379. Dystopian Futures, Burnout, and More with Alyssa Cole

November 29, 2019

This week’s theme is: “This is fiction and it’s not far from reality.”

If you’re queuing up podcasts for travel journeys, I hope you’ll add this one, as it’s immediately one of my favorites. Alyssa Cole and I start off talking about her Audible Original, The AI Who Loved Me, which releases December 3, 2019, and the many things she put in her imaginary near future that are now coming true. We also talk a lot about burnout, the costs of working too much, gentrification, her upcoming action-thriller-romantic-comedy, and overcoming hesitation to promote your own work. There are some thoughtful, weighty topics in this episode, but we also laugh so much, and I hope this conversation is as uplifting and inspiring for you as it was for me.

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Here are the books we discuss in this podcast:

You can find Alyssa Cole on her website, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

During the episode, she also mentioned Yin Yoga, and here are two of her favorite channels:

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This Episode’s Music

The music in this episode is from Purple-Planet, and this track is “Infinite Ocean.”


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