On a very regular basis Herb is asked to write a book on a given subject or asked when a book on a given subject will be coming out. Currently, he has over 40 book concepts to work on. If he turns out 2 books a year, he will still have a list when he passes his 95th birthday. At that point he probably will have slowed down considerably. Here are some of the more exciting topics on his list.
Herb spends considerable time in Haiti and has developed a file of stories concerning interactions with people in Haiti. Many have been added to the stories his wife, Judy, sends out to people who are infirm. Much of the book has been written. Now it needs to be organized, illustrated, and formatted.
Herb Nordmeyer bought his first kayak because he wanted to fish where powerboats could not go. Soon he introduced a young lady to kayaking and found that he got more enjoyment from introducing people to kayaking than he got from catching fish. Soon a second and a third kayak joined his fleet. He became a certified American Canoe Association instructor. When he was fired (they claimed he was laid off due to the economic downturn), he set up a kayak guiding service. He found that most of the books written about kayaking concern white-water kayaking and sea kayaking. He was squarely in the middle of that portion of recreational kayaking called nature kayaking. He took people on 4- and 5-hour trips to birdwatch, explore nature, etc., and he took them on wilderness kayak camping trips. Most of his clients were ladies who were between 50 and 75.
Herb Nordmeyer bought his first kayak because he wanted to fish where powerboats could not go. Soon he introduced a young lady to kayaking and found that he got more enjoyment from introducing people to kayaking then he got from catching fish. Soon a second and a third kayak joined his fleet. He became a certified American Canoe Association instructor. When he was laid off due to the economic down turn, he set up a kayak guiding service. He found most that of the books written about kayaking concern white-water kayaking and sea kayaking. He is squarely in the middle of that portion of recreational kayaking called nature kayaking. He takes people on 4 and 5 hour trips to bird-watch, explore nature, etc. and he takes them on wilderness camping trips. The majority of his clients are ladies who are between 50 and 75.
He is currently working on a book. In that book he will tell about getting chewed out by a newbie canoer on the Guadalupe River. She was not part of his group, but she and her husband sank their canoe and were standing in it. She had tied her cocker spanial to the canoe so it would not jump out of the canoe. The dog was struggling to reach the surface and could not quite make it. Herb tried to get them to step out of their canoe, but they would not, so he ended up cutting the leash to save the dog. That is when the tongue-lashing began. He then got the couple out of the river, rescued their canoe, emptied their canoe, and got them back into it. All the while the lady chewed on him for cutting her $5.00 leash. She never thanked him for rescuing her dog.
Nature Kayaking was originally scheduled for publication in 2019. With all of the time Herb spends in Haiti, that publication date has been delayed at least 4 years.
July 28, 2018 update – Herb actually went kayaking twice in 2018. A friend ordered him to take time off and go kayaking. When he asked if she was inviting herself she said, “YES!” What could Herb do but take her kayaking?
Faux Green/Real Green
Faux Green/Real Green is about 15% written and starts out with these words:
“I can plant bamboo and grow everything to build a home in just a few years, but I do not think I could convince my family to move into it; so even though it may be green by various standards, it is faux green.
“This book is designed to ask questions and to get the reader to ask questions. A lot of misinformation is out there. A former vice president has claimed he lives in a green home. It is a McMansion; and even though it is loaded with energy-saving devices and is built with low-impact materials, it is a major waste of resources, so it is faux green.
“As you read each chapter, I hope you will develop a very skeptical attitude towards those who claim they are experts in green construction and green living. Some of them are; but some, in their greed to sell their products, are as concerned about you as a rattlesnake whose tail you are standing on.”
Originally, Herb planned to publish this book in 2018, but with all the work being done in Haiti, it will be delayed about 6 years.
The Last Flight of the X-SP-13-5-D
The Last Flight of the X-SP-13-5-D was written as a booklet many years ago and distributed locally. More recently Herb mined information about that time and included it in two of the stories in Failing My Way to Success – Volume I. The current plan is to turn it into a children’s picture book, with Herb’s favorite illustrator bringing the story to life. Since we want publication to be timed for maximum publicity before the Christmas buying season, we will probably shoot for June of 2020.