Sunday, June 30, 2013

New Book Cover - Watermelon is Life

I'm happy to display the new cover of my book, Watermelon is Life.  It's a wonderful illustration.  The road is actually a real picture of a dirt road in Namibia.  The wildlife in the background are all animals I saw while living and working there.  Finally, the backpacker standing on the road represents my wanderlust.  A very talented cover design artist, Clarrisa Yeo, put it together for me.  She stuck with the same theme of using silhouettes which was also used in my previous cover.

Watermelon is Life is the second book in my teacher travelogue series.  The book is about my experience as a volunteer teacher in rural Namibia.  I plan to donate some of the book's proceeds to the Unlock Foundation, an organization trying to bridge the learning gaps in rural areas in Africa. 

Currently, the manuscript is complete and undergoing revisions.  The book is expected to get published towards the end of the summer. :)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Return to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

Recently, I traveled back to the Dominican Republic to visit the kids at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH).  The NPH home has grown and it now cares for 224 orphaned and abandoned children.  I was so happy that I got to spend nearly two weeks visiting with the kids, the volunteers, and NPH staff.  Oddly enough, when I arrived in the Dominican Republic and we drove to NPH, I felt like I was returning home more so than when I came back to the U.S. 

While at NPH, I got to see things through the eyes of a visitor.  Suffice to say, it was more relaxing and less stressful than when I was working there as a teacher.  For eleven days we played sports, did activities, and caught up on everything that has taken place the past year.  I really hope to make these visits a yearly tradition, and as of now I'm tentatively planning a return trip in August of 2014.  Vamos a ver!

In any event, here are some photos of my trip back home...

One of the older kids, Victor, and I at an event in Santo Domingo teaching the kids about the rights of children.

Posing with a new boy at NPH, John.  H recently arrived at the home with his older brother.

Some of the boy from my house, Santa Bernardita.

A night out in the batey for a bit of drinking and bachata.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Reviews - Happy Time Go Fast

As I struggle to market my book (although I've been allocating much more time to writing than marketing) I try to think of new ways to get word out there.  Every so often, I've attempted to solicit reviews from other writers or university newspapers.  So far I've gotten two reviews posted online, both are impartial and offer positive remarks.  I'm far away from declaring victory when it comes to getting reviews, but this may be a good start.

FSU News - Author Shares Advice for Teaching Abroad

Chris in South Korea - Book Review: Happy Time Go Fast

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Happy Time Go Fast - ONLY 99 cents!

For ONE WEEK only, until the end of March, I've lowered the price of my teacher travelogue, and now it's...
99 cents! 

You can find more money than that walking down the street.  Get it NOW on Amazon!

Put yourself in the shoes of a first-time English teacher as soon as you open the book! 

Humorous, informative, lighthearted and educational, Happy Time Go Fast takes you inside the classroom and standing in front of the students.  Wes Weston shares amusing stories and anecdotes that illustrate his misadventures with discipline, classroom management, positive reinforcement, and even school romance.  These experiences are then put into context against the serious backdrop of English education in South Korea where the English craze is uncanny.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Book Cover - Watermelon is Life

Just wanted to share the cover of the next book in my teacher travelogue series.  Watermelon is Life is about my experience as a volunteer teacher in rural Namibia.  I plan to donate some of the proceeds to an organization which is trying to bridge the learning gaps in Namibia.  School children are still in great need of desks, chairs, and textbooks.  Will provide more information as the time draws near.

Presently, I've finished the 1st draft and am going over some revisions.  Then I'll pass it around and have a few people comb through the manuscript.  Hopefully I'll be able to publish it sometime this spring.  :)


Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

  1. Get a full-time teaching job so I can start making an income.
  2. Publish the second travelogue book in my series. (Watermelon Is Life)
  3. Keep writing!
  4. Create a blog/website to serve as my primary platform to disseminate information about my writing.
  5. Spend a few weeks in the Dominican Republic visiting the kids at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos.
  6. Get accepted in to graduate school.
  7. Start exercising regularly once again.
  8. Find a permanent place to live.
  9. Do some sightseeing around the San Francisco Bay Area.
  10. Make a point to visit some old friends.