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The Joys of Public Accountability

On 16 August, I wrote, "Why Isn't My Book Done?" I committed to editing it and having it edited by August 25th.

August 25th: -Proofable -Cohesive -Able to sell the book without blushing

I set these goals with a friend of mine who is also a writer - it was a pretty ambitious goal, because I finished the rough draft back in February, and not much has happened in the six months since then. Now, I was going to get it to the point where my work is proofable and cohesive in just two weeks?

And yet, it's done. Actually, I'd still blush a little if I went to sell a copy, since I should clean up the formatting, add a title page, things like that. But content wise it's solid enough that I'd take a USD $20 note from someone and hand them a copy bound in hardcover, and I'd feel they got a really good deal.

If I hadn't set this goal and been accountable publicly, to my friend and to everyone who reads here, I wouldn't have done it in two weeks. Honestly - I'm pretty internally motivated, but I've had a lot of stuff going on the last two weeks, it wouldn't have happened. But it did happen, largely because I was publicly accountable.

Boston Weekend Roundup/Week Preview

On Boston Sports Daily

The weekend was relatively slow in terms of Boston sports, but the week ahead will prove important for the Patriots. A few key items are as follows.

Red Sox

The Red Sox 2 out of 3 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this weekend. Deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run in a Red Sox uniform Sunday (an 8th inning 3 run home run that put the Sox in the lead). The loss came Saturday in a 19 inning marathon in which the Sox took the lead in the top of the 14th inning, only to have it ripped away in the bottom half. They have a tough series in Cincinnati coming up followed by a home series against the Houston Astros. At this point in the season they're just playing out the schedule but the Sox mixing in some wins will help the team in the future.


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