"You have cancer"

A few people I’ve talked to recently who have (or had) cancer told me they can clearly remember the moment when their doctor told them that they had cancer.

In my case I do remember the conversation with the doctor, but that was more of a formality. When I picked up the phone to talk to her, I already had a pad of paper and a pencil in hand, and I was ready to write down the details she was going to tell me. In my case I was pretty certain that I had cancer when I saw the ultrasound results.

Bruce Springsteen on making Born To Run: "We went to extremes"

There is some talk in this Rolling Stone article that Bruce Springsteen was on the verge of failure when the song “Born To Run” was released. Springsteen acknowledges that, but also adds, “I don’t know if it would have finished us — because what the [bleep] else were we going to do?”

I tend to look at that as perseverance: “Okay, you don’t like my work? Well, I’m not going anywhere, I’m going to keep working at it.”

When I first went to college I wasn’t a Springsteen fan at all — I barely knew who he was — but then I heard Hungry Heart, and became a fan. These days Born To Run, Hungry Heart, Badlands, Thunder Road, Pink Cadillac, Brilliant Disguise, and Secret Garden are some of my favorite songs. And Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is one of my favorite Christmas songs/performances.

Scrivener, an app for writers

In some ways Scrivener is a bit of a klunky, older-looking Mac OS X application, but I started using it two days ago, and it has helped me organize my ideas, so for that I give it credit. It’s intended to be used by writers who want to write books, and as I said, it does help with the organization aspect, and that is helpful. It’s better than a pile of files in a directory that you manually try to keep in order, that’s for sure.

I can't write a book

As shown in the image, I’ve finally come to the realization that I can’t write a book. But I can write a few sentences, and then a few pages, and eventually a chapter on a given topic. And then I can write another chapter, and then another. But to sit down and say, “I’m going to write a book,” no, that’s too hard.

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