You stall on projects that are dear to you. You sometimes wake up feeling a kind of angst which you know has driven other great minds to suicide. You sense there's a huge disconnect between what matters most to your heart and what seems to matter to the rest of the world and that feeling of disconnect fucking hurts.
I know that hurt, and I know how to overcome it, a day at a time. I've written a book. It's called Awesome Your Life: The Artist's Antidote to Suffering Genius. And I don't mean "suffering genius" lightly as in "whininess." I mean "suffering genius" as in "life-threatening alienation and terror." It's an existential phenomenon that I take seriously. Dear, amazing friends of mine have murdered themselves via overdose or suicide because they couldn't cope with the pain of living with their own sensitive and visionary minds.
Because it is such a real and dangerous problem, the solution to the pain of suffering genius isn't easy. The book leads you through a difficult and harrowing hero's journey wherein you learn how to experience ecstatic joy and consistent creative flow by facing the trials and invitations of your unconscious. Only there's something kind of unnervingly weird about my book.
The weirdness is that my book is very cheap. 99 cents.
There are a lot of things in this world that cost 99 cents and suck. Like "food" on McDonald's value menu. Or potentially toxic toys made in China. Or Justin Bieber's songs on iTunes, which my best friend Gloria inexplicably loves. My book, however, does not suck. It actually rather rocks, as these thoughtful reviews attest.
The unnerving real reasons my book is so cheap
So why, if my book rocks so stunningly hard, does it cost 99 cents? The answer has to do with my radical politics and pulse-pounding hope. Here, in no particular order, yet in a satisfyingly numbered fashion, are the shocking reasons:
- I want to live in a gift economy. So the book is a gift. There are books and programs for increasing creativity available online that cost more than a hundred dollars. My book, I can say within all honesty and modesty, is thoroughly as good or better than these. It's the product of research and practice that cost me many thousands of dollars and years of work. I could charge $150 for the Awesome Your Life program, glittered up with a few audios and videos mixed in. Maybe I'll do this at some point. But right now I love the feeling of offering something that's of very high value for a very low price. Merry Christmas, one and all!
- I really love the Occupy movement. 99 cent books for the 99 per cent!
- The book teaches that the point of creativity is the enjoyment and generation of the gift world, a state of grace in which needs are met without hardship. 99 cents is a price that allows the book to be available for most without hardship. And if 99 cents is still a price that generates difficulty for you-- email me (sweetsongofjoy at gmail dot com) and we'll work something out.
- Many of my friends are broke brilliant artists, who live in their warehouse studios or with their parents. I know how they struggle, and I wanted them to be able to afford my book. Indeed, I want all broke brilliant people to be able to afford my book (see the point above).
- I'm interested less in money and more in readers. I'd love for not only you to read the book, but also for all of your friends and your mom and the people you don't really like that much to read the book. For $15, the price of a regular book, you could gift the book to yourself and 14 people you don't even really like that much! Thereby securing yourself excellent karma. Or, since you don't like them that much, you could just tell them to suck it up and buy it for themselves. It's only 99 cents, sheesh.
- The book shows you how to embody throbbing, extra-rational optimism. I'm throbbingly, extra-rationally optimistic that I'll become a 99 cent Kindle best-seller like Amanda Hocking.
- The best books I ever read in my life I got for 99 cents at a thrift store. So I feel like returning the favor to the world.
- I don't like to pay a lot for stuff, and by extension, I don't like asking others to do so.
- Did I mention it's Christmas? I fucking love Christmas.
There's a lot more empassioned empathy, raucous humor, and daring solutions in the book. So why not buy it?