After more than a little time, Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, picked up the option for my new book, Chasing Hope. Beware of what you ask for. Now I have to write it. That promises to be pure pain. The question here is, what will that mean for Journey Man? Probably nothing.

I had assumed that I would have to step away when this moment arrived. This will be my fourth book. I know the drill and the single-minded effort required to make it happen. I am self –aware enough to recognize my penchant for making myself crazy. A good writer knows when to step away from a manuscript. That is a useful survival mechanism for a writer.

I have noticed of late that all of you are writing and responding to each other a lot. I think the machine is well oiled and running smoothly. You are a provocative lot. We will be fine. I am not going anywhere. I look forward to my new role as fifth wheel. Life as we know it will go on.


24 Responses to Book

  1. Sandy Stolaronek November 5, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    Oh, thank God you’re not going anywhere Richard! We couldn’t do this without you! I can’t wait to read your new book too. I hope you’re doing well and I wish you all the best for your new book!

    • Richard M. Cohen November 5, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      Thank you.


  2. Ann November 5, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    Congratulations on your adventure. I agree that this blog can go on while you pursue your book. I wish you every peace while working on it and remember to breath every once in a while:)

    • Richard M. Cohen November 5, 2015 at 11:36 am #

      Got it. Thanks.


  3. Grandma November 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read “Chasing Hope”


    • Richard M. Cohen November 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

      Me, to.


  4. Yvonne November 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    Maybe you can get some inspirations from our ramblings and give the Journeyman group a shout out in the book πŸ™‚ Go make the best seller list!

  5. JoanZ November 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm #


  6. Jenny November 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    Congratulations Richard! Best of luck with “Chasing Hope”! I “hope” you catch it along the way!! πŸ˜‰

    • Richard M. Cohen November 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      Thanks, all of you.


  7. Sue in TX November 5, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    Richard that is great news about your book! Congratulations, I look forward to hearing more about it.

  8. Nik November 5, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    You mean “Chasing Hope for a Cure”?

    • Richard M. Cohen November 6, 2015 at 8:55 am #

      MaybeChasing Hope for a life.


      • Ann November 6, 2015 at 3:55 pm #


  9. MB November 5, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    (Does anyone else feel like a bride left at the altar?) Time to regroup and move on. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the great discussions and words of encouragement everyone. Take care!

    • Richard M. Cohen November 6, 2015 at 8:56 am #

      Did someone die?


  10. Amy Corcoran-Hunt November 6, 2015 at 9:45 am #


  11. Lyla November 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    I’m glad to hear you aren’t going anywhere too! This is one of my favorite watering holes for commiseration and community.

    • Sue in TX November 6, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

      I think MB is disappointed at the possibility that you won’t be blogging much while you are temporarily shifting your focus on writing your new book. It’s very understandable !. Your blog is one of the few places that puts a real living with MS experience out there see, warts and all. I am able to relate or connect with your experiences and all the others who join in, because it’s authentic. That is not easy to come by now days, especially in social media. But We Share real experience here. And Your authenticity is only furthered by how you have shared with us your creative process of writing a book. So I will say no worries all the way around. You’ve made us insiders, and I’m sure we’ll be able to carry on the dialogue a bit, with only a few digressions here and there. . carry on Richard, we will wait. Or rather can’t wait to read your book

      • MB November 6, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

        I think that’s it, Sue. Do you know how many times I’ve heard, “You’re strong; you don’t need anyone else to help you out,” in my post-ms diagnosis life?? When I even think that is happening I run! I hate when people blow smoke up my skirt.

        What I would have preferred to hear was, “I’m going to be rather busy so I can’t moderate this forum any longer…” We tried the “develop your own topics” route and it was a trainwreck. That’s yet another reason why I hate MS—it makes me suspect the worst in everyone. I just assume someone wants to write me off because I’m too much work. Isn’t it all about me?? haha!

        I started following this blog because I was curious about stem cells. I got a lot more out of it than just information. I began to look forward to new posts because I finally felt like I was among people who understood. I still feel that way, but I’m just getting tired. I’ll probably stop in again in the future, but for now, I’m bowing out before I’m kicked out!

        • Ann November 7, 2015 at 12:12 pm #


          Your voice will be missed by others. Please feel free to bow back in any time.
          I understand tired as I believe most do here.

      • Richard M. Cohen November 6, 2015 at 8:10 pm #

        Again, you cannot get rid of me so easily.


  12. DianeT November 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Congratulations on your book contract Richard! Looking forward to some hopeful insights. Thanks.

  13. Yvonne November 9, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    I understand MB point. I look forward to our not so fearless leader posing questions or introducing topics that make us think. Saturday Night Live used to have a great skit “Coffee Talk” where the host said “talk among yourselves I’ll provide the topic”. That’s what I like about this blog. It’s good focused discussions not ramblings that wander off to conversations that are so off topic you have to leave. It can get a little”rambling” when we’re left to “talk amongst ourselves” πŸ™‚