Well, after a grueling week of revisiting one of the worst periods of my life and changing all the straight up and down quotation marks to curvy ones, I am pleased to announce that the ebook of It Takes a Worried Man is finally finished.
In the meantime, I'm trying an experiment.
The entire book is available to read for free online at ittakesaworriedman.pressbooks.com. It's my hope that this will help introduce new readers to the book. I guess it will also help old readers (I mean, readers who've already read the book--you look fantastic today, by the way) to easily access their favorite parts of my masterpiece from anywhere in the world. I've also left comments open on every chapter, so if you've got something you'd like to say about a particular part, you should feel free to sound off.
It occurred to me to add a lot of links to the songs and movies and stuff that I mentioned in the book, but, in the end, I didn't have the emotional strength necessary to spend any more time on this book. I love it, but, man, it's pretty brutal to put myself back into that time.
I didn't end up changing very much about the book--the occasional comma that I disagreed with the copy editor about, and I put my Home Despot joke back in because removing it was the amazing Pamela Cannon's sole editorial misstep, but otherwise, it's just as raw and funny and sappy and mean and balls-out as it ever was, for better and worse.
If you haven't read it in a while, please feel free to check it out on the web. I wrote a new afterword explaining a little about how my life has changed in the last ten years, so that's new.
And please tell your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and random people on the street that they should read and buy this kickass book. Thank you!