A Little Twist of Texas

by Linda Raven Moore | Travel |
ISBN: 097795076x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Skyring of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on 6/15/2006
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15 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Skyring from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Thursday, June 15, 2006
Linda is an extraordinary woman, travelling across the Southwest to Texas and back on a big black beast of a motorbike. She takes the reader along for the trip, a trip through many realms.

And she's a BookCrosser!

Bravo Linda - you are my hero and my inspiration.

Journal Entry 2 by woosang from Campbelltown, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, June 15, 2006
LOL You know far too much about my BC journalling habits. AS this is a book by a bookcrosser, I will make a special effort to get it travelling. Thanks Skyring and Whytraven


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This book was as good as Skyring's. I felt Iwas a part of Linda's trip and her descriptions of the places she visited painted an amazing image in my mind. Great work! and I hope to read more on your blog.

Journal Entry 3 by wingwhiteraven13wing from Quartzsite, Arizona USA on Thursday, June 15, 2006
This is a special book because the first three digits of the BCID are my birthday. :-P

Oh, and because I wrote it. :-P

Oh, and because I'm supposed to be leaving on Raven's Roads 2 this weekend.

Journal Entry 4 by woosang from Campbelltown, New South Wales Australia on Monday, June 19, 2006

Bookray


I am hoping to get this book to travel australia.

Catsalive (NSW)
-Bodhi- (NSW)
cathyinoz (Vic)
aleonblue

Journal Entry 5 by catsalive from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, July 02, 2006
Got it, thanks woosang.

Journal Entry 6 by catsalive from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, July 13, 2006
How great that you got out there and did that, Linda. Those "annoying little habits that drive you to distortion" must be mindboggling for you. Is that intentional?

I agree about New Mexico, I thought it had a nice feel to it, as does Austin, and I love the way nature reclaims those old, abandoned roads too.

It sounds a thrilling time (good and bad thrills) but I have to admit I'd rather take the quarterhorse than a motorbike anytime. Thanks for the great account of your odyssey.

Thanks also to woosang. I'll get this off to -Bodhi- ASAP. Posted 14/7/6.

Journal Entry 7 by wing-Bodhi-wing from Jannali, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, July 16, 2006
Got this in the mail today, thanks catsalive. I'm looking forward to this one, travel stories are my faves and this one is written by a Bookcrosser! Awesome :)

Journal Entry 8 by wing-Bodhi-wing from Jannali, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, August 03, 2006
What a cool book :)I was drawn to this book because I love travel books and ravens and this had both! I hope ravens roads 2 is going well so far and that the winds are kind to you and you have no gear problems :) I really enjoyed this little gem and I can't wait till the second book! Good Luck Linda

May your blessings be more
And your troubles be few,
And may want and worry
be a stranger to you.

Journal Entry 9 by cathyinoz from Fitzroy, Victoria Australia on Sunday, August 06, 2006
Look what I caught!
I'm looking forwards to reading another travel journal by another real bookcrosser -- I enjoyed skyring's so much. And the bonus here -- I've never been to Texas and probably never will - this'll be the next best thing.

PS. I just read "The Motorcycle Diaries". Is there some kind of random theme thingy going on here? I didn't know this one had a bike in it 'til it arrived. I'm going to make double sure I look both ways before I cross any more streets!

Journal Entry 10 by cathyinoz from Fitzroy, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Well I've been a bit of a slow-poke with this book but have enjoyed picking it up then coming back to it.
What a great trip -- the description is done so well I can picture it. The Grand Canyon has always sounded tempting but, Linda's chapter on visiting the Zuni nation pueblos caught my imagination. I'd love to see it for real.

I admire the gumption to go out and live that many BCer's seem to possess. So glad I've got to 'know' another great person through Bookcrossing. will contact aleonblue then journal when I've posted. Thanks once again for sharing!

Journal Entry 11 by cathyinoz from Fitzroy, Victoria Australia on Thursday, September 14, 2006
Posted to aleonblue this morning.

Journal Entry 12 by aleonblue from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Yay - this little book arrived in my mailbox today. Looking forward to reading it and have already got someone else lined up to read it when I'm finished with it ...

Thanks to all for sharing the book.

Journal Entry 13 by aleonblue from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Friday, September 22, 2006
A very enjoyable book! You have a great writing style WhiteRaven13, and I loved reading about your journey, both physical and spiritual, and the warts and all story. It was quite inspiring!

The closest I've come to this type of journey was quite a few years ago on the back of a motorbike travelling from Brisbane to Sydney and back again. I looked like the michelin man when I was all geared up, but I did enjoy it.

And of course, Skyring gets his own special mention (quite a few times!) Not sure who is the most well known BookCrosser - WhiteRaven13 or Skyring.

The book is going on its own little road journey today to visit some Toowoomba BookCrossers (only a 1 1/2 hour trip - and on 4 wheels) but will end up with Wombles who is really looking forward to reading the book. And who knows where after that ...

Thanks to Linda for writing the book and everyone else for sharing it!

Journal Entry 14 by aleonblue at Angelo's Restaurant, Herries St in Toowoomba, Queensland Australia on Friday, September 22, 2006

Released 12 yrs ago (9/22/2006 UTC) at Angelo's Restaurant, Herries St in Toowoomba, Queensland Australia

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This book is heading off on its own little road journey to meet some Toowoomba BookCrossers for lunch, before heading to Wombles, before finding some more appreciative readers. Hope it travels as far and wide as it's author.

Journal Entry 15 by wombles from Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Saturday, September 23, 2006
Aleonblue gave me this today, I was really looking forward to it, so I stsrted reading it on the train on the way home, the book went to Toowoomba and up to Picnic Point lookout then up to Caboolture on a train, Monday it will travel out to Laidley with me.

I'm really enjoying reading of Lindas travels, such an interesting trip!

Journal Entry 16 by wombles from Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The book with a puppy (a Historical puppy of course!)

Journal Entry 17 by wombles from Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The book on Tabletop mountain!

Journal Entry 18 by wombles from Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Yesterday I took A little Twist of Texas on a train and bus ride out to Laidley, 3 hours each way. We stopped at Ipswich to see the Dinosaur footprints but my camera had flat batteries.

I did take a photo of the book with the horse on my mobile phone though!

Journal Entry 19 by wombles from Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Thursday, September 28, 2006
I finished this last night, I loved it and hope to read more from Linda in the future. I have a few questions most of which I'm sure can be fixed by googling.
I like that this book has been to 3 of my favourite bookcrossers!

Journal Entry 20 by wombles from Caboolture, Queensland Australia on Saturday, October 21, 2006
I was askd by the Adcon group to talk at the convention about a book I wanted to share with the attendees, I was frightened by the idea of public speaking and it took me 3 days to answer their request, I decided that as it was on the last day, by then everyone would know me and it wouldn't matter what I said :)
I just finished and it wasn't as scary as I had thought it would be though I always talk too fast! There's now a list of people who wan to read this copy, Magicjessnrach grabbed it off me first!
Next in line
Sarahbear
Sherlockfan
Lyttletonwitch
Bargainqueen
Littlemave
Freesia
Puppymummy.
Luckydipper


I hope you enjoy the journal entries Whiteraven!

Journal Entry 21 by Skyring from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Sunday, October 22, 2006
You came across very well, Wombles! Besides, it's easy to speak to a group of friends when the words come straight from the heart.

Me, I think, well if Linda can ride a bike across half a continent, and then write a book about it, then surely I can stand in front of this microphone...

Journal Entry 22 by magicjessnrach from Flagstaff Hill, South Australia Australia on Monday, October 23, 2006
I caught this at the convention. Well, to tell you the truth I grabbed it off Wombles after she did a great talk about it at the convention. I wanted to read it because I recently read the adventures of an Australian travelling America on a Greyhound bus in 'Ticket to Ride' which I really loved. It whetted my appetite for American travel books. Also reading bookcrosser's books is fun!

Journal Entry 23 by wingwhiteraven13wing from Quartzsite, Arizona USA on Monday, October 30, 2006
I'm doing a Skyring here and popping into my own journal! A case of mistaken identity...while WhiteRaven probably did grant your wish, I'm afraid that I, the author, am not she...I go as WhiteRaven13 on the site. But thank you for reading my book anyway, and I hope that you enjoy it!

WR13

Journal Entry 24 by magicjessnrach from Flagstaff Hill, South Australia Australia on Monday, October 30, 2006
I worked that out the minute I posted my entry. I changed it instantly so I am amazed you actually saw the original entry! Still enjoying your book BTW.

Journal Entry 25 by wingwhiteraven13wing from Quartzsite, Arizona USA on Monday, October 30, 2006
LOL! I work from the email notification--you don't get updates when someone edits.

I shall now leave this thread alone. ;)

Journal Entry 26 by magicjessnrach from Flagstaff Hill, South Australia Australia on Sunday, April 15, 2007
Aaaaah!!! Just found this book lurking in a cupboard. Sorry it has taken me so long to send it on but I completely forgot about it. I shall contact Sarahbear immediately.

The book was a very enjoyable read. I now wish to travel America to see some of the places mentioned for myself.

Journal Entry 27 by sarahbear from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Received safely and soundly today. So now this book is having a short pit stop in Tasmania. I wonder if this is the coldest place it has been? It's only about 11 deg here today...brrrrr

Journal Entry 28 by Skyring from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, April 27, 2007
I caught up with Linda again last week, this time in Charleston. No motorbyke, but a lot of fun. We wandered along the waterfront on a sunny day, releasing books into fountains and sharing a cherry gelato that made us look as if we were heavily lipsticked.

She remains my hero.

Journal Entry 29 by sarahbear from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Tuesday, May 01, 2007
This was a great travel diary to read. I actually even dreamt it was me doing that huge ride...and I woke up with a numb bum lol. Linda you have done a terrific job with this book and I hope you are very proud of it. Very much an inspiration. Thank you.

posting to Sherlockfan as soon as I have an address.

Journal Entry 30 by sarahbear from St Helens, Tasmania Australia on Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Posting today. Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 31 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Thursday, May 17, 2007
Thanks Sarahbear.
The book arrived safely this week - nearly accidentally joined other books being packed into boxes because we have sold our house and presently have nowhere to go. It was rescued in the nick of time and prevented from perhaps spending several months locked away in a storage unit.

I've started it already and it is a great read.

Journal Entry 32 by Sherlockfan from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, May 21, 2007
I have so enjoyed this book. What an adventurous and yet introspective person Linda is and her ability to describe in such detail the countryside and the towns through which she passes enhances the book to great effect.

All the time I was reading I mourned the absence of my wonderful detailed book of maps of the USA that I use to place me alongside stories I read from that huge wonderful diverse country. That book is packed already and it wasn't until I read the last page that I found the map at the back which does at least give some idea of the extent of the trip.

Before I post it off to Lyttelton I just want to refresh myself with some of the incidents and reread some books. I almost never do that so this book has obviously spoken to me with some meaning.

Thanks for writing this book in the way you have WhiteRaven13 - I've had a lot of thought provoking moments herein.

Journal Entry 33 by winglytteltonwitchwing from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
It had been a few days since I cleared my PO BOX and this book was waiting for me.Can't wait to start reading it.

Released 12 yrs ago (8/6/2007 UTC) at Controlled Release (details in notes) in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Finally posted the book to the next person,I meant to have put in a photo of Lyttelton but forgot.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would love to visit Texas sometime.

Journal Entry 35 by bargainqueen from Avondale, Queensland Australia on Friday, August 10, 2007
This arrived safely today. I had wondered since October and the convention what had happened to it. If I''d known it was 15 minutes down the road I would''ve barged into Magic''s house! Only kidding of course hun.
Really looking forward to this, and the bargainking has expressed a huge interest...Rare as we never like the same books so I may have to let him read it too. Will update in a while. Thanks!!

Journal Entry 36 by bargainqueen from Avondale, Queensland Australia on Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thanks very much for sharing this story with me. In parts I feel priviliged to be allowed into the thoughts and feelings of another person (stranger, really but who on bookcrossing is a stranger!?), but in some others I don't really understand the thought process. That's what makes people different right? I smiled at the solution of the bike not turning itself off anymore...I would NEVER have copped onto what the reason was, hats off girl.
I wish there were more brave, strong women who venture out and follow their dreams. Well done.
Pming Littlemave now.

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Off to Littlemave...Enjoy!

Journal Entry 38 by Littlemave from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Friday, September 07, 2007
Thanks, bargainqueen, collected from the mail box this week. =) I actually started reading it as I nibbled morning tea that day, even though there was another bookring burning a hole in my bag...
I already like the chatty style of this, be there soon, whiteraven!

Journal Entry 39 by Littlemave from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Aah, finished the book this morning over brunch. (See the pic) Took a day off due to a visit to the physio - a bit of a pain turned into a strapped up hand due to tendonitis. =( Damn those computers!
I thought that the story was truly inspirational, as it takes guts to step back from day to day life and turn sideways to do something for yourself, and something so huge! I've ridden many times on the back of a little 125cc and it really can be exhilarating even with a little engine. (I also got a lift on a 750cc too, wheee!)
WTG WhiteRaven13.
I loved the Clangers connection - I grew up watching the soup dragon and the little knitted aliens! I can just imagine junk art made of nuts and bolts like that chicken. =)
And how come Skyring kept popping up? Gee he turns up everywhere, doesnt he? I must admit you both tell a good tale, and I hope you enjoyed his book too.

I will contact Freesia to pass this on soon.
Thanks Linda, happy travels. May your spirit guide always be watching.

Journal Entry 40 by Littlemave from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Saturday, September 29, 2007
Look! Now I'm seeing ravens...
This was the signage for a dress shop - I could find no name!

Journal Entry 41 by freesia from Perth City, Western Australia Australia on Friday, October 05, 2007
Wow, what an interesting journey this book has had! I signed up for the bookring after hearing Wombles tell us all about it at the Adelaide convention last year. And now I'm attending the 2007 Melbourne Convention, and was delighted when Littlemave pressed it into my hands! And a lot of the other readers are attending too - hello, everyone! My mission now is to read the book by Sunday and pass it on to puppymummy before the convention finishes!

Journal Entry 42 by freesia from Perth City, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, November 22, 2007
Well, I didn't end up reading it that quickly - and I'm now in Malaysia - but never mind. Although sometimes the level of detail was almost too much, and I couldn't read long sections of the book in one go, I found myself really appreciating the reflective aspect of Linda's journey - the way ravens seemed to follow her, for example; the inexplicable good or bad "vibe" that some places seem to have; even moments analysing her how her emotional state affected her motorbike-riding ability.

This is a journey of inner development as well as covering miles - as Linda's confidence grows, as she admits to fear and doubt in certain situations, then comes through them.

It certainly inspired me, as a long-time pillion passenger, to consider the possibility of riding solo.

And she goes through Barstow! Just reading the name brings back the voice of Johnny Depp stating:

"We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold."

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