Wednesday, January 26, 2005

A Winner!

THE BIG NEWS: I'm so excited! A couple of days ago I got a message from the coordinator for the STC Competition. The very first book my micropublishing company put out, Stop Sciatica Now just got an award for Excellence in communication.

I've been a professional writer, editor, and instructional designer for about 25 years now, so maybe I shouldn't get excited about such things. But I do.

Of course, the most gratifying feedback is from the people that read the book. But a pat on the back from your professional peers is certainly nice too.

WHAT'S AHEAD: Right now, I'm redoing the website, making it simpler. It grew rather haphazardly and looks it. After finishing that, I'm going to put the finishing touches on a book tentatively titled, Answers to the 59 Top Questions about Sciatica. That one won't be submitted to any contest, but I do want to send it to the 1000's of people that have already purchased Stop Sciatica Now.

And then I have to select a topic for the next book that my company publishes.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Random Acts of Kindness and The Butterfly Effect

Practice random acts of kindness.... Some think that phrase is an attempt to sell more bumper stickers. Face it; not everyone will buy a "Shit happens" sticker.

I prefer to think that it's a very pragmatic method of pushing The Butterfly Effect in the right direction.

I mean, we can all go home and kick the dog.....Or we can (anonymously) leave a bar of chocolate outside the door of a quite-grown neighbor who missed trick or treating because she was visiting her sick father.

Maybe it's because I grew up in the 60's. Maybe it's because I grew up in a family of hardcore church-goers. Or maybe it's something else entirely. Whatever.....I want to change the world. And The Butterfly Effect makes me think that's possible.

My choice for how to do it? By publishing books that tell people how to inexpensively and effectively ease their pain by applying some little-known, but highly effective alternative health technique.

I figure that changes the world in two ways:

  1. It helps to cut health care costs.
  2. It helps bring world peace just a little bit closer. -- No really, think about it. I figure Rush Limbaugh is so nasty at least partially because of his back problems. Less pain leads to less conflict, which -- eventually -- leads to more peace.

So....my first entry in the race for world peace is Stop Sciatica Now by Pamela Kihm.

Well, that's all for now. Next time maybe I'll tell a joke....that might help with the happiness quotient too.