10 Things you didn't know about #JOMO, the book
1. The bike ride that opens chapter one took place on an a ramshackle mountain bike in Armstrong, British Columbia.
2. My good friend Kristy's husband, genre film producer Todd Brown, told me about Charlie Brooker's brilliant BBC series Black Mirror over dinner at our place.
3. I woke up in the middle of the night with paragraphs of the book fully formed in my head.
4. Many parts of the book were written by dictating messages to Siri, emailing them to myself on my iPhone, and incorporating them into the book on my next writing day. (Using the internet as a tool, voila!)
4. Raffi, the children's singer (and author of a book about kids and social media,) sat down with me for two days in Halifax to help proofread the manuscript front to back. His idea. At the end of 48 gruelling hours, I sat front and centre at one of his concerts: "Baby beluga in the deep blue sea..." Then flew home.
5. Jordan Klassen's album Repentance was my soundtrack. This music is magic. MAGIC, I tell you. I am one of those crazy people who has absolutely no problem listening to the same album over and over (except for Ranchero, I skipped Ranchero) so I am not exaggerating that this album was it. Silence or Jordan.
6. The book originated from the 31-day social experiment, Letters from a Luddite, where I ditched the Internet and wrote a letter a day on an old typewriter instead. This you knew. What you didn't know is that I never planned to write a book. An acquisitions editor at New Society Publishers read some of my letters in Geez magazine and invited me to send them a book proposal. Which I did whilst pregnant with our third child.
7. I signed the book deal 3 days after our third child, Caleb, was born. Super timing.
8. I wrote the book 3 days a week (M/W/F) at a coffee shop. I'd cart my 40 pound of books into Starbucks day after day, pack them all home at lunch to see the boys, nurse the baby, then back again... until one afternoon I looked up across the street at the studio of an artist I knew and wondered if she'd let me rent a table. She did. For pennies. And she became my greatest champion. Rima. Gift from God.
9. Wendy Stringer read the manuscript start to finish. Wrote things in the margins like "This is important. Yes. This is true." "Pure gold." "Compelling, articulate, nice flow of thought. "
At the end of all the reading, this is what she wrote me:
"I love this so much I want to share it with everyone I know.
And truly, that goes for your entire book. What a reflective, well researched, clear, compelling, inspiring, practical work this is. I am so glad I have read it and I will re-
read it as many times as is necessary for this thick head of mine, this hard heart, to finally, finally, choose people and not technology.
BIG wins: chapter challenges, great research and interviews, your story embedded in the whole book, your winsome humility and frank truthfulness, the typed letters, the many practical steps you had throughout and the entire call you give: who could argue with you? Who would want to? My friend, you have written a timely treasure and I hope to God we will all listen.
10. Who deserves friends like this? No one. But I have them. And this journey has shown me the depth and breadth of my community's love. Church - Grace Toronto, Karis. Humbercrest. Vancouver. Toronto. Junction. Bowen. And my incredible family.
Them's 10 things... wondering about other stuff? Ask me and I'll do my best to answer below.