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The Book – Working Chapter Names

Still, working on a title for the book, but I’ve definitely made some serious progress on the chapter names and even the actual content.  First, a little bit of background.  For as long as I can remember, my dad has been pushing me to write a book about the insanity I’ve observed and experienced.  I’m no, Bill Clinton, so writing an auto-biography of sorts always seemed silly.  But, after John was born I got the idea to write an advice book for my two kids – with the advice being slightly different for John than it would be for Cora.  Yes, there’s a double-standard; my daughter can never date.  It’s that simple!

A few weeks ago, it occurred to me that I could merge both of these topics together into 1 compelling story.  The advice I’d be giving my kids would be heavily based on my own life experiences (the good and the bad).  So here’s where we’re at with the chapter names:

  1. Thin Is In
  2. Mean Kids Suck
  3. Make Mistakes Often
  4. You Can Be Anything You Want To, Unless You Can’t
  5. Travel Far And Often
  6. The Soundtrack Of Your Life
  7. …And Eventually You’ll Discover The Beatles
  8. “Put On Side 1 Of Led Zeppelin IV”
  9. The Grand Gesture
  10. Never Take No For An Answer
  11. Why Star Wars Is Better Than Star Trek
  12. Nothing Good Happens After Midnight
  13. Liquor Before Beer
  14. What You Wear Mattters
  15. Act Like You’ve Been There Before
  16. How To Tell If They’re Right For You
  17. “You Ruined My Life”
  18. Blood Is Thicker Than Water, Except When Love Is Involved
  19. 3 Simple Rules
  20. Take Time, To Make Time, To Soak It All In
  21. Quality Trumps Quantity
  22. Don’t Negotiate With Terrorists
  23. Negotiate Like A Terrorist
  24. The Bucket List
  25. Why I’m Always Right…And Why You’ll Always Be Right When You’re A Parent

Chapters 1, 4, 6, 8, 13, 17 and 22 already have first drafts.  My goal is to have a first draft of the whole book by March 1st.  I figure I’ll have a lot of time over the holidays to make a serious dent.  If you’ve got thoughts for a title, send them my way.  Who knows, maybe you’ll make the acknowledgments!