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The next blog was tentatively scheduled to be in October of this year but will go live in December.
Guess what? … Not quite true as the work load previously shared became more than expected. Much more than expected. It will actually happen in late December and most likely on the thirty-first.
He hasn’t finished writing the Epilogue of the Sand Creek manuscript but he has shared the first 30 pages of it to great friend Glen Williams to review on 27may2018. And better, … Did I say better? Yes better!! It is 7:38 pm on May 27 and I was about to shut down for the day. … But then I realized something out of the ordinary. I have tinnitus and it is ongoing. The only time it goes on vacation is when my focus is so intense that it delivers a Muhammad Ali knockout punch, a Duke Snider home run, a Johnny Unitas touchdown pass, a Kobe Bryant slam dunk.
Guess that tonight I was Muhammad, Duke, Johnny U., and Kobe at the end of this day.
What I’m saying is that at this time, beginning about 7:00 pm LA time (when I realized my condition and continuing through at least 10:25 pm I heard like all of you that don’t struggle with this heinous malady. I know that it will only be for a short time, but realize at this moment in time I’m walking on clouds.
The only time this happens for me is when my concentration on what I need to accomplish is so focused that nothing else enters my brain, that is everything in my life is zeroed in on one target—I’m Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood splitting the arrow, I’m Johnny Unitas throwing one last TD bomb to Jimmy Orr, I’m LK catching a kickoff and zigzagging my way through eleven defenders. I’m alive and totally focused.
Dear Lord, let me find and grab this zone on a daily basis and your lone cowboy will quietly ride into the sunset without a fight.
Regardless of what I said at the end of the my last blog, I’m back, or better … “Here’s Louis!”
On May 31 I will deliver the preface, 15 chapters, and the epilogue of the Sand Creek manuscript. These words will go out for review. The last seven years have been pure hell. They have also been the most focused of my life. I have gone from six figures in salary to a pauper, have signed the most important contract of my life (Sand Creek), have written perhaps the best book I’ll ever write as I needed hard-cold cash (The Discovery), have met my muse and the most amazing person I’ll ever know (Pailin), have bashed the hell out of my head way too many times, and have realized that I should be dead but due to a lot of events at the midnight hour I’m still walking. … I’m the luckiest guy you know, and let me tell you that my brain still functions (and works in overdrive when necessary).
I walk, work out with light weights, stretch, deal with my balance, and swing the sword. I still challenge everything that enters my life that I don’t like (I talked about the most recent incident on other social media, and there is a party next door as I write these words and the music is quiet). More important, I am meeting my Sand Creek writing deadlines, and best I am one with the three people in my life.
These words have taken a little less than an hour to write, but I needed to share them in case the unexpected happens.