TO GET YOUR LIFE STORY WRITTEN
The questions in this workbook demand one thing only: the truth. Pick one. Set a timer. And write. The unvarnished, unedited, unholy truth. Repeat. When every page in this workbook is filled, you will have completed the first draft of your life story.
These 30 questions were given to me by a group of eleven- and twelve-year-olds shortly before I set off on a 700-kilometre pilgrimage across northern Spain. I carried them in Petunia, my purple backpack. Each morning I picked one question at random as I set off along the next stage of the Camino de Santiago.
I burnt them under a full moon, at the end of my pilgrimage, on the Coast of Death. Each question became a chapter in my unplanned memoir. Now I offer the questions to you. To write your life story.
With huge gratitude to the 2015 students of Gleneagles Ch'axáý Elementary School.
Bestseller in 4 Amazon categories
Travel, Dance, Women Writers & Jungian Psychology
2022 Eyelands Book Awards WINNER ~ Published Memoir
2020 Book Excellence Award Finalist ~ Inspirational
2020 International Book Awards Finalist ~ Memoir
2020 Whistler Independent Book Awards Shortlist
2020 SanFrancisco Book Festival Runner-Up
This audaciously honest, irreverently funny memoir of Lindy's 750 kilometre pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, is for anyone who has felt the ‘missingness’ of an unlived life and wondered what to do about it. Think Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love with a dash of Bridget Jones’s Diary.
“ Inspiring, entertaining, provocative, and just downright fun. I lost a bit of sleep finishing this one and it was well worth it .” ~Laura Mack, Canada
“ I read, no devoured, this awesome book. What a relatable account of how I feel. I bet a number of women feel the same too!” ~ Cristina Hogh, South Africa
2010 San Francisco Book Festival ~ Hon. Mention
2010 International Book Awards Finalist
"Wow. What a wild ride! It Never Stays in Vegas is a whipsmart, rip-snorting funny journey that is twisted, hilarious, and serious. Lindy Hughes unfailingly manages to weave the heavy with the light. Outrageous and important.” ~ Carol Leonard, author of Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga and The Circle of Life: Thirteen Archetypes for Every Woman.
North Shore News, January 20, 2010
Booklaunch of It Never Stays in Vegas
Bestseller in 5 Amazon categories
These stories, from 23 ‘ordinary’ West Vancouver citizens between the ages of 16 and 86, are proof that everyone is a storyteller. And it is our stories that unite us. This book is a celebration of hope and resilience. It ensures that our stories will never be lost.
"The pandemic of 20/21 has impacted us all in ways none of us could have imagined. While we are united in fighting this common enemy, how each of us experiences it is unique. And I believe that to develop empathy as a society, we need to hear the stories of others. That’s why the West Vancouver Stories initiative is so important. It’s an opportunity for a diverse and courageous cross-section of our community to share compelling and intimate reflections on life during this extraordinary time; and for the rest of us to understand and appreciate those insights."
~ Mary-Ann Booth, Mayor of West Vancouver
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