This second edition offers new content added to each and every chapter - personal author reflections from behind the scenes.
Get inspired to step out of your box and embrace your potential. From the corporate world, to the arts, to working with the disenfranchised, the message is clear: there is no such thing as a normal way to live your life and no one right solution to any problem. Selected from over a hundred interviews, the stories shared here open a window on the journeys of seven women and three men who have charted their own paths, including Ruthie Davis--top US luxury shoe designer and the winner of the 2014 AAFA Footwear Designer of the Year award; and Geir Ness whose perfume is a staple in Nordstrom, Disney World, and on Disney Cruise Lines. Enjoy a glimpse behind the scenes into the unique ways these individuals have chosen to deal with life's challenges and how they define success in their careers.
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The SciFi Book That Left Me Speechless
by Marilyn R Wilson
It doesn't matter if you are an avid or occasional reader, everyone eventually reads THE BOOK. You know what I mean. It's a book that leaves you speechless, lost in thought and feeling the impact. Years later you can still vividly remember the story and how you felt after reading it. That book for me was The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.
Willis released this book in 1993, but it didn't make its way into my hands until about nine years later. Science Fiction has always been a favourite read in my house. My husband first found the title and after reading it, strongly suggested I give it a look. He was right. It held me captive from the first page and I couldn't put it down until the final sentence. For awhile, it haunted my dreams.
Why? The Doomsday Book is an unusual offering in this genre. SciFi is often set on alien worlds or features aliens among us. Another focus is post-apocalypse earth or a future earth filled with robots. This storyline takes an entirely different approach. It is earth in the near future. Time travel is a reality, but is only used in academic settings by researchers looking into specific times in history. The feel of society in general is just like today, right down to the politics of the university where different departments vie for time travel slots. The homes, the people, their lives and interactions are familiar.
Another thread brought into this story is also very believable. The world is constantly in fear of a Pandemic - an epidemic of infectious disease that spreads throughout the human populations - rearing it's ugly head. World health organizations have been warning us of this threat for many years.
Several things happen as we move between past and present. One of the researches is sent by accident to the wrong era. She arrives desperately sick and confused. It takes time for her discover she has landed at the beginning of the Black Plague. History comes alive as events unfold before our eyes. The researcher had received a wide range of vaccinations, so is immune to the plague, but has to deal with the magnitude of death surrounding her. Willis brings a sense of reality to this terrible moment in history that I guarantee will overwhelm readers.
In the future, a new pandemic has become a reality. As the government works hard to type and find a treatment/vaccination, society has to deal with the social and political effects of this serious health scare. In fear, the time machine is shut down stranding the researcher in the past. Can she be found?
While this book had a serious impact when first read it, that impact was doubled six months later. In 2003 the SARS virus reared it's head. The parallels between what ensued publicly and what had occurred in The Doomsday Book were too great to be ignored. It was another example of Science Fiction predicting the future with incredible accuracy.
If you haven't read this Hugo and Nebula Award Winner, I suggest you add it to your book list. I personally feel it's the author's best book. But be prepared – the story line is filled with difficult moments that will stay with you for a long time.
Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer and speaker with a passion for interviewing. Her career as a writer began in an unusual way, by answering a Craigslist ad. It was while conducting her first interview the world shifted - she had found her passion. Since 2006, she has interviewed over 150 people from as near as her hometown of Vancouver, Canada, and as far away as South Africa.
Whether through a random encounter on the New York subway or via a one-on-one interview with an internationally recognized artist, the goal is the same-to give wings to the unique journeys of inspiring individuals. This goal first led the author to co-launch a successful, innovative magazine focused on professionals working in the fashion industry paired with photography and illustrations by local artists. Then in 2015, Wilson took her passion to a new audience with the release of her first book, the first in a series featuring the lives of real people living real lives.
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