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Cards Against Humanity as a Lesson in Leadership

Reporting in from the beach, our first morning.

Last night in the midst of a vicious game of Cards Against Humanity, James dropped a little nugget of wisdom on us all. Insightful and relevant to leadership. The succinct observation?

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A Guy Walks Into a Cliche… (In a Bar…)

I’m enjoying a quick getaway to NYC with The Queen. As we visited a friend’s new bar (the awesome E’s Bar- check it out!) I became a walking cliche. Chatting with the bar’s manager, I may have said, “I work in insurance but I’m really focused on my writing…”

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Traveling With The Goon

My wife and I have executed the SINGLE GREATEST SURPRISE in the history of our family. For the last two months, we’ve been planning an epic family vacation. We were going to take the kids to Walt Disney World.

Easter Sunday was the day and the secret was unspoiled. We enlisted the 15-year old, AKA C-Dog, in the weeks leading up to the trip. Great job all the way around. The trip to Walt Disney World (AKA Whiskey-Delta-Whiskey, Walter D. White’s house, or some other codeword designed for maximum OpSec against the elementary school crowd) remained a surprise until we woke the Noodle and the Goon (ages 7 and 5, respectively) Easter morning and told them to get dressed because they were going to see Mickey Mouse.

My wife (the Queen) and I had sketched out a broad plan for the actual travel. Flying on Southwest, our seats were not assigned. We figured that we would each pair up with one of the little guys and allow the C-Dog to sit with either of us. (Or 15 rows away, if his brothers had really annoyed him on the drive to the airport.) As it turned out once we got on the plane, my traveling companion was the Goon. Oh boy.

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Houston, We Have a Problem…

I’m stuck working on Story Blue. I figured out why I’m stuck, though.

I have what I think is an interesting and potentially entertaining idea for the story. I have established the tone that I want. I have an outline roughed out. But- the story is stuck at a little under 2000 words. It has failed to progress. Until now I wasn’t quite sure why.

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Documenting This Transformation

I thought it would be interesting to observe myself as I begin this process of going from a repressed writer to a man that is writing. This ‘Open Notebook’ is really a sketchbook for my thought process, disposition and observations.

I’m a bit under the weather so I don’t see me accomplishing anything tonight. (I’ve already observed that I prefer to write at night but not post the work until the next morning. So I’m writing this at 8:16 PM on Thursday evening and expect to publish it Friday morning with my coffee.) I did want to capture the process of transformation- how I’m freeing myself from a fear of failure and just writing. So this (short) piece stakes out my intent to observe and document this process within myself.

I hope you enjoy it.

-T

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