Saturday, January 29, 2011

An update -- and an apology -- on "64"

I wanted to update all of you on the progress of our book, but I need to combine the update with an apology.

I had been hoping to finish "When I'm 64" by the end of the year, which is what I told Dale Morgan when I saw her in Northern Virginia in early November, but a combination of our move from California to Georgia, some health problems for my wife and the first real case of writer's block I've ever had has brought me to almost a dead stop for the last couple of months.

It's strange. I have 12 of what I expect to be 24 chapters completely finished, and a number of others partially written. I've been bouncing back and forth between three or four chapters, with a couple that are almost done, but for the moment, I don't seem to be getting anywhere.

I'll say that come Tuesday, with the beginning of a new month, I'm going to chain myself to my keyboard and just start slogging ahead. I'll follow some great advice I got once from the late Mike Royko. When there's no wind and the sails won't fill, row.

I'm not Shakespeare or Bill Faulkner. Just trying to write a nice little non-fiction book.

So bear with me and accept my apology. We'll get there.


Dale Morgan said...

Mike, it truly sounds like you have had a lot on your plate lately. I was exhausted just reading what you have done in the last year. Take a break and dive back in when you're ready. I, for one, am patiently awaiting the book's completion.

Anonymous said...


What's the worry? We won't be 64 for another three years. Take your time!

Helen R.

Dale Morgan said...

Good point, Helen! If the book is ready the year before we turn 64, the timing will be perfect!

Anonymous said...

Mike -

If I've learned nothing else in my 61 1/2 years, it's patience! The book will be well worth the wait!

Carol Beaupre (Witaschek)