I could not believe what I had just seen. This was not the topic I was going to write about today. At some point, yes, I was going to let you know how my request for a blurb from Starbucks Founder, CEO and my old boss Howard Schultz, went. A yes, no, or maybe. However, I discovered while I was looking for his contact info that he has beaten me to the punch and written his own book (https://www.howardschultz.com/) some of which covers the early days of Starbucks, much like Tripio. It is due out before mine, but Howard’s book “weaves two parallel narratives,” not three like Tripio. So, my book is better as anyone can plainly see. By all means, buy both and compare. In fact, I think it would be unfair to Howard’s book if you don’t buy mine after you buy his. Unfair because my book is the perfect companion to his. It was meant to be, just like my neighbor coming over yesterday to borrow my hammer, remember?
Meant to be? Howard Schultz and Jerry VanSchaik were meant to have their books come out as companion pieces? Of course: “There are no accidents” (Deepak Chopra)
I can’t give away the end of Tripio. Why give it away here and now? This blog is nothing more than a series of commercials designed to generate interest in selling Tripio to anyone who wants a copy, or two, or 20. Seriously though, this blog, and I do mean this, hopefully helps someone find their own unique voice on their own unique journey to creating their own unique novel. Which is a long winded way of saying “Pay attention to me and what I am saying here and going to say here on this blog and it will help you become a writer, or at least, a better one.” You might be asking yourself, “Who is this guy?” No one you have heard of. But, I know what worked for me and I hope that some of what I cover will help you.
So, it is agreed that I am not giving the end of Tripio away. Of course, there are really three endings to Tripio, since there are three story lines. I wrote all three of them and the story line I call “the Starbucks growth narrative” is intertwined and alongside the other two plotlines of Tripio. The reason I call our books companion pieces is that, from the description of Howard’s book, it looks like his book touches on subjects like employee stock options and healthcare for nearly all employees. These are also the things I write about in Tripio because I experienced both first hand. It is a barista-in-the-trenches look at what Howard covers in his book, as the man giving the orders. So, to have both perspectives will make each book, when read, a deeper and more meaningful experience. Plus, I need the money more than Howard.
“May I help who’s next?”