Originally written on Jeff Pearlman  |  Last updated 4/23/12

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: Former Tennis professional Billie Jean King, U.S. figure skater Michelle Kwan and singer Sheryl Crow arrive on the Playtex Sport Pink Carpet at the Women's Sports Foundation's 28th Annual Salute to Women in Sports at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on October 15, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for WSF)
Starbucks. Corner table. Sheryl Crow’s Long Road Home playing. A hot pumpkin spice latte by my side. Today’s my first day back writing the book. Ugh. Back one month ago, I was on a roll. Then I stopped writing, and did almost 0 work in Europe. I ate well, saw the sites, doted upon my wife and kids, etc. But writing? Not so much. Which makes today hard. Because starting to write after a month off is sorta like hoping your ‘86 Olds flips on after five years of sitting in the garage. Chug … chug—splurt. The good news? I’m prepared. I’ve never researched harder than I did for this one. So the notes are all in order, the chronology is righteous, the markings are legible. I want this book to be great; to speak for me as a writer and a journalist. But it can be sooooo hard and challenging. Just gotta buckle down and start. Shut off the wireless, pull out the files and write. On a side note, bad hypo day. My leg has been acting really weird for a month. When I wake at night, it feels very ...
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