I have a book to finish.

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Thinking about the book and avoiding the book is taking most of my energy and time now that my book tour for the poetry books is over. I will finish it. But finishing a book isn’t easy. You tend to keep clawing at it. You keep biting it and chewing it. I want to make sure that the book has everything it should and not too much of anything.

At the end of the year, we have a big party for the staff, and I look forward to that. It’s usually at Mijares in Pasadena where they bring us pitchers of margaritas and the food is pretty good. Then we close the office for a couple weeks for the holidays. This is a good thing for all of us. We need to not think about Red Hen all the time. When we do think about Red Hen when we’re not there, we think differently, better.

When you have a non profit company, it gets complicated. There’s the way it works on the inside and the way it works on the outside. The inside and the outside are two different parts but they work together. It likes one of those cool clocks that sit on the mantelpiece, everything inside the clock has to work well or it’s no good. But when you look at the clock from the outside, you can see things you can’t see from the inside of the clock. If you have the right people in your life, they help you see the clock from the outside while you live inside it.

But the fact is that we all like to give advice. We can see other people’s problems much more clearly than we can see our own. It’s much easier to give advice than to take it.

Okay, last thing on my mind as we near Christmas. Families. It’s weird how when you get to be around family members, you sometimes find yourself in deep. Families can be crazy. And for some reason holidays are a time when you get to remember just how crazy they are. Most families have someone who isn’t speaking to someone else for some very good reason. It’s one of the mysteries of human existence that we can’t simply drop whatever we’re pissed off about. We humans seem to like carrying luggage. Often the other people that we’re pissed off at have no idea what we’re pissed off about.

I am going to finish this book. I need to wrap my head around it. It’s a lot easier to get going on a book than it is to finish one. The last stages are crazy making. But I am going to get this finished. I keep saying that I’m going to celebrate when. When this book is finished. When it gets accepted. When it gets published. When. When. When.

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