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Everyone's waiting for the right time for something. The right time to quit their job, the right time to ask her out, the right time to travel, or the right time to start a new project.
In a little over a week I leave Austin until June. I have a LOT to do. More than I will get done.
I have to get my RV's engine repaired before the warranty expires and I have to find a place to store the thing while I'm gone. I have a few things to sell on ebay. I have a few pieces of gear I'd like to test out for the new trip.
I had the foresight to go to bed early last night so that I'd be well rested for my interview.
Then I stayed up until about five am tossing and turning, imagining her questions, and answering them.
I just finished Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers. I always like reading Gladwell's books, but mainly as entertainment. It's that sort of smart writing that makes you feel like you're learning something important, even though the main purpose of the book is for entertainment.
Still, with any book I read I generally try to come up with some immediate actions I can implement from it to improve myself or my life. Outliers had a couple good ones that I'll share with you.
Small Scale Persistence is IMPORTANT
I've finally finished making Make Her Chase You into a paperback. I've been selling it as an ebook for the past year and a half or so and refining it and adding to it. After one last edit I finally felt like it was good enough to be put into a permanent format.
I also had a lot of fun laying out the book. I get really into design things like this, so I surrounded myself with books in my RV and figured out how a book is laid out. There's a ton to consider, from gutters and margins to font sizes and chapter pages.
For example... what is the very first page of a book? Take a guess! I would have gotten it wrong.
A couple weeks ago I was waiting at the bus stop to go to the airport. A two businessmen were joking around on the bench. I stood nearby, practicing Japanese on my phone.
One of them gave up on the late bus after a while so I started talking to the other one. He was friendly and a good conversationalist. Fifteen minutes into the conversation he casually and without shame mentioned that he was homeless.
Man. I was way off on that one, I thought.
Ever since my last post e-mails have poured in and I probably have about 4-5 solid contenders for each site. A lot of people have mentioned recently how much they like Best in the Land. The good news is that it will definitely be started up again soon, as will Daily 15.
The only bad news is that it's REALLY difficult to choose. The hardest decisions to make are those where you have several good options, and I have about four of those decisions to make. My challenge is to press on and make the best decision I can, instead of just deliberating forever.
Tough decisions are sometimes the decisions that matter least. If you're torn between two options, then probably one of them isn't significantly better or worse. If it was, it would be an easy decision.
So, a few days ago I decided to drop everything and focus on Life Nomadic. I've done the focusing, now it's time to do the dropping.
I'm hoping that some or all of my businesses can be taken over by readers. As I've met readers over the years I've been really impressed with most of them and would trust them to run my businesses.
For each I'm happy to stay involved in a minimal role, offering advice and strategy, doing interviews to promote things, etc. I just can't be involved in running them or worrying about them. When I've been in this role in previous businesses, things have gone very well.
Remember a month or two ago when Bobby and his converted bus were in the contest and we all voted?
Well, as you probably know, he won. We were the force that pushed him over the edge, and he was very thankful for our help.
This week is the finals, which determines who actually wins the prize. He and one other guy have been going back and forth between first and second place.
On the second day that I was visiting her in Toronto, Annie brought back a pile of books from the library. On the top was a tiny book with a cover so simple that it looked like it might be a children's book about potty training.
"A little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick)"
It seemed like a fluffy bit of entertainment. Something like "The Tipping Point" which is fun to read but not exactly a life changer. I was wrong, though. Dead wrong.
The other day in a moment of distraction I went onto YouTube and watched an old video of Mystery and me. I scrolled down to the comments, which I'm sure the authors never expect the subjects of the video to read.
There are, of course, tons of haters bashing all of us. In one clip we're hanging out with Miss Toronto, and they call her a five and say they wouldn't even talk to her. But that's okay. I understand that being chronically single brings a certain level of frustration that can both lead to trying to learn pickup and also to venting on the internet.
There is also a lot of speculation about Project Hollywood, or more accurately, The Game. How much of it was real? How much of it was exaggerated? Since no one who actually lived there has come out and publicly talked about it, I'll quickly run through the common speculations.