What is the hardest part of being an author?
Well, in my case it is overcoming the low expectation to ever be successful. In a wider sense finding a publisher and an editor and the audience that might find value in the material.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Revelations From Outside The Box?
This book is an honest, maybe idiosyncratic expression of a world view that had its origin in an experience during my school years. Disregarding rejection it is my psychological testament that exposes, what I consider the inexusable waste of the Earth’s resources and disregard for the value of life.
What inspired you to write this book?
The realisation that we all live in our individual realities. An attempt to show how our common restricted perception impoverishes our life’s experience. By relating some experiences that are outside our existing laws I believe there are possible ways to make life more meaningful. Perhaps in antiquity we had abilities that got lost. In my opinion it is wrong to proclaim our attitudes without reference to the big picture. I resent spending trillions of so-called defence while billions are living in poverty. To me the truest-ever sentence expressed is: “It’s all in the mind”. Many of the minds, even up to the highest echelons are perverted. Adolf Hitler being one example.
How many hours per day do you spend on writing?
I have no set plan. I write whenever I have the time and inspiration to write. It is difficult to specify how many hours I write. Sometimes it flows while at other times it is a rather slow and careful progress. I aim at one to three hours per day, but that is only a guide. After all I don’t consider myself a professional writer, maybe more a ‘messenger’.
Name your top five favourite books.
Fiction: Gunnar Gunnarsson ‘The People Of Borg’. (Die Leute auf Borg)
Alice Bußmann: Stars above the sea. (Sterne ueberm Meer)
Axel Munthe: The Book Of San Michele. (Das Buch von San Michele)
Nonfiction: Maxwell Malts: Psychocybernetics.’
Dr, Thomas Verny: The Secret Life Of The Unborn Child.
What are you working on now?
Apart from essays and short assignments my major next task is to complete my Autobiography Part Two. This is in bits on my hard disk but needs to be completed, hopefully within the first half of 2016.
Title: Revelations from Outside the Box
Author: Peter Schmedding
Genre: Mind, Body & Spirit
How often do we wish we could say what we really feel in our guts? Do we ever feel free from restraints that stifle our true emotions and thoughts into oblivion? How long will we remain in denial of the effects of our evermore toxic world?
Revelations from Outside the Box brings into our awareness the unknown traps that secretly compromise our view of reality, undermine our conversations and ever so often lead to disagreements and hostility.
This book questions what we perceive and accept as reality. Relating a string of events that were observed in real life report factors, although they are the causes of untold, needless suffering, that we commonly ignore.
In the introduction to Revelations from Outside the Box we already get a glance of what the book is trying to tell us. An episode shows how a family of three people live in the same household and, by closer examination, in the way they see each other are miles apart. It also suggests how a simple adjustment not only prevents such estrangement but rather fosters a sound and productive relationship, in this case, between father and son.
Beyond the primary purpose this book describes certain arcane happenings of the human mind. It asks the question, could it be that there is a wellspring of wisdom that could benefit us all? A hypothetical time travel over a couple of hundreds of years gives us yet more food for us thinking outside the box.
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After working in the media for 25 years, Peter Schmedding retired and for another 25 years devoted himself to children’s preparation for adulthood. This fulfilled his lifelong dream to give to the young the nurture and support that he never received during his growing up years. Paradoxically, it was Peter’s emotionally and academically impoverished childhood that taught him, from the inside out, how such neglect damages the personality. Later in life Peter studied different philosophies of mental health and psychotherapy. He worked as a counsellor for many years. He lectured and presented papers on respective topics locally and overseas. Now, in his advancing years, he writes from personal experiences in a long and adventurous life.
From Peter’s Life Category one, Educational clips
Electronics for Kids:
Atoms and the Universe:
Electricity Revealed #4:
Peter and 1000 kids:
Category two, Talk
The News. A speech at Toastmasters:
In Conversation with Susan Hampshire:
Across Generation Gap, Interview practice:
Category three, Peter’s Music
Another Sunny Day
Peter at the Organ playing his Interval:
Two songs without words: