Des Autors Freud, des Autors Leid

Zwei Bücher, oder vielmehr E-Books, habe ich jetzt geschrieben. In beiden geht es um das größere Thema "besseres Präsentieren", aber trotzdem sind sie recht unterschiedlich, vor allem in der Art der Veröffentlichung. Das hat diese Woche zu Höhen und Tiefen geführt ...


Mini Book Review: Quiet

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Susan Cain is a self-confessed introvert. She did a TED talk about what it means to be an introvert. It took her 7 years to write this book.


Mini Book Review: Body of Work

Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim

When trying to explain what this book is all about to a colleague, I noticed that we don't seem to have a good expression for "body of work" in German. "Lebenswerk", your life's work, comes close but is too depressingly retrospective.

Actually, there is a bit of retrospective involved here. Pam Slim encourages you to take a look at what you've accomplished in your life so far, but to also imagine where you want to go. The motivation being that some day, when you've reached that point where you look back at your life's work, you'd be able to say "Yes, this is what I wanted to do." But you're not there yet - it's still time to steer things in the right direction. This book promises to help you with this goal.


Mini Book Review: The Year without Pants

The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun

I stopped reading the book somewhere in Chapter 17 (of 24). The outset seemed promising: Former project lead, who wrote a book about project management, goes back into the field and joins a young company with a very different approach to work.

Automattic, the company behind the popular WordPress blogging platform, works completely remotely and distributed, i.e. you'll hardly find any two of its employees in the same spot at the same time. They work from home or other places they feel comfortable in or happen to be, so all work is done, discussed, and coordinated online. That's a very different environment for someone who used to work at Microsoft.


Mini Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Some years ago, I came across Neil Gaiman. A lot of people seemed to like his works and his books also seemed right up my alley. So I read Neverwhere - and wasn't too impressed.

Sure, it's nicely written. It's also a bit of a page-turner, in that you want to know how it ends. So I guess in a way, that's all you can expect from a book? That it makes you want to read it, and read it to the end. However, it left me without the desire to read it again or even read anything else from that author.

Fast-forward a few years. I've become a loyal follower of Amanda Palmer, who happens to be married to that same Neil Gaiman. So, inevitably, there's some crossover. I still don't follow @neilhimself on Twitter, but @amandapalmer often retweets some of his stuff and his Tumblr ended up in my list of RSS feeds, since I like his thoughtful replies to fans about what it takes to be an author.

So I felt it was time to give him another chance. I've read his latest book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I try not to post spoilers.