A Philosophical Dream Story

Kevin had a dream last week, and when he woke up from it, he was compelled to write it in his journal.

I’m going to share it with you. 

Side Note: We’re into philosophy—deep thought-provoking, awe-inspiring, mind-blowing, life-changing, heavy stuff. This isn't that deep, but it's interesting Kevin dreamt it.

The Toad and the Tortoise 

I dreamt of a toad who lived with a tortoise inside its shell. The two were a happy pair and much enjoyed each other’s company. The toad thought himself a very clever fellow indeed. He need no longer fear predators and food was plenty. All he had to do in his life of comfort was go where the tortoise wanted.

Some time passed before the toad realized his legs were almost useless to him as he hadn’t used them much in his new life, so he had lost the ability to escape predators on his own. He became entirely dependent on the tortoise for his well-being. The benevolent tortoise didn’t mind because he could come and go as he pleased and always had a friend to keep him from loneliness.

The toad got weaker and lazier until he got very ill. By the time he had died, he hadn’t left the tortoise’s shell for months for fear of birds picking him off. The tortoise tried and tried to push the rotting carcass of his friend out of the shell to no avail, then death finally caught him too.

A riverbed overflowed with silt just a few days later and the friends were buried for what seemed all time, with each other’s remains intertwined. No one could have known that they would both be found, petrified, in the last days of the twentieth century. And now they are an everlasting monument to self-reliance and avoiding a comfortable life.

Only a fool prays for an easy life.

Our struggles define us.

When Is The Next Book Coming Out?

I’ve been writing the second book to Legends of Deceit since the end of last summer.

Do I have a title name yet?


There will be a title after I tackle the first revision.

When will it be out?

I’m hoping this year.

*fingers and piggies crossed*

I’m almost done with the first draft. I would have been done sooner, but I have other things going on in my life that require my attention as well.


Writing a book is a long ass process. I know there are authors who write a book a month or every other month.

I don’t know how they do it.

But I’ve come to the realization every writer is different.

If I were to compare myself to others, I’d be doing myself a disservice.

The only author/writer I should be comparing myself to is myself.

Am I advancing in my craft/art?

Do I love to write?

Am I having fun writing?

So I no longer fret or get all balled up in a knot over how long it takes for me to churn out a novel. The important part is if those three questions are answered with a yes, and that I put out good quality stories for you guys—the readers.

Legends of Deceit is a two book series. 

Oh, and guess what?

It’s  .99 cents right now.

I don’t know how long Legends of Deceit is going to stay on sale, but right now it’s $3.00 off the regular price.

Here’s where you can get it for .99 centsà

Also, I was interviewed to be in a paranormal e-magazine called 
Alternative Perceptions. Once it’s published, I’ll letcha know.

Until next time.

Next Week Is Spring And You Know What That Means, Right?

The snow is melting . . . slowly but surely.

This is what I posted on Instagram yesterday.

If you want to follow me on Instagram to know what I'm up to. You can follow me here: https://www.instagram.com/authorrebekkahford/

So next week is spring and it's supposed to be in the 40s which means more snow melting.


And what this means to me is we get to start working on Aesop A.K.A. RV.

I'm so excited to get this going.


I personally won't be able to work on it with my own two hands for a while. Here's a basic lineup that we have for Aesop.

1.) Kevin needs to fix the ignition switch and get a new battery.

2.) Get a tune-up and have it mechanically gone through to make sure everything is in working order. Hopefully, all will be good.

3.) Get new tires put on and a new spare.

4.) Get new front seats.

5.) Bring Aesop home and put a new furnace in.

6.) See if we need a new air conditioner. If so, we'll have to buy and install a new one.

7.) Generator. A mechanic we know has our genny right now. He knows how to rebuild them, so that's what he's doing. Once he's done, he'll install it for us.

8.) We need to make sure everything works inside the RV ie: fridge, stove, etc.

9.) Solar panels and a battery system to accommodate it. We know NOTHING about solar panels, however, I'm part of a solar energy group on Facebook, and the guy who runs it is an expert on solar energy. He installs solar panels on other people's rigs for a living. I'll be going to him when we get to this point.

10.) After we install the panels, we'll need to put some kind of sealant on the roof. Kevin was talking about something like that, but I can't remember exactly what he called it.

 Now for the fun part.

Inside renovation!

11.) Rip up the carpet, paint, put blinds and curtains up, lay new flooring down, build some shelves.

I need shelves for my books ya know.

And blah, blah, blah, blah.

After that, we should be done.

I'm sure, though, there will be some surprises along the way. But that's the basic outline of what we have planned for our RV. 

It's going to be a lot of hard work but worth it in the long run.

I'll be taking before and after pictures to share with you. I'll also be filming it for our future Youtube channel.

Have a good one.


Is This Cool Or What?

I love this! LOL

Why Wait?

Life is too short and the world is wide. Why wait until you retire to do the things you want to do? And this is if you're lucky enough to make it to retirement age AND if you survive RIGHT after you retire. Do you know how many people I've heard of who retired, looking forward to their time off, to finally be able to do what they want to do, only to die shortly after? Um . . . quite a few. 

Not us.

The hubster and I see things differently and so do others who have done what we're working towards and embarking upon. 

Where there's a will, there's a way.

For sure.

I've never been materialistic. Maybe because I was basically on my own at the age of 16 and had $30.00--if that--to live on for a week. I'd go to the grocery store with only $10.00 to spend. I lived off of a pound of hamburger, Ramen noodles, and frozen burritos. Sometimes I was forced to go to a food bank. I know how to survive on very little and so does Kevin (hubster). He was in a similar situation. 

It sucked.


It made us stronger, resilient, and resourceful.

We'll never ever forget what it was like to be poor, and frankly, I'll do whatever I can to avoid that situation again.

So Kevin and I have experience in being dirt poor. We also have the experience of owning a nice house, classic car . . . basically what society has drilled into everyone as the American dream. 

We were in debt.

On the outside to others we had it made.


Kevin's job was a stress pit.

If he died, he'd be replaced with a snap of a finger.

Fuck that.

We're not waiting to live the life we want.

I'm a planner.

And I'm not afraid to admit, I need security.

Finacial security.

So we wait.

We renovate the RV.

Make it our own which will be vintage/hippie/boho style.

Make sure it's mechanically sound.

Get the solar panels on so we can have free energy.

I love free energy.

Save, Save. Save.

Sell our house.

In the meantime, I find ways to make money online through my books, freelance writing, Etsy store, and so forth.

I'm not going to lie, I wish we can leave now, but I'm a planner. 

Did I say that already?

We need to do this right.

Oh, and I just bought a camera so we can start filming our documentary. However, I won't upload it to Youtube until we go, that way everything will be seamless and flow together. 


We're going to start filming soon.

How exciting is that?


Anyway, I'll keep you updated on our progress and the progress of book 2 to Legends of Deceit. 



Monday Motivation

It's Monday, and we all need some motivation. 

Life Is Too Short

What Is My Crazy Future Plan?

So how do you like my new revamp blog?

I’m digging it and will probably play around with it later.

Why would I change my blog?

I’m moving into a totally different direction in my life that’ll eventually have to do with writing, travel, and adventure.


This is a year or so plan in the making.

What’s the plan?

The hubster and I bought this RV A.K.A. Aesop, last September.

Once the weather warms up, we’re going to renovate it and make it our own.

Here’s what it looks like inside right now.

It’s the total Vegas look.


We’re going to rip up that nasty carpet, put down like a barn wood flooring, get rid of the blue velvet and brass and paint the cabinets among other things.

We’re going to document the whole renovation, so I’ll share it with you.

What’s the plan?

The hubster and I are going to travel the U.S. in our RV and be digital nomads. We’ll be creating a documentary about our adventures/travel, and I’ll continue to write as well as put other social media content out.

I just opened an Etsy store called: DARETOLIVESHOP. It’s another way to hopefully bring in some extra cash to help fund our documentary. Right now, there are cool inspirational t-shirts to buy. I’m still working on putting other products in my shop, and I’m having fun doing it. Here’s the link if you want to check it outà https://www.etsy.com/shop/DARETOLIVESHOP?ref=search_shop_redirect

It’s also on one of the tabs above.

Anyway, that’s my crazy plan—travel the US as a digital nomad in my RV and living off grid—and I'm so happy and excited about it. 

I’ll be doing an update on my current writing in progress soon.