My Free the Animal Book, Repartee

Yea, I blogged about it yesterday.

And yea, shame level is pretty nil. That is, I love this, finally, and I’m probably gonna pump it, a bit. If you don’t like it, fine. If you don’t care, fine, and thanks for reading anyway.

…Or, judge for yourself; as is, essentially, the theme of the book.

You see, when I wrote that post yesterday, I was basking in primitive ignorance. That’s just how fast you can look stupid. Things move quickly. I was working with my editors and the pro journalist writer who was lead in taking blogs and my supplemental info and weaving them into comprehensible structures with…structure, and I was busy writing things in a doc I’d created to be emailed and hopefully, be read and integrated. I went to an Xmas party just last evening in bliss, not even knowing the extent of my own ignorance.

That was until this morning.

Turns out there was a Google doc that was shared to me. I’d looked at it a time or two but never looked beyond its static nature. Perhaps it was the coffee, or very good sleep the night before, but I recognized it for what it was this morning, Sunday morning. Suddenly, I see a cursor dancing around to music that had been silent for at least some hours when I’d tuned off my eclectic streaming iTune library (Music I have a habit of falling asleep to on the couch Friday or Saturday night). And cuts, copys and added text were appearing before my eyes, in real time.

It only seemed like it was to music. Delusions are hard to dismiss.

Then I go to work, and begin a deluge of new info over hours and hours. In the sidebar of the shared doc [sentence fragment]. And I was answering their questions from the same sidebar, in context of what I was seeing to the left. The future? Where are we right now? This is amazing! This is quintessential collaboration. Ramble on. I told some friends earlier:

The way of the future. I sit here watching my book being created in real time via a shared Google doc. I feed into from blog posts relevant to the outline and an editor and journalist take it, chop it up, slice & dice, reword and put it into the book in front of my eyes while they ask questions, clarifications, transitions and such in the sidebar that I provide, and that gets into the book as well. Totally cool.

Theresa, AKA, Prime Mover, is gold. She’s giving it her best, and it’s way more than good enough for me.

She was the one who worked with Lierre Keith to edit The vegetarian Myth.

I wrote this in a comment earlier today:

There’s never any guarantees, but I feel very fortunate to have been very patient with this, build the blog, wait for a deal I was happy with, and see it take shape so quickly and in such a cutting edge way.

I often refer to it all as “The Virtue of Procrastination,” which is to say that some of the best successes of my life have come through procrastinating action on ideas I’ve had, such that you either drop them eventually, or they become more compelling over time, you refine your ideas, and ultimately execute far more efficiently with less waste of time and resource.

That’s it. There you go.

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  1. Chris Tamme on December 11, 2011 at 19:02

    No offense taken. If I had a book deal I don’t think you could ever get me to shut up about it. I am still excited at the traction this whole lifestyle is getting.

    • Primal Toad on December 11, 2011 at 19:41

      2011 has been amazing for the primal/paleo/hunter-gatherer/caveman/ancestral/real food movement. 2012 will be crazy… watch out!

      Thousands will love your book Richard… keep up the great work!

  2. Aitor Calero García on December 11, 2011 at 22:27

    “The Virtue of Procrastination” I completely agree with this. In our GTD madness IT world I reclaim this: TEGE

    Procastination allows you to get rid of the superficial, and lets you get back to essentials. Meditation precedes inspiration.

  3. Pauline on December 12, 2011 at 01:20

    “The Virtue of Inactivity”, Dr Durrant- Peatfield says it this way in his book – Masterly Inactivity. I love that. Things tend to have a way of developing when you leave them alone, a little like the eastern philosophy of Tao. Good luck, we are all watching and listening with abated breath. Good for you!

  4. Pauline on December 12, 2011 at 01:36

    To clarify the quote is ‘masterly inactivity’ and the book by Dr Durrant-Peatfield is Your Thyroid and How to Keep It Healthy.

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