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Why you should be following Lebron, too…

A quick follow up to the Lebron post from yesterday.

My friend Jeff Haws made the following comment on facebook after seeing the link to my post:

“Been rooting for him since he was in high school, through Cleveland, through “The Decision,” through Miami and now back to Cleveland again. I want to witness Greatness, to be able to talk about how “I was there” when I’m old and gray and the kids of the new day are talking about whoever the new “Greatness” has become. I want to be able to say I was witness for it, first hand. 

“Rooting against Greatness just seems to me to be a waste.

“What good does it do to want to deny that of another when it’s so obviously there, not to mention robbing yourself of the experience of watching it happen? Because of a poor PR move on his way out of Cleveland? Because that’s really what it boiled down to. There was nothing wrong with him actually going to Miami. He took less money to play with a championship organization because Cleveland wasn’t ready/able to build one, and he wasn’t prepared to carry one, and he knew it. He made the right decision. But because he did it in a naive and foolish manner, people directed an inordinate amount of vitriol his way, as if everyone was channeling the understandable hurt of Cleveland fans, who had lost their hero. The rest of us didn’t lose a thing. We still got to watch Greatness do what Greatness does, without interruption.

“So I pull for LeBron. I wasn’t a Cavs fan before. I wasn’t a Heat fan, and I’m not a Cavs fan now. The fans who stuck with their team through the hard times deserve that label, not me. I’m a LeBron fan. Or, more specifically, I’m a fan of the Greatness he possesses, and of seeing it manifest itself. It’s such a fleeting thing, and you’ll see it so few times in your life. It’s a life too short, in my opinion, to just handwave that away for the sake of some small measure of schadenfreude. I want to see it, to bask in it, to recognize it when it’s in front of me, and to appreciate it while it’s here because it’ll be gone in what seems like an instant. I am Witness. We all are. You only get so many chances to be, so choose wisely which ones you let slip away.”

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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LeBron James: I’m coming back to Cleveland

I’m not much of a basketball fan, but I’m enough of a casual observer to have been seriously disappointed when LeBron left Cleveland.

And I’ve been pulling against him and Miami ever since (like much of the rest of America).

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My wife may outsell me…

As an artist — or certainly a writer — one of the most vulnerable and hardest things you can do is share your work. And especially sharing it that first time.

Tonight, my wife Danah completely made my night — maybe my year?! — by showing me her fiction work in progress!!! Oh my word was it good! And it so made my day that she would open herself up to showing me this…

It was truly special that she trusted me enough to show me this. As evidence, consider this: Even Stephen King threw away half of his first book “Carrie,” which his wife discovered discarded in the trash. That book would go on to earn Stephen King $200,000 when its paperback rights were sold.

Danah and I have an amazing marriage, relationship, and friendship, and while I’ve known for a while that she was writing something, to finally get to share that thing that we both love so much — storytelling — I just can’t even put it into words. (And it’s nice to know that not all the pressure to make it big is on Stan-o’s shoulders!)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series will continue

Big news for all the Vince Flynn fans out there.

It was just announced his Mitch Rapp series will be continued.

Full announcement:

VINCE FLYNN’S MITCH RAPP SERIES WILL CONTINUE;
THE SURVIVOR TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR 2015
Monday, June 23, 2014

The Vince Flynn Estate, along with Emily Bestler, Senior VP and Editor-in-Chief of Emily Bestler Books are excited to announce the decision to continue the Mitch Rapp series.

Bestler, who was Vince Flynn’s only editor throughout his entire career and whose imprint is a division of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, signed a three book deal with 47-year-old New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills.

Mills was first published in 1997 and has penned 13 thrillers, most notably Fade and The Ares Decision.

Mills will complete The Survivor, the book Flynn was writing at the time of his death on June 19, 2013, and then write two additional Mitch Rapp novels. The Survivor is tentatively scheduled to release in the fall of 2015.

“I’m really honored to have been asked to continue the Mitch Rapp series,” Mills said, “Vince was a great guy who helped me out in my career and as a diehard Rapp fan, I know how devastated his readers are.  They’re big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of continuing an iconic thriller character.”

“Vince and Mitch Rapp are so beloved by readers,” Bestler said, “It’s wonderful that we’ve found just the right partner to uphold the legacy of both.”

“To Vince’s wonderful fans, thank you for your love, support and patience, ” Vince’s widow, Lysa Flynn said, ” Vince was very proud of his team and we are confident that Kyle Mills will be a great addition. God bless and keep the faith!”

Pocket Books will be the paperback publisher of all three books, which will also be available from Simon & Schuster Audio and from Simon & Schuster UK in the UK, Australia, India and New Zealand.

For those who don’t know, Vince Flynn is by far one of my favorite authors.

And I haven’t read any books by Kyle Mills yet. Have any of you?

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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Single-tasking Is the New Multitasking

Oh, my, was this video made for me… (Hat tip @johngerzema)

https://twitter.com/johngerzema/status/479694196614627328

So, my fellow members of Mitchell’s Militia… Who’s going to admit they have a similar problem? And what’s your best example? (I was going to name a great example myself, but can’t think of a perfect one off the top of my head. There are sooo many. For example, I just counted and I currently have 13 tabs open right now, so I definitely have a problem…)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please consider subscribing for email alerts of new posts.


 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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