Yes, it’s been over two years since I’ve posted here. Yes, it’s to promote my new book. Yes, the book is about Great-Grandmas, secret identities, and motorcycles.
Coming VERY soon to Kickstarter.
Yes, I’ve been writing a book.
No, this isn’t it.
This is a little bonus book. And it’s free, which is always good.
The Dark Side Of Creativity: Save The Planet…Don’t Be A Robot!!
It’s a seven minute book on applause, affirmation and the Pit Of Darkness.
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I overhear my wife tell her mother before setting her iPhone down.
She looks at me, smiling a little too warmly.
For over six months Joy and her mom have attended this “class.” I’ve never quite understand what it is, but they seem very eager for me to join. I’ve also noticed a change in their demeanor that’s hard to describe. Something seems different and I can’t put my finger on it. Neither of them are overly impressionable, but I have a sneaking suspicion they’ve innocently been taken in by a cult-type group.
The kids were my last excuse, so it appears today is D-day. I’ll see for myself just what this thing is and hopefully not get caught up in the weirdness myself.
Below is a transcript of my pitch.
Hi Sharks, I’m Jeremy Secrest and I’m seeking a $25,000 investment for a 15% stake in my company.
With present company excluded, how many people do you know who dislike their job? Job dissatisfaction is at an astronomical level, with a staggering 81% of employees listed as not “satisfied” with their job, according to a recent survey.
Job dissatisfaction leads to stress, fatigue and mental illness. It’s one of the most widespread conditions in developed nations.
With my new product, you’ll be able to leave the 9-5, the stress, and the fatigue behind while maintaining that same steady paycheck and same benefits from your current company. Who knew sleeping in, checking Twitter and making breakfast quesadillas could pay so well?
A ROBOT THAT GOES TO WORK FOR YOU®!
About a year ago I wrote a few blogs posts about writing a new book. Then I secretly went underground.
Why? Well, I was busy.
But I still worked on the book. It was either that or blog about it, so I figured actually writing the book would be better.
So, one year and zero blog posts later I’ve now finished a draft of the book.
Stay tuned for more.
In a weird way.
Things are good. Actually they’re great.
I have a wonderful wife.
Beautiful, healthy kids.
A great family.
A new Keurig.
More donuts and bacon.
Things are good.
This side builds the whole Christmas season into a giant expectation of syrupy awesome sauce spilling out my pores as I run down the sidewalk yelling “Merry Christmas, Bedford Falls!” and start to cry as I look into my kids eyes and we sing “Fah who for-aze! Dah who dor-aze! Welcome Christmas! Come this way!” and Tiny Tim says “God Bless us, everyone”. I then cry and just burst into sunbeams because nothing could ever be more awesome.
It’s not like masses of people (or anyone, actually) are waiting for me to reveal hidden secrets. My mom’s never even asked.
You create. I create. We share.
My mind seems to work in small little phrases – movie quotes, commercial jingles, Proverbs, Twitter.
As I’ve thought about this book project, ideas seem to come in these short little phrases. Once they jump into my brain I have to write them down before they run off, so I email them to myself on my iPhone.
I then collect all these emails into a document, which currently has over 5,000 words of notes and short phrases.
So I did. Without much planning at all, I wrote, created out a rough outline, completely changed everything, and then tried to fit random thoughts into some kind of order. It ended up as a collection of random thoughts on creativity loosely tied together. The random-ness worked, but I think could be improved.
I’d like for this project to have a more cohesive and planned structure, so am trying to take the time at the beginning to outline my thoughts, giving them an “arc” from beginning to end. I know it will change as I jump into it, but am working to be more disciplined to see if the end result is clear and focused.
Editing the last book took about 9 revisions and sometimes felt like swimming upstream through maple syrup, but not sweet. So I’m trying to plan – even a little neurotically – hoping that outlining it up front should both smooth and speed up this process.