I know a guy who is making a killing--or at least a decent living--by blogging. In fact, he's one of the world's great bloggers, one of the kings. He's been called the "uberblogger" and that means he's super. And the best thing is, he a great guy. A serious guy, but a great guy. And a very smart guy.
His name is Leo Babauta and his blog, ZenHabits.com is knocking them dead, folks. All the way from the island of Guam where I knew him and his family. The agents and publishers came looking for HIM! There was a bidding war for his first book The Power of Less. It's in it second printing and I suspect will make him rich and famous. It's just a little book, too--maybe 80 pages or so.
Well, what's he all about, pray tell? Why all the hoopla? It's about simplifying your life, getting along with less stuff. Shaking off the clutter that weighs you down, slows your mojo, sucks at your precious time, burns up your hard-earned cash. He's a how-to, self-improvement, no-nonsense get-rid-of-that-junk guru.
Want to write a novel? He'll tell you how he organized his time to do just that. Train for a marathon? Ditto. And need to spend more time with your family (Leo's thirty-four and has six--count'em--six kids)? Here's how. His lists of hints and methods are seemingly endless, from physical fitness to saving money.
And the last I heard, Opra's people were calling him. Hope we see him on the big show. He's the kind of guy who we love to see make it beyond our wildest dreams. You can go to his blog or get his latest idea on Twitter.com.
Douglas Arvidson is a past winner of the WICE/Paris Transcontinental International Short Story competition. His short fiction has been published in Paris, Prague, and in literary magazines in the United States and he was recently invited to be a staff writer for the Prague Revue, a cutting-edge, online literary journal (http://bit.ly/1mMT6ZC). The novels in his fantasy series, The Eye of the Eye of Stallion, include The Face in Amber, The Mirrors of Castaway Time, and A Drop of Wizard's Blood. His new novel, Brothers of the Fire Star, was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year national awards and as a finalist in three categories in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards: Action Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction. It has become part of the pantheon of Pacific literature and is now included in school literature programs. Brothers of the Fire Star is an adventure story set in the Pacific during World War II and concerns two boys of different races and cultures who escape the island of Guam in a small sailboat when the Japanese army invades. They must then struggle to survive as they master the secrets of the ancient Pacific navigators. Appropriate for young adults as well as adult readers, Brothers of the Fire Star is available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/1j3axVk) and Crossquarter.com. Visit the author's website: douglasarvidson.com