Until I’m back earning income as Amazing Jeffo and/or public speaking about my book, Seeing Light in the Darkness: A Story of Surviving Affliction with Laughter and Grace, Devon and I are doing our best to make ends meet financially. In the process of finding ways to save money, such as couponing, cutting back on non-essentials and other things, we’re discovering, as I’m sure it’s true with many people, that our home is filled with more food than we’re using. Therefore, we’ve decided to use up what we have before buying more. For example, we normally spend about $100 to $125 weekly. The last couple of weeks since trying to use up the food left in the house, we’ve only spent an average of $60 each week.
I think having more food in your house than what is needed on a weekly basis provides people with a sense of security more so than as a stomach filler. By not wasting as much food we’re getting more value for the amount we eat. Since food is a commodity I’ll treat it accordingly. Buy low, eat high.
I’ve just finished reading a fascinating book, an abridged version of the history of Cliff Notes.
Two weeks ago we submitted the manuscript of my book to the editors of Xulon Press, who are reviewing it for strengths and weaknesses. I just received the results. The Xulon reviewer really liked it with just minor areas needing strengthening. Devon and I have to assume their assessment of the book is honest and not just what an aspiring self published author wants to hear. Our reasoning is based on the majority of their comments being positive. Since Xulon takes a percentage of each direct sale, they want the book to succeed as much as I do. We’re encouraged by all they enjoyed about the book. Here are some of their comments:
“This endearing memoir follows a man’s journey from conditions, such as ulcerative colitis and arthritis to stuttering and blindness. His touching story includes pearls of wisdom, scriptures, wit and humor that the author used to deal with his afflictions. Readers are also introduced to family members and witness a multitude of adventures the author experiences, keeping this reading lively. This story will inspire and intrigue any reader experiencing any emotions or physical setbacks, as the reading contains a variety of engaging themes.
- The manuscript contains a highly organized and crisp appearance. Essential front matter, such as the acknowledgements, introduction and prologue aptly inform readers of important content about the book before they begin reading the first chapter. The book also contains supplemental back matter, such as review questions, myths about blindness and interviews.
- The author’s ability to keep a sense of humor and pursue his dreams throughout his disabilities is an extremely inspiring message that can impact any reader. The author demonstrates courage and strength of character in coping with challenges without self-victimization.
- This manuscript is well written and maintains a logical flow of events. The author has lived an interesting life and has overcome many odds. The use of humor and vivid details will keep readers engrossed in the text and transport them to each event the author outlines. Chapters are cohesive and the narrative contains continuity in thoughts and ideas.”
As I progress in the healing of my broken left femur, I’m beginning to resume activities, some of which I haven’t attempted since September 2012. In the last couple weeks I have showered, walked with a cane rather than walker, gotten into and out of bed on my own, and today, climbed into a barstool at our island.
Most of the above sound pretty mundane, I’m sure. But one resumed activity of mine threw Devon and Krypto into a tizzy. Since I now have enough balance and strength, last night in the bathroom, I used my cane to push down my sweats and slide out of them, leaving empty slippers under the collapsed pant legs.
This morning, when Devon entered the bathroom, she looked down at the vacated slippers protruding from beneath the puddled sweats and gasped! She thought I had come down with a severe case of Incredible Shrinking Man-ism. Naturally, trusting in Krypto’s advanced canine olfactory sense, she called him into the bathroom to verify what had happened to me. He sniffed my slippers and wagged his tail indicating he smelled that familiar daddy aroma. His eyesight, though good for a dog, wasn’t microscopic enough to see my presence.
Believe it or not, as I make this allusion drawn from the above classic 1957 Sci-Fi movie, Devon tells me it is, at this moment, recording on our digital video recorder. I’m a magician…but with these kinds of powers?!?
For those cynics who don’t believe this Incredible Shrinking Man coincidence, look on the Turner Classic Movie archive at the time of this posting for 3:30 p.m. April 26, 2013.
Thanks for reading. Please comment on anything. Until next time…