We have been at our current assignment for 3 months now and have been really busy during our stay here. With no other volunteer we have been working 7 days a week since we got here. We have been updating our online stores with new items and I am working on a new book. In the mean time we have decided to offer our eBook version of our current book for 1/2 price for retail customers and $0.99 for Libraries. Below is a cute little widget from Smashwords to help promote our new pricing. We will be changing the Amazon Kindle price as well but not the paperback version. We only get a couple of dollars on these anyway.
To help promote our book we will be participating with the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park’s upcoming Antiques, Arts and Collectibles Event on July 16th. They have invited North Florida writers to participate in a Local Author Expo in the air conditioned Nelly Bly Kitchen. (Yea!). I will be giving a talk about the book but not selling any of the paperbacks. We still have some for sale in the park’s Gift Shop and they will be selling them there. Of course, for anyone who is attending I will be giving our business cards with links to buy the eBook online. That way I will not have to pay a vendor fee. Now all I have to do is come up with a presentation.
The main focus of the event will be the antiques and collectibles on display but there will be craft vendors there as well. We cannot do both until we finally raise enough money to get our Mobile Retail Shop. Then we will be able to participate in more events in the future and possibly schedule some vending experiences with the Florida RV Show circuit. That would be a great way to market both our books and our crafts as well as meet potential and current RVers.
Well, we cannot promise to post more often but we will try. Hopefully, when we get the new volunteers at the beginning of next month we will have some days off and be able to keep up with our various websites, online craft stores and even get going on our newest books.
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Osceola National Forest Workamping is a new experience for us. Not only are we in a forest but a national one at that. So the workamping rules and perks are slightly different than with our Florida State Parks. Originally we were slated to be campground hosts at Ocean Pond Campground but when we arrived the volunteer coordinator wanted us to go to the Olustee Beach Day Park and Boating area. Since, they currently do not have any park hosts in this area and have one at the campground we said, “Okay with us!”. And, for now, it is turning out to be similar to our Troy Springs State Park experience. We clean the bathrooms, mow the grass and open and close the gates each day.
Now for the differences. First, we are allowed to stay for 6 months here instead of the maximum 4 months with the Florida State Parks. National parks and, especially, forest and wildlife refuges have different guidelines for their live on-site volunteers. Mostly, because it is very difficult to get volunteers to stay from the late spring to early fall months. And, once you have proven yourself they are allowed to let you stay longer if you wish and it is needed. Just like the state parks, each of the national parks, forests and wildlife refuges do not have many problems getting volunteers to stay from October to the end of March. So, there is great opportunities here for those of us willing to stay in Florida during the “Non-Peak” seasons!
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RVing Authors is the second part of our blog series this week. We will be giving you a listing of all the writers we have found that are either part-time or full-time RVing and writing and publishing their stories for us to enjoy. Again, we hope you will support these writers by buying their books, sharing them with your friends, family and other travelers. We have them all listed in our OGA Store page under RVing Fiction so if you would go to that page and purchase your items we would greatly appreciate it.
Robert Angel writes the Dr. Ray Raether South Carolina Travel Mystery
Death, Lonely and Peculiar (Book 1) – 2013
Iroquois County folks said Hathaway’s Campground had seen better days. Folks old enough to remember. Now, all but a few of its forty campsites were closed for repair. The putt-putt golf course and fish pond lay virtually abandoned. The only recent improvements at this rustic institution were a sophisticated website and two huge signs out on I-95. The ‘resort’ they described had little in common with Hathaway’s Campground beyond its Highway 158 address. Two Iroquois County deputies answered the Sunday morning 911 call. It took only a quick look to persuade them this was just another of Hathaway’s “Off I-95” suicides. They even found two large prescription pill bottles, one full, one empty, beside the body. Retired USC professor, Dr. Ray Raether, though, didn’t agree. Ray and his constant canine companion, Samantha, had been in their Aliner just across the road the previous day when their new camping neighbor arrived. They’d gone over to help set up her tent. Ray had encountered his share of suicidal students at USC. Even more drug abusers. The vivacious young woman he met across the road at Hathaway’s was neither suicidal nor a drug abuser. Ray would stake his Aliner on it. But if not suicide or a drug overdose, what explained her death?
Death, Long Long Ago (Book 2) – 2014
Retired Professor Ray Raether and his constant canine companion Samantha arrive at Iroquois State Park early Sunday afternoon for a few days of peaceful RV camping. Instead they learn a body was discovered just that morning in a remote corner of the Park. Murdered and hurriedly buried atop the grave of Revolutionary War hero, Colonel Jedidiah Hathaway. Colonel Hathaway has been the most celebrated member of Iroquois County’s leading Hathaway family since his death in 1780. So, desecration of the Colonel’s grave shocks the Hathaway family and all of Iroquois County. Sheriff’s Department Chief of Detectives Salvatore Patrick Ryan again asks Ray and Samantha for help solving the most bizarre case of his law enforcement career.
Robert lives quietly with his wife, writing and RV camping when he can at South Carolina’s beautiful state parks.
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RVing mysteries seem to be on the rise. More and more young people are hitting the road in recreational vehicles but they still have to earn a living along the way. We decided to write a two-part blog post listing most of the stories we have found that were either writing about characters camping, traveling and/or living in RVs. The other article will be a listing of those writers we have found who actually travel in their RVs while writing and publishing their stores. We hope you enjoy this listing and will support these authors by buying and reading their stories and sharing them with your friends, family and fellow travelers.
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We have been so busy over the last couple of weeks and now we are down to less than 4 weeks remaining in our assignment here at Anastasia State Park. We have been having a pretty good time here and the weather, for the most part, has been quite nice. Between working in the campground, working here and there around the park, updating all our websites, getting our craft business ready for the Florida Folk Festival in May and trying to gather more material to write more articles for all my various blogs I haven’t had time to update this website.
We have also had some changes to the volunteer’s roster over the last two months with family emergencies and illnesses calling them home. Not much they could do about it but the volunteer coordinator here seems to have a long list of volunteers waiting to get in so she had replacements fairly quickly. Now we are getting ready for the big annual charity Poker Ride this coming weekend. Katie and I have volunteered our time to help out. Should be pretty interesting to have some of the bikers from Daytona Beach riding through. There will be music, games, and lots of food. We will have to take a some pictures and post them on our Facebook page.
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