Taking a Chance- The Whales of Yellowstone

This is one of my rare non-technical blogs here at this site.

I’ve always loved to simply write. To dream up stories, put them on paper and read them as if they are new to me. Actually, they are when they are done, at least as a finished product. Since the year 2000, I’ve had hundreds and hundreds of technical articles, blogs, and position papers published in a variety of outlets. Those opportunities were and continue to be appreciated. But now, I have given myself permission to try something new.

The Whales of Yellowstone: One Man’s Life as a Discotheque Clubbing Icon and Fashion God by [Lee Badman, Thomas Badman]
Lee Badman’s The Whales of Yellowstone

Its on Amazon, in Kindle or paperback format. This was educational for me. Self-publishing is empowering, but I struggled so much with the precise formatting that Amazon’s publishing framework wanted that it became an obstacle that I got lost in. When I thought finally licked it, I really hadn’t… the first run of paperback copies had really odd margins and both the Kindle and print versions had a couple dozen typos. All have been fixed now, and I won’t make those mistakes again. Anyone who bought an early copy and finds the strange formatting to be an obstacle to enjoying the story, contact me directly and I’ll make it right. Thanks for the early interest!

I anticipate doing more fiction, and The Whales of Yellowstone is actually my second go on Amazon.

Interview with Howard Hamilton, from The Whales

ME: Howard, you never knew Leo until his last days. Without giving away too much of the plot, tell us how you felt as he shared his experiences with you.
HOWARD: It was pretty wild, Lee. He was my uncle, but he was also a stranger. But as he shared more and more, I came to envy him. What a wild ride.

ME: No kidding! Is Lonny as incredible as he sounds? That guy is something else.
HOWARD: Lonny is very much incredible. What makes him even more incredible is that he has no idea how awesome he is. Leo and he were made for each other. I’m glad they were pals.

ME: At one point, you describe Leo as spiritual. Tell us about that.
HOWARD: Leo was really just a deep thinker and somehow he touched things that most of us can’t even dream of. I envy him for that as well.

ME: Have you or your dad stayed in touch with Lonny or any of the Montana ladies?
HOWARD: I do see Lonny on occasion. He comes to Disco Island once in a while, and he and my father talk occasionally. I don’t really talk to the ladies much, but Connie Lynn and I do the Christmas Card thing.

ME: Have you learned any more about Leo since his passing?
HOWARD: Every time I see Lonny some new crazy detail comes out. It’s all just incredible to hear. But nothing I want to get into here.

ME: Fair enough. Last question- do you ever go to Yellowstone, to see Leo’s whales?
HOWARD: Actually, I do, Lee. Once a year I make the trek. It’s been a couple of years now, and each time I’ve gone I’ve felt a little more of that magic that Leo described. The wonderful old bastard sunk that hook in me, I’m finding.

ME: Thanks, Howard. Best wishes with everything on your end.
HOWARD: You too, Lee. Good luck with the book.

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