October 18, 2008

A Compromise Solution

A few days ago I asked all you readers how I should spend my working hours during the next month before I return to Baghdad. The quandary was this: should I write and publish my remaining two dispatches from the Balkans, or spend a full month working on my book From Beirut to Baghdad? I have only written one chapter so far, and there will be nine or ten in the end.

A small majority voted for me to work on the book, and a large minority want the two dispatches. So I’m going to compromise and write and publish one of the dispatches. I’ll spend the rest of my time, as much as I can anyway, on the book.

I’ll still publish this and that on the blog, I’m just going to slow down on the epic-length feature articles for a few weeks. The book needs to be written, and I have to find the time somewhere. If only I could put off sleep for a month.

By December, though, I should have a large fresh batch of pieces from Baghdad. I haven’t been there in over a year. Everything I remember is now out of date. It should be very interesting indeed when I return and take a fresh look after the surge.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at October 18, 2008 12:24 AM

Yet another new suggestion, Michael:
Allow me, and/or perhaps others, to re-read your old blog and create an e-book based purely on the best of your blog posts.

"Michael J. Totten's


This would allow you to get a 'book' published (?)(reader-supported published? a new model! ) even before you finish your real book -- but with little work on your part.

I can imagine lots of ways of doing this, but it's only worth it if you'd be up to agree to authorize something like this. Real hardback book (cheap to make in Slovakia!), available on Amazon, maybe other places.

Your first person current history will, like all good history, never be 'out of date' -- and even predictions or analyses that are later proven wrong by events are valuable. (Often the most valuable, for lessons learned.)

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad Author Profile Page at October 20, 2008 9:46 AM
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