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Welcome to Optimist Writer!

My name is Victoria Ichizli-Bartels. I am the author of over 15 books, and I am also an instructor, coach, and consultant in the areas of Self-Gamification (for personal and work-life) and S1000D (especially, business rules).

Check out all my books here:

Motivational Books

NEW in June 2020!!!

Gameful Writing

Book 4 in Series “Gameful Life”

A Parable with Seven People, Seven Stories, Seven Lessons Learned

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Published in April 2020:

Gameful Isolation

Book 3 in Series “Gameful Life”

Making the Best of a Crisis,
the Self-Gamification Way

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Published in March 2020:

Gameful Healing:
Almost a Memoir; Not Quite a Parable

Book 2 in Series “Gameful Life”

This is a story about learning to navigate health conditions without judgment; making progress towards healing in small, incremental steps; and approaching those steps with a fun, gameful attitude.

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Published in January 2020:

Gameful Project Management

Book 1 in Series “Gameful Life”

A practical guide to improving the flow of your projects
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Published in February 2020:

The Who, What, When, Where, Why & How
of Turning Life into Fun Games

A Compressed Version
of the Self-Gamification Happiness Formula

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The Self-Gamification Happiness Formula:
How to Turn Your Life into Fun Games

Read the book and learn how to motivate yourself by practicing self-gamification — a unique self-help approach to implementing game design elements into your life.
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Available also as an audiobook!!!

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“Great tool for overcoming procrastination!”
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“Must Read for Authors and Writers”
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Business Books

“A book all entrepreneurs should read.”
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Get a better understanding of S1000D business rules.
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“Vital publication for S1000D starters.”
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S1000D ebook cover JPGUnpublished: August 23, 2017
More details and reasons for unpublishing: click on the image or here.

Fiction Books


“A great book, couldn’t put it down.”
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What will happen when a hopeful person
meets a grieving one?
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“A deeply moving story,
very beautifully told.”
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Series “A Life Upside Down”

“Read it one sitting –
held my interest completely.”
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“Love & Espionage!
An engaging, thoughtful book!”
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