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Unlike others, I tend not to engage in petty gossip and what-not. I prefer to spend my time creating stuff.
I mean, yes, I’m the odd “consumer” – where I spend time playing computer games and watching TV series/TV dramas – but I’m not one who gossips about others. I tend to do creative things with my time.
You know, I’m referring to those on the train, in coffee shops, etc. gossiping about and labeling others. So many times on the train or in cafes, I would be sitting in my seat or at my table, and the next seats/tables, etc. would have young women trashing their “friend” because, “oh, she’s so stupid to be doing blah blah,” or, “oh, if I were her, I wouldn’t STILL be living home at our age, blah blah.”
It’s like, people are constantly judging others, talking trash behind their backs. Or, equally bad, are those who have their face down when they’re walking on sidewalks or in public, texting or doing whatever they’re doing, without looking at where they’re going. Pay attention to where you’re going! (And, that’s not me labeling them; it’s me pointing out the fact they are oblivious to their surroundings and they might be obstructing others in their paths, for instance.)
Anyway, I prefer to spend my time, as I said, doing creative things. I write. I write about people who inspire. I write about those who are underappreciated but who actually inspire.
I’m proud – and will forever be proud – that I had Tom Candiotti’s biography published by McFarland & Co. even though I was never a journalist. It was through my own efforts in tracking his teammates down – and yes, I have to thank them for responding – and my own hard work in making the book happen.
And I can say I’ve had a “history” book published – since McFarland’s specialty is history books, mainly. (Okay, I say that as a joke about my having written a “history” book.)
I’m also proud that I was able to stay on task and finish “The End of the Montreal Jinx” – a book about the Canadiens-Bruins NHL rivalry. There were those who scoffed. There were those who tried to undermine me or wanted me to fail.
(Yes, I can give an example. At a certain company that I worked in, the “director” asked me to be in charge of personnel and yet was undermining me all the way. I was asked to give a test to employees, and I assigned them a spoken test to make sure they could describe the products VERBALLY because they are going to be doing so on the phone to customers and clients. Yet, on the morning of the test, the “director” suddenly asked me to change it to a written test. Later, IT presented me with a document which listed the messenger chat between the “director” and a certain “coach killer” (a cancer) where she told the “director” she didn’t want to do a spoken test. That’s why the “director” suddenly asked me to change it. The time stamps indicate that that’s what happened.)
There were those who pretended to be interested in what I’m writing, and they ask me so that they can determine how much money I make from books or they ask so they can scoff at me and tell me how bad my idea is. “Yeah, it’s the Dodgers’ 30th anniversary [of winning a championship], but SO WHAT?” All some people care about is attacking instead of being supportive or providing solutions.
There were those who would take what I say and twist it around (like they’re lawyers or something) or form their own opinions without asking me. As a joke, I’ve often said, “I’m 21.” A lot of people joke about that kind of stuff. But you’ll have peers or “friends” who will take that statement and try to analyze why I said “I’m 21.” Some would say things like, “Oh, you’re hung up on someone who’s 21 years old and that’s why you pretend you’re 21.” Excuse me? Instead of asking me, these people assume I have issues or whatever.
Anyway, there were those who would say, “I’m busy,” just because they have no time for you. Or, “I don’t care [what you have to say or what you’re saying].” Guess what? It works both ways. If they don’t care what I have to say, how seriously am I going to take them moving forward?
Getting back to that Dodgers comment from three paragraphs earlier, I succeeded – despite all sorts of negativity I had to listen to or deal with as I was writing that book. Well, I’m happy to say that Rowman & Littlefield is publishing that book celebrating the Dodgers’ championship team in August this year.
I just have to block out the negativity that I constantly hear around me. I’ve succeeded. Again, I’m proud that I have that book published.
And at the moment, I’m working on a biography about another ex-Major League Baseball player who, like Candiotti, also was nicknamed “Candy Man.” I’ve been working on this project since January 2018. It’s been going well.
Not only that, I’m also working on a book about a Stanley Cup champion from the past. And also another one about a former White Sox pitcher.
All of these stories are inspirational. And I want to write about their stories.
I’m still trying to track down a long-time pitcher who now works as a pitching coach in the minor leagues. Want to speak with him about the possibility of a book. And also a former big-league switch-hitter who had a marvelous but underrated career – one which saw him get snubbed for an All-Star Game.
Failing those two, there’s also a potential project on the horizon about an ex-Pirate, a former first-round pick, and a fellow who probably should be in the Hall of Fame.
Like I said, I’m a creator. I want to create inspiration. We need more of that in our world… not constant negativity and gossiping.
Here’s a review from Boston Globe‘s Bob Ryan:
Orel Hershiser IV…Kirk Gibson…the irrepressible Tom LaSorda…you know all about them. But Rick Dempsey, Mickey Hatcher, and Danny Heep—aka “The Stuntmen”—not so much. Now, thanks to K. P. Wee’s The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season, you will. This is the story of a very improbable and, yes, lovable bunch, the last LA Dodger squad to win a championship.
— Bob Ryan, Boston Globe, ESPN
The book is due to be released in August 2018, but all you sports fans out there can pre-order now! What a great gift for the baseball fan in your family!
It’s a new year, and I have a new writing project for 2018.
This one is going to be about a former Major League Baseball player who was a World Champion with the Florida Marlins and also had stints with Houston and Pittsburgh.
I’m starting this project this week, and it’s going to be very exciting!
Well, Christmas is a couple of weeks away, so have you bought a gift yet for the sports lover in your family?
If not, then why not one of these two books?
The hockey book is about the Boston-Montreal rivalry from 1988-1994, when the Bruins won five of the six series played between the two clubs, ending a streak of 18 consecutive playoff series losses to the Canadiens. Click to purchase this book here.
The baseball book is a biography of Tom Candiotti, the former knuckleball pitcher who pitched in the 1980s and 1990s. Candiotti won 151 major-league games and this book highlights his career. You can purchase this book here.
Get them for the sports lover in your family! 🙂
I’ve been away from this site for months – so it’s time for an update.
I’d been busy with teaching and writing, and therefore hadn’t had time to post anything here.
The project I’ve been working on is a book on the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s a book about the Dodgers’ last World Championship team – and of course I’m rooting against them this year! So, my book will be more meaningful since it will still be the last ever Dodgers team to win a World Series.
Through the help of former Dodger general manager Fred Claire, I’ve been able to talk to 15 ex-players and coaches for this book. It’s been a terrific experience interviewing them to get their memories about that 1988 team.
Finding a publisher has proven to be tricky. Triumph Books showed interest but ultimately said no – they’d published a book on that team some time ago and it was too soon for a repeat. Another publisher looked at my submission and we had discussions, but they decided against taking on this project.
So, we’ll see what happens as I get in contact with others about this book.