Personal Writings...

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About two years ago, I decided to sit down and write out my personal history from birth to present day. I wanted to document a lot of what I experienced as a child, how I lived, what my life was like, my high school daze and on into my military life and thereafter. After 124,312 words and 211 8x11 pages filled full of "me", and six months of working on it, I finally completed it and sent copies to my two daughters via PDF file. I wrote this biography, or whatever one chooses to call it, for their edification. I wanted them to know how I grew up and the kind of life I lived that helped to mold me into who I am today.

I presented to them the good, bad and ugly, the happy moments filled with joy and the hard lessons I had learned from being a complete idiot and taking the path of foolishness. I told them stories and moments of my life they had never known about or that I never told then. This book was filled with details of my character and personalities before, during and after I came to know the Lord as my personal Savior. I described how certain events in my life changed me and made me wiser, and how many things in my life where I had to keep getting knocked down emotionally, spiritually and physically until I finally woke up on the right side of God. I wanted them to truly know who their dad was and is. Oh, there is a lot that I didn't write about and things they'll NEVER know about me. Those are events in my life that are between me and God, and I'll likely give account for many of them. Nevertheless, my daughters have a complete history of 90% of my life's experiences. It is something they'll be able to read and re-read after I've departed this earthly plane.

So there's that book I wrote. Well, last year, for my birthday, my oldest daughter bought me a subscription to Storyworth. Storyworth is an online site where one can write their own book by answering specific questions that are presented. My daughter picked out a lot of the questions to be written about, for these are question she wanted to hear my thoughts on or for me to write about something she particularly wanted to know about. Storyworth presents a myriad of questions for the writer (me) to also chose from, but many times I deleted a question and wrote about a question I chose or designed.

Storyworth would send me a weekly notification (on Mondays) what my next question was to write about, although I already knew what the question was going to be, for I had log-in access to my account. Long story short, I had 52 weeks of writings I designed into 52 chapters. I completed this book of 52 chapters on 28 May 2024. I thoroughly enjoyed this past year writing about chapter titles my daughter picked for me and/or some I devised myself. At the completion of my writings, I was able to design my book title, my book cover photo, the book color and the format of chapters and index. My daughters now have a second book for their library, which is hardbound. It is 367 pages filled with many more stories about my life, but on a more down to earth read compared to my first book. These stories are more about my thoughts and musing on specific chapter titles with a bit of personal philosophy and lessons learned tossed in.

Now they have no excuses for not having anything to read. ::nod:: ::shrug:: ::facepalm:: ::paranoid::

Anyway...this is what my Storyworth book looks like:

PS: This is NOT a published book, it is a private writing. My daughters, myself and my brother are the only ones who have a copy.
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Congratulations, Ken!
What a wonderful gift for your daughters. Answers to questions they might not think to ask at this time in their lives.
When my wife's dad passed a couple of years ago, the family found some of his hand written notes on his early years as a boy growing up in the wilds of Central Florida. The notes described activities such as baptisms in the swimming hole at the creek, prayer meeting at old uncle so and so's house, following bees to a "bee gum" and getting the honey, camping on the St. John's River with his dad while cow hunting. The list was long, it's a shame his life couldn't have been documented like you have been able to do. However he did leave his family and community with a great example of a life lived as a Christian business owner.
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Thanks, Philip for your comment and your story regarding your wife's dad. What a nice find for them. I'm very thankful the Good Lord has given me the allotted time I had to complete both writings/books for them. One never knows how the Lord may use one's writings to help them or to provide 'lessons learned' that may keep them from making the same mistakes or one's words may change someone's path for the good. I have eight young grandchildren, so if they're allowed to read about grandpa, it could be fun for them and may even learn something about life.

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Way to go Ken! I know you're glad it's done and the family will enjoy it.
I finished my autobiography a couple of years ago and uploaded it to Amazon Books. I didn't care about sales what I wanted was the professional printing and getting author copies for next to nothing. Then I gave those out to family and friends that wanted a copy. As I see it, it's the poor man's way of getting published.
Also Cheryl and I are doing Storyworth right now and we are on week two. My daughter in Georgia set it up.
I know you know this but you'll be glad you got it all written down.
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Very nice, David. Smart move on using Amazon for your book at an affordable price. I remember we made comments about our writings a year or so ago on here. Looks as though both of us met our goal.

I hope your Storyworth experience is going well. Nice cover photo of you and Cheryl. It's a lot of fun sitting down and writing about one's life. My only issue is; I should have started years ago when I could still remember the finer details. I had to confer with several family members to ensure I got some stories straight. Overall though, it was a smooth process.

Congrats on your two books! ::tu:: And thank you for your comments..I appreciate it. ::handshake::
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Hats off to you Ken. You have excellent writing skills so
the recipients will treasure your writings for sure.

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Thanks, Bob ::handshake:: Sorry for the delay in responding.
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