My Latest Book – Adventures Near and Far

I’ve just published my latest book and 20th book overall – In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book Twelve – Adventures Near and Far

This is the twelfth book of my serialized autobiography and completes the story of my Early Years.  In it, I return to Michigan State University to complete my degree, learn to study, rediscover the piano and my desire to be a songwriter, take a short bicycle adventure through Ontario, Canada, and participate in a yacht adventure from Everett, WA, to Chatterbox Falls, deep in the fjords of British Columbia, Canada.  Here’s the book description:

I’ve often found my life being guided by moments of great insight or ‘eureka moments,’ as I accidentally discovered the next direction my life should take while stranded at various mileposts and chapters during the course of my life.  It seems these momentary glimpses into the future tended to occur more often than not when I was floundering and failing in life, not knowing what I was to do or where I was to go.  So it was when I knew in my heart it was time to return to Michigan State University while watching the Michigan-Michigan State football game in the fall of 1979 on Bainbridge Island across Puget Sound from downtown Seattle.

I knew in an instant I was to go back to school and arranged the details of my return in minutes, not days or weeks, to redirect the course of my life.  Yet, I had no clue as to what this new journey and adventure I was starting out would mean to me and my future, or even what that future would hold.  All I knew at the time was the timing was right to return to MSU, as my life was stagnating in Washington State with no real end game in sight.  So it was as I boarded that Greyhound Bus – was I making the right decision?  Would college work out for me this time around?  Would I find my way into a career I wanted to have after graduation?  Would I even graduate?  I had no idea at the time, just a gut reaction that this was the right thing to do.  In the end that’s all that mattered, as I knew adventurers needed to know how to make decisions and stick with them.  I’d made mine and now it was time to make the best of it…

My life was filled with the excitement of the open road and traveling to parts unknown, while working various jobs to fund my adventures and experiencing opportunities I’d never dreamed of before, yet I began to wonder if that was all there was to life for me.  At the end of the day I still didn’t have a purpose or a plan, and life couldn’t continue carrying on that way in a never ending series of road trips and hardships.  I needed more out of life than just hitting the highway on yet another adventure.  I still didn’t know the meaning and purpose of my life, but came to understand it couldn’t just be adventure for adventure’s sake.

This is where I found myself leading up to the beginning of Book Twelve of my autobiography, deciding at the time to return to Michigan State University to finish college and get my degree in business.  I still didn’t know what I’d do with my business degree, but felt it would at least funnel me into something where I could start living my life as an adult and not as a perpetual dreamer seeking my next adrenaline rush from adventure.  Little did I know at the time I’d remain a dreamer my entire life, yet I found a way to not only live a life of purpose, meaning and responsibility, but also to continue living an adventurous life on an entirely new level I couldn’t have imagined.”

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My Latest Book: Book Ten – England, Scotland, Wales & France (Part Two)

I’ve just published In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book Ten – England, Scotland, Wales & France (Part Two) about my solo-bicycle adventure to the British Isles and France in 1979.  Each book of my serialized autobiography is a standalone book and doesn’t require first reading earlier volumes.  They are all free to read with Kindle Unlimited as well.

Here’s the link to Book Ten in Kindle format:

Here’s the link to Book Ten in Paperback:

About this Book:

This is the story of the second half of my solo-bicycle adventure to England, Scotland, Wales & France during the late spring and early summer of 1979.  I was living a dream of mine to travel overseas and see the British Isles and the Continent, and was now setting out to explore Scotland, Northern and Central England and Wales before returning to Seattle, WA, on a Pan Am 747.

The theme of my adventure so far had been the wonderful hospitality and graciousness of the British people in how they’d taken care of me and welcomed me into their homes.  I was now setting off on a journey of discovery through ancient and idyllic lands I’d never seen before and couldn’t wait to experience all they had to offer me…

About the Author:

In some small way, my hope in writing my autobiography and sharing my thoughts with you is to help you realize your own hopes, dreams, passions and desires in life as I have.  I hope this process of providing you with the lessons I’ve learned and the insights I’ve acquired along the many pathways in life I’ve traveled, will allow you to both gain from my mistakes and profit from the lessons I’ve learned.

Hopes and dreams flee the status quo for the dreamers, the ponderers, the thinkers, the doers, the adventurers, the risk-takers and the ones who understand the lives they’ve been gifted as being too short and precious to waste a single day of going through the motions.  Adventure now called me to somehow find a way to accomplish what had always been a childhood dream of mine, a dream to see and explore the Old World for myself!  Cheers!  Mark

Here’s the link to my Author Page – Mark D. Jones: