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HIGH ADVENTURE: Your Daring Voyage into the Unknown (ESSAYS Book 1) Kindle Edition
About the Author
I knew it.
No, I'm not trying to copy J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K. Rowling. J really is my first name--my whole first name. Nope, not J-A-Y. Not J with a period. (Abbreviating it makes it longer.) It starts and ends with J.
Incidentally, if you throw a pen at a paper from at least five feet away, it nearly always spells my name. "But what kind of a name is J?"--you're still asking. Well, I'll tell you. There was once a man named Melvin J. Ballard (whose middle name was Joseph, but he liked to abbreviate it). My grandpa was named J Ballard Washburn in honor of this man. But he just got the J (without the period). I was named after my grandpa, and I just got his J.
Which is nice.
After all, brevity is the soul of wit.
Now, a few facts about me:
I was born in the middle of skin-walker territory, in Arizona, practically on the Navajo Reservation. Yeehaw.
I grew up with my siblings in suburban Idaho. In a neighborhood with a few good bike jumps, a makeshift hockey court, and even a safe-house for sneaking video games. To the south we had open fields, which, back then, looked surprisingly similar to the Land of Prydain, littered with streams and trees. It was magic. Out there my siblings and I actually lived the adventures you've read in my books.
Then I accidentally grew up. On accident--I mean it.
I blame Mrs. Darling's smile.
But lucky for me, I still find adventure here and there--in places where it's easier for adults to see it. Like Xi'an, Cuzco, and Stonehenge. Being a grownup also meant I had to become a productive member of society, so I decided that writing adventures would be the next best thing to living them. That's what I do.
And I'm glad you could join me--we have some exciting things ahead of us.
- ASIN : B00I3MVYHK
- Publisher : Ecksdot Publishing (January 27, 2014)
- Publication date : January 27, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4641 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 54 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,042,676 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I didn't know what to expect, and based on the cover I was a little surprised to find a personal essay. Okay, I'll just keep reading. The more I read I realized that I could relate to every word in this personal essay. No, I have never tried to be an author of any kind, unless you count passing English 110, but this essay was 100% applicable to my personal life. This essay helps you see your own life as true "High Adventure," even though the essay is specific to the author's life. I have been scared about making life decisions—school, job, marriage—but now it's all just one big adventure.
TAKEAWAY MESSAGE: This essay is a perfect way to find out if you like this author's writing style. I've read other books by this author, and the writing style is similar in several ways to this essay. JUST READ THIS ESSAY, it's a perfect way to spend a few hours to find out if you want to make the greater time investment in his other books.
I didn't know what it as when I started reading it, but I sure am glad that I found it.
J Washburn, "High Adventure" captivated me, from start to finish. The passion you have woven into this adventure is impossible to miss, and it can be felt with every word one reads.
You have inspired me. To do what, I have no idea - but I feel inspired nonetheless. I feel happy, motivated and passionate to get out there and find my MacGuffin, whatever it may be.
To anybody who may find themselves reading this review, do yourselves a favour and read this. The passion is contagious!