Reading two prologues for Wet in Ubud, Bali, at the Hidden Space Cafe: Which one captivates you more?

by | Apr 23, 2024 | Wet, Writing | 0 comments

I came to Bali for these past two months to immerse myself in my writing, specifically, to make progress on Wet, a very dear-to-me memoir I have been working on for a long time. I am very pregnant with this book after 12 years of working on it in isolation, and I am excited to share it with you soon. Don’t ask me when, but I suspect I may be in the final trimester.

The best way I can describe this book as a mashup is Eat Pray Love meets The Body Keeps the Score meets Quirkyalone.

Eat Pray Love because it’s a spiritual journey where the lessons happen through travel in South America, and through an adventure of sensuality, from wearing a bikini for the first time in public at the age of 36 to letting my boundaries be crossed at a Love Motel in Brazil in a complicated threesome. There’s a lot more making out than in EPL, however! LOL.

The Body Keeps the Score because it’s the story of healing buried childhood trauma (sexual abuse) through connecting to the wisdom of my body (and tango).

Quirkyalone because this book is in a follow-up to my first one, where I wrestle with being single at midlife, the shame of never having a romantic relationship last longer than six months, and how I began to heal the effects of that trauma and open myself up to a deeper love.

Part of writing a book is getting lots of feedback along the way. All writing projects require iteration, both from the writer’s own gut instinct about how to tell  the story, and from early readers who let us know what’s resonating and where they stumble.

Last week I had the chance to participate in a reading series in Ubud, where I have spent most of the last two months. I chose Ubud for this creative retreat for a million reasons. “Ubud” means “medicine” or “healing.” This is a healing place, and healing is what Wet is all about.

I decided to use the reading as a kind of writing group.

I created a game of sharing two different prologues with the audience. I asked them to tell me which one captivated them more. The function of a prologue is to sketch out the story in the book, and entice the reader to want to turn the page and begin chapter one. So captivation is key!

You can see a short clip of the first two minutes of my reading below in this blog post or here.

If you would like to play along in the game, and hear me read the two prologues in their entirety, and tell me what captivates you more, I would love that.

To get access, you need to be part of the WET INNER CIRCLE. You can sign up to be part of it here.

What is the WET INNER CIRCLE and why am I sharing the longer video of me reading these two prologues only with people who are on that list?

When working on a long project, it’s a delicate matter to determine what to share with whom. I don’t want to share all the messy details of the intimate creative process with the whole Internet, people who don’t get it, or are not interested. That kind of indiscriminate sharing does not appeal to me.

I do want to share with people who are genuinely interested in this book and creative process, and well, thirsty for it! People who are a soul fit.

If you are part of the WET INNER CIRCLE, you will also get a sneak peek into the creative process, and hopefully, a little more wet. We’ll discover together what that means.

After you sign up, I will send you an email asking you a key question, so stay tuned.

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Hi! I’m Sasha

Executive and Life Coach on a mission to help women connect with their bodies to pursue their truest desires in the bedroom and the world.

Author of Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics (HarperCollins) + To-Do List: From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate, What Our Lists Reveal About Us (Simon & Schuster).

At work on a memoir called Wet, about adventures in healing through sensuality.

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