From the moment you become a writer, you think about writing a book. No, more than that, you start planning to write a book. For me, it was going to be one of three things:
- The stereotypical Great American Novel … I loved (and still love) Tolkein’s ability to weave a story
- An omnibus sports tome … books by athletes & coaches (Abdul-Jabbar’s “Giant Steps” remains a favorite, as does John Madden’s “Hey, Wait a Minute, I Wrote a Book”) and books that chronicle a season (“The Breaks of the Game” is one I can read over and over) always demanded my attention
- Some sort of stream-of-consciousness screed akin to my writing hero, the late, great Hunter S. Thompson. I’ve read all of his things a dozen times over and keep going back to them.
My first book is none of those things. Instead, I present to you, “Anchored in Tradition.” The description: An unofficial collection of fun, facts, and figures about life at the United States Naval Academy. What is it? Well, while it’s not authoritative or comprehensive, it is exactly what I’d hoped it would be when I started the project – it’s a quick read where you can literally turn to any page and jump in. It’s filled with facts that I find interesting and intriguing, as well as quizzes which I hope will encourage some engagement with other folks … and it’s an excuse to turn a conversation toward a favorite topic – the Naval Academy! I also curated explanations of some Navy legends such as Tecumseh and William Lewis Herndon, as well as sports legends like Roger Staubach and David Robinson. It’s compact – only 4″ by 6″ so it’s easy to carry.
I’m already working on my next project, which is turning out to be a much more complex project, but I’m hoping folks will enjoy “Anchored in Tradition” as much as I do. You always wonder, as a writer, if people will like what you like. Well, this is definitely a type of book I enjoy, so I’m hoping I’m not alone in that!