On to my next book – Fat School Graduate? or Drop Out?

Now that I am an established author (smirk), it’s time to look forward to my next book.  My initial intention was to write a YA book about childhood obesity and the struggle to fit in.  I think that book is still in me somewhere, but I have not felt ready for it lately.

I have always wanted to chronicle my life fighting obesity, and food addiction, but without a happy resolution to date, I’m not sure I can pull it off.   

I think it’s time to explore my struggles in more detail, but only with a real, non-fictional happy ending, a triumph over my daily struggle to fight the urge to clean my plate and get another, to empty that box of Oreo’s once a single sleeve is ripped opened.  

At the very least, writing about the daily pain, discipline, temptations and frustrations  may help me as I fight to cope in positive ways with something that has been with me since I can remember, with very few breaks.

I know so many people, especially women, who have gone through similar struggles.  And it’s not just feeling physically ‘yucky’ and unhealthy when your body isn’t right, it’s the lack of energy, the depression, the clothes that don’t fit right and display every flaw for the world to see.  The perpetual sweat and the feeling that everyone is looking at you differently.  I know from being thin, and being morbidly obese, and being several sizes in between, that not only do people treat you differently based on size and girth, but you treat yourself differently.  And my Italian American heritage, the abbondanza, doesn’t help a bit either.

English: a Oreo cookie broken in half with a s...

English: a Oreo cookie broken in half with a stack of Oreo cookies in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I’m imagining this next work as not so much a how to as much as a how did I get here, and what, if any, answers are out there that can help others.  I want to create a positive book that you will want to read, want to use to understand yourself or someone you care about.  And it has to make us laugh, because without humor, what’s the point?

Would love to know what others think about this.

And no worries.  The Girl from the Hill is not dropping off my radar anytime soon.  The real Girl is actually pretty happy about the whole thing, if not a little overwhelmed.  A lot of people have pre-ordered and requested signed copies by her vs. me, which is wonderful.  I think we have to take our show on the road – the Summer of the Girl, here we come!

Oh What a Weekend!

English: This is a diagram depicting the rise ...

English: This is a diagram depicting the rise of overweight among ages 2-19 in the US. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Monday Everyone -I know I’ve been off blog for a while. I have been spending the last few weeks getting my manuscript ready for publishing and it’s getting closer. I’m very excited to start the fun an detailed work of making this book real.

I also have been thinking about my next book. I spend an incredible weekend with best selling author Ann Hood and met some really talented, and nice aspiring writers. We met at the secluded Whispering Pines Lodge in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Such a beautiful venue and such great conversation and ideas. Everyone was comfortable collaborating, sharing and suppotring each other.I’m happy to say that my next book will be a YA novel where I try to tackle the topic of childhood obesity and its impact on our children and their families. I am petrified, but also very excited.

Tonight I’m watching The Biggest Loser for the very first time. The show is tacking childhood obesity this season. Some very interesting and mind-blowing statistics that were covered according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

17% of kids 2-19 years old are obese.

 60% of children aged 5-10 have at least one heart risk factor.

 Sugar sweetened drinks are the biggest source of added sugar in children’s diets today.

 Over the past three decades the childhood obesity rate in the US has tripled.

75% of parents of obese children think their child is normal or even under wieight.

Pretty staggering.

Enjoy the rest of your week, and I’ll back on Wednesday night with a new post.