Sorry for my absence, you guys. I can’t even explain it and I wish I didn’t have to keep saying that but it’s just too much to try to cover. I can’t do it. I have a lot of thoughts and a lot of desired topics, but I’m in a small slump where words don’t convey themselves as smoothly as they did there for awhile. Please send good thoughts or prayers that I’ll have the time and clarity of thought to address some of these things SOON, as I’m already about 3 months off schedule according to what I hoped I’d have accomplished by now. Such is life when you’re trying to be self-motivated. 😛
Anyhow…the rumors are true.
I wrote a book.
I have to admit, the whole thing was totally out of character for me, subject and all, but I’m actually kind of excited about it. I haven’t written a promo of any kind because 1) I’m just me; is it really something to be excited about?? and 2) I prefer not to promote something that isn’t available yet because that seems like a sure way to annoy a potential buyer – dangle a carrot and then say “But come back in 7 days.” I know it annoys ME. But come back in 7 days. 😉
Anyway. The book is called Dear Little Ones and it’s a book about Dissociative Identity Disorder, written for young alters. What I have noticed over the years, besides all the lack of information in general, is that there’s a particular lack of understanding among inside people/alters about what’s going on in the world and why they even exist. Even for those systems who are in therapy, it seems rare that anyone explains why they are in therapy to other inside people who surface with the therapist…or if they do, the explanation doesn’t always reach everyone who needs it. By and large, the inside people of multiple systems are confused – at least at the beginning. They don’t understand who they are (neither individually or collectively), who anyone else is on the inside, why they’re part of a multiple system, what happened in the past (either to them or anyone else in their system), what’s happening now, and a bunch of other things. Littles, especially, are a neglected audience in this, and they are arguably some of the more confused and vulnerable people who really would benefit from an age-appropriate explanation.
So my book tries, in whatever capacity I’m able, to remedy that.
I do have to say that I really, really appreciate those who volunteered to review it before I moved forward with multiple drafts and the intent to publish. I got some invaluable feedback and I hope the final product feels diverse enough to the readers to apply to many different situations but still be friendly and use-able enough to create a decent starting point for whatever your system needs to know. So, thank you to those who read it beforehand when it was still a crappy first draft, and gave me your honest thoughts. Thank your littles, too.
Disclaimer: I didn’t write the book as an attempt to explain every aspect of every situation. I can’t. I wrote it to hopefully help provide a conversation-starter that you and/or your therapist can take and modify, or continue, in whatever way you need.
So, once the illustrator is finished and I do a final review, we should be ready to rock and roll. I was hoping he’d be done yesterday – our eLance project says it was due yesterday – but I think he thinks I’m expecting everything on 3/15. I was hoping to already be published by/on that date, but oh well. He’s doing a fantastic job and he’s staying within my budget (which was a lot to ask), so I’m not complaining. I’ll keep you all updated as I know more.
Does this count as a promo?
Or how about this: I wrote a book. Buy it, if you want. Hopefully in about a week. It’ll be on Amazon.
I’ll try to remember to throw an online party or something. Or at least pop a bottle of…Coke…or something. 😉 Cheers. ~J8