"Enthralling, uplifting, harrowing, and heartbreaking."

by Eric Bullard, Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 09:15 (22 days ago)

I would like to take a minute to thank Zihua Rob, the message board here, and it's members. Thanks to your support and interest, the new paperback version of "Zihuatanejo, a true story of exile, love, war, and murder south of the border," is selling like "hot tortillas" and being reviewed on amazon as "ENTHRALLING, UPLIFTING, HARROWING, and HEARTBREAKING!" and "A page turner and a great ride!" I really can't thank you guys enough. But, I'll try today by making the digital, downloadable, kindle version of the book ABSOLUTELY FREE today, all day on amazon. To get a FREE kindle copy of the book TODAY for FREE, go to amazon, search the title, and then click the "Buy now with one-click for $0.00" option BELOW the kindle unlimited option. Hasta pronto!

"Enthralling, uplifting, harrowing, and heartbreaking."

by Padrino ⌂ @, San Diego, California USA, Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 22:27 (21 days ago) @ Eric Bullard

Hmmm. "Enthralling, uplifting, harrowing, and heartbreaking." Those words sound familiar. Oh, yeah, I wrote them. You deserve all the kudos and success, Eric! I was able to get a break to read this book during Labor Day weekend. I am waiting for another lull in work and then I want to tackle your first book. Again, my only complaint was that it was just too short. We want more!

Many of my friends and family tell me how adventuresome and brave am I for visiting various parts of Mexico. However, my exploits can't hold a candle to your adventures. So glad to hear the book is successful and looking forward to reading more.

And yes, Dear Fellow Zihuatanejo Lovers, the stories are all those things, enthralling, uplifting, harrowing, and heartbreaking.

"Enthralling, uplifting, harrowing, and heartbreaking."

by Eric Bullard, Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 14:38 (20 days ago) @ Padrino

My most heartfelt thanks to you, Padrino, for you support! As a fledgling author, I need all the help I can get, and your support and kind words really bolstered my spirit. I even put your quote on the reviews section of my page for, "ZIHUATANEJO, a true story of exile, love, war, and murder south of the border."
And, like I said before, if you want more of the same, my first book, "THE ASHRAM, a true story of enlightenment and the dark night of the soul," will more than fulfill your desires. It is actually the far better of the two books! Half the book takes place in a Hindu ashram where I experienced an incredible series of spiritual experiences that rocked my world and the second half of the book takes place 10 years later as I was backpacking through the leftover wreckage of the 50 years long Guatemalan Civil War. Also, if you are interested, next week I will begin to put some interviews on my webpage at:ericbullard.com. where I go more into detail about the set of incredible spiritual experiences I had while living seven years in the ashram studying ayurveda and deep meditation techniques. There is SO MUCH MORE to this thing of being a human being living in the relative world than we could ever, ever imagine and I was so lucky to get a very clear and precise experience of what is really available to us all once we escape the tethers of illusion that surround us all.
PEACE, LOVE, and LAUGHTER to you, my friend, Eric

"Enthralling, uplifting, harrowing, and heartbreaking."

by Padrino ⌂ @, San Diego, California USA, Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 22:17 (20 days ago) @ Eric Bullard

next week I will begin to put some interviews on my webpage at:ericbullard.com. where I go more into detail about the set of incredible spiritual experiences I had while living seven years in the ashram studying ayurveda and deep meditation techniques.

Looking forward to it! Keep us posted.

"Enthralling, uplifting, harrowing, and heartbreaking."

by Eric Bullard, Monday, October 05, 2020, 17:27 (15 days ago) @ Padrino

Buenas Tardes a todos! Hey Padrino, you asked that I keep you posted on the videos I mentioned earlier in this thread. Well, we just finished the first video last weekend and it came out very, very good! If you want to see it, you can go to my webpage at www.ericbullard.com and hit the youtube icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Once on my youtube channel, you want to click on the video titled "This man met God. And this is what God said to him." Or, you can go directly to youtube and search the same title. The video is a narration of a personal experience I had while living in a Hindu ashram and is also a chapter in my first book, "THE ASHRAM, a true story of enlightenment and the dark night of the soul." I know you enjoyed my second book, "ZIHUATANEJO, a true story of exile, love, war, and murder south of the border," but if you really want to see "enthralling and uplifting," check out this video! It could change your life! Thanks again, Peace, Love, and laughter, Eric

"Enthralling, uplifting, harrowing, and heartbreaking."

by JohnnyJ ⌂ @, Oly, Saturday, October 10, 2020, 10:50 (10 days ago) @ Eric Bullard

Hi, Eric!
Very engaging story...well done!
I remain curious about your final comments about the incident you described in Todos Santos. I’m still confused how/if it occurred as written and to what extent you were present/involved. Perhaps I misread your epilogue... Thanks. And good luck with sales.

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"Enthralling, uplifting, harrowing, and heartbreaking."

by Eric Bullard, Sunday, October 11, 2020, 13:57 (9 days ago) @ JohnnyJ

Hello, JohnnyJ! And thanks for your question! When I first found Todos Santos de las Cuchamatanes, Guatemala in 1995, I felt like I had finally found the paradise I had been searching for my entire life. It was a small, Mayan Indigenous village far removed from the modern-day world sitting at eight thousand feet in the Southern Sierras surrounded by towering peaks. There were no phones there, no T.V., electricity sometimes, no traffic, (two buses a day only) no internet, bank, ATM, or any of the other “junk” that cluttered up the “civilized” world. It was just like I described it in, “ZIHUATANEJO, a true story of exile, love, war, and murder south of the border.” There was a simplicity, innocence, and friendliness there I had never seen before!
Throughout 1995 through 2002 I often spent weeks and sometimes months at a time living there, always with my friends Polo and Nicolasa Mendoza and their eight kids. And they were some of the happiest times of my entire life: living in a small adobe hut with Mayan Indians in their traditional dress, hiking in the beautiful mountains that surrounded the village, exploring the traditional Mayan culture, the incredible market, and all (room, bed, and three square meals) for under five dollars, U.S. a day! It was truly amazing, a paradise!
But when the murders took place that I mentioned in my book, I was actually 100 miles away up in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Hence, the disclaimer in the epilogue of the book. Receiving the news from a friend who was in Todos Santos at the time though, I quickly boarded a bus and went south directly to Todos Santos where I interviewed eyewitnesses and everyone who had had anything to do with the incident. So, if I wasn’t there, why did I write the ending of, “ZIHUATANEJO, a true story of exile, love, war, and murder south of the border,” like I was there? I mean, after all, the title does say “a true story.”Well, first of all, everything else in the book did actually happen just like I wrote it: the Guatemalan War stuff and my involvement, the problems with my Mexican wife, her threats to kill me, my boss getting kidnapped and murdered, etc.
But when the Todo Santos murders took place, and I was writing the ending of my first book, “THE ASHRAM, a true story of enlightenment and the dark night of the soul,” in 2000, I was so overcome with grief and horror by what had happened that I put myself in Todo Santos at the time of the murders and wrote the murders as the ending of that book. It made a GREAT ending to that book! Even if it was fictionalized. But eventually, as I published that first book, I deleted the Todos Santos ending because it was inappropriate for the book. But I kept those four chapters about the murders on my computer because I thought they were some of my best writing, ever! I couldn’t just throw them away! Plus, the Polo Mendoza part was awesome. It still brings a tear to my eye every time I read It. I love that man.
Almost twenty years later, as I was writing “ZIHUATANEJO, a true story of exile, love, war, and murder south of the border” and I needed a great ending for the book, I just automatically added the Todos Santos murders that I still had sitting on my computer. It was a perfect ending to the book too! So, maybe I should have called it: “ZIHUATANEJO, a mostly true story of exile, love, war, and murder south of the border!” Thanks again for your question and interest in the story!

Memoirs of Zihuatanejo

by JohnnyJ ⌂ @, Oly, Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 13:52 (7 days ago) @ Eric Bullard
edited by JohnnyJ, Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 15:48

Thank you so much, Eric, for replying, and for taking time to enlighten us about the process you went through with that decision!

I too am a devoted fan of Zihuatanejo, and like many others am finding great reward in creating my own collection of personal narratives as my elder years progress. Zihua is a touchstone for me and I hope to publish my experiences and impressions some day. For now, I'm assembling a blog to piece together my memoir. Great depth and healing there as you know.

The 'creative nonfiction' of the incident in Todos Santos was indeed an excellent closure to your story of this important segment of your life. In my studies of the writing craft I have learned there are times when conventions about "truthfulness" need to be re-imagined for the sake of the deeper story line.
I hope to finish up my autobiographical effort with an epilogue written from Playa La Ropa, but first I must figure out how and when to return...!

I'll be checking out your other book soon and wish you well.
John Deviny

Life Story Blog
https://johndeviny.net/

Song: ZIHUA BAY

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Memoirs of Zihuatanejo

by Eric Bullard, Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 22:41 (7 days ago) @ JohnnyJ

Thanks for your kind message, Johnny. And I'm so glad you enjoyed reading, "ZIHUATANEJO, a true story of exile, love, war, and murder south of the border." It was a lot of fun writing, and living! Good luck with your writing! Eric