In case you’re wondering where I’ve been, it’s been at my computer, slaving away on finishing up White Sox Outsider 2010. Here’s what it’s like to sit at my desk, as well as a sneak preview of a couple pages of rough draft:
So that’s where I sit. Now, here’s where we stand with the book:
*All the writing is done (I hope). I finished the afterword and promotional text. If the Sox surprise with a Johnny Damon signing, we have a decision to make.
*Only indexing remains. Once I get the entire thing into PDF form (should be later today), I can fill out the table of contents and the index, which is the most mindnumbing night of the year, reading the thing and taking note of every proper noun.
*To publishing! Once the index is complete, I will upload it for publishing. There’s usually five to seven days between publishing and me receiving a copy, and then a couple days to read the entire thing and make sure it’s of selling quality. Hopefully, I will only need to do this part of the process once, now that I’ve done it before.
It’s a crawl to the finish line, but I’d rather oversee the whole process, instead of putting it into the hands of somebody who might literally turn an “annual” into an “anal.”
Christian Marrero Reading Room:
*It’s been Hurt-demonium since Frank Thomas announced his retirement:
- Jerry Reinsdorf says Thomas should be a Hall of Famer.
- Joe Posnanski does the same.
- South Side Sox gets weepy.
- White Sox Cards and The 35th Street Review both like Thomas in the Eddie Einhorn “E.”
- Chuck Garfien interviews Thomas.
*Scott Linebrink wants to get a leg up (get it?) on the competition:
“So you just have to pull up your boot, hitch your belt and keep fighting. I know there’s a loss of confidence in me to pitch late in games.”
As Ozzie Guillen said, “Fail with your belt tight.” Paws up!