Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Project

I realize that last post was a bit on the morbid side, and for that I apologize. I had just reached a point where concerns about my wrists and the stress of my job had pushed me over the edge. But at least that's all over and done with. I left my job near the end of September, and I'm in the midst of working on a new project that like to tell you about.

In the end of August, I was admitted into the Golf Writers Association of America. After years of wondering just what exactly I wanted to do with my life, a committee seemed to have validated that for me in one wonderful e-mail. This news jumpstarted my thinking, and all of a sudden I hatched a plan for 2010. I want to follow the PGA Tour on the road, in my car, and publish weekly e-books about my experiences. I now have the ability to obtain a press credentials, and I feel like tour coverage from the perspective of an obsessed fan, on the road, with a media pass, might just be something worth reading.

It's hard to explain without going to my new site, but in a nutshell, I am not happy with the current state of golf writing. If someone like me, who loves golf and loves writing, can't even make it through your average golf article without losing interest, then I feel there is something wrong with golf journalism today. I'm not saying I'm an expert on golf or on golf writing, but I feel like I know the sort of content that would hold my interest, and I'd like to throw my hat in the literary arena and give next year a try.

The problem is, I have no idea when I might be able to tee it up again. I'm moving back up north to New York to live with my parents for about a month before I head west to start my season-long journey to follow the PGA Tour, and between finishing up my book on my experiences caddying and preparing for the trip, I don't know when I'll be able to play golf. Well, the weather up in New York this time of year doesn't help either.

That is not to say that I want to stop this site, because it is possible that if I'm successful with what I'm doing, I will be able to afford to play golf and one or two days a week at whatever municipal track just happens to be near the tour stop. I mean come on: do you really think that I would follow the PGA Tour for a year and not bring my golf clubs? I am sure, however, that for the first two or three months I won't have the money to play golf because every spare dime I have will go toward gas, food, and caffeine. But I'm willing to make whatever sacrifices I need to in order to make next year work. I just need to put this site on hold for a while. Then again, I really haven't been posting anything of interest due to my wrists anyway, and for that I am truly sorry.

I'm going to make a serious effort to keep my golf game in shape while on the road, so that I'm ready to take advantage of any golfing opportunity that comes my way.

In October, I was able to score some media credentials for the Turning Stone Resort Championship, and I kept a detailed account of my experience for all seven days that I was there. I even had an editor look over my work, and organized everything in the form of an e-book. The e-book is free to download from the new site, and it should give you some indication as to how my writing will look during next season. I'd like to hear what you guys think.

I cannot thank you guys enough for reading me while I was trying this little endeavor, and this is something I will most certainly pursue in the future, but for now I need to prepare for one hell of a 2010. I hope to hear from you while I'm on the road.

46 comments:

Kiwi said...

How appropiate. I finally here from you again on my birthday Tom. For some strange reason this does please me a little. Might have to check my meds.

Sorry hear about your wrists, lay off the self-pleasure a little as Dave would say and see it heals a little.

I feel your pain about work. I;m running a job with 30 guys under me and I;m only 27 just.

That is awesome news that the JAMBOY is back. Sounds like the mother of road trips you have lined up for '10. I look forward to reading about it. Sound's like a hell of adventure to say the least.

And when Dave the Pom gets on here, don't forget to save the first 2 copies of the book for us. God knows we've been waiting long enough.

Later
Dave the Kiwi

Tom Collins said...

Well happy freakin' birthday. Great to hear from you.

You crack me up. I know you guys have been waiting a while. But I mean..don't you think I'VE been waiting a while too? I'm just as pissed. I guess I just didn't know the ending until now.

And we'll see how far I get in 2010. All I know is that if I'm going to go down...it's going to be in flames. Hope to hear from you soon Kiwi.

Kiwi said...

BTW, just read the first "e-book". And..... 50 pages, dude have you not heard of chasing women.
Anyway I digress, I love it. Back to writing of the JB we've all known from the start. Very very good. As for Universal Golf. I read but can't really "get into" it, because as you, all magazine articles sound the same, the words are just in a different order.

Keep it going mate. I might even have to splash out and get a Visa just so I can read it.

Tom Collins said...

Glad you enjoyed the first e-book. The second will come out next Tuesday, November 17th.

My goal is to have a new e-book for each event I attend ready every Tuesday. And you're right--50 pages was a bit extreme. I think future e-books will have to be 25 pages or so, mostly due to time constraints related to travel / survival time on the road.

For this next event, I tried to simulate what next year will be like, complete with sleeping in my car. It's a little gnarly and smelly so far, but I think the second e-book is turning out to be even better than the first.

But again, I'm really glad you liked it, and I'm grateful you feel the same way I do about golf articles in general...it makes me feel like I'm not completely insane for my feelings on the subject.

相機 said...

good post..................................................

時尚 said...

forgive others but not yourself...................................................

微笑每一天 said...

great msg for me, thanks a lot dude˙﹏˙

寶皓 said...

成人色情圖片激情聊天室火辣美眉520sex赤裸美女成人自拍貼圖18限性影片觀賞av色情影音聊天手淫激情成人聊天室成人色情圖片網sex520自拍走光照片淫慾18禁成人影音聊天美女台灣性網限制級女生手淫成人聊天春宮裙底風光情趣丁字褲極度震撼情色論壇露點成人視訊聊天avlive show愛愛明星露點台灣色情網站自慰少婦成人聊天網美女視訊成人頻道人妻熟女蕩婦一對多激情成人色情聊天室av成人上空秀巨奶視訊網愛聊天室一夜正妹色情貼片一對多免費美女視訊粉紅乳頭作愛影片美女聊天sexy成人色情圖片網女人胸部圖片視訊色情情色網站性關係辣妹聊天室大奶子

冠樺冠樺 said...

很期待新的內容,幫你推個文^^ ........................................

邱志誠 said...

Some people cannot see the wood for the trees.......................................................

JesseniaT_Orndorff1021 said...

cool blog,期待更新........................................

Ko212ryS_Dahle0 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。......................................................

BlancaMcleroy1230 said...

文章很棒~感謝!!..................................................

賢淑淳林 said...

hello~~........................................

Lo11211ganO_Kellam said...

憂能傷身,保重哦!.............................................

韋于倫成 said...

Make yourself necessary to someone.........................................

HaroldM22 said...

Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume...................................................

于呈均名 said...

你不能左右天氣,但你可以改變心情..................................................

Jero思翰eded said...

Joy often comes after sorrow, like morning after night.............................................................

pinky said...

成人線上卡通 視訊網 正妹聊天 免費成人圖 交友援 av女優寫真貼圖 漫畫性感美女 微風線上影片 自拍.偷拍 ut聊聊天室 成人視訊 情趣用品 18禁卡通遊戲 巨乳美少女 咆曉小咾鼠影城 免費a片 線上觀看情色影片 免費線上觀看色情 一夜情人 383成人影音成 sexygirl 裸照 虐待美女 辣妹寫真集dvd 淫亂人妻日記 歐美熟女色情圖片 免費視訊 空姐圖貼 69成人a圖下載 微風寫真館 85cc影 微風論壇情色 嘟嘟 xo777 情色性愛貼圖 台北援交網 嘟嘟情色網 鋼管秀 下載av 洪爺娛樂往 台灣大奶影片 sexy888影片分享區 下載 巨乳人妻初體驗h漫 台灣性愛文學網 後宮18jack 限制級國片 0204成人 免費性愛觀看 走光

許美玉 said...

你不能左右天氣,但你可以改變心情..................................................................

玉苓玉苓 said...

光這幾句話就價值連城了,讀著讀著小弟的眼眶就濕了... .................................................................

陳隆 said...

幸福不是一切,人還有責任。.................................................................

筱涵 said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」......................................................................

萱祥 said...

人有兩眼一舌,是為了觀察倍於說話的緣故。............................................................

韓秀美 said...

It takes all kinds to make a world.............................................................

陳韋夏陳韋夏益東富益東富 said...

要照顧身體歐~保重..................................................................

JasonBirk佳琪 said...

好喜歡你的部落格唷,剛下班,要去睡了!!!掰~~..................................................................

陳美苓 said...

Quietude is the crown of life.............................................................

婷珊 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。..................................................

惠桂惠桂 said...

累死了…來去看看文章轉換心情~..................................................................

蔡靜芳蔡靜芳 said...

Practice makes perfect.............................................................

dawsonfelicia張君dawsonfelicia均 said...

far from eye, far from heart...................................................

陳佑發 said...

Readiness is all.............................................................

曹季恩曹季恩 said...

Learning makes a good man better and ill man worse.............................................................

鄭美玉 said...

來看你囉~加油~~!!............................................................

李家黃喬盈榮 said...

No pains, no gains..................................................................

張忠張鴻水玉 said...

男女互悅,未必廝守終生,相愛就是美的。.................................................................

文王廷 said...

謝謝大大分享 我難過了ˋ 3ˊ............................................................

淑君韓淑君韓淑君韓 said...

謝謝大大無私分享 感恩唷(>o<)............................................................

沛汝 said...

嘿,你的部落格不錯哦!............................................................

翊翊翊翊張瑜翊翊翊 said...

唯有用熱情、用智慧去觀察事物,這事物才會把他的秘密,洩漏給我們......................................................................

林陳欣樺陳欣樺陳欣樺浩天 said...

Very good stories~~ Thanks for ur sharing~~!!..................................................................

志涛 said...

成功可招引朋友,挫敗可考驗朋友......................................................................

Sabrina Sander said...

Hello
thank you for the free ebook and your tips here on the blog. This will really help me to master the simple golf swing and lower my score.
Cheers
Sabrina

tim said...

Great post! I like your style of writing and as an avid golfer myself, I respect your love of the game. Check out my blog if interested. Golf Drills.