"Craft" is a word I typically associate with beer, largely because I really like craft beer. But now that I've started to work on my book, I've come to appreciate the importance of "craft" in writing, and the absolute necessity of doing more of the thing I want to get better at. An obvious thing, no doubt, but something I've struggled owing to laziness. In order to both stimulate ideas and do more writing, I'm going to use this space to think out loud about the issues and ideas that I come across in the research of my book, Resurrecting Mao. Comments, thoughts, and criticisms welcome.