A lot of people ask my advice on how to write a book.
Usually at the end of the conversation I feel like I’ve failed them, like there’s a secret to writing they thought I’d reveal to them, as if writers were magicians were something.
I think deep down they think there’s some sort psychological hack writers have that we use to write. Sure, there are tricks you learn, but they’re not the ones people tend to think of: the muse, all that crap.
In case you missed it last week, our planet has reached a milestone. After years of steady acceleration, carbon dioxide (CO₂) levels in the atmosphere have hit 400 parts per million (ppm). When researchers began tracking CO₂ levels in 1958, the level was 313 ppm. Since then, that number has continuously risen. While scientists say there is nothing particularly special about 400 ppm, it serves as psychological threshold, leaving us unable to ignore how fast CO₂, which drives global warming, is increasing on Earth.
The month of May is national Pet Cancer Awareness Month, which gives us a chance to raise a topic that can be intimidating and worrying for many pet owners. It is important for owners to know what to look for when screening for cancers and also to know what things can be done to decrease risk factors.
Today for our series on facing fears, I spoke with Cyril Guiraud, the mastermind behind Denormalise. In addition to starting Denormalise, Cyril is a jazz musician, sailboat racer, and family man. All of these endeavors take a certain amount of bravado, so I was curious – what makes Cyril flinch? Turns out, he has self-doubts just like the rest of us. However, he has learned to turn the negative into positive and to lasso his fears so they work in his favor. Read my interview with Cyril below.