Welcome to Optimist Writer!

My name is Victoria Ichizli-Bartels. I am an author of 22 books, writer of over 250 articles on Medium.com, instructor of two online courses, and expert in the areas of Self-Gamification (= “life-gaming” = turning work and personal life into fun games) and S1000D (especially business rules).

I am also a life gamer, turning any challenge, project, task, or activity
into fun games for myself.

Here is my invitation and challenge to you:

Invest in becoming your life’s best designer and player.
Save yourself the costs of seriousness and drama.
Gain resourcefulness, mastery, and fun.

I can help you learn to do this effortlessly and with fun by applying Self-Gamification, the gameful self-help approach that brings together anthropology (awareness), kaizen (philosophy of small steps), and gamification (gamefulness and playfulness) into a powerful synergy and toolset.

The Latest — 2021 — Releases:


Available since June 2021

Gameful Habits
How to Turn Your Daily Practices into Fun Games

Book 7 in Series “Gameful Life”

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Available since May 2021

Gameful Blogging on Medium.com
Thirteen Levels in the Epic Adventure of a Top Writer and Super Creator on Medium

Book 6 in Series “Gameful Life”

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Online Course:

Available since April 2021

Gameful Project Management
Self-Gamification Based Awareness Boosters for Your Project Management Success
⇒ Click to enroll ⇐


Available since March 2021

5 Minute Perseverance Game
2nd (5-Year) Edition
A Self-Motivational Game to Help You Melt Your Procrastination

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Available since January 2021

Gameful Mind
Solve the Puzzle of Your Enigmatic Subconscious

Book 5 in Series “Gameful Life”

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