BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: I'm writing my first book!
Yep, a real book. A book that's going to be up for sale online, have real pages and chapters, be properly structured, and allow me to officially call myself an author. In this book I will talk about all the lessons I've learned about social impact and community development from my year of AmeriCorps VISTA service. My intention is to make this book very relatable for the everyday person by not making it one of those deeply philosophical "expert" books that go way above your head. It's written for regular people like you and me.
One thing I've noticed as I've gotten older is that people tend to mix up rational arguments with emotional ones. In my opinion, this "muddying of the waters" seriously weakens the strength of the person's argument because the opposite party will (rightly) argue that you're letting emotions cloud your reasoning. Because of this, there will be two parts to my book: Part 1 will be the rational part and Part 2 will be the emotional part.
I actually started writing at the start of this year and have completed about 60% of it so far. It's going to be a pretty short book, probably no more than 75 pages or so, although I don't have a title for it yet. I'm going to self-publish it because a) it's supposedly a relatively easy process, b) given that I'm a first-time author, I doubt that any established publisher would be willing to take a gamble on me (I'm confident, not delusional), and c) apparently that's the hip thing to do these days.
I do want to stress that this book won’t be a “diary” of my day-to-day life as a VISTA. I’m focusing on the broader lessons that I learned about community development and social impact, not gossiping about my employer or colleagues or sharing any logistical tips about the AmeriCorps VISTA program itself.
If you want to stay updated about my progress, check out the "Book" category on the Archives page of this website (and bookmark the page on your web browser). In the run-up to the launch date, I'll be sending out e-mail newsletters about my progress, a few sneak peeks about the actual content, and every other important piece of information that you need to know about the book. So if you're interested in my project, sign up to my e-mail newsletter or follow my Facebook page to stay informed!
See you, Space Cowboy.