Business Musings: Best Laid Plans
Blame the Chicago Cubs. Or maybe the serious cold I had earlier this week. Or both.
The blog you’re getting this week is short, and not really about writing. (Much.)
I know, I know. You non-American readers probably don’t even know who the Chicago Cubs are. As I started to write this, they were playing the final game of the World Series. That’s Major League Baseball, a sport most countries don’t play. But here, we call it America’s Pastime.
My father used to call the World Series “the World Serious.” Every year, I try to ignore it. I’m a big baseball fan. But the post-season—hell, any season—in baseball is a huge time commitment. Baseball takes hours. Dean, a professional golfer, thinks baseball is too slow and dull.
Me, I prefer seeing baseball in the stadium. It’s hard to watch on television.
The Cubbies are my team. Whenever I’m in Chicago during baseball season, I head to Wrigley Field. I have some great memories from there—in the rain, in the cold, in the much-too-hot, sitting with my older brother, who is probably having fits right now.
You see, the Cubbies just won the World Serious. Tonight. In a spectacular game. The kind of game they make movies about. In a best-of-seven series, they were down three games. They came from behind to force a game seven.
I tuned in thinking they were going to lose, and holy crap! they were ahead. Then Cleveland tied the score.
The other thing you non-Americans probably don’t know… Cleveland and the Cubs had the longest World Series droughts in Major League baseball. Cleveland hadn’t won a World Series since 1948. The Cubs hadn’t won since 1908. Yes, 1-9-0-8.
We take baseball pretty seriously in my family. My father left his own wedding reception to listen to a baseball game. Brewers, I think, although I’d have to check with the family historian to be certain. I got to see Hank Aaron play in my first professional baseball game, which was pretty profound for me.
And I sat through the last several innings of this historic game muttering, I have to write my blog. I have to write my blog.
Normally, I have the blog done by now. But I took the entire weekend off. I had a serious cold that could have slipped into a severe cold if I wasn’t careful. So I rested, thinking I had time.
I was planning to write something amazing tonight. More than that, I was going to start up a Patreon account so you could support this blog. But all of that is going to wait until next week. Because I’m not focusing right now, and I don’t even want to try.
I will say two things.
First, in case you missed the announcement from Tuesday, the contracts book, now called Closing The Deal…On Your Terms is out in ebook. Paper will come out by the end of the month. The book is streamlined, and in a different order than it was on the blog. However, you can read it for free here. And you can get the book at a discount as part of a Storybundle, along with 11 other titles.
Second, if you donated to this blog while I was writing the contracts book, please sign up for the newsletter. I need to send you something, and that will make it easier. You have a few days to sign up. After a month, you can drop off the list if you want. I kept the emails of everyone who donated, so I can cross-compare, but frankly, I’d prefer not to enter you into a mailing list without your permission, so sign up for November.
Words of writing wisdom? On this historic night?
Only this: sometimes you need to take a break. Sometimes you need to watch history being made. Or sports history. Or read a book because you have the sniffles.
Sometimes you need to think about something other than writing.
And the brother who is frantically texting you.
I need to text him back.
So, see you next week when I won’t be quite as distracted.
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