Today started pretty well. I was notified that the paperback version of my book, Been Dead, Never Been To Europe, was available in the Amazon store, and I was elated that I’d gotten through all the hurdles of self-publishing to get to this point.
Then I hopped on Twitter to see what the world was screaming about, and there it was, news that the Nebraska - Wisconsin game had been cancelled.
I was scheduled to do a podcast interview with Tyler Hunt of Bucky’s 5th Quarter, our SBNation Wisconsin site, this morning, and I was looking forward to talking to him about the game. I had interviewed Tyler a few weeks ago and we agreed that I’d come on their show to talk about Nebraska as game day came near.
Instead of talking about the game, Tyler joined me and we shared our disappointment at the cancellation of the game. It’s not very long. It’s lacking the excitement of seeing how Nebraska’s defensive line would do against Wisconsin’s beefy offensive line and Nakia Watson pounding the ball up the middle.
Last week versus Ohio State, Nebraska’s secondary left receivers open all over. How would they fare against Jay Ferguson, the Badgers’ tight end? How would Adrian Martinez, Luke McCaffrey and Nebraska’s upgraded offensive line fair against the Wisconsin defense?
WHAT ABOUT OMAR MANNING’S DEBUT!!!!!!
I Have A Book Out!
My memoir - Been Dead, Never Been To Europe - is available.
A Story of Resilience
Jon Johnston was an active, healthy adult when he dropped dead suddenly of a widowmaker heart attack. He was not expected to live, after being dead for more than 20 minutes, but if he did survive, his brain would forever be damaged due to oxygen deprivation.Alternating between humor, sadness, and anger at his body’s betrayal, Jon takes us with him as he puts his life back together. At the beginning, he sees the trauma as a minor inconvenience and expects a speedy recovery. As he realizes the damage to his heart is permanent, he is hit with another setback when he is diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, leaving him with memory loss, debilitating headaches, and a loss of identity. Tasks that had been trivial had become onerous endeavors, and his life became an unexpected challenge.
Been Dead, Never Been to Europe offers a real-life view of what it takes to rebuild after a devastating event, to accept an unexpected present and future, and to discover a new identity. Been Dead, Never Been to Europe will appeal to readers who seek memoirs of resilience, and to those whose own lives have been affected by unexpected trauma.