Tuesday, 24 February 2015

When the best laid plans go astray.

Yes, it happens to us all. 

We have things all nicely planned out and then woosh! It all falls down. Well nearly always all. And if things were not planned out in the first place, life could not be accommodated so easily.

A madcap exploit or just brave?

Last week I wrote about my series of birthday lunches and tacked on a little about my Zip Wire challenge in May.

Then we had a Gold Wing Club national meeting where I took the opportunity to gather (not quite twisting arms) sponsorship for my forthcoming Will Lewis Zip Wire Challenge in aid
of Dreamflight Children's Charity on May 9th this year. The response so far has been very generous and if I haven't approached you yet, don't be imagining that I have forgotten you! All the £1,£2,£3,and more added up to a tidy sum of money and a good start to meeting and beating I hope my target.

The story behind my madcap adventure.

Yes folks! I will be flying off the mountain at Bethesda, North Wales, fastened in a sling like the person in the picture. With a bird's eye view as I zoom over Penrhyn Quarry and its deep lake, I will be realising another dream. The dream wasn't originally to do the Zip Wire thing but to go in a hot-air balloon. The family were very silent on this and ignored it. I wonder why? Then I saw the Zip Wire Velocity on BBC Cymru/Wales last year and announced,
'That is what I want to do for my birthday'.
Quite a big milestone one you understand. The silence which greeted this announcement was resounding.

A week before my BIG birthday, a member of the Lancs & Lakes Gold Wings region brought details of this latest Dreamflight Fundraising Event organised by the Liverpool Fundraising Group. Lancs and Lakes Gold Wings region of GWOCGB are supporting it - we all do a lot for charity - and I jumped at the chance. Not doing things by halves, launched myself into marketing mode. Just Giving - the site where you can donate on line or by text - provide an excellent marketing kit. I got busy setting up 'my page', pushing other stuff to one side. 

Resuming my marketing and promotion plan for The Long Leg of Italy, released in January, we had yet another meeting with Gold Wing friends at the Ponderosa Cafe on the Horseshoe Pass, above Llangollen. It started to snow and was perishing cold. The scenery however, was as dramatic as ever in its winter dress although not the snow we experienced two years ago when this picture was taken.

In the midst of all this, the phone rang with some devastating news. The last few days have been a trifle exhausting as hospital visiting took priority amid the usual flotsam and jetsam of family life. Hence my late posting in Rosalie's Chatter.. . .


Formatting text books for Kindle. New  developments.

Amazon Kindle have brought out new software for text books. This is exciting as the original complex formatting will be retained. It will avoid having to re-format the layout, tables, diagrams etc. We plan to put all five of the Lifelong Learning: Personal Effectiveness Guides through this process as the reader will see it 'as is' in the print version. They are user-friendly workbooks with complex images and layout.

Reviews for other authors.

Read the latest review I have done by request on the 'Books I have reviewed' page. http://discover-rosalie.blogspot.co.uk/p/books-i-have-reviewed.html 
The Ultimate Guide to Consulting in the Networked Age. Well worth a read.

Fund raising.

Following on from the above about my Zip Wire Velocity Challenge, if you would like to help send sick and disabled children to Orlando, Florida for the holiday of a lifetime, without their parents, every £1.00 (or whatever currency is your countries) helps. Thank You. Will Lewis is a young boy who did the challenge but has since passed away. 
You can sponsor at 
http://www.justgiving.com/Rosalie-Marsh-Author   or click the Just Giving button on the top right of the screen.

Thank you.

Rosalie xx