This is an apology from The Bridge Table for taking a month off from blogging — I won’t go into the various good and not-so-good excuses!
In brief, it simply took to the end of January to get my enthusiasm back (maintaining that is one of the keys to a good old age).
A couple of news items and a Sunday session brainstorming triggered a return of enthusiasm for bridge blogging and writing. A New Year’s pledge to my daughter I would absolutely get my damned papers and den in order before my 95th Birthday in March will help me to stay the course!
One of those triggers was a new-to-me dissertation on bridge by the former head of the Spanish Bridge Federation (Michael Mestanza) published in 2007. He makes a scholarly case for teaching bridge at universities–something the ACBL could well add to its bridge promotion activities. As soon as I digest the scholarly language, I’ll blog about it
The other trigger is a BBC News segment a few days ago about a newly opened game café in London. The concept of a game cafe intrigued me because I wrote about just that in Bridge Table or What’s Trump Anyway? back in 2009–the last chapter segment about Bistro Bridge at the Blue Parrot.
As to Sunday brainstorming (while listening/watching the TV political shows), that was inspired by sorting through the heap of “stuff” on a shelf labeled Revised Edition of Book. Re-kindled curiosity!
What would a Revised Bridge Table be like five years after writing the original? It would have a new title, new cover for sure — incorporate stuff not used in the first edition, update things, incorporate some blogging. Why not do that? Just thinking about it gets me enthused!
I’ll use a bit of game-playing from now on — no work on a new book until daily stint of work on the chores of life, bridge blogging, keeping my New Year’s pledge are done. The fun of planning a new book will be my daily reward!
At my age, you have to play games like that sometimes, to keep on keepin’ on.