|How I remember Pieper is pronounced Peeper|
|2016 Byron Bay Writer's Festival weather and skies over the grounds|
|My Nimbin fridge magnet :-)|
|And here I was blaming Magda Szubanski for the rain Liam ;-)|
I came across two books by Liam Pieper (Mistakes Were Made and his memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year) and read them both after hearing him at a talk at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival called, 'Writing as Salvation', which also featured Matt Nable, Tom Keneally and Anneli Knight as chairperson for the talk.
|'Writing as Salvation' at the 2016 BBWF on the Saturday of the weekend|
|Liam Pieper looking like Tobey Maguire, don't you think?|
Mistakes Were Made, a collection of essays and kind-of-sort-of sequel first, thinking this would have been Liam's first published book.
But it was written after The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, which I read next, which in a way turned out right for me, as it gave me a background on Liam's life and memoir that I wouldn't have had before reading The Feel-Good Hit of the Year .
I bought Mistakes Were Made because of it's cover, with the death tarot card on the front, as I saw it as a sign, because I have a woolen mobile phone cover with a similar design to that tarot card on the front of Liam's book and I'm a sucker when it comes to signs.
Also black, white and blue are the colours of my favourite NRL footy team, the Sharks.
|My woolen mobile phone cover|
|Death riding on horseback|
It's a tongue-in-cheek story about spirit animals and hippie counter-culture life and fate, but having read Liam's memoir about his rise as an unscrupulous petty criminal and drug dealer/drug addict that f#cks his friends and acquaintances over, as he moves through life and they doing the same to him, until a moment of clarity and sobriety hits him while on the run in the mountains of Japan, that short story called 'Catching the Spirit' may not be so tongue-in-cheek in Jungian symbolism after-all.
|An Australian bush turkey|
|A tick and a bush turkey, maybe?-)|
Wild Turkey - Worthy adversary
"If you dislike, hate or fear wild turkey, you may find that you have an inability or refusal to see anything that challenges you in a positive light.
You may find the emotions you feel when you are challenged overwhelming, and choose to attack or dismiss anyone who presents a different opinion of your own.
You may also find it difficult to change your mind, or adapt to new situations; even when you recognize a need to.
Wild turkey challenges you to adapt and change.
Those who dislike, fear or hate wild turkey may find that they are very out of touch with the natural cycles and ecosystems around them; or even actively disrespect those cycles.
Wild turkey challenges us not to underestimate the nature around us, what it is capable of, and how much we actually rely and depend upon it to live and survive.
Wild turkey as a shadow guide can caution against excessive greed and over-consumption; or using up the bounty of nature and people around you without ever giving anything back (including just a simple 'thank you').
Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you.
In places where the wild turkey lives, you may find that the wild turkey seeks you out through a chance encounter.
Wild turkeys are more than capable of disappearing from view, so sighting one (especially more than once) can represent the relevance of wild turkey's lessons in your life.
Wild turkey can be a very practical guide, teaching you how to bring more gratitude and energy-conservation into your everyday practices."
If Tick is your Animal Totem;
If this insect is your animal totem you have the ability to stay in one spot patiently simply waiting for the right opportunity to come by.
When this opportunity does happen along, you take quick action and seize the moment.
You know exactly when to move to be successful.
You know an opportunity when you see it even though you may not understand it.
You will take a leap on faith without necessarily knowing where you will land.
You trust in positive outcomes.
You also have a gift for getting under other peoples skin when you decide to.
Your instinct unerringly will guide you to poke in exactly the right spot to get a rise out of someone.
Liam's memoir is more of an education of the kind of world we are all living in and certainly shouldn't make you feel good about it and if you have teenage kids, then I would highly recommend you read this book to see the world they are most probably living in, or around.
I also think that the tarot reader was right in saying that Liam's "time is coming in a very big way", as he does have the talent to become a very good author, not that he isn't already, I mean in a "more good stories within" kind of way.
Let's just hope Liam's shadow side is well behind him as he moves forward in life and his writing career, as I think he has a bright future if he can keep those past demons of his at bay.