Saturday, July 6, 2024

One down, three to go

I have just uploaded my finished book manuscript for Working with Stories Simplified. You can download it on the "More" page at workingwithstories.org. 

Now an update and an explanation.

When I wrote here last, I was looking for a job, having given up on making (enough) money from consulting and online courses. 

I looked for work full-time for about four months. It didn't work (difficult job market, weird resume), so about two months ago I decided to stop wasting my time. It looks like I will have to either reboot my consulting career or find a job unrelated to what I've been doing for the past 25 years. I've already tried the reboot option (that was the online courses), so I think it's time to do the second thing.

I'm fine with that, but I can't do it with all of this knowledge still stuck in my head! So I talked to my husband, and we decided to use some of our retirement savings to finish my four-book revision of Working with Stories. So I'm doing that, and unless I get a job (or a lot of consulting) doing PNI soon, this will be my final contribution to the field. It's time to hand PNI over to a new generation of thinkers and doers, and I'm enthused about getting all four books done at last. 

Next I will work on the fourth edition of Working with Stories, updating it to reflect everything I've learned over the past ten years and trimming out some of the less-used parts. When that's done, I'll finish the Sourcebook and the In Depth book. My plan is to finish all of this by the end of this year. Then I'll be ready to turn the page and see what comes next.

I do not plan to publish any of these books on Amazon (print or Kindle) until I have finished all of their content. But I'll be putting them up on my website in PDF format as soon as they are ready to read. (If necessary I can hire someone to do the technical parts of the publishing process.)

Wish me luck! If you have any comments on the new Simplified book, or if there is anything you think I should change (or add or remove) in any of the WWS books, now is the time to tell me.




Friday, February 23, 2024

New paper, new network name

Hey everybody. I wanted to tell you about a new paper on Participatory Narrative Inquiry that has just come out. Written mostly by my colleague Rachel Colla (though I helped a little), the paper makes a strong case for the use of PNI in Wellbeing Research. I was so impressed by how Rachel pulled together the growing body of research literature connected to PNI. It's worth a read!

Over at the Participatory Narrative Practitioner Network, we have decided to drop the last part of our name. Now we are just the Participatory Narrative Practitioners. We have also switched from Zulip to Discord for our ongoing chats. For the time being we are using Discord for our monthly meetings as well. The best thing about Discord is that the voice-chat line is always open, so we can meet up anytime anyone wants to. To join us, visit pnpnet.org and click the Discord link.

My job search is going pretty well so far. I sure hope people are reading my cover letters, because I am putting a lot of thought into them! If I have not already asked you for advice or to be a reference, and you'd be interested in either thing, please do drop me a line.