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So I went home, called an astronaut, and wrote the book.

I was standing in a training mock-up of Skylab, America's first space station, thinking, as I was wont to do, that I really would like to write a book about the Skylab program, and that I would like to write it with an astronaut who flew on Skylab, and dismissing it, as I was just as wont to do, by reminding myself that was the sort of thing that professional writers do, and not people like myself, when I realized in that moment that the fact that I make my living by writing does indeed make me, technically, a professional writer. So I went home, called an astronaut, and wrote the book -- an excellent reminder that, all too often, the only thing stopping me is, in fact, me.

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