All of that, yes. Excerpt? Word.
"Throughout the book we get a sense of Tanzer as a father who is writing
while juggling parenthood, marriage, a job, and his social life. He
directly speaks to the reader, sharing his most intimate feelings and
letting us in on the minutiae of his day-to-day life. We know he is a
runner, a worrier, a loving father, and a dedicated writer. He leaves
nothing out, sharing even his personal fears and insecurities, about
parenting and writing both. We see this done in the essay Anatomy of a Story,
in which Tanzer wrestles with how to write about a surgical procedure
undergone by his son. The original intent was to fictionalize the
diagnosis into something more visceral for the reader. Yet, ultimately
he tells it true to life, demonstrating his authority and authenticity
as a writer and a parent."