Right now I'm sitting at Casa De Luz waiting for my friend to get here. I'm using a cool wireless card from Sprint, which is my main internet connection now. For those of you who are nerds, I downloaded at 160k/sec while driving in my car. Pretty wild.
Anyway, sorry for not writing frequently lately. I've been a little burnt out I guess. Today I did something a bit different and I recorded myself reading the first chapter of the best kids book in the land. As I mention in the recording, this book is pretty much responsible for me being who I am. If you want to ensure that your kids don't come out like me, definitely don't let them read this book.
There's actually a whole series. I think that the chapter I read is one of the less interesting ones, but I chose it because it's first and I'm one of those people who hates spoilers of any kind.
I had a pretty similar experience to Stephanie -- homeschooled and sheltered. Somehow I ran across these books at the library, and just couldn't put them down. The antics are great and the writing is pretty solid IIRC.
i LOVED these books as a child!
i was homeschooled, pretty sheltered, a few years ahead in school, and not allowed to watch tv... needless to say, a significant percentage of my free time was spent reading.
fortunately, i loved to read, so this wasn't a problem. when i was around six or seven, i realized that seeing as my mother was about to have her third kid (we ended up with five), most of my toys (including my books) were destined for the hand-me-down pile.
so, i made a box of books that i wanted to keep. i just went down to my garage and the great brain and the great brain is back were in there...
i love it.
these books are forty years old and they still make me want to live life awesome.
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.
Quick verdict - it's a good book, and I think it's worth reading.
Josh Kaufman sent me a message on Twitter a bit back, asking if I'd like a review copy of his book. Indeed, I would, I replied, and he sent me a digital copy.
Before I review the book, let me tell you how I read - when I get a nonfiction book that I'm not sure if I'm going to read, I "fastread" it. That's me starting to skim and move quickly, then I slow down and read in depth when something catches my eye, and speed up after I finish that section.
I fastread a lot of books. Especially reading a in-depth reference book on a topic you already know, I think you can get 90% of the lessons of a book in 30% of the time by fastreading. I typically fastread historical backgrounds about eras I'm very familiar with, thoughts on an aspect of business I know, introductions to technologies I'm already familiar with, etc.
My first thought when I was reading The Personal MBA was that this would be a good book to fastread.