Erin and I are making plans for 2013. One is to turn The OCD Diaries into book form.
Almost since the beginning of this blog, readers have suggested that I do an OCD Diaries book. Flattering as that suggestion is, I sort of balked at the notion. This began as a memoir of sorts, and that might have been worth making a book out of. But the subject matter quickly evolved, and I’ve felt that wrapping the whole thing into one book would be cumbersome to the reader.
But Friday I got an idea: I could do a series of books &mdash smaller, bite-sized works we could make available in print and digital formats. I could set them up to have the feel and reading experience of the Devotionals you see offered in various religious communities. The print editions would be pocket-sized so you could pull ’em out as needed.
So far, we’re planning topics to include:
- Dealing with OCD, depression and other disorders
- Living through addiction
- Dealing with grief
- A survival guide for children and parents
- A survival guide for relationships
- Life with Crohn’s Disease and how the related coping tools apply to a multitude of health challenges
- A book of humor, featuring selections from humor writers I admire
The common element tying it all together will be pieces of my back story, what I’ve experienced and how I’ve learned to manage the challenges.
These will not be books telling you how you should live. I’m the last guy on Earth who should be advising you on that. They will simply be stories of what I’ve done and why, with lots of resource material so you can seek out the professional experts.