PAYING IT FORWARD
One of the greatest benefits to membership in a writing/critique group is the connection to talented and generous colleagues who are willing to share, not only their writing/critique skills, but their more practical business knowledge and experience.
Trinity Writers’ Workshop members are always ready to graciously share their knowledge and experience with other members in the group. A good example would be today’s E-Book workshop Rich Ochoa presented at his home. Rich shared his knowledge and experience in the new and exciting electronic publishing market and offered to help TWW members publish their writing project as an EBook.
Rich is an engineer with years of Information Technology knowledge and experience in the telecommunications field and is the popular author of the fascinating memoir One Way Ticket to Anywhere.
After several years of distinguished service maintaining the nuclear weapon systems aboard a US Navy Submarine, Rich has settled in Keller, Texas with a really hot girl, Carrie. While serving in the
Navy, Rich achieved great athletic success. Competing in the Decathlon at the 1984 Boston College Relays, he finished ninth out of ten competitors after failing to clear the opening height in the high jump. Undeterred, he then entered the pole vault and nabbed eighteenth place in that event. With nothing else to prove he immediately retired from college sports. Twenty years after failing high school algebra, he earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas. Rich works as an engineering manager at Nokia Mobile Phones, which for many years has helped him live his dream of seeing the world.
In 2007, he scaled back his business travel and created a program within Nokia which has, to date, provided technical jobs for over forty ambitious college students. He’s helping his oldest daughter, Lindsay, through college and teaching his younger daughter, Leanna, how to pole vault and solve math
problems. Rich is on Facebook and Twitter, and has the website, www.onewaytickettoanywhere.com.
RICH’S mother kicks him out of the house in a drunken fury when he refuses to eat kidney beans. The sixteen year old is put on a bus and rides cross-country to meet his father, whom he had been conditioned to fear as the monster who abducted him as an infant. Two months later, his step-mother offers him a one-way bus ticket to anywhere he wants to go. After perusing a road atlas for a place to finish high school, the protagonist devises a plan. He’ll “Go Greyhound” from Idaho to his former
hometown, Lindale, Texas. He’ll build a fort in the woods behind the high school where he’ll sleep until he can land a job, cash some paychecks, and find a room to rent. As he steps onto the bus and into adulthood, he counts his belongings as twenty dollars cash, fifty dollars of food stamps, and a garbage
bag full of clothes. One Way Ticket to Anywhere is the sad-yet-hard-not-to-laugh-at story of a teenage boy’s struggle to avoid becoming a high school dropout while he deals with the emotional, financial,
and social ramifications of parental abandonment. The book captures the essence of a boy’s resilience, but is at its most compelling when it reveals the way human beings react to his situation. An encounter with a frumpy middle-aged lady sitting next to him on the bus changes his perspective on life. His
psychotic head football coach terrorizes him in bizarre and creative ways. A kind-hearted young accountant, rents him a spare room in his office building and becomes a big-brother figure. But, perhaps the most endearing supporting characters are Rich’s friends—teenagers themselves—they’ll do anything to help him survive. One Way Ticket to Anywhere is a memoir that never strays far from
its resonating message of perseverance and resolve of a boy who becomes a man with each turn of the page. The reader will cringe at the seven-year-old being told of the birds and the bees by his inebriated mother, laugh at the young teenager who’s terrorized by the vicious family dog, and root for the nomadic young man who is stripped of everything typical of the senior year experience except for his goal to simply walk across the stage.
Members like Rich make TWW a great organization for writers who are wanting to improve their writing skills and get their manuscripts published.
Another benefit of belonging to TWW is the opportunity to attend seminars like the Marketing Your Writing Seminar presented by Chuck Sambuchino which will be held November 5th this year. You can click here to access the information on the seminar and pre-register. The seminar is also open to non-members but seating is limited. It is suggested that you pre-register as soon as possible to guarantee a seat.
Hope to see you there.
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