The long-awaited answer to: “So how’s your stupid travel advice book coming along?”
UPDATE 05.08.2019: Writing is hard—really hard—especially after all the wine I have to drink to forget about work. Just know that I am still sweating salty blood to finish this book for you, my loyal readers, and not just a big paycheck from the publisher. Get updates on my progress sooner by joining my damn mailing list >>
UPDATE 03.18.2019: My apologies. This book shoulda been done a LOOOOONG time ago, but now that I’ve spent so much time and effort on it, I kinda need to make sure it doesn’t totally suck. Meanwhile, avoid wasting your valuable time checking this site for updates by joining my mailing list >>
UPDATE 11.28.2018: Still on it! I’m adding a lot of personal stories to bring my travel advice to life and that’s taking longer than I had hoped. To avoid checking this site for updates, just join my mailing list >>
UPDATE 8.28.2018: Work has been crazy of late and I haven’t had as much time as I’d hope to finish up the book. But I am still very actively working on it during my commute. To avoid checking this site for updates, just join my mailing list >>
UPDATE 6.13.2018: The text below the line is a bunch of lies (in retrospect). However, rest assured that I am still actively working on the book (when I’m not trying to keep my day-job). Join my mailing list to find out when it’s released.
In a word, it’s done. That’s right, it’s finished. Finito! That is to say, I’m done writing the first draft of the “content.” Yes, after five long months, I’ve managed to commit exactly 35,247 English words and over 2,000 mostly readable sentences onto digital parchment for you, posterity, and the Ages.
It’s been “a labor of love” only in that I would love for it to be over already.
Sadly, it’s not. There’s still a lot of non-writing work to be done—“editing,” I believe they call it—and that will no doubt be a tedious slog of time-sucking tedium.
Though most of this tome veritably poured fully formed from my brain like the Goddess Athena from the split-open noggin of Zeus—there are nonetheless many unanswered questions about the content yet to be answered.
Questions like: Are the words I’ve chosen, the best words? Do they build a logical, cogent and compelling argument with a singular focus derived from incontrovertible human truths? Failing that, do they at least form complete sentences?
Frankly, the odds aren’t good.
One of my editors recently asked to discuss the book with me but insisted that we meet in a well-lit, public place near a police station. After street vendor doughnuts and vodka, she called my submission “the literary equivalent of dumping seven shoeboxes full of loose, food-stained receipts on your tax accountant’s desk.”
So the book might still need some, you know, “polishing.”