Tuesday, 12 October 2004
In February of 2004, I
had a book published titled, "Up the Creek, True Stories of Canoeists in
Trouble", by Mcgraw-Hill. This book is a collection of stories which
demonstrate the sort of things that can go wrong when paddlers go
canoeing. The goal of the book was to promote safe canoeing through
examples and lessons learned from the personal experiences of
knowledgeable paddlers. The book has been well received, and the
responses I have had, indicate that people can be entertained as well as
learn and benefit, from reading about the troubles and problems that
other canoeists have experienced.
So, no surprise, I would
like to do a second similar book!
I would like to know if
you, as an experienced paddler, have a story about any kind of incident
where something went wrong while you were paddling. The only limitations
I make, is that there must be an open canoe involved. That is about the
only constraint. I would like to have stories about pretty much anything
that has gone wrong during a canoe trip. Day trips, expeditions, lakes,
rivers, doesn't matter. I'd like to hear about problems that arose from;
insufficient planning, lack of experience, insufficient skills, excess
confidence, weather surprises, equipment failure, lack of communication,
complacency, random acts of nature, or judgment mishaps, just to name a
few. The stories do not have to involve a major disaster (although major
disasters are good!). Stories can involve minor incidents, or close
calls, really any event where a lesson was learned.
I am looking for a
collection of stories that will entertain and inform, not preach and
blame. While I want to ensure that people get the point of the stories,
I do not plan to over analyze and try to determine fault.
I would like stories of
anywhere from 500-2000 words, and would welcome photos to go along with
the stories. Individuals will have complete approval over any editorial
changes I may make, as well as approval of the final version to be used.
People can also choose to remain anonymous, or change the names to
protect the embarrassed.
I would be delighted if
you would like to send me a story or ten. I am going to keep the stories
independent of time. If there is good entertainment content, and a
valuable lesson, then when the incident actually happened is less
I would also greatly
appreciate it if you can put me in contact with other experienced
paddlers, that might have an experience or two to share. If you want any
more information, please let me know.
I look forward to hearing