I started writing this while sitting at my kitchen table, supervising the 7-year-old’s homework. It is due today. He normally does this earlier in the week but many of our systems are off. So it goes. We’ve been figuring out how many 3, 4, and 5-letter words you can make out of the letters of “Phillies.”
(Or a 6-letter word? I will keep pondering this all day most likely.)
In any case, it is November, so I decided to start my modified version of NaNoWriMo. Instead of writing 1667 words in a novel every day, I am writing 1000 words of musings, each weekday, on how I am going to revise an existing novel. I’m only 3 days in so far but I’ve already solved some major problems just by forcing my brain to think about it during the time I’m typing. I have increased the chances that I will actually revise this novel in the future as I ponder it. There were characters and plot elements I liked, so we shall see where this leads.
Speaking of existing manuscripts… I was interested to see a press release from Moneyzine about the career trajectories of start-up founders. Apparently, even founders of failed start-ups gain the equivalent of 2.4 years of seniority compared with their non-founder peers in future endeavors. Many, many years ago, like in my mid-20s, I wrote a book called Grindhopping, making the case for self-employment early in one’s career. You could learn a variety of business skills that might allow you to enter the grind higher on the ladder later if you wanted. Cool to see that a study bears this out.
We have family photos this weekend. I have yet to choose/approve outfits, but that’s on the list for the next two days. The 7-year-old has a new pair of ice skates, since he decided to join the 11-year-old for ice skating lessons. Flag football ends and a new set of swimming lessons starts. Theoretically there will be time for a long run, a date night dinner, and I will sing Faure’s Requiem with my choir. So it should be a good few days. Hope everyone has an adventurous weekend planned!
In other news: I wanted to highlight a few podcasts/places I’ve been on recently as I’ve been promoting Tranquility by Tuesday!
I love the ladies of What Fresh Hell, so I was thrilled to be a guest on the show talking all things Tranquility by Tuesday.
I was on Amy Bushatz’s Humans Outside podcast, talking about getting outside as a modified version of Rule #3: Move by 3 p.m.
You can read a Q&A with me that ran at City Journal, talking about the rules and my reading projects.
And in case you missed it, here’s Tilt Parenting from a few weeks ago.