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Tom’s Novels

The state of Tom’s Novels address.

Novel 1: Broke Down on the Road to Glory

Self-published. I love this book, but it’s the kind of love I can’t recommend to others. Like a really bad movie that you still love despite all its flaws.

Novel 2: Unrealistic Expectations

Abandoned. Written for Novel in a Month. Countless rewrites but never found a story I wanted to tell. I expect I’ll use some parts of this in a later project. It has some great scenes, just no reason for those scenes to exist.

Novel 3: Untitled

Also abandoned. Many false starts but you can tell from the fact that it never earned a title that I never got a grasp on what I was trying to do. I think I was trying too hard to make a story for other people and not myself.

Novel 4: Remnants of Emily (Current Project)

I’ve had this idea for a while. Emily is the humanization and fictionalization of the life of a dog we once had. Her name was Emily and she was the ultimate crotchety old lady dog. The fictional Emily has a tough life, starting from the opening scene of her birth which is full of violence, drugs and an army of tiny nurse nuns. I think it’s a comedy.

Non-fiction: Assorted, on-going

I’m writing lots of blog posts lately on a variety of topics. Mostly trying to show off for potential employers. Now that I’m working on the Emily novel I don’t think I’ll as much time/energy for the blogs.

External Factors

Most of my energy is going towards the job hunt and learning new skills to improve my employability. I feel like I’m going to get a job soon and when I do I will switch all my job hunting energy into my writing. (If the new job isn’t too tiring.)

Watch “Pine Brook Speedway – Early 60’s” on YouTube

These are the TQ midgets in real life action.

I recently posted some auctions featuring old TQ midgets. I came across this video on youtube. Enjoy.


Austin Fixable on eBay

Austin fixableThe picture of this fixable Austin makes it look like a refugee from a Walton’s episode.

No word warms the cheapskate motorhead’s heart than fixable. It means that all may not be right in the world be the potential for correction is there. More importantly the money collectors are almost always removed from the chase.

I love Austin 7s and its descendants but so do many other people. Thanks to the laws of supply and demand that means I will never be able to afford one in good or better condition.

My only hope is to find one that needs enough work that is scares people off but not too much work that it is beyond my mechanical ability. Of course right now I am garageless so this is mostly fantasy.

Fantasy aside, I don’t see anything on this car that can’t be fixed.

With three and a half days to go the current bid is $5,402. The just-lowered reserve is unmet but I don’t imagine that it’s too much higher. (Unless the seller is truly delusional.)

See the full listing: Austin Bantam Roadster

1987 Suzuki Samurai | Mecum

Suzuki SamuraiThe Suzuki Samurai is the ultimate toad.

For those of you who aren’t RV’ers, a toad is a small vehicle that is towed behind your motorhome. The Suzuki Samurai is great because of its tinyness, ruggedness and the fact that its odometer doesn’t roll when it’s being towed.

The question is will all that add up to a sale at a classic car auction? After all it’s hardly a classic and many would argue that it’s hardly a car. It’s underpowered, overly tippy and about as comfortable as an earthquake simulator.

On the good side, it will take you wherever you want to go, as long as you’re not in any kind of a hurry. Also, seeing the recent jump in Toyota Land Cruiser prices maybe the Suzuki can ride the inflationary coat tails.

See the full listing: 1987 Suzuki Samurai

Vintage 1960s Dodge Drivers Education Car

drivers education carThere’s nostalgia, then there’s “Oh yes, I need a drivers education car!”

If I had a man cave, rec room or even a half-decent garage I too would need a drivers education car. It’s like a game console from an alternate universe. An educational carnival ride. A Kodak moment looking for a home.

Unfortunately I grew to driverhood when these beauties had long since been proven useless but before advances in technology fulfilled their potential. Gone are the projection screens and rivers of wires and relays which punished non-conformists teens by flashing red lights at them.

The modern equivalent is much more advanced but has zero personality. Take a look at the pictures in the full listing. This is a work of automotive art. I also found a nice page on Pinterest showing vintage driver ed photos.

See the full listing: Mecum Auctions


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