Martin Mendez is creating A Book "Before I Forget"
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I'm writing my first book which I've been wanting to write for a very long time. It's something that had become important to me after finding my father.

My father left when I was seven years old. I found him 19 years later in a state healthcare facility where he was in the late stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Though I was finally able to see him again, my father died two months later and I was left with questions that would remain unanswered.

Having worked in the medical field most of my life, it was apparent to me that because of the hereditary nature of my father's illness, it is fairly probable I may be dealt with the same future as his past. This lead me to question if I would have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience were I to be blessed with my own kids, or would I leave them with questions and mystery of the person I am. I didn't get to know my father...his advice in matters of life, his views on politics, his favorite sports teams or even if he thought of such things.

This is what prompted me to want to write my book. Rather than writing letters and hoping they don't get lost in a box in the corner of an attic somewhere, a book would be found in closer reach on a bookshelf or e-reader of family, friends, or anyone who may become engaged in conversation with them. "You're father once said" would be a phase they would become accustomed to...for better or for worse...

Even if I don't have children, there will always be a friend that asks "how do I handle this?", "I don't know what to do", or a stranger that wonders "am I alone in this?" We all have times that feel like our struggle is a singular one and that simple answers may not come. Maybe something in this book will give someone else a glimpse that lets them know that there is an answer, that someone before them may have held the same struggle, the same burning questions, or a missing link to some equation, or a some purpose they had. Sometimes that's all we need to empower us to stand back up and keep moving.

My first book wouldn't cover all the knowledge and experiences I'd want to share.  A lifetime of memorable moments can't be condensed down to 12-15 chapters and I'm not done learning yet.  I originally planned for two books, but recently had a rather ambitious idea for a third book, so my work would continue based the type of reception received by my first one.  When published, a portion of the book sales would also be allocated for donation support to Alzheimer's and breast cancer research (in support and memory of my mother as well), both causes of which have since become much more important to me.

Star Trek fans may remember a movie line where Captain Picard turns to Counselor Troi and says "...recently I've become aware that there are fewer days ahead than there are behind". For me then, it is time...and so I ask, please help fund my book. So that Before I Forget, I can share with future generations, that which I learned from generations before me.
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Pledge $10 or more per Each chapter completed until ready for print, 12-15 chapters
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A sample of my writing style from a very personal moment in my past
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Sample of my writing style and rough draft of my book introduction (similar to funding proposal) with more details about my book inspiration
I'm writing my first book which I've been wanting to write for a very long time. It's something that had become important to me after finding my father.

My father left when I was seven years old. I found him 19 years later in a state healthcare facility where he was in the late stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Though I was finally able to see him again, my father died two months later and I was left with questions that would remain unanswered.

Having worked in the medical field most of my life, it was apparent to me that because of the hereditary nature of my father's illness, it is fairly probable I may be dealt with the same future as his past. This lead me to question if I would have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience were I to be blessed with my own kids, or would I leave them with questions and mystery of the person I am. I didn't get to know my father...his advice in matters of life, his views on politics, his favorite sports teams or even if he thought of such things.

This is what prompted me to want to write my book. Rather than writing letters and hoping they don't get lost in a box in the corner of an attic somewhere, a book would be found in closer reach on a bookshelf or e-reader of family, friends, or anyone who may become engaged in conversation with them. "You're father once said" would be a phase they would become accustomed to...for better or for worse...

Even if I don't have children, there will always be a friend that asks "how do I handle this?", "I don't know what to do", or a stranger that wonders "am I alone in this?" We all have times that feel like our struggle is a singular one and that simple answers may not come. Maybe something in this book will give someone else a glimpse that lets them know that there is an answer, that someone before them may have held the same struggle, the same burning questions, or a missing link to some equation, or a some purpose they had. Sometimes that's all we need to empower us to stand back up and keep moving.

My first book wouldn't cover all the knowledge and experiences I'd want to share.  A lifetime of memorable moments can't be condensed down to 12-15 chapters and I'm not done learning yet.  I originally planned for two books, but recently had a rather ambitious idea for a third book, so my work would continue based the type of reception received by my first one.  When published, a portion of the book sales would also be allocated for donation support to Alzheimer's and breast cancer research (in support and memory of my mother as well), both causes of which have since become much more important to me.

Star Trek fans may remember a movie line where Captain Picard turns to Counselor Troi and says "...recently I've become aware that there are fewer days ahead than there are behind". For me then, it is time...and so I ask, please help fund my book. So that Before I Forget, I can share with future generations, that which I learned from generations before me.

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Pledge $10 or more per Each chapter completed until ready for print, 12-15 chapters
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A sample of my writing style from a very personal moment in my past
Pledge $25 or more per Each chapter completed until ready for print, 12-15 chapters
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Sample of my writing style and rough draft of my book introduction (similar to funding proposal) with more details about my book inspiration