“Excuses are for losers to justify why they are not winners.”
That is what I would tell my four children, and that is what I would tell the thousands of young athletes I coached through 20 years as a United States Soccer Federation nationally licensed coach. I hope my kids and my former players continue to pass that statement onto their children and to the young people whose lives they cross.
Here’s the fact … it is not an excuse … As Sergeant Joe Friday used to say on ‘Dragnet,’ “Just the facts, ma’am. Just the facts.”
After more than two years, I am nearing the completion of my seventh book. This will be the fourth historical novel. Add to that my novella, The Sixth Day: a 17,175-Word Novella About Creation and Prizefighting; a vigilante crime novel DWI: Dying While Intoxicated; and a West Point football trivia book for Black Mesa Publishing and this will be my seventh book.
I try to get five hours each day, five days a week into the book. I am on the third and hopefully final draft with this new one. I want to say the book is my top priority, but I can’t say that for certain. In addition to completing the book and getting it to the publisher …
- I purchase books for a small bookstore.
- I manage a small library.
- I ride my bike 1 – 2 hours each day.
- I give care to my 91-year old father who lives with my wife and me.
- I do a significant amount of research to support what I write
- I read multiple books
- The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong
- Neither Wolf nor Dog by Ken Nerburn
- Steven Pressfield’s new book, The Lion’s Gate
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- Markings by Dag Hammarskjold
- current and back issues of ‘Parabola’ magazine
I think I am forgetting something, but I can’t remember!
The point is not that I have a lot on my plate. The point is that I have been less attentive to my blogs, the Vitruvian Man blog and E.S. Kraay Online blog. I have not forgotten about either and remain committed to both.
This is my plea to bear with me. I am not abandoning them. Stay with me, and thanks for listening.