Over at Medium I’ve posted the events surrounding my recent cardiac arrest in an article entitled, “To Die and Live in L.A.“
Apologies for the radio silence…it’s been a while since my last post. LOTS of stuff has been happening: putting finishing touches on my new book, the cover of which I absolutely love; the holidays; a bit of overcommitting to new and exciting client projects; and, oh yeh, had a heart attack. Two, really. I basically died on a mountain bike ride — twice really, I flatlined twice — then came back to tell about it (which I will in the future…it’s a cool story).
So, not so much excuses as a composite explanation.
Back in October I introduced you to the subtractive art of Todd Clarke, who creates visual one-pagers for books. Realizing there may be an attractive market for his unique art, he’s decided to kick things up a notch or two. He recently launched VisualOnePagers.com, and unsolicited by me, produced a couple of one-pagers for two recent posts of mine.
Pretty cool beans, if you ask me.
For me, fitness is everything. Having been woken up a few years ago to the fact that I might not be as fit as I thought I was, it figures centrally in life. It requires more than simply eating right and exercising…two things that many people struggle with. It demands a mental discipline that few people are equipped to handle alone. Fortunately, I had a nutritionist and cardiologist to assist me.
This past May, I stopped my all-digital access subscription to New York Times. It just didn’t make a whole lot of bang-for-buck sense to me: paying $35 a month just so I my subscription could be device-agnostic. The NYT had moved to ten articles/month free, and if I was honest with myself, that’s about all of the articles I actually read…mostly they were the longer pieces with a point of view. Everything else…blogs, basic reporting, I got for free elsewhere through various channels, and in a more timely manner.
So on May 31, I popped into my Newsstand app in iTunes and stopped the auto-pay subscription. It took the NYT about three weeks to catch on. That’s when the fun began.
It came together fast. Perhaps too fast. The proposal and contract for a new book, that is. It took all of a couple weeks to go from a 1-page concept to signed contract.
Most authors would rejoice at that kind of speed, and indeed I did. The problem was that under ordinary circumstances, the publisher would take a year to get the book out. Crazy, right?
So I said, “No way. It’s gotta be a Spring release. May/June, latest.” My editor said, “Ok. We need the script November 1.”
Careful what you wish for…it was September 16. That gave me all of about 45 days to write a book, of which I had written less than half of what would eventually become the Introduction.
Every once in a while you get an unexpected gift from out of nowhere. I was the lucky recipient of such a gift: a beautiful 1-page visual summary of The Laws of Subtraction by Todd Clarke. It speaks for itself. I like it for several reasons, not the least of which is Todd’s mad ability. I like 1-page stuff. Maybe it’s the Toyota A3 influence, but I figure if you can’t get your thinking on one page, you haven’t really done your thinking. Amazingly, Todd is offering a free wall-size pdf version over at his site, a site chock full of other 1-page visuals. I’ll be enlisting his help with my new book. Well done Todd! (Follow Todd on Twitter here.)
Yes, I’ve been quiet lately. And I will continue to be so for the next few months as I pour the lion’s share of my writing energy into finishing a new book on deadline.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to share through social media (Twitter, FB, LI, G+) the most compelling items I’ve read each day, and probably do a super-curated weekly roundup, and if time permits, a bit of commentary.
This week’s reads include: