A person with ADD/ADHD can overcome lots of difficulties. One can even write a book about his life’s experiences! Bob Ossler, Chicago paramedic, firefighter, air-sea rescue, ordained pastor and chaplain. Bob Ossler did just that with coauthor Janice Hall Heck. Triumph Over Terror is that book.
So I’ve owned up to being A.D.D./A.D.H.D, and that explains a bit of my poor performance in school in my early years. It may also explain a bit of my impulsiveness, inattention, and hyperactivity as a child and as an adult.
When I was a kid, I was Trouble with that capital T. I couldn’t seem to control my inattention, my off-task behavior, my risk-taking behavior, my failure to learn as fast as the other kids, my inability to complete tasks, and my penchant for taking up new interests when old interests quickly faded.
As a kid, I was a mess. But I did squeak through high school, thanks to my supportive parents and a few teachers who seemed to take special interest in me.
Along the way, I discovered strengths that have helped me become successful in life. In fact, I might even call those strengths “my superabilities.” Once I identified them, my life changed…
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Please help us reach our goal: to finish up in 2nd place in the Readers Choice Book Competition – book title: Triumph Over Terror in Memoir Category 6. (The #1 book in this category already has far more votes than we could get at this point, so we will be happy with 2nd place.) We need 10 votes…and maybe a few more for extra measure.
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It’s been a while since I posted on this blog, but there’s a good reason. I was involved in the writing, publication, and promotion of Triumph Over Terror, a book coauthored with Chaplain Bob Ossler about his experiences at Ground Zero in New York City after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Bob Ossler and I have also been posting at http://www.BobOsslerChaplain.com
Writing a book is hard enough, but after you write it and get it published, you have to garner people’s interest and get them to buy it.
Book contests are one way to create interest. Announcements about the contest go on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, email, and wherever else a writer has online presence.
I’m downsizing my grammar book collection, or at least trying to. Tough job. I have so many favorites. How can I heartlessly toss these treasures in a box for a yard sale? No. Some simply cannot go.
Last night I picked up Essays of E. B. White (Harper Perennial, 1977 edition. Original copyright 1934). White is known for Charlotte’s Web, a book about a pig, a spider, and a young girl–a favorite with children everywhere. White is also known for his writings in the New Yorker and Harper’s magazine.
In one essay, White describes his own attempts to discard some of the accumulated miscellany gathered in his lifetime. But one book, he decides, he can’t possibly disown is The Elements of Style, the much favored, much challenged book by William Strunk, Jr.
In 1919, E.B. White took an English class at Cornell University with Strunk as the teacher. Elements of Style was on the required reading list.
Years later, (1957) E.B. White was asked to revise of The Elements, but after time spent working on it, he decided that “I discovered that for all my fine talk, I was no match for the parts of speech…[and] I felt uneasy at posing as an expert on rhetoric, when the truth is I write by ear, always with difficulty and seldom with any exact notion of what is taking place under the hood.”
Those reservations notwithstanding, White did revise Strunk’s original work. And, of course, that work has been revised again and again and is still a best seller on Amazon.
Downsizing my grammar book collection forces me to pick up old favorites and riffle through their pages and even smell a bit of their mustiness. With a sigh, Essays and Elements both go into a box to be donated to the library for its book sale. If I get nostalgic for these oldies, I will visit them on Amazon. I am sure they will be there for years to come.
My coauthor (Janice Hall Heck) and I have written a book entitled Triumph Over Terror, a book about my experiences as a volunteer chaplain at Ground Zero after September 11. It was a hard book to write because of the painful memories of suffering that flooded back into my mind. But, to once and for all, clear my head of these memories, I enlisted the help of my writers critique group friend, Janice Hall Heck.
It took us a year, but now Triumph Over Terror has been published and available on
Amazon for just over a year where we have 51 5-star reviews.
Now we are in a Readers Choice competition, and we are an UNDERDOG, trailing a book about a special needs DOG by about 450 points. I don’t know how the author amassed so many votes. We have been working…
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My last post, A Quest of Another Kind, was about a challenge that my friend Chaplain Bob Ossler and I undertook: writing a book about his experiences at Ground Zero after September 11. It took over a year and more than 1000 typed pages in various drafts, but we completed it and found a small publisher interesting in getting it out in print and ebook formats. Triumph Over Terror is for sale on Amazon and Ingram.
The book, Triumph Over Terror, has been out for just over a year, and we have entered various contests. We claimed a Finalist position in the AmericanBookFest.com Best Books of 2017 competition, and earned the right to post this award on our blog site and on the book itself. http://www.americanbookfest.com
Now we are in the Readers Choice competition and are presently in 5th place. This competition requires readers to vote for their favorite book. Each author tries to drum up as many friends and readers as possible. There is not tangible reward for winning this competition–just some bragging rights and a gold sticker to paste on the front cover of the book. Mostly it’s an honor and even a bit humbling to see how many people like and vote for our book.
Please vote for Triumph Over Terror now. Click on the site, then click on the black bar (it says 1/16) at the right corner and wait a second. Then click through to page 6/16, and scroll down to Triumph Over Terror. A little circle will spin to show you have voted.
Triumph Over Terror Paperback – July 19, 2016
: a journey made in search of something
: a long and difficult effort to find or do something
My friend, Bob Ossler, and I set out on a quest more than sixteen months ago: to write his memories of his work as a volunteer chaplain at Ground Zero in New York City after 9/11.
Bob is a talker and a storyteller. He is not a writer. But he joined a writers’ critique group that my friend, Kathryn Ross, and I organized at Cumberland County Community Church, in Millville, NJ.
Bob started telling his Ground Zero stories and stopped us cold. We listened to story after story, spellbound and teary-eyed.
When Bob stopped talking, silence overwhelmed the conference room. Then, almost in unison, the writers in the group said, “Bob, you must write these stories so readers can see a new picture of what happened at Ground Zero. Your stories tell about people with fractured and broken hearts and spirits. They don’t just tell about buildings that crashed to the ground.”
“I can’t write,” he insisted. “I’ve tried and tried. But each time I end up in an emotional mess. I just can’t do it.”
“Can you email?” I asked.
“Yes,” he answered.
“Then write me emails, and let’s see what happens.”
And that’s just what he did. Bob wrote me hundreds of emails of his memories about Ground Zero. We met weekly for three hours, and I plagued him for more details. We wrote and rewrote. Then we found a publisher, Scoti Springfield Domeij of Blackside Publishing, who caught our vision and encouraged us to keep writing.
Fifteen months and ten reams of paper later, our quest ended in a published book. Writing this book was a journey, a long and difficult journey, but we did it. And here is our final product. It was a quest well worth doing, but we are both glad that it is finished. What will our next quest be? Stay turned. We are already working on another brainchild.
For more on this project see our website and blog at www.triumphoverterror.com