Monday, November 30, 2009
1) Do you often get fans who say to you ‘Can you draw for me…’ at your autograph sessions? If yes, do you ever get tired of it?
I love to draw at autograph sessions. When readers come to meet me in bookstores they usually expect that I will draw cartoons. For me, drawing cartoons at autograph sessions is a joy and I find it far more interesting than just sitting at a desk signing my name.
2) What’s the most difficult question you get asked about ‘happiness’?
Sometimes people have just lost a loved one and they ask me, “how can I be happy I just lost my husband?” It is very tough when we lose someone we care about. Sometimes only time can heal.
At the same time, life goes on. My new book Happiness in Hard Times includes stories of people who have bounced back from just this kind of experience.
3) I know you get asked this a lot – Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Firstly, there is nothing more important than being happy. No matter how much money you have or how many degrees you have or how famous you are, it matters little if you don’t wake up every day saying, “I’m glad I’m me and I’m happy to be alive”.
4) What makes you happy?
Spending time with my wife Julie – and travelling with her, drawing cartoons, writing books, painting pictures, sailing, meeting new people in different countries.
5) Follow your heart. Easier said than done, don’t you think? There are so many things the heart desires to achieve, but due to commitments and other limitations, these desires become impossible. How then, can happiness be achieved?
My book 'Follow Your Heart' was really about taking time in your life to do things you care about. Some people will say, “I hate my job, how can I be happy?” If you hate your job, then in the short term you can still take time to do things that give you joy. Listening to music, making music, spending time with your family, spending time on your hobbies. Life is short – if certain activities make you happy, then you must make time for them – even if you have to get up one hour earlier to do it.
And if you dislike your job, then in the long term you need to consider improving your skills or look at other options for earning a living.
6) Money gives you happiness, because you'd get to do what your heart desires. True or not true?
It’s funny… Ask poor people if money would make them happier and they’ll tell you, “Of course – most of our arguments are about money”. Ask wealthy people when the happiest times of their life were, and they will mostly say, “Before I got the money…”
Money is important. We buy food, pay rent, pay the phone bill. You want to fly to Hong Kong to visit your mother. Your daughter needs an operation. Is money important?
Here’s the problem – money becomes your God. You judge people by how much money they have. You judge yourself by how much money you have.
Note: You can read all about wealth in Chapter 7 of his recent book, 'Happiness in Hard Times' ;)
Friday, November 27, 2009
Go there only if you're thinking of getting a great variety of children's books and probably, magazines too. Their fiction selection was disappointing! Anyways, this time's categorising of books was better than the previous one's. If you hate queuing, go around 3-ish, but be prepared to find a fewer selection of books. If you go in the morning, be prepared to queue.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
There are many characters in this story which play a vital role. Normally, one would get lost in all the names and their various backgrounds. But Zafon is such a good storyteller that he lures you into his story right from the start. There are many characters in this story that I've grown to love. Two of which are Bea and Fermin. I admire Bea's intelligence and maturity, and I so so love Fermin's sense of humour! He'd make you laugh, for sure!
One of my many favourite quotes from this book is:
'Every book, every volume you see here has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens...' (Note: You might want to hold a highlighter or have a pen with you, because this book contains many meaningful quotes)
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Hello there booklovers
The Big Bad Book Sale is back! Due to popular demand, this time the book sale will be twice as big as before, with over 200,000 books and magazines coming in for the Big Bad Book Sale. Best of all, the prices are 70% to 90% off the recommended retail prices for all books!
So mark this in your diary:
The Big Bad Book Sale
Dae: 26 November – 2 December 2009
Venue: Level 3, Amcorp Mall (former cinema lot, opposite McDonald’s)
Time: 10am to 9pm
Get a free collectible bookmark with any purchase while stocks last!
Limited to one bookmark per customer.
Get ready to stock up your library as the Big Bad Wolf takes another big bite off the prices of books! Oooowwwwwoooooooo…
Howling his regards,
The Big Bad Wolf.