Book: Wanderings and Sojourns book 1, “On Five Continents and Three Oceans”
Written as the first of the “Wanderings and Sojourns” series, this book serves as an introduction to the series. It comprises 24 true stories from around the world based upon the author’s own experiences and adventures but, unlike most books of its kind, adds pause for philosophical reflection at the end of each. Also included are many works of lyrical verse complimenting the stories, several of which are included in the much larger collection of songs and verses in book 3.
As with all the books in the series this one covers many disparate themes from a wanderer’s unusual life. Book 1 embraces African insurgent war, hiking the Peruvian Andes, meeting poverty in India, sailing the Caribbean, Moroccan hospitality, shipwreck in Portugal, Aboriginal spirituality and much more.
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About the author: Jim Scott
Born in England, raised on the banks of a river in the Sussex countryside, Jim, from a young age developed strong spiritual connections with the natural realm. Not understood until much later in life this realization provided a catalyst and explanation for his unusual philosophies born from his many travelling years that didn’t tie-in with much of mainstream thinking.
Working with the natural realm in a variety of occupations on sea or land developed a profound respect for the balance of how life is meant to be within the natural wisdom that governs the planet. This respect is presented in his writing where, not shy to criticize what he considers the artificial worlds of cities, industry and reliance upon financial success, he champions environmental causes, bucolic lifestyles and indigenous groups yet following the Old Ways of natural balance.
Having travelled to over 70 countries where many of his sojourns were significant enough for adventures to be lived and philosophies developed, his experiences among such disparate cultures, landscapes, politics and economies lend themselves perfectly to the stories and verses of his books.
A father of three, Jim now lives in Ontario, Canada, and spends as much time as possible in the British Virgin Islands where two of his children were born and where he yet feels most at home.
What readers have said about the book.
“Just reading a couple stories, they’re great! I even found myself laughing out loud. Good stuff!”….. England
Q and A:
How long did it take to write the book?
To actually sit down and put it together …. not long because most of the stories were already written in one form or another. But to do the research you could say that because the earliest story is about a pre-teen experience …. it has taken me 50 years.
How long does it take to write a poem?
Each one is different. The one’s I like best seem to write themselves and happen very quickly, as if they were waiting somewhere to be put onto paper. But even so, a poem, like many works of written art, is never truly finished. The writer sees “tweakages” every time he reads it and has to exercise discipline not to keep making changes. Others I start seem to be going nowhere, so I put them in an “under construction” file and sometimes, years later, I see the way forward to their completion.
From where does the inspiration come for the stories?
All from my own experiences. They all really did happen, although for the sake of brevity and to help the reader contextualize some have been tweaked while others are an amalgam of more than one story.
When did you start writing?
When I first went deep sea as an apprentice. I found reading and writing helped pass the non-working time productively on the long hauls between ports and that creative writing helped me stay alert during the 4 hour night-time watches on the bridge. After I left the merchant navy I just kept on writing and have been doing so ever since. And after that ….
Will there be more books in the series and, if so, how many?
Book 3 “The Songs and Verses” a compilation of 80 original poems and songs, is already published. Book 2 “On Tropical Islands and Sparkling Seas”, all stories about sailing and my Caribbean years, is almost ready, and I have started mapping out book 4 which will be focused on travel in the southern hemisphere. After that …… well, there’s still many more experiences and adventures about which to write, and many more yet to be lived.
Are the stories laid up in chronological order, or sectioned by theme?
No. In keeping with the tenet of the series they are random, just as my travels were mostly random based upon whatever seemed to be a good idea at the time. To illustrate just how unpredictable those travels were, I have never yet reached a country which I made a long term plan to reach, and all the countries in which I lived I never meant to do so until largely unplanned circumstances took me there. So the books deliberately reflect the somewhat wayward course the life that inspired them has taken.
Are there more books in the pipe-line beyond this series?
There is a large environmental novel that incorporates some ancient Anishinaabe prophecies that is already written but awaiting some serious editing. I’ll be blowing the dust off that one when the series is finished. I am also looking at a coffee table publication in collaboration with an excellent British photographer combining some of his pictures with my verse, and beyond that there is even thought of a book four in this series. I look upon this as my retirement career so reckon that as long as I can write, I will.
Born 26/02/1953 in London, England.
Did not attend university, at 17 obtained deck apprenticeship in British merchant navy.
Next 5 years only in England while on leave
Age 22 left the merchant navy, left England and have never lived there since.
3 Children (one born Canada, two born British Virgin Islands).
- Founding Director Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR)
- Founding VP Rotary Club of Tortola II
- 2 Circumnavigations
- Over 100,000 miles at sea
- Helped found Kids and the Sea (KATS) BVI
- Honoured by Lloyds of London for SAR and relief co-ordination work during/after Hurricane Hugo
- Moderated in Canada All Candidates Debates at all 3 levels of Gov’t
- First private sector member of BVI National Emergency Advisory Council
- Founded BVI Chamber of Commerce Disaster Response Committee
- Hosted first public/private sector disprep conference in BVI
- Honoured by BVI Governor for work with VISAR
Countries/Territories of which stories/poems are written (and mentioned) in the series
- St Barths
- Puerto Rico
- St Lucia
- British Virgin Islands
- US Virgin Islands
- (South Africa)
- (Dominican Republic)
Top 15 Sojourns in descending order of longevity
- British Virgin Islands
- The open ocean
- South Africa