Bev: Exec Assistant/Admin and Author, Editor and Publisher www.aworkinprogress.com.au
Grew up in a suburban country-style area, parents divorced when young, lived in an all female home, moved into Adelaide city (South Australia) in my teens. Attended Business College learning key skills towards working in the corporate arena. Met my life partner, Graham, in a disco and we fell in love at first sight. We had significant challenges in learning to communicate - we are both very independent yet a perfect fit together. Co-authoring with Graham has unknowingly been all our lives but became focussed when developing our website and writing to encourage and make people laugh. My motivation is a picture of person travelling home or sitting quietly after a busy day at work reading our book and smiling as Graham’s wonderful photos and the words fill them with confidence about their future and to go for their goals and dreams.
Graham: Businessman and Landscape and Wildlife Photographer
From a business farming background in vineyards, cattle and earthmoving all of which have been an advantage from the moment he picked up a camera with the purpose of capturing some of the “moments” he saw especially in the early morning light. Birds just seemed to “fly” in front of his camera lens to have their photo taken - even knocking off his cap in the process!
Working outdoors in natural wildlife environments every day and his love of the ocean and the peace often found only in the early morning sunrise and late afternoon sunsets, the beauty in trees and flowers and the interaction of wildlife including birds living their daily lives has inspired him to offer these one of a kind “a moment in time” opportunities only there for a few seconds before the moment is gone forever.
Nothing daunted, Stephen returns with a new selection which brings together the very best of his original classic titles - The Book of Heroic Failures and The Return of Heroic Failures.
The heartwarming news that stays news is that there really is no limit to what humanity can achieve, as we move onwards and downwards to ever more immortal and breathtaking feats of incompetence. The Not Terribly Good Book of Heroic Failures lovingly chronicles the all-time heroes who have been so bad at things that they shine as beacons for future generations.
It is hard not to feel boundless admiration, for example, for the fifty Mexican convicts who dug an escape tunnel out of their jail and came up in the courtroom where many of them had been sentenced. Or for the world's worst tourist, who spent three days in New York believing he was in Rome.
While bookstores are filled with tales of mothers, their children, and families, there are so few from the dad's side. Now, as a public service, I'm doing my part to right this wrong.
Sweat dries. Blood clots. Bones heal. Suck it up, buttercup.
After his deployment in Afghanistan, Dan Caddy began swapping great drill sergeant stories by e-mail with other combat veterans—an exchange with friends that would grow into the dedicated Facebook page, “Awesome Sh*t My Drill Sergeant Said.” But what began as a comedic outlet has evolved into a robust online community and support network that conducts fundraisers for and donates to military charities, has helped veterans struggling with PTSD and other issues, and on numerous occasions, literally saved lives.
Now, Caddy shares more great DS stories—most never before seen—in this humorous collection. Often profane, sometimes profound, yet always entertaining, these rants from real life soldiers are interspersed with lively sidebars, Top 10 lists, stories from fans, one-liners, and more.
For anyone who has suffered a hard-ass manager (in uniform or not), Awesome Sh*t My Drill Sergeant Said will add a much needed dose of humor to the day.