My Latest Book: Book Seven – The Seattle Years (Part Two)

I’ve just published the seventh book in my autobiographical series called In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography) and this is Book Seven – The Seattle Years (Part Two).  This is the story of my life from June 1978 through April 1979 and all the adventures I took part in during this 10 month portion of my life.  This story and a book of philosophy I wrote that follows it, formed the basis of my decision to embark on a solo-bicycle adventure through England, Scotland, Wales and France from May through July 1979 and to maintain my focus on adventure.  Here’s how I describe Book Seven:

“What do you do when life is good and seems to be getting better all the time, but you’re still not happy?  What happens when your life seems to be moving in a completely wrong direction?  What if changing the course of your life requires you to strip away all that you currently are for the possibility of achieving all you could possibly become?  What if remaining true to yourself – to who you are as a person and to your spirit of adventure – requires you to follow your heart into the unknown without a compass or map to guide you into the future?

These were the questions I began asking myself in the winter of 1978-1979, not knowing what my future held or the direction my life should take.  I didn’t know what my meaning and purpose in life was, or why I was even born to live this life in the first place.  All I knew at the time was I was lost and directionless again in life, in what turned out to be my desert place meant to find myself.  This is the story of how I got there and the process I took to begin finding my way out again…”

Here’s a link to my Author Page – Mark D. Jones on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-D.-Jones/e/B078RRS631/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1526666933&sr=1-2-ent

Book Nine – A Book of Philosophy will be out soon – enjoy!

Cheers!

Mark

My Latest Book: In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book Six – The Seattle Years (Part One) (Volume 6)

I’ve just published my latest book: In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book Six – The Seattle Years (Part One)  This is the latest volume of my serialized autobiography in both Kindle and paperback versions, telling the story of my early adventures in life after stepping off the well-traveled road in life for the path less-traveled by – and never looked back!

After completing an 8,111 mile bicycle adventure around the United States with my friend Bruce in 1976-1977, I found myself alone in Seattle needing to make my own way in this beautiful Emerald City on the shores of Puget Sound.  This is the story of searching for my meaning and purpose in life, and how I eventually was able to embark on a solo-bicycle adventure around England, Scotland, Wales and France in 1979 – enjoy!

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-D.-Jones/e/B078RRS631/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Cheers!

Mark

Coming Soon: Book Six – The Seattle Years (Part One)

My sixth book, In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book Six – The Seattle Years (Part One), is now in the proof stage and should be published by the end of April.  Here’s a preview of what this phase of my life was all about and what I’ve included on the book’s back cover:

About this book:

“I had no idea of how my life would turn out after arriving in Seattle with Bruce following our bicycle adventure in June 1977 and it turned out that life opened up for me in ways I could have never thought possible.  At the same time, after the adventurous initial ten months of mine in Seattle on my own, I couldn’t have foreseen the dramatic changes that would occur in my life and sweep me away in ways I couldn’t even believe at the time.

All of the experiences I was going through during my time in Seattle were subconsciously making me more aware of the need to discover a greater theme of meaning and purpose for my life, for I still had no idea what I was to do in life, why I was born or what my future held.  There had to be something greater than an endless series of adventures, but I really didn’t have a clue at all as to what it was.  At the time, I couldn’t see further into my future than the next moment or two, leaving me no awareness of where I was headed and going in life.  I certainly didn’t see the changes to my life in Seattle that were just over the horizon at this point, or the dramatic events I’d be part of in the upcoming years…”

About the Author – Mark D. Jones:

“One of my purposes in writing my autobiography is to show young people – or anyone searching for answers – that life is a continuous process of self-discovery that’s never ending or at least it shouldn’t be.  As long as you search your heart for the meaning and purpose of your life, it will whisper to you the direction your life should take.  The point of it all is that dreams really can and do come true, but only if you pursue them and work hard to make them happen.  Most everything I’ve ever accomplished in life started out as a dream.  The funny thing about dreams is that they first need to be identified, labeled and made our own, long before the process of fulfilling them can even begin.  No matter how you came by your dreams, your dreams have validity simply because they’re yours and you’ve made the conscious decision to own them.  Do your best, give it your best shot, live your hopes, dreams, passions and desires in life and never give up or give in – for so long as your dreams remain alive, hope remains.  I wish you all the very best in your journeys and adventures through life, and may God bless you and yours at the end of the day with all the happiness of a life well lived!   Cheers!  Mark”

A link to my Author Page on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-D.-Jones/e/B078RRS631/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Currently I’m working on the manuscript for Book Seven, which covers the following ten months of my time in Seattle, prior to my embarking on a solo-bicycle adventure through England, Scotland, Wales and France in the late spring and early summer of 1979.  I hope to publish Book Seven by the end of May ~ enjoy!  Mark

 

My Publishing Timeline: My Autobiography, Organizational Aerodynamics and Jonathan’s Amazing Adventures

I thought I’d provide you with an update as to the way ahead for my publishing timeline concerning my works in progress.  For the moment, I’ve made most of my WordPress blogs private until the book title of the same name is published.  At that time, I’ll convert the blog to my Author Page for that book in order to provide updates, commentary and answer questions.

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-D.-Jones/e/B078RRS631/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

My future publishing timeline is to continue publishing my autobiography this year, which will take me up to the year 1981 and include my: adventures around the Western United States and the Pacific Northwest; Hot Air Ballooning and an introduction to flying; climbing mountains; numerous cross-continental bus and driving trips; bicycling solo through England, Scotland, Wales and France; SCUBA diving in Puerto Rico with a friend; returning to Michigan State University; a yacht adventure deep into the fjords of British Columbia, Canada; and my solo bicycle adventure through Ontario, Canada.

At that point, my aim is to publish my motivational self-help book titled Organizational Aerodynamics in early 2019, followed by my Jonathan’s Amazing Adventures trilogy of novels: Jonathan’s Dream (An Adventure Novel), Jonathan’s Return (An Adventure Novel) and Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel).

Once I’ve completed publishing these books, then I’ll turn my attention to publishing my The Adventures of Sam the Tugboat children’s stories: The Adventures of Sam the Tugboat; Sam the Tugboat and the Legend of Shipwreck Island and Sam the Tugboat and the Island Kingdom of Beauty, Dreams and Imagination.

I’ve completed all these books save one in draft and this publishing timeline will keep me busy for a number of years, but I thought I’d let you know what to expect over time.  I have other books in progress as well and eventually I’ll return to continue my autobiography recounting my United States Air Force years as a navigator, but not until I’ve finished publishing all of my works in progress ~ enjoy!

Cheers!

Mark

My Latest Book is Now Available: Book Five – The Great Adventure (Part Three)

I’ve published my latest book, In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book Five – The Great Adventure (Part Three), which completes the story of my bicycle adventure of over 8,000 miles around the United States with my friend Bruce in 1976-1977.  Book Five tells the story of our crossing the Western United States from the Texas Gulf Coast to Seattle, WA, in the spring and early summer of 1977.  Book Five is available in the Kindle Store today and will be available as a paperback in a couple of days as well:

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-D.-Jones/e/B078RRS631/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

I’ve now turned my attention to writing Book Six which tells the story of my life in Seattle and my adventures around the Western U.S. in 1977-1978.  Book Six should be available sometime later this month ~ enjoy!

Cheers!

Mark

In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography) ~ Author Mark D. Jones

In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography)

Author Mark D. Jones

Welcome to my new Author Page for my autobiographical series called In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography), now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions!

This is my new home for updating, discussing and commenting on my autobiography, as the story of my life unfolds over a series of volumes explaining how I originally made the decision to leave the well-traveled path in life for the path less-traveled by.  It’s been over 40 years now since I made the decision to leave Michigan State University after not being accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine, and then deciding to undertake a great adventure around the United States with my friend Bruce in 1976-1977.  I’ve lived an adventurous life ever since and only this year started self-publishing my story that I began writing in 1994.  Currently I have four volumes published with many more to follow and at the moment I’m editing Book Five for publication soon.

I hope my story can help you in some small way to follow your own hopes, dreams, passions and desires in life, so that you, too, can follow your heart and live all your hopes and dreams!  Cheers!  Mark

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-D.-Jones/e/B078RRS631/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0