From Coal Miner to Astronaut - A Life Less Ordinar by preeder ()
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Well for three long years I have been away but in all that time I have been very, very busy. So what have I been doing? The answer is writing a book which I have just published via Amazon’s Kindle Direct service.
So what’s the book about? Well basically it’s about me and the life I have led - a life which I like to think has been less than ordinary:-
Phil Reeder – Been there, done that, got the tee-shirts
Coal Miner, Train Driver, Freelance Photographer, Film Maker, Glider Pilot (well nearly), Scuba Diver, Martial Artist, Creative Designer, Charity Fund Riser, Horse Rider, Show Jumper, UK Further Education Worker, Anthropomorphic Model Maker, Japanese Animation Fan, Convention Co-Organiser, Gladiator Contender (once again nearly), Marketing Director, Photo Journalist, CGI Artist, Writer, Astronaut Trainee, Blogger and finally (so far) Author– and that’s just the interesting stuff.
I went looking for all of the above, and I found them. Then there’s the list of things that I did not go looking for. Things which instead came looking for me.
Have you ever read about anyone who fell into a very deep mine shaft and survived? If you read this book you will do.
Have you ever read about anyone who had an armed police escort to an International Airport Long-stay Car Park? Yep you guessed it.
And last, but certainly not least
Have you ever read about anyone who had his brakes fail whilst trying to stop at a set of traffic lights, and was then smashed into by a brand new Mercedes Benz, with personalised number plates which just happened to belong to a local newspaper? If you read this book you will do.
And trust me there’s lots, lots more tales to tell.
Since the very first moment of my life, from the moment of my birth I have had a life which I like to think has been less than ordinary - and it’s not over yet.
Things just seem to happen, either for me or to me. Call it fate, call it Karma, call it what you like and I have to wonder, what’s just around the corner, waiting for me to go looking for it, or for it to come looking for me.
So for all of you out there who are interested and would like to know more I would suggest a visit to an Amazon web-site and doing a search for:-
From Coal Miner to Astronaut A Life Less Ordinary
Now this has not been a short project. It’s taken three very long years to complete and has the following interesting statistics attached to it:-
One Front Cover
One Back Cover
One Dedication Page
One Introduction Page
Not One but Two Appendix
One Hundred and Two Chapters, covering a total of 405 A4 size pages (that’s about 800 paperback book size pages), Two Hundred and Fifty Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety Two Words with over One Million Characters.
And there’s even more because the work became so large an undertaking that for various technical reasons a Blog had to be created to support it. A Blog which can be found at the following web-address:-
I could say more but why not go and have a look at the Blog for yourself and if you like what you see why not consider going out and buying the book.
I hope to be back here one day with more of my artwork to show you. The book will tell you toward the end why I went away in the first place and of the traumatic events which led to me giving up artwork creation.
You have all been my loyal fans in the past. I hope you will continue to be in the future.