I’m not quite sure where to start. There are moments you plan for days, months, years. But sometimes when they actually occur, you don’t even know how to respond. That’s right now. Other than asking you to please buy my book (see link to the right), I’m not the best at producing coherent, flowing sentences right now.
Let’s just start with thank you to all of you: readers, haters, colleagues, patients, friends and family. You all helped me stay motivated, on task and pushed me to improve as a writer. You are all mentioned in the Acknowledgements section of the book.
In the interest of full disclosure, you should know there are entries from this site in ‘Crazy” (for example, the story of Dr. Pete). That wasn’t my original intention, but as I was writing the book, too many moments appeared where I recognized certain, previously written material fit into the narrative. In other words, nothing was done via a Cut and Paste method; I promise you that anything that looks familiar is definitely edited and is relevant to the story. A very wise man told me, “be true to you fans, but recognize that when you write a book you are taking your work to a brand new audience. Don’t hold back on them.” I tried to follow this as closely as possible.
The book finished up at about 68,000 words. For reasons I can’t identify, I wanted to write a 100,000 word book, but that wasn’t in the cards here. Every time I tried to push more material in, something felt forced. My editor and I both recognized it and it was simply pulled. Fortunately, a lot of that material is now in the ‘Crazy Outtakes’ section of this site, so you are getting more reading for free if you choose to take a look.
Whether you are picking up ‘Crazy’ for a laugh and to forget whatever chaos you have going on in your world, or to examine your life and its difficulties in a more detailed fashion, I hope you get something out of it. My goal is that you’ll see that this book is about all of us, that the title captures the human experience, that we’re all fucked up, and that this fact isn’t inherently bad. Never, ever forget that we’re all crazy. The day that fact escapes you is the day you view either yourself or others as something they’re not: a person.
Now let’s go get drunk. More outtakes and stories to come, along with a fairly big announcement for what’s next…