Sometimes I wonder, “Am I nuts?”

I voiced it to Jennifer Chin, when she was querying me about helping with her client Ernest Vineyards, a new [artisan] producer of cool-climate Chards and Pinots from the Sonoma Coast. I wrote to her:

Thanks for contacting me. Right now, between my day job and all of the wines backed up for my wine of the week program I’m really swamped.

I don’t see any lightening of my load for a while… Also packing the house for a move in the fall.

I would like to help you, but I can’t at this time. The work load is so heavy, that’s my exhaustion. All I seem to do is write my brains out. I’ve been writing furiously since 1993…

Jennifer came back with a gift.

Dear Jo:

I’ve always thought that writing is one of the most difficult of occupations.  Colette, the French novelist, had several pithy thoughts on this; one which I particularly like goes something like this….”Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”

In other words, no wonder you’re tired!!!


Jennifer Chin
Founder, Strategic Wine Solutions

I managed to write all of this down, because it’s going to make a great, So, how’s it going with all of that blogging…

It’s 11 year later and I wonder, how many books could I have written in this time frame, and would they have been more fun?