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Optimist Writer’s Self-Gamification Newsletter, March 2018

It’s been quite some time since I wrote a blog post on self-gamification, or in other words, on how to turn one’s life into a fun game.

However, many things happened since I wrote on the topic. The book which will have the title Self-Gamification: Turn Your Life into a Fun Game is evolving well, and I am re-writing it right now. You can follow the project and show your support for it on the following Crowdfunding page:

Moreover, I will start soon teaching on various aspects of self-gamification.
For example, tomorrow, March 21, 2018, at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm CET, at the International House North Jutland in Aalborg, Rantzausgade 4, 1., 9000 Aalborg, Denmark, there will be a Startup Cafe event organized by the Plus Consult, a team of international entrepreneurs, where I participate with my skillset.
I will also be helping others to increase their motivation and productivity in a light and fun way through gamification of their lives, in a series of bi-weekly workshops in April and May hosted by AOF Nord at their premises in Aalborg, with the following title:Increase Your Motivation and Productivity – by Turning Your Life into a Fun Game. This series of workshops starts on April 9 and finishes on May 21. Each participant will get a signed copy of my very first book on how to gamify projects, 5 Minute Perseverance Game: Play Daily for a Month and Become the Ultimate Procrastination Breaker. You will also be able to interact with me between the workshops if you have questions on how to gamify your projects. Here is the link to this two months or 4-workshop training course:

There is more to come, and I will keep you informed. But if you would like to get regular updates on self-gamification as well as my project game-plans, then join the supporting team on Inkshares. Here s the link to it again:

And if you would like to have a customized training course, a coaching session, or a seminar on self-gamification, approaching project and time management as games, or other related topics for your company or yourself then contact me at

(Credits: Photograph © with the keyword games)

Contributing to Mekon’s Bitesize on Business Rules, Jan 2018: brDoc Schema: What is Business Rule Audit (brAudit) about?

Apart from business rules decision points and decisions which are to be taken, you need also to record whether the decision is finalized, or whether there are open actions in their respect. You also have to define the deadlines and the responsibility for those actions.

All that and some other information is recorded in the brAudit element of the new brDoc Schema, defined in Issue 4.2.

In the past month’s contribution to the Mekon’s BR Bitesize series, I addressed this element and the concepts behind it in the article “brDoc Schema: What is Business Rule Audit (brAudit) about?” Click on the title of the article or here to find out more.

(Credits: Photograph © with the keyword audit)

Contributing to Mekon’s Bitesize on Business Rules – 14: brDoc Schema: What does brRelatedTo stand for?

At least 90% of the brDoc (business rules document) Schema introduced in S1000D Issue 4.2 is based on the well-known descriptive Schema.

The new 10% which comprise the business rules paragraph (brPara) element and its components are mostly self-explanatory. But some elements might need additional explanation to be understood because their names cannot fit all dimensions of what they mean now and might mean in the future when further developed.

That applies to the element brRelatedTo, which is defined as business rule decision point relationship in Issue 4.2.

In the past month’s contribution to the Mekon’s BR Bitesize series, I addressed this element and the concepts behind it in the article “brDoc Schema: What does brRelatedTo stand for?” Click on the title of the article or here to find out more.

(Credits: Photograph © with the keywords business relationship)

Results for This Year’s Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Some of you might know that this year, for the second time, I have submitted one of my books with the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. As in last year, I haven’t won anything.

But once again the grades and the feedback from the judges was amazing!

Here are the results:

Entry Title: 5 Minute Perseverance Game: Play Daily for a Month and Become the Ultimate Procrastination Breaker

Author: Victoria Ichizli-Bartels

Judge Number: 39

Entry Category: Inspirational

A few quick notes~

  • Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.
  • The 1-5 scale is strictly to provide a point of reference; the scores are meant only to be a gauge, and are not a cumulative score, nor are they tallied or used in ranking.
  • A “0” is not a negative score. Our online review system only recognizes numerals during this portion of logging evaluations.As a result, we’ve substituted a “0” in place of “N/A” when the particular portion of the evaluation simply does not apply to the particular entry, based on the entry genre. For example, a book of poetry, a cookbook, or a travel guide would not necessarily have a “Plot and Story Appeal, and may therefore receive a “0” – indicating that the rating was not applicable.

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5

Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design: 5

Plot and Story Appeal: 0

Character Appeal and Development: 0

Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge’s Commentary (Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards):

5 MINUTE PERSEVERANCE GAME by Victoria Ichizli-Bartels is an inspiring book that, if followed, will help people with the tendency to put projects off to accomplish their goals in five-minute increments. The style of writing is friendly and non-judgmental and will uplift those who read it with its encouragement alone. I like how the author feels like a buddy as well as a teacher. This book is suitable for all ages, so whether you’re an adult finally admitting you procrastinate, or if you are a parent with a child you need to encourage to get things done (such as cleaning their space!) then this book can be useful. The cover design is colorful and creative. The slimness of the volume will encourage people who need the book. After all, it takes more than reading to tackle a problem! The call to action on the back will get readers moving. I like the author bio and picture. Her background is intriguing and we feel we can trust her to help us! For some reason, this book seems to scream for illustrations. We read 18 pages before getting to the actual game, though I do appreciate the encouraging talk. The game itself isn’t really a game, but simply the suggestion of working in five-minute increments to accomplish a task. But the buildup will help motivate readers, and that’s a good thing!”


You can imagine my excitement and motivation when I saw that my book got graded as outstanding in all relevant categories in its genre. The commentary it got gave me more insight what the judge found valuable.

I am immensely grateful to all who helped this book come true. Some of these supporters got a separate e-mail from me with the news some time ago. But I would like again to shout out to the brilliant editor and amazing cover designer for this book, Alice Jago, who is also an exceptional illustrator. I am excited that we will continue working on many future projects together. If you are a self-publishing writer and look for a cover designer or illustrator for your book, I strongly recommend Alice’s services.

A small spoiler-alert: the next book on gamification will have illustrations also inside the book. With this, I am following the judge’s advice above. I can’t wait to see how this will evolve. The content development is well on the way. Check out the following categories on the Self-Gamification blog to find out more: