Thursday, September 02, 2010

Congratulations to the Practical Vampire Slayer!

The human animal is arguably better at spotting a good idea than coming up with one. I mean, innovation is hard, but when you spot a person doing something that's just plain smart? You recognize that almost instantly.

Several millenia ago in internet-time, I spotted someone doing something I thought was brilliant. It was Claudia Cunningham, and she had a blog about practical vampire-slaying.

What she meant by "vampire", however, was all those people who sap the life and energy out of you--that neighbour who constantly asks for favours, the friend who belittles you regularly, or the co-worker who schleps part of their workload onto you whenever they can get away with it.

And Claudia had things to say about how to deal with these people that were just plain smart. She had eye-opening analogies and respectful-yet-firm tactics for dealing with these "vampires" such as concrete advice on how to say no and ways to prevent someone from using your politeness against you.

So I was delighted to hear Claudia had gotten a book deal! An idea this good needs to become a book.

Today is the release day for Biting Back: A No-Nonsense, No-Garlic Guide to Facing the Personal Vampires in Your Life. (By the way, you can pre-read a bit of the book at that link.) I recommend you check it out!

The book's available from many venders, including Barnes and Noble, Llewellyn the publisher, and of course Amazon.

Congratulations, Claudia, and I hope Biting Back is a stake-wielding success!

Author website: J. J. DeBenedictis

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