In 2012, I made the decision to quit my job as a college professor to pursue my passion for creative writing. It was a difficult transition after years of technical writing for biological science journals, but I have produced a non-fiction manuscript about traveling on public lands in the western U.S. that I am currently sending to prospective publishers. I would like to create a companion book that covers the 37 eastern states and that is one reason we are covering so much ground during pretirement. It will also allow Wondon and I to keep expanding our travel blog. At the end of 2016, I would like to write an inspirational book that fully explains the concept of pretirement and offers practical advice on how to follow through with it. I always have fun traveling, but since I became a travel writer I also travel with a purpose.