Monthly Archives: December 2015

Optimist Wirter’s Business News: December 2015

Last month and a half in the time of Optimist Writer’s existence were as exciting as the month of the launch.

Services crystallized from many ideas. Projects started and closed, new started.

Here is a summary of what happened in frame from mid November until today.

I’ve worked with a company in Spain to introduce S1000D into their production cycle for technical publications. It included a 2 plus 2 hours training course and implementation part of less than a week time. The training consisted of theoretical introduction and a few days later we started studying S1000D practically on concrete data of these company. They needed to convert their technical manuals into S1000D conformant information. In the implementation phase I drafted business rules for them using the business rules template in Excel form for Issue 4.1 (available under Downloads for Issue 4.1 at and converted a small manual into S1000D. I am very glad that the company expressed interest to work with me in relation to S1000D also in the coming year.

Very special news and highlight for me personally is the initiation of Resources on business rules in general and S1000D business rules in particular. With these, I give further the experience I gathered in this field and I am very excited about it. These resources will be finalized, revised and published as self-standing books. Depending on the resonance to the S1000D business rules initiative to order the S1000D business rules into a certain sequence / chain, I hope to be able to update this information with every new S1000D Issue.

I am very curious and excited to see what new projects will emerge in the coming year.

Until then I will take a break from posting, but not from creating. Notes are continuously filled in with new ideas and drafts for the future posts and projects. But you will see them first after the New Year’s Eve.

On this note, let me wish, all who connected and worked with me during the starting time of my business, and all who read this, warm and wonderful holidays and the very best for the coming year 2016!!!


More Christmas news from the Optimist Writer: The paperback of “A Spy’s Daughter” is available…and plans for the next year

The paperback of “A Spy’s Daughter” is now available too! You can buy it among other here.


I am very excited about it and wish all the readers very much fun reading it!

I was thrilled to have got a reader’s feedback on the book already two days after publishing it! And they loved it!

In the meantime and on this wonderful wave of motivation, I am working on my further writing projects.

They include an inspirational and motivational book for writers “Cheerleading for writers” the chapters of which will be post one by one in this blog and summarized here.

Then I will finalize the story I publish on bi-weekly basis here on my page. This story is called “Nothing is Like it Seems”. After finishing it, I will have it edited and will publish it as a permanently free book.

The prequel to the series, which “A Spy’s Daughter” started, will be published in the beginning of the next year. I am self-editing it right now and am going to send it to my editor in January.

And I started plotting the sequel to “A Spy’s Daughter”, “A President’s Sister”. Most in my mind but the story is deepening. This book will require some research in the part, of which I used to think was not interesting for me. Politics and how it is made. Now, I am basing a book on this! Because apparently, it is quite interesting for me, especially of how it is made and the dynamics between people when they do politics. I am quite curious of this new adventure for me.

There are also more ideas and projects looming and waiting for me to bring them further, including two fiction books and one an essay collection “Everywhere at Home”, I mentioned in the newsletter from November.

I am very excited about all this, and I will let you know how these projects progress.

In the meanwhile, this blog will have a Christmas break and will recommence after the New Year’s holidays.

Here I would like to thank all my readers and friends for your support and cheering in the past year and wish you all, and your families and friends, wonderful holidays, much happiness and many exciting moments in the coming year!

Christmas news from the Optimist Writer: “A Spy’s Daughter” is published



Dear friends and readers (and if you read my books, then you are definitely one of my friends or in the process to become one 🙂 ),

I have wonderful news for you!

My second book is out!

It is the first book in the series “A Life Upside Down” and its title is “A Spy’s Daughter”.

You can purchase the e-book here.

The paperback will be available in the coming few days.

Enjoy it and let me know what you think of it.

You will hear from me soon on the paperback and also with some other news on my writing and my business in general.

And if you didn’t sign up yet to my site, then I invite you to do so. I am having a blast writing and posting a lot of fun and also valuable content. And I am gladly sharing it with you.

Business rules for production and sustainment processes

ProductionAfter deciding how you are going to produce your first prototype of the product, and how you will launch your service, you need to decide how the regular and routine production/service process will run. In other words you need to define business rules for production and sustainment processes.

This is different from the implementation procedures we talked about last week. Because those are meant to ignite and roll out the process. They are not about the daily routines. Surely, you wouldn’t throw a launch party at your new fashion shop every day. So you can as well cut the Champaign off your supply list for a normal workday at the shop.

Therefore, as soon as you go through those implementation and launch procedures, you forget about them, unless you introduce a new product or service, or a new aspect to the current product.

The production business rules are about repeatable processes as long as the product is on sale. These rules include definition of the quality assurance procedures, trouble shooting, and logistics around it, like transport to and from your site of production or your site of service, and other.

You need to think here in various terms, those of personnel, tools to be used, materials and supplies, time necessary for production, time, tools and supplies needed for fault isolation, diagnostics and removal of failure. You would also need to see what part of the process can be done automatically, or which of it you can outsource. And do not forget to adjust your process flow and the time-frame when you introduce something new into the process.

Do not think, “It will work out somehow.” Especially in case of small businesses, this thinking could be tempting. But it can be dangerous for your business. If you decide to do any of the procedures by yourself, then this decision must be done deliberately and upfront, and not because of the sudden need.

I have re-learned this lesson recently, while widening the range of my blog posts. Before I launched my business, I was publishing one blog-post a week. And I often forgot to allocate time for it in my calendar. I did feel the tickle of the deadline (the notification mails were going out on Wednesdays then), so I diligently fulfilled the task. But it often happened in the evenings, after all was accomplished for the family and the household. This was working when I was on maternity leave, and it was duly justified. But it wasn’t working after my daughter started with day-care and I started my business.

Due to two branches in my business (writing and business-oriented) I started publishing two posts a week, and once a month even three, together with the Newsletter. Then I started working on free resources on my web-site, offering since recently three types of them.

This whole work cannot be done as a hobby. This approach would not work for a very long, and I as my own employer need to see that I get my share of sleep in order to be able to work properly. So, there is only one possibility. I have to reserve time and give these activities the necessary priority and resources and make them a part of my working process.

Working on them now (it is shortly before Christmas) will also differ from how I will work on those projects after the New Year’s Eve. Since I don’t have many external projects at the end of the year, then I can devote more time for developing the resources I offer and producing as much content as possible. But in the new year, I will have projects, which will need my personal attendance and participation, so there will be less time for developing resources. All this needs to be taken into account.

Also for your business, see if there is any seasonal influence on your production/service process. And how the completion of one project will affect the process. You might need to relocate your resources because of this.

Remember that as any other type of the business rules we talked so far, the production/sustainment business rules are a very living part of your business documentation. It is probably one of the most dynamic of the whole set of rules you have to define and you will need to verify and adjust it frequently.

And here is an Aha/Huh-moment for me as I write this article: This adjustment and verification must become a part of the routine production/sustainment process.


This post is a part of “Business rules: General”, copyright © 2015-2016 by Victoria Ichizli-Bartels

Cheerleading for writers: We all have cheerleaders

We all need cheerleaders. We need motivators and supporters.

And we do have them.

Our parents were the first ones, even before we started to walk. Then came teachers and friends. And siblings too, even if we might have seen them as rivals when we were small.

My life is full of cheerleaders.

My father started by naming me Victoria, later telling my mother that he wanted this name for me because I was his Victory.

My mother raised the jumping bar for me inch-by-inch, every time I wanted to get comfortable (or I should say lazy and complaining that I did too much, whatever that was). She kept me motivated.

My sister said, “You’re strong. More than you know.” She said this, being almost a child herself, at age 18, when she gave me courage on the day I was told that our father died.

My niece, Mihaela, said shortly after I started my own business, “No one can do it better than you.”

My husband and my children cheer me with their hugs and presence in my life.

There are also friends and strangers who cheer and support me.

Yes, strangers support me too. At least seemingly they were strangers, because I met them mere moments before they gave me gifts of encouragement and support.

This was when my husband and I tried six years long to become parents, and when people heard what we were going through they showed compassion and understanding. Whether they were doctors, nurses, fellow parents trying to create family a too, or families with children.

This also happened when I worried about something I don’t remember now, and a stranger started a small talk on a train, which brightened my day.

This happened when a smile was given to me by a beautiful stranger dressed in sari, on a transit at the Copenhagen airport.

And then there were strangers, who became dearest friends.

Read next time in “Cheerleading For Writers”: the story behind this project.


Picture: This cheered me up on a bus ride today. Christmas decorations made by children from a kindergarten in Aalborg.



P.S. See the whole series of posts for this project under Resources -> Cheerleading For Writers.

“Cheerleading For Writers”, copyright © 2015-2016 by Victoria Ichizli-Bartels