He stood on the edge of the precipice; both literally and figuratively. Staring down at his toes and the unknown beyond them, he thought about his situation. He knew that his next step would define him. It would either be the best thing that had ever happened to him or it would turn out to be the worst possible mistake. There was no in-between.
And there was no way to foresee how things would go.
He felt like his whole life had been leading up to this moment. Hadn’t he known it was coming for years? As he searched his mind for the answer, a plane flew by overhead. All those people heading to their destinations, not fully knowing what awaits them, he thought. Just like me.
Behind him, the path stretched as far as the eye could see. The sides of the road were strewn with the various memories, achievements, and failures of his past. It hadn’t been easy for him to shed those things. It was one of the hardest things he had ever done. But looking back at them now, he saw them for what they were: steps along the way.
As he closed his eyes, a familiar adage came to mind; it’s now or never. With that, he turned around and said goodbye to his past forever, and then stepped off of the edge.
And as he plummeted toward the great unknown, he opened his arms, ready to embrace the choice he’d made.
On February 10th, I am excited to be a part of the West High Music Supporters’ Book Fair. As a West High graduate and a staunch supporter and lover of music, this event is the perfect fit for me! Things have been going very well with the book lately. Thank you everyone for buying and reading my book. And thank you to those of you who have been kind enough to post reviews of it. I am hoping to make 2011 the year of Train of Consequences!
I am pleased to announce that I will be at Barnes & Noble in Manchester, NH on Sunday, December 19th from 2:00 to 4:00 for a book signing. Stop by and say hello! Be sure to bring you book, so I can sign it for you. Don’t have the book yet? B&N will have plenty on-hand that day for the event. Hope to see you all there!
The title, Train of Consequences, stems from the underlying theme of the book; that, similar to the train of thought, consequences are connected to one another. Any action taken leads to a set of consequences, and any action taken to deal with those consequences, spawns a whole new set, and so on. In the book, there is a particular conversation (which takes place in a train yard), where an individual makes this observation. Additionally, during their travels, Shelton and Richie meet up with an old hobo named, Dusty, who teaches them the ways of the road. One of the things that he teaches them is train hopping. This lesson is an adventure in and of itself!
“When I pulled into the parking lot, I saw that Randy’s was now called Pippy’s Diner. Other than that, the building still looked the same. I headed inside and sat down at the counter in front of a waitress with long brown hair and cute dimples. When she opened her mouth to speak, I saw a big hunk of metal sticking through her tongue. She slithered her tongue around in her mouth, fiddling with the piercing between her teeth as she handed me a menu. If it hadn’t been for the bored look on her face, I would have thought she was propositioning me.
After I ordered a coffee, I asked her for an ashtray and pulled out my pack of cigarettes. She pointed at a “no smoking” sign and told me that New Hampshire law no longer allowed smoking indoors. I rolled my eyes and stuff my pack back in my jacket. Just great.”
– Exerpt from Train of Consequences