So, I took a bit of a detour in my writing. I had a title pop into my head, “Life 2.0.” As soon as the title started rattling around in my brain, I knew it would be a self-help book. Now, I’m not a self-help guru. My chosen genres are fantasy and science fiction. I’m not a life coach or career coach; I don’t have the alphabet marching along behind my name proclaiming all my degrees. But, I figured, why not give it a shot? I knew the things I had done to figure out my own path, so maybe those things could help someone else as well. Plus, I had to write this book. The idea wouldn’t even let me focus on my fantasy or sci-fi projects (3 of which I was currently working on) until it was finished. I was driven.
Let me explain what I mean by “driven.” One of my downfalls is that I’m a relatively slow writer. It took me four years to complete my first book, From a Far Land, the first book in the Jaben’s Rift trilogy. That was initially about 125,000 words (now it’s 109,000). So, the math makes that a little over 30,000 words per year. I’ve gotten faster since then, but let me still apologize to those readers who had to wait so long for books 2 and 3.
Life 2.0 is a little over 30,000 words. It’s not nearly as long as a lot of other self-help books out there, partly because I didn’t want to add a lot of filler just to make it longer. I didn’t put in pages and pages of anecdotes about how other people made changes to their lives. I wanted to focus on the person reading the book instead of a bunch of other people. Anyway… From start to finish, writing, editing, beta reading, proofreading, formatting, cover design and publishing, it was just under six weeks. Six. Weeks. I almost literally could think of nothing else while I was working on it. I couldn’t even focus on my other projects. I’m hoping this is some sort of divine sign that someone out there will be helped by what I wrote, but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see on that front.
And now it’s done and ready for market. I’ll get back to work on Redemption’s Edge, Sentence: Terra, and a trilogy based on a character named J.D. Williams. Redemption’s Edge is about an enchanted sword gone bad. Sentence: Terra is about immortal aliens exiled to Earth. And the J.D. Williams trilogy is a modern-day fantasy heavily influenced by Celtic mythology.
But for now, Life 2.0 is out there, ready to help folks make upgrades to their lives. It asks three questions which are a part of every journey: What? How? Why?
What do you want? How are you going to get it? Why do you want it? It has a few simple exercises in it to help you answer those questions in various ways. If you decide to pick it up, I hope you like it, and I truly hope you find it helpful on your journey. Be sure to let me know what you think!
Now, back to my imaginary worlds.