For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I’m revisiting an audiobook I listened to in June 2016. Into The Wild is a true story that goes back to 1992, and one that I still find incredible.
Today I have an extract to share from The Thought Book 2 by Jay Mullings…a book full of his inspirational thoughts and life lessons.
How To Protect Your Creative Spark
Your creative spark must be protected at all costs. Creatives are like diamonds. Rare, beautiful, timeless and resilient. They come in different sizes and with their own unique brilliance. They don’t shine out into the night like stars. Diamonds that cut into hard places with precision, reflect light magnificently and manifest art elegantly.
**Happy Release Day**
I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for the unique Dear Mr Pop Star, which features humorous letters to pop stars about their songs with genuine witty replies.
About the Book
For nearly 10 years, ‘Team Philpott’, as their followers fondly refer to them, have been on a quite bonkers crusade, writing good old-fashioned letters to pop and rock stars (sometimes even sent to their home addresses with prior consent!), either picking up on genuine ambiguities within their lyrics or often deliberately misunderstanding them for comedic effect.
Welcome, Rosie, could you tell us a little about your book
Is Monogamy Dead? is my first book and draws inspiration from a trilogy of solo shows investigating love and relationships that I wrote and toured internationally over a seven-year period. Writing a book allowed me to explore the themes more deeply and include some of the science underpinning the personal anecdotes and interviews
… and the inspiration behind it.
The book takes its title from the middle part of the trilogy and that show was very much a response to a couple of friends breaking up. There was a real ambiguity as to whether one of them had been having an affair.
What research was involved?
I decided to conduct an online anonymous survey. The key question was ‘what counts as cheating?’ The responses revealed that fidelity is way less clear cut and binary than we think. For many people, emotional exclusivity was more important than the physical side. But that’s where things get really complicated. Because … how we do control what we feel? Continue reading
- Author: Shelley Wilson
- Published: December 2016 by Zander
- Category: Self Help, Motivational
Your weekly guide for happiness! Designed to give you a weekly boost of motivation, this sixty-four page guidebook will offer you a positive dose of inspiration throughout the year. Listen to your inner voice, pick a page, and then take meaning from the message you receive.
Motivate Me! does exactly what it says. A lovely little book with 52 motivational prompts which can be used in various ways, either for affirmations or by opening the book at a random page after giving thought to a question/problem requiring guidance. Continue reading
- Author: Jon Krakauer
- Narrated by Philip Franklin
- Published: Originally in 1998, this reprint edition in 2007
- Category: Non Fiction
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a party of moose hunters. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.
I listened to the audio version of this book and Philip Franklin does a great job with the narration. I’d never heard of Chris McCandless, or read Jon Krakauer before reading Terry Tyler’s review. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and the gradual unfolding of Chris McCandless’ story, which is fascinating, tragic and scarcely credible in parts. If this had been fiction I can imagine the reader or listener berating the ‘hero’ for his lack of foresight and preparation before embarking on such a dangerous and uncertain journey. Continue reading
Growing up more than a thousand miles apart and worlds away from each other, Johnny and Adrianne seemed to have all that a child could ask for. However, the demons of their respective mothers would tear their young, fragile lives apart.
Eventually, destiny would bring Johnny and Adrianne together, but first they had to endure the painful toll that alcohol, drugs, and a negligent court system would take on them. With parts of Adrianne’s story ripped from national news headlines, their story takes them from the depths of despair and near death, to their first serendipitous introduction and the moment each knew they were finally safe. Continue reading