The Lost Soul Companion: A Book of Comfort and Constructive Advice for Black Sheep, Square Pegs, Struggling Artists, and Other Free Spirits (Dell Book)

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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.

Product Details

  • Series: Dell Book
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (September 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440509211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440509219
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Extraordinary little guide to understand creative people

One person found this helpful.
 on September 12, 2009
By Moises Cruz Perez
I bought this book as a gift to my wife because she is a creative person that sometimes feels like a Square Peg and it is hard for me to understand why she feels in this way.

Sweet book. I particularly recommend this if you feel …

 on October 17, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Sweet book. I particularly recommend this if you feel you’re going mad from trying to make it in this world. Better than drowning your sorrows in drink.

a good, uplifting, quick read

 on March 10, 2015
By Maria Bladorn
There were a few parts that I felt spoke directly to me. I think any lost soul can find something in this book to comfort them.

Five Stars

 on December 15, 2015
By amber
This book was great.

A Wonderful, Uplifting Read

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 5, 2000
This precious little book was written for people who work in the arts and other creative fields, but it is also a wonderful book for anyone who has felt like they don’t quite fit in–whether they work in the arts or not. Parts of the book deal with depression, and parts deal with how to cope in a world that doesn’t appreciate people who are outside the norm.

a comfort

 on November 2, 2010
By L. Smith
it is a comforting book. i laughed and cried while reading it, i found susan’s way with words very touching and ‘real’. i only rate this four stars instead of five because i feel she isn’t reaching her full potential with this book, she has the talent to go so much further!


7 people found this helpful.
 on June 4, 2000
By Johnny Coop
I am not a student of Carl Jung. However, I believe that if you have found this review, regardless of what you may consciously believe, you need to read the Lost Soul Companion. It is a wonderful declaration of self. In many ways reminiscent of “Generation X” before the marketing people took over. It exposes a very real community of people to each other. If you are a lost soul you may realize that it is not so lonely out there. If you know a lost soul, you might gain a small persepective on a wonderful person. In any event, I only came across the book because I had the author in my taxi as a passenger. If you have tripped upon this review, you were meant to read this book. I am here. . . where are you?

WOW! What a BOOK!!!

One person found this helpful.
 on April 1, 2011
By Cynthia J. Yost
I must have read thousands of books in my lifetime. Most of the books I’ve read as an adult were non-fiction,mostly history and self improvement. I can honestly say that I have NEVER EVER found so much interesting,useful and strange information packed into so small and short a book! There is a lot of stuff on suicide,yes,but there are many OTHER things. The author touches on what’s wrong with “the big time”, quoting a guy who actually SAMPLED it and hated it. She talks about the joys of having a pet,an invention by an autistic woman that has been used to treat autism and is now for sale commercially,the Burning Man event (don’t worry,he’s handmade,NOT a PERSON,and it’s an annual event),ways to stop procrastinating,about adjusting goals to fit present realities,success versus failure (and who’s running the huge vacuum cleaner that pulls you down to failure) and a LOT of other things. It’s a quick read you’ll want to reread again and again,with mostly very short chapters,illustrated with drawings and other artwork by the author herself. Funny,deep,sad,and fascinating by turns. This book is truly unique. I’m an artist and enthusiastic writer of letters and emails,myself,and this book was a BIG help to me. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who’s a struggling artist of any kind,or anyone else who is having a hard time figuring out where to go in life,or if it’s worth the pain to just keep hanging in there (it surely IS!!). If you are artistic,sensitive,or feel lost,confused or sad a lot,BUY it!! The author even includes her address at the end,and ANSWERS LETTERS!

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