Remember last year I had a wee existential crisis and asked you guys, What Do You Do For A Living? You kindly responded with 117 comments of pure inspiration. It proved a virtual kick up the arse and made me think hard about where I was going and what I was doing with my time.
I realised I'd been waiting for a Writing Epiphany, just as I'd waited for a Lard Busting Epiphany many years earlier. And like the lard busting, I realised there wouldn't be an epiphany, but just a moment; when I made a plan, picked up the tools and took the first step.
Well I'm happy to report that eighteen months later, after supersized amounts of shoddy drafts and labour and luck and wheeling and dealing and tea and tears and editing and mighty good times, I've finally finished the bloody book. WOOHOO.
I also heard from Random House Australia last week that it shall be coming out Down Under in February. Double WOOHOO!
You may be thinking, I've read the blog, why would I want a book? Well, the book is the blog turned up to eleven! It's the complete story, without annoying archive gaps. It has three dimensions and contains much more fibre!
You could also put it in your handbag. You could put it on your head and walk across the room to practice good posture. Or you could stroke the cover, because the title is embossed! Recently I went to London to visit my rockin' publisher and they gave me a cover, and I just can't stop stroking the puffy letters.
Alternatively, you might even want to read it! I poured heart and soul and guts into each of the 90,000 words. There's just so many stupid diet books out there written by smug, bossy celebrities, so I tried to write an antidote to all that. Sure it contains weight loss, but it's also about love and life and travel and chocolate and feeling good in your own skin.
I have been pissfarting around for so long now, waiting for a good moment, not wanting to be a showoff, and worrying a piano would drop on my head if I dared say it out loud. I practiced telling people at BlogHer and on Facebook and now I'm finally officially yabbering about it here. The book is done and it's just starting to hit me that it's actually real and happening! I'm really proud and bewildered and bloody excited 🙂
And now here's a few words from the poor souls who read the book multiple times throughout the long and winding writing process. I asked them for a one-line review, and some grasped the concept better than others…
"Not bad! I get all the best lines!"
— DOCTOR G, MASTER OF UNDERSTATEMENT
"Bloody brilliant – but I get all the best lines!"
— SISTER RHIANNON
"Shauna's book is not simply a succesful weight loss adventure. It is a journey back to her centre. Through rise and fall, and fall and fall and rise – till she finally flies – she gives the essence of the true companionship with ourselves. She elaborates on the necessity of accepting, admitting, embracing and supporting who we really are. And she does it with hard proof, humbleness, pride, sincerity and vigour that is really pouring out of each word.
I learned so much from reading her book. I really found answers. I read and re-read several parts till they really sunk in my heart. It is so different from reading a blog. Instead of several tubes of different shades and colours, I was in front of a finished canvas this time."
— THE GREEK GODDESS ARGY!
"Shauna's book ran me through the whole gamut of emotions…from belly laughter, to moments of intense sadness and empathy for Shauna at the beginning of her adventure, to awe for the changes she made – one step at a time, falling down at times, picking herself up, going so far out of her comfort zone; to eventually emerge triumphant – stronger in mind and body, yet still growing.
I wanted to start reading it again when I finished – it's a book that you keep dipping into – when you are climbing that tricky mountain, when the scales don't show a result or when you think you can't make through the day without a chocolate bar."
— THE MOTHERSHIP
So here endeth the sales pitch! Or shall I sneak in that pre-order link one more time? Also, if you're into Facebook you can join the group Go Dietgirl Go! to get all the latest news. I'm down with the technology!
And thank you all, for everything.