Traveling Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road, I’ve had conversations with lots of weird people and things while passing through the Neighborhood of the Empty Nesters, the Avenue of Ages and Stages, climbing over Makover Mountain, visiting the Career Change Cafe, and looking back on my life in Reflecting Ridge. So…I put all those conversations together in a book, along with a story that ties everything together. Here it is! The only problem is, my book is being a hypochondriac. While I was setting up links to Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, my book screamed at me:
BOOK: Ah!!!! Don’t make me travel across the internet!
BOOK: Because I’m filled with conversations about growing older. I feel really fragile and responsible. If something happens to me on the way to Amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com, I’ll never forgive myself.
What can happen?
BOOK: If someone clicks on me, it could really hurt. I could end up with internal bruises that will take forever to heal.
I understand what you mean. Whenever I stub my toe, I’m afraid I’ve broken my pinky bone. Or if I reach for something and feel a pain in my back, I worry I’ve torn a muscle.
BOOK: And that’s not the worst of it. What if someone clicks on me, and then, as I’m on my way traveling to Amazon.com I pick up some kind of internet disease? Something with strange chemicals. I don’t want to get sick.
I know what you mean. I don’t like flying in my older age because I’m afraid I’ll contract a disease. And I don’t like visiting foreign countries because I fear I’ll come down with a virus and I’ll be too old to fight it off.
BOOK: So, if you understand my feelings, why do you want people to click on me? Why are you torturing me by sending me across the internet?
Because, as a book, you carry a lot of wonderful conversations along with a story. My virtual friends might want to give a copy of you to someone special as a birthday gift, a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift, an anniversary present, a Christmas or Chanukah present, or someone just might want to have a copy for herself or himself. Maybe they’ll even write a nice review. And–
BOOK: Alright. I can’t argue with you. How much clicking is involved?
Well, if you go to Amazon.com and click on the Kindle edition, you can see the introduction and first few conversations in the book. And if you click on the paperback version, you can see a book description. And–
BOOK: Stop! That’s too much clicking.
Oh come on.
BOOK: Okay. I’ll do it for you.
I appreciate it! Virtual friends, I hope you’ll take a look at my new book. And if you need to click on the book cover, please do it gently.
BOOK: Thank you for your consideration.