is National Library Week. I live near an excellent Library and decided to spend the day indulging in their world of information, education and technology. I grabbed a table, fired up the laptop and started my morning routine. It’s probably not much different than most. With a hot cup of coffee nearby, I flipped through the usual websites. Already being at the library, I decided to checkout their website (citruslibraries.org) as well. I’ve been to it many times in the past.
The site has a calendar displaying several educational courses taught at no charge. They offer both a beginner and intermediate Excel class. They also offer different types of writing courses. I thoroughly enjoy both of those subjects. I took a stroll through the aisles. I flipped through a few books; I looked at the different displays and rooms within the library. A large computer room is towards the front. Private conference rooms are near the back. They can be reserved and used for studying. The staff was very knowledgeable. Their creativity and demeanor instilled a positive and friendly atmosphere. The high-speed wireless internet and decent selection of books was also beneficial. I finished the day studying at Lynda.com in a tranquil environment.
Like many days in Florida, not a cloud in the sky. The coast line displays sparkling blue water and islands spread out deep into the sea. Photos taken in Inglis, Yankeetown, FL with a Blackberry Passport.
Cedar Key Florida: tranquil atmosphere, stunning views, incredible architecture
This is my first time on Florida’s west coast and its safe to say the scenery is stunning and there are plenty of different things to do. Scenery doesn’t get better than Ceder Keys, Florida. I couldn’t do this place any justice with words or photos. It’s a place everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
Many places in Crystal River offer residents as well as visitors the opportunity to swim with Manatees. I’ve always loved Manatees. They are very friendly. They do no harm and simply enjoy peacefully swimming and eating throughout the river. The center of the city is great for artists as many of the local shops focus their business on art. Even their main mall (Crystal River Mall) offers a place where visitors can sit and create their own paintings.
All photos were taken with a Blackberry Passport.
Hwy 41 in Sarasota, Fl behind a Tiki Bar / restaurant. I felt lucky to be here at the time I took the photo. It was a beautiful day and the location had a great atmosphere. There was a boardwalk and fish kept jumping out of the water. The kind of place that simply puts a person at ease.
Stopped at Estate Treasures in Middletown, CT. They have multiple rooms containing different vintage collectibles, antiques, books, appliances, furniture and electronics for sale. Defiantly a very cool looking building with plenty of unique and hard to find items on the inside. The people running the it seemed very cool as well.
Estate Treasures. Middletown, CT
All photos were taken with a Blackberry Passport and edited with Paintshop Pro.
Abandon House: SC
All photos were taken with a Blackberry Passport and edited with Paintshop Pro.
I’m finally getting caught up and should be consistently online very soon. During the time I was without internet I made use of my time by working on an About Me page for this website. Writing about the old AOL, GeoCities and FortuneCity communities kind of inspired me. The page is launched – at least for the most part – but it’s not exactly how I want it yet and I don’t have it linked in the header.
When I first decided to make the About Me page I was thinking about the old AOL / GeoCities / FortuneCity pages along with Myspace and Facebook. I wanted to combine some of my favorite aspects of the previously mentioned websites, minus some of the psychedelic colors and flashy-ness that was often associated with the free hosting pages and Myspace.
One of the things I always loved about the old AOL communities was the guestbooks. I know guestbooks are defunct, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t bring one back to life. Even if for nothing more than nostalgia purposes.
On my old Myspace page I had an area that that featured a bunch of interview style questions. I would answer them and both questions and answers would be published to the page. Once published the Q&A looked like I was being interviewed. At the time that was a very unique feature that I feel provided visitors a clearer picture of what I was really about. Another feature I had on my page was a list of my favorite quotes. I know that sounds simple enough, but you just don’t see that very often on personal web pages today. And of course I had the photo gallery (as I do with Facebook) which is usually fairly popular.
Once I migrated to Facebook I really liked the idea that you could pick your favorite books, movies and television shows and have them displayed on your page. And most of all I loved the idea of connecting with old friends, the wide variety of stories featured on the news feed and privacy settings. Even though the last three features are not related to this post, I wanted to point them out because they are part of what makes Facebook an extremely special website.
I think when the features I mentioned are combined, visitors get a decent idea of the person who created the homepage they are viewing. I tried to add as many features as I could to my About Me page. Overall I think it came out ok – almost like a first draft, but I do think it looks a little bland. I’m thinking about adding some bars (AOL, GeoCities Style) to separate the sections and mixing in some color. But not the crazy overwhelming color and animated gifs that were popular in the 1990’s.
Here is the link: About Me