What I generally write about is what’s on my mind lately. You’ve probably noticed that trend. I don’t plan to write things for the blog, I don’t put aside certain days and times to etch out “the gun debate” or “the greatest running backs to play in the modern era.” I used to. I used to jot down “the next ten things” or some such and then completely ignore the list when it came time to write.
This is why Tom is not a “writer,” but instead a “sales manager.” He doesn’t like to have to write. He likes to want to write.
The lone exception that I can think of was the minimized book reviews I took part in last year. I asked for recommended reading, I was offered some fantastic ideas, and I began to read some of the books proffered. Then I wrote my thoughts on those books. It was fun, and “planned,” so to speak. I didn’t, shamefully, make it halfway through that list but I reserve the right to return to some of the offered tomes in time. Time … time is on my side. Oh yes, it is.
Currently, by the way, I’m catching up on my Harari reading. I’m halfway through 21 Lessons and expect to finish it late next week. Will I review it? I don’t know. I hammered out the 2nd half of Homo Deus just before I started 21 Lessons and read all of Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now before that (none of them from “the list”) and have not written my thoughts on them. I don’t yet know what I’m reading next, either. I started Jon Meacham’s The Soul of America and it bored me 36 pages in. I spent money on it, too. The cover does not make the book.
I’ve been wanting to finish (at this point, start over) Guns, Germs, and Steel and I have a hard copy on my bookshelf. Maybe I’ll read the 14 actual pages of the Green New Deal first and give an honest assessment. Maybe I should read Comey’s book, or Michelle’s, or another Stiglitz or a Chomsky. Maybe I’ll read fiction. I don’t read much fiction at all.
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk sounds good.
Speaking of Captain Kirk, he’s on my Mastermind Crew. My Board of Psychological Supervisors. Have you ever heard of that? A few years ago one of the self-help, positive psychology, personal development books I love to read challenged the reader to come up with a mastermind group that consisted of current, historical, or fictional figures to help “guide” you through decision processes. For a couple of weeks my private journal included occasional discussions with this mastermind group, among whom Captain Kirk was one. So was Adrian Veidt. And Chili Palmer. Some of the others were characters I had created on my own, over the years, as part of the RPG games I’ve administered. It was fun, if short-lived, and more of a lark than a help along my path. Maybe I’ll display one of those conversations here sometime. I don’t remember how personal they were.
Have you ever done anything like that? Who would be in your mastermind group? I think I had a total of nine in mine; I think the rule was some number around there. But, honestly, there are no rules. Be you.
What I generally write about is what’s on my mind lately. We had a vicious snow day in Redding yesterday and I was stuck at the bottom of my driveway. Biggest snowstorm in 50 years. A friend of a friend just had dark-red golden retriever pups at precisely the right time we are looking for our third. My personal and financial organizational state is at a lifetime peak. I’m actively shopping for a shed for my backyard, now that it’s mine. I just bought a great new BBQ.
That’s all the stuff that’s been on my mind the last week, and I didn’t write about any of it today. I generally write about what’s on my mind lately but today I wrote about books I haven’t read and fictional friends I’ve had debates with. Even I didn’t know where I was going when I started.
That might be my favorite thing to do of all. 😊
Have a great day, my friends. Stay warm and safe and dry and you. Captain Kirk and I command it.