The holidays are approaching and I have not begun preparations. I have planned no menus or bought no presents. This is not good!
I know I have left the story with Dad safely out of the Soviet Union but suddenly drafted into the Army. His parents and three sisters had just arrived in Kuibyshev- the temporary capital of the Soviet Union. His younger brother, Pete, Pete’s wife Nona, and his sister Nancy’s husband and sister-in-law were still missing.
I began writing this blog as a means of sharing my father’s story with some of my friends and relatives. It was part of a book which I have been researching and writing for years- believing it would be of little interest outside that small sphere. I have been surprised at the number of strangers who have read and returned to reading this blog. Although I have only 36 official followers, I have been able to see that many more people are reading this story, which would have thrilled my father.
I have been given some suggestions on how to improve my book, which I like, so I would like to take the time during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to decide where I am going with it and make some revisions. The only decision is that I am going to self-publish it because I have decided that, while any writer would like to have a best-seller, my original purpose was to learn and write about my father for myself and my family. I would like to finish and publish it soon so my mother can read it, which I can’t do if I attempt to find a traditional publisher. I hear that can take years. I may only print or E-publish enough for my family. I am not sure.
I had been posting Monday -Friday, but in order to get organized for my holidays, I am going to cut back to two days per week: Monday and Wednesday or Thursday. I will let you know.