I have a history of updating this website right before a book comes out, then neglecting it until the next book comes out. Work on book number three is well underway, but waiting on that book to be finished before updating this site again seems…sub-optimal.
A few months ago, I was fortunate to have lunch with historian and author Scott Longert, who has written two excellent Cleveland Indians books. (They are Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers and The Best They Could Be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball, 1916-1920.) I had a great time picking his brain about all of the little moments that went into their creation. Scott was incredibly kind and generous in the face of my relentless curiosity. He, perhaps politely, claimed to enjoy our conversation. I definitely did.
In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I now have a notion to blog about things I like and, if possible, to talk to the people behind them. For now, I will refer to it as People Who Make Stuff. Basically. It would be a way to not only shine light on something I like, but also to learn about that thing from the person who brought it into the world. It would be a loose conversation about the journey from the first spark of an idea to the finished product.
I’ve got a couple people lined up, and I’ve got more feelers out there, so we’ll see how it goes! In the meantime, there are also Crew articles and a new book to work on, but I think this could be a fun and inspiring side project that would also make better use of this site in the time between books. It would be a chance to share some love and to learn stuff, so that alone would make it a success in my eyes.