Letter 117/365 - New Ending to the book!
Dear Oprah and Ellen,
I would love to tell you the time off from writing you two saw my book sales jump through the roof. I would loooooove to tell that - but I can’t. At best I would say I’ve sold 100 copies (I’m still baffled over the best selling author title on Amazon). The reviews have been mostly positive which is a good thing though. People have told me that they’re going back to school because of the book while others tell me they’ve booked trips to travel the world. I’ve even had people tell me it’s help them answer serious questions in their own lives. When I go grey (greyer that is ) and get old – that’s all I could really ask for from all of this.
Even so, talking to people and getting their perspective; I’ve decided something. I’m changing the ending. I’ve got to. I think if I had of starting promoting right away I would have missed it, but the ending isn’t a true reflection of my ever evolving insight into what life is teaching me. The biggest lessons unfolded after I got back to Nicaragua for the second time. The three months I spent there were some of the best days of my life. I came home profoundly changed in ways I could have never anticipated. It’s why I went back again in February and why I will continue to until the day I die.
When writing first ending I shyed away from including my time in Nicaragua. I wanted to keep it private - my friends, my experiences – I wanted something for myself. I didn’t want to over sensationalize the village or use their lives to tell my story. I wanted those experiences to stay with only me and the people I deemed close enough to share them with. But when I started talking to people and hearing their opinions of the ending, I knew something had to change.
There was an overwhelming sentiment that I was in a dark place when I wrote the ending to my book. To be fair, a lot of my writing was done under the cloak of uncertainty and turmoil. It was done in the moment and my emotions played a big part in the books flow. And although the ending is a very accurate depiction of how things unfolded, it’s not how I want to leave the reader. I don’t want to say goodbye without giving them what Nicaragua gave me; which was a new lease on life.
So, for the next two weeks I’m back to work on the story. For girths sake the new ending wont add much; maybe 15 pages at most, but I guarantee the book will have an entirely different feel. For those who have bought the book and read it, I promise it’s still the same message. I also will give all of you free e-copies of the “Second Edition”.
As for you Oprah and Ellen, you just get to know THAT much more about me. Fantastic right?