Hey team. I’m working on a new project. A book for student athletes. Which will…
Focus on their success!
Were you an athlete in college? -or- Do you know one?
I’m looking for 100 Former Collegiate Athletes to participate in a survey uncovering the powerful lessons we learned of the world as student-athletes. Feedback will go into a Student-Athlete Success Guide I’m currently drafting.
Could you support me with your feedback and 10 minutes of your time.
Team, I’ve finally done it. I’ve finally written and published my book!
Please stay tuned in 2017 as I build the marketing plan for the book and its amazing resources. Until then, and in celebration of the holidays enjoy a 25% discount by using the coupon code –HOLIDAZE. Coupon code will be in effect until 1/1/2017
One of my long-term goals was to be a published author.
Today, I’m meeting with my teaching and writing buddy to support each other with our publishing projects.
My thoughts were that if I blogged everyday, I would already be in the zone, and that it would be easier to focus my time and energy into my manuscript.
(It feels nice to say that word.)
At this point, I do have a manuscript. It’s nowhere near as done as I thought it’d be. Here we are at August 11, and I think I’ve only been able to invest 4 real chunks of time into the book.
The process I’ve used thus far has looked loosely like this:
-Read a handful of e-books on writing your own nonfiction book.
-Bought a personalized book writing toolkit from Fiverr.com
-Narrowed my ideas down to the three biggest ideas I had. (all others are blog topics)
-Bought a notebook, and wrote one full page on what I wanted to book to be about
-Brainstorm chapter titles (The title creates the content)
-Worked to complete two pages of ideas for each chapter
-Transferred journal outline to Google Docs
-Started fleshing out individual chapters (taking note of where I need to do more research)
-Elicited feedback and motivational support from writing partners
Anxietyyyyyyyyy – is the name of the game. I’m hoping to push out the bulk of the narrative before I return to teaching in about 3 weeks. I know anything that’s not done by that point will take about 3 times as long to complete.
No I’m kidding, no anxiety. Looking back I’ve completed the most difficult pieces. The outline. Now I just need to go through and stream of conscious my way through the bulk of the writing process.
The most difficult pieces were coming up with the topic I wanted to write about, as well as outlining the book. I had to step outside of myself and find multiple outlines and examples to help me work on my own.
Today, my friend helped my by going through my outline, and providing me feedback on the sections that she thought were the most interesting and compelling. I talked her through my vision for the project. I was kind of embarrassed sharing my creative projects with her. But I was also happy to be sharing with someone that was even interested.
My book – Knowledge Hacking currently has 10 chapters. Do you like the name? ^_^ I’m very proud of the concept and can’t wait to complete.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any written projects you’re working on?
I dont feel like doing anything today….. So, today’s post is a snapshot of one of the piles of books i have in my room.
I regularly spend too much money buying used amazon books. Its an addiction. And I claim it! Because one day im going to turn around and be so amped at my library.
(Click on pictures to enlarge and zoom in)
Hopefully you can see all of the titles on there.
Theres a little Kwame Nkrumah I profiled him a few weeks agohere. Kwame was the first Prime Minister of present-day Ghana.
Theres some Asa Hilliard and Amos Wilson. Both great reads if you’re looking for information about… Black Liberation, Historical shifts in African/Negro/Black/African American communities, cultural anthropology, racism and institutions.
This stack is made up mostly from books that I’ve bought this year. The bottom few are older grabs.
I pulled out a fews that the side binding didn’t show.
I’ve long wanted to do a series on books that challenged my mind so much they actually scared me. I think its important to connect with ideas, theories, arguments, and points of view that FORCE us to engage in critical analysis of the ways our culture has formed the ways we think and operate. I know I have a couple of titles that do that for me.
The title here is enough. Afrikan People and European Holidays: Mental Genocide by Ishakamusa Barashango. It helped me again see some of my behaviors as implicit actions that imposed a dominant culture. Like really, take a second and think about why you’ve worshipped a White Santa Clause figure from early childhood? Many adults don’t even recognize how easily we fall prey to forced cultural and social activities. I haven’t read this book yet. But again the title thus far has been enough to help me already start questioning behaviors that I have that may perhaps go against my ideals and thoughts of the world.
I saw these two books and had to give them their own spotlight. I’ve only read portions of Dr. Frances Cress Welsings The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors. In many of her speeches she references The United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept by Neely Fuller, Jr. Which I own, but have yet to crack open. Out of all of my books it’s kinda interesting that these 3 were in this one pile. I would say they’re probably the 3 books I’m most resistant to really sit down and read out of my whole collection.
What books have you come across that made you scared to read? If you haven’t come by any titles yet maybe you can find a nice one in one of the many titles listed above.