Fighting The Dip

I resemble that remark.
I resemble that remark.

Seth Godin calls it The Dip. It’s that spot on the road, kind of near the end, where you have to decide whether it’s worth it to go on.

Many projects lose all steam right at that dip. Maybe you started like Dale Earnhardt at the beginning, but you slammed your brakes at the dip.

Dealt with that while working on Desert Vendetta. Lots of weirdness while finishing second draft and going into the third:

  • Illness and a death in the family. Okay. That’s not the standard dip, but who can continue a project with all that going on?
  • The work wasn’t worth a flip.
  • Had to rewrite one chapter multiple times. It really needed it. Was just too raunchy even for me.
  • Knowing the work was no good.
  • Added another thread to the plot line, and the manuscript really needed it.
  • Did I mention the project was no stinkin’ good?

Hey, this stuff happens. But I navigated The Dip without losing my shocks.

Good feeling.


Cheat sheet distills music theory to one handy page

I’m working on a new book originally geared toward harmonica players but will apply to all musicians. Tentatively titled “How To Play Harmonica Like a Real Musician,” it takes the musician from random blowing to playing with purpose.

While it’s still in first draft, I released a cheat sheet that forms the basis for some of the book. It’s one I scratched out for my own use onstage, but other musicians kept asking me for copies. I’ve since neatened it up and it’s ready for public consumption.

The package is available through Gumroad, and it includes the neatened-up version and the original handwritten one. It’s one of those reference sheets that belongs in your gig bag. With it you can transpose a song, know which notes or chords to play, and rip out a face-melting solo as if you know what you’re doing.

The book itself? It touches on professionalism, which is something I see so little of onstage — especially with harmonica players.

Expect it to hit the usual ebook channels before summer. Depending on how long it is, I may decide to put out a print version.