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The year 2020 has been challenging for everybody, of course, and I’m not going to downplay that.
For me as a writer, it has been tough because I am one who relies on being out of the home in order to have the creativity to write — and motivation to do my research and keep writing.
Being stuck indoors hasn’t helped. I had a Barry Bonds manuscript that was due on December 1, 2020. I couldn’t finish and asked for an extention. I was given until December 24th. Finally, with the week of December 21st being a reduced work schedule thanks to the Christmas holidays, I was able to compelte the manuscript at last today, Wednesday, December 23rd. The manuscript and photo information have been sent to the publisher. What a relief!
In an interview recorded on the opening weekend of the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 Major League Baseball season, former LA Dodger official team photographer (and current Southern California-based lifestyle photographer) Richard Kee discusses how he got his start working for one of the most storied franchises in the game and offers advice to students and others on how to “get into the game.”
Click here for the podcast episode.
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For Fred Claire’s (Twitter: @Fred_Claire) new book: Extra Innings, visit https://tinyurl.com/FredClaireExtraInnings
I’m just clearing the photo album on my phone – because, as time goes by, the photos just pile up if I don’t take some time to organize or delete them.
These are from mid-May, when I stopped by Church’s Chicken and was told it’d be a 15-minute wait for the order.
So, I took out my notebook and brainstormed some ideas for my writing.
Some time after I’d finished eating, my phone rang and it was an interview subject getting back to me wanting to do that interview at that particular moment.
(It was regarding a book I’m writing dealing with advice for young people wanting to get into the world of sports business.)
It was good timing because I was able to ask him some different questions that I’d come up with during the waiting time – and I’d scribbled down those ideas.
You just never know when inspiration comes. And for those who scoff at the idea of carrying a notebook when many people simply store their ideas on their smartphones or electronic devices… well, what happens if your device runs out of battery and you need to be on your phone too for that important call?
I have a couple of devices, and I have that notebook as a backup…
Friday. I had a couple of things added to my itinerary last-minute. Well, sort of.
On Thursday afternoon, I was asked by my boss to go in on Friday morning and work some OT – some course planning that suddenly fell on my lap. I accepted.
I also received a text from Charles Harris, a former sports executive now teaching sports management courses at the university level in Southern California. I had previously reached out to him to see if he could be an interview subject for my next book. He texted me Thursday afternoon to set up a time for Friday at 9 a.m.
So, I used the local Blenz as my “home office” to call Mr. Harris – and then after that, I showed up for work. Turned out to be a long, exhausting Friday indeed. But – that’s the life of a writer. … well, a part-time writer anyway.
Wow… another week has gone by…
Well, sometimes things work out schedule-wise, without me having to make any adjustments.
I was involved in a work project which began in late February and just ended on Friday the 12th. This project involved me going into the “office” regularly to collaborate / brainstorm / write / edit… but it all ended on Friday.
That same afternoon, I received a message from my other company and they wanted me to go in to be trained on some online educational program that I’ll be using and I’m needed for the second half of April to fill in and do some work there – beginning Monday the 15th.
So, the timing worked out fine. I didn’t have to say no to either side. And on Monday I went there to get that training. Then, during lunch, I was able to step out for some time to take a call from Pat Gallagher, a sports executive who used to work for the San Francisco Giants. Mr. Gallagher and I had made plans to speak on the phone on Monday – as I’m working on a book and had requested to speak with him about his tips for readers.
It was great, because I learned a lot from Mr. Gallagher, and this information will be included in the book. I was able to get trained on the online program. I didn’t have the February to April proposal (with the first company) to deal with anymore. It’s good timing.
And later today, I’m going to be speaking to another gentleman, Jake Hirshman, who has his own impressive background in the sports business world.
As a writer, it’s about managing time and so far in April, things have been great.
I mean, during this process of writing this book, I had a chance to speak to a writer from Los Angeles (back in late January), and he’s right. He told me that to pull off a project like this, you need to be honest with yourself in terms of the time you can set aside for it. So far so good. I do have that time to spare for this project. And I’m glad that I am working on something that will inspire those who will be reading it. That’s the motto – inspire others. Give people practical advice and let them know they actually can succeed if they are persistent. That’s the message I want to be spreading.
At the same time, it’s rewarding to be talking about important life lessons with these executives and writers, those who help out and mentor others. I’ve experienced situations where people just have these poker faces on them and be petty, and then they like to gossip and do unproductive things – eg. talk trash about others and engage in name-calling. All very negative. I’m glad I’m not stuck in that path with those individuals but am working on something more meaningful with my time.