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Lost Soul Companion, The : A Book of Comfort and Constructive Advice for Black Sheep, Square Pegs, Struggling Artists, and Other Free Spirits - Susan M. Brackney

Lost Soul Companion, The

A Book of Comfort and Constructive Advice for Black Sheep, Square Pegs, Struggling Artists, and Other Free Spirits

Paperback Published: 4th September 2001
ISBN: 9780440509219
Number Of Pages: 176

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The ultimate survival guide for starving artists, writers, performers - and anyone whose dreams can't be contained by an office cubicle.

Filled with down-to-earth advice and sustenance for your most far-flung dreams, The Lost Soul Companion is the perfect guide for anyone grappling with the darker side of creativity.

A source of support when your day job gets you down, a refreshing reservoir of humor when you're knee-deep in rejection slips, this remarkable little book offers both inspiration and compassion, plus surefire strategies for surviving in what can sometimes seem like "a world of meanies."

From the anti-procrastination "chopstick plan," to the importance of staying well nourished (toaster-oven-snack recipes included), The Lost Soul Companion will speak to anyone with big dreams and creative spirit who nonetheless finds it tough some days just to get out of bed.

"For those who feel like square pegs in a round-hole world ... you will find ideas, wisdom, understanding and a lot of smiles in this book."
-- The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)

"Packed with intriguing concepts and excellent tips ... this is a fine guide to happiness."
-- Midwest Book Review

"Beautiful, whimsical, heartbreaking ... If you are an artist or an artist-at-heart, you will love this book."
-- Eric Maisel, author of The Creativity Book

Eleven Thoughtful Letters and My Wildest Expectationsp. xiii
Who Are the Lost Souls?p. 1
I Am Here ... Where Are You?p. 4
What Is The Lost Soul Companion?p. 6
One More Thing ...p. 7
Misery, Suicide and Hothouse Flowers
Lost Souls Are Hothouse Flowersp. 11
Lost Souls and Suicidep. 18
Famous Suicides and What-ifs ...p. 20
John Kennedy Toolep. 26
Having Hope, Getting Motivated and Being Strong
Things to Do Instead of Killing Yourselfp. 34
Do Something ... Anything!p. 37
Creativity and Depression: Getting Out of the Holep. 38
A Little More on Antidepressantsp. 40
Too Many Naps and the Bad Day Boxp. 42
Surrounding Ourselvesp. 45
How to Make Your Very Own Snow Globe ... and Why You Would Want to Do a Thing Like Thatp. 46
The Precipice of Successp. 49
The Difference Between What Is and What Could Bep. 51
The Truth About "Success"p. 52
Procrastination and Getting Back on the Horsep. 54
The Chopstick Planp. 59
Getting Motivated ... Be Afraidp. 59
Knowing When to Give Upp. 61
Kenny the Redheaded Bass Player on "Making It Big"p. 63
The Flexible and Open-minded Michael Teaguep. 64
Thick Skin and Bad Pressp. 69
The White Statue-Manp. 70
Creative Coping
Panhandlers: Giving Underemployment a Bad Namep. 74
Quit Your Day Job? Bill Robertson and Dazey the Cowp. 76
"Modeling While Moving"p. 83
Creativity and Povertyp. 86
Strength in Numbersp. 93
Lost Souls and Foodp. 93
The Toaster Oven Was My Salvationp. 94
And Some Non-Toaster-Oveny Ideasp. 95
When Boiling Water Isn't Too Much to Askp. 96
Blender Foodp. 97
One More Snacky Thing ...p. 98
Living the Rich Lifep. 99
Temple Grandin and the Squeeze Machinep. 102
The "What Color Is Your Mother's Hair?" Test or How to Tell If Someone Is Lying to Youp. 105
How to Make Everyone Think You're Charming and Fantastic Even If You Aren'tp. 107
Anger and the Evil Headsp. 110
Living in the World of Meaniesp. 112
A Word About Complete Stranger Meanies ...p. 114
Good Movies to Uplift Youp. 115
The Antibiotic Movies ...p. 116
Blowing the Stink Offp. 117
Burning Manp. 117
Road Trippingp. 122
Puckitt the Enchanted Cockatoo and the Power of Petsp. 125
Living Well
Life Is a Gift: Eat Up!p. 130
Live Like You Have Cancerp. 134
Be Thankful You're Not in a Turkish Prisonp. 135
On Mailing Ridiculous Lettersp. 136
Making Wavesp. 138
Be a Playful Soulp. 140
Give and Give and Give Until You (Almost) Can't Give Any Morep. 141
Gifts of the Literal Sortp. 144
Daydreams and Double-Dog Daresp. 145
The Worm Ambulancep. 146
The Ending Is Just the Beginningp. 148
Indexp. 151
Permissionsp. 157
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ISBN: 9780440509219
ISBN-10: 0440509211
Series: Dell Book
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 4th September 2001
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 12.7  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1