Invisible Driving - a Memoir of Manic Depression

I realized at age 6 that I was meant to be a writer.  I got a Masters in Creative Writing and entered the world of Advertising and Corporate Communications where I've labored, slinging ink, for 25 years.  But something happened along the way.  At the end of my 3rd major Manic episode, I took on the impossible challenge of writing a memoir that would vividly put readers inside the experience while also giving them a thoughtful context for understanding it.  That was 17 years ago.  At last it is available on Amazon, Invisible Driving by Alistair McHarg.  For a peek at 4 sample chapters visit my website,  I'm not saying it's undoubtedly the best book of its kind, but I wouldn't stop you if you did. 
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
15 Responses Jun 17, 2007

I am 18 months into writing a book Titled " Life is 100% Luck " . I am 42 years old, and live in Australia. I consider myself very lucky in life, but I have met 100's of people around the world who have led very unfortunate " Unlucky " lives. I am compiling a book on factual information from people who suffer , depression, Physical disabilities, Mental disorders. I have several chapters covering all forms of Bad luck. <br />
In life there are 2 types of luck. Firstly there is 'Brute Luck" This is a very complex and detailed area that required extensive research. The very basic brute luck is determined at birth, these are <br />
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Country of birth<br />
Gender<br />
Sex<br />
Colour<br />
Physically able / disabled<br />
Psychiatric illness<br />
Mental Illness<br />
Addictions<br />
Height <br />
Weight<br />
Physical looks<br />
Intellect<br />
Skills<br />
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I am very interested in getting peoples responses.<br />
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It is quite difficult to detail everything I am writing in my book, as its over 300 pages. I ask you think for a minute about how life is for 6.92 billion people around the world.<br />
There are over 785 million people who don’t know how to read or write , 60 out of every 1000 children born die before the age of 5. There are 51 million people suffering schizophrenia at any one time around the world. Over 850,000 people commit suicide each year due to depression.<br />
There are over 2 million children around the world who were either lured or abducted, and used as sex slaves for sex tourism. Over 225,000 people die from medical malpractice related injuries in a single year. There are 2.5 million children under 15 who have HIV / AIDS. There are 200 million people who suffer from agoraphobia.<br />
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This is only a small sample of factual information. It is impossible to deny that life is not 100% luck. <br />
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I am also detailing a chapter to people who have been jailed wrongly, and who were freed after DNA testing. There are many people who have been incarcerated for over 20 years , before they were freed. I am very interested in hearing from people who dont believe that life is 100% luck, But I am looking for a factual response that provides in depth detail. And most importantly, that your factual response will include all 6.92 billion plus population.<br />
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oh wow, you might want to write about me, do I have a story to tell, yes I me if you do. I have always wanted a book about my life.

hi,<br />
wow i'm in college right now to get an english major in creative writing. I'm on anti depressants but im not manically depressed. How did you get so depressed? I feel like so many writers were or are depressed. Thanks and God Bless you and congratulations on your book. thats amazing. Its one of my goals to write a book and publish it.

Thank you BLL, I am so happy that you are enjoying it. I love the idea that, in addition to entertaining you, it is providing inspiration for you - I have NO DOUBT AT ALL that you could write an amazing book - wickedly funny and full of of deep insight.

Thank you so much!! I'm trying.

Check with some of the EPeeps that have already read it, there are many. It is a very wild, funny, sexy, outrageous roller coaster ride - with heart.<br />
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If there's a writer in you, let her out - you will be amazed by what happens. Don't try to write perfectly, just write what you feel, what you care about - anything that is real to you. - Writing is really a process of self-discovery. Good luck!

I just checked out that website. I'm intrigued. And I'm glad I know you. There's a writer hidden in my somewhere. I just can't find her.

OMGosh! WOW - I had no idea you had a book! I just read all the reviews on amazon, holy moly those are some pretty amazing reviews you have there! I'll be buying myself a copy if they have it on sale here in the UK, when I finish it - I usually can do a book in a few days to a week, I will pass it on to my dad who is bipolar! I can't wait to read it!!

Dr. Jim Phelps, one of the nation's leading Bipolar gurus, described it as, "The quintessential ex<x>pression of Bipolar I in print."

Published!<br />
Good for you...sweetsmile

Congrats. There are some seriously talented people on EP. I'll check it out.

Start by writing something that changes you. You're part of the world. Quod erat demonstrandum.

Sample chapters still up at - lots of useful reviews on Amazon. Makes a swell Christmas gift! Best of luck to you!

I wish I had the determination you do. I've always wanted to write, but I end up starting one story, and before I'm even close to finishing a new idea pops in my head! Yet I still won't give up! I'll finish writing a novel one day that I will get published! <br />
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P.S. Is the sample chapters still up? If so, I'd like to read them.

write me a story. i have a backlog of books to get through and have decided to mountain up the literature so that i can be buried under it.