The rabbit hole
I’m about to start reading a book called The 90-day Novel by Allan Watt. It’s supposed to help writers bang out a first draft of a novel in around 90 days.
But this post is not about the book, but the story of the discovery of the book:
It all started with a viewing of April 10th’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which featured Elon Musk as guest of the day, co-founder of Paypal, and current CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors (there will be a separate post on this marvelous man). He gave a brilliant interview detailing his exploits and the key areas that interest him: The internet, Sustainability and Space exploration (leading to multi-planetary dominance of humans).
He impressed and inspired me so much I had to find out more, and so I went on to Wikipedia to find out that he only takes $1 salary at Tesla Motors, but his net worth is US$2 billion (Hell, he could have bought Instagram if he’d wanted to, but of course, he has loftier ambitions). Also, Director Jon Favreau modeled Ironman Tony Stark’s character with Elon in mind. Yeah.
No doubt a busy man, he still had the time to sire 5 kids (all sons!) with his first wife, Justine Musk, while they were married from 2000 – 2008. So I decide to check out Justine Musk, who turns out to be an author who also blogs at justinemusk. She seems like a reasonable woman from her postings, and I hope she got her Tesla Roadster she’d requested from the divorce.
Also, for 40, she’s pretty hot!
I started reading some of her posts (all very entertaining and insightful), which lead to her recommending the book The 90-day Novel.
Which is great because I was just getting started on (really, this time) writing my novel.
And that, is the story of how I came across the book. And I absolutely loved the process of the discovery, from the daily show to Elon to Justine and finally to Allan Watt’s book. All in all, I’d say its been a most productive day.
So next on the list of things to do then: A novel in 90 days?