When absence is a good thing..

Wow, that’s been a long six months. Where have I been? Well, I’ve been busy learning. And writing.

First, if writing a book is hard work, then finishing a book is even harder. My editor pushed changes, challenged my verbosity, proposed revisions and hard choices on every word. Chapters that I thought were written well now spend their days in the trash heap. I spent months enduring a monsoon of red ink.

But my memoir – To Dad, From Kelly – is more focused, concise, polished, and – most importantly – finished. I have accomplished my lifelong dream of writing a book, and will publish it this August. Writing the book changed my life; I hope others find it meaningful.


Meet the NeRD!

Stay tuned for more updates on timing and availability of the book and eBook.

Second, if finishing a book is challenging work, then launching a digital content solution for the U.S. Navy is even more daunting. My company, Findaway World, partnered with the U.S. Navy’s General Library Program in the creation of the Navy eReader Device, or NeRD, to provide secure, eReaders preloaded with a collection of popular eBook titles to Navy vessels stationed around the world. The content spans best-sellers, classics, professional development, and entertainment. The eReader itself addresses challenges Navy vessels face around storage restrictions and device security and connectivity.

Shipping day...

Shipping day…

How’d our project do? Check out some of the coverage: CNN, Mashable, and The Wall Street Journal.

NeRD marks my first ever “product launch,” and overseeing the project afforded me with many lessons. I will share these lessons in the next several posts.

Loads of exciting stories to come. And, most importantly to me, I look forward to sharing To Dad, From Kelly this summer.



    1. Thank you, Mike. I look forward to sharing (with of course a good amount of fear worked in). It’s been a long several years but am excited to publish this summer.

  1. Coolio Mr. Kelly My hat is off to you and a fantastic achievement with all  the hard work and effort in launching your two projects back to back………..salute     Bye the way Johnny Waggs is still navy LTCD in San Diego. Two more weeks of sailing then a 3 weeks of R+R for myself.. in the Upper Penn loading stone for Cleveland. Going to ride 500 miler across Iowa July 20th – 26 th and its called Ragbrai. Sort of like the ole Woodstock of bicycling..look it up on Google . Am I still the olden hippie sporting a grey beard of the yesterdays…….well………you betcha bye golly. OK Kelly..may this summer bless you in many grand ways feeling alive and enjoying all of those around you……the German in me tells you Lach Heim once more…..to the good life. the Irish…Ah ” go kiss a lass ” !!!!!!! Take good care and keep that peace in your heart……the blue water cowboy…..me paddy waggs

    1. Waggs!I just checked out the Ragbrai ride. It looks fantastic. Best of luck on the journey you old hippie. I’m sure it will be an adventure. I’ve placed it on the must do item list for next summer. Perhaps a tandem?? Thank you for the note – look forward to sharing the full collection of tales in a month or so…

  2. I’m sure I speak for a lot of people when I say I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations on accomplishing your dream and thank you for allowing others to benefit from it.

    1. Tommy – thank you. I’m excited to have it done and perhaps more excited to tackle the next two writing projects I’m outlining now. More importantly – Ironman! – congratulations to you for tackling the dream. I am amazed!

  3. Hi Kelly, Mrs. Kaltenbach, here. I mentioned to Deb Koebel, manager of the Memorial Hospital Gift shop that your book was finished. She said she would LOVE to carry your book in the shop when it is published. (This is Adam and Emily Koebel’s mom.) Let me know if I can facilitate any conversations with her about this. We can’t wait to read your book!

    Bette and Gary

    1. Hey! Thank you so much. Once it is fully done (cover art, proof of the designed manuscripts, etc) I will certainly reach out. Thank you so much!

  4. Kelly,
    I will look forward to reading your book! I’m sure it will be amazing if it’s anything like your posts….I truly enjoy your writing. Your sincerity shines through.

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