The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: About My Second Book Edition

Since I’ve been dropping little hints for a while now that I’m deeply engrossed in my second book, several folks have emailed and Twittered me asking for more details. Here’s what I’ll say about it (for now).

This book is complicated. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever written in my life by far. If you had been able to peek at me over the last few weeks during my work day, you would see me surrounded by books filled with bookmarks in them and some of the titles would have probably shocked you (without the context). I have about 2,000 notes that I’m mostly trying to organize in a coherent fashion. I know the big theme of the book – it revolves around the connection between money and happiness and has a tentative one-word title – but getting the specifics in order is a real challenge.

Right now, I’m focused on interviews in an effort to clarify how some more vague ideas directly connect to how we live our modern lives. Some by email, some by phone, a few by video – they’re coming together.

I’ve written (in a strong first draft) some big sections of it and I’m now stitching a lot of those pieces together, often using those interviews as the glue.

If you thought my first book was lightweight, I think this book has some danger of falling on the opposite end of the spectrum. I think my second draft will focus on making some of this stuff much more tangible to daily life than it seems right now.

I think you’ll like it. It’s easily the most profound thing I’ve ever done in my life. When I finally have a draft that I’m happy with, I’m going to be incredibly impatient to see it in print.

Now … *ahem* … here are some interesting personal finance articles.

Back to the Basics: Menu Planning Menu planning is part of our weekly routine here. This is a very nice description of how to put one together, along with a lot of tasty food photography. (@ simple mom)

The Killer and the Poet: How to Get Rich as a Copywriter Ogilvy on Advertising is a great book for any writer to read because, in the end, a writer is a salesman. You’re trying to “sell” your idea, and the better you do it, the more successful you’ll be at spreading ideas. (@ copyblogger)

Overcome the Fear of Failure The fear of failure holds a lot of people back from leaping into something they’re passionate about. Overcome it. (@ christian pf)

Is Materialism As Prevalent As People Say? I think one’s perspective depends heavily on who they communicate with on a daily basis. If you surround yourself by genuinely non-material people, you’ll think that everyone’s less material. That’s why it’s valuable to expose yourself to a wide cross-section of society. (@ the happiness project)

Mommy, I’m Bored! 25 Frugal Ways to Beat Summer Boredom I have two young children at home and on long summer days it can be a challenge to keep them engaged. The real problem is that their attention span is relatively short. You can’t do many activities that last for a long time, which means you have to think up lots of activities. (@ wise bread)

Use Twitter to Find a Job Twitter has endless useful things you can do with it, but the real key is to just dive in and converse with people on things that interest you. You should follow me on Twitter here; I post lots of stuff, most of it pretty worthwhile (I think). (@ my life roi)

Saving for the Short Term I actually started writing an article in response to this, but I decided to actually use some of what I wrote for my book. In a nutshell, I think short term goals trump long term goals. (@ get rich slowly)

Learn to Celebrate the Small Victories I agree – celebrating the small victories is key. Just keep the celebration in line with the victory, and don’t let that celebration undermine the victory, either. Don’t spend to celebrate paying off a debt and don’t drink to celebrate a month of sobriety. (@ dumb little man)

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