Spencer is in the very final stages of writing a book.
‘Appetite for Addiction’
It will be out and for sale in a matter of weeks.
It’s about his life as an alcoholic and addict. It leads us up to the edge of sobriety.
I remember when Spencer told me he was starting his book. I knew something was up. He’d been writing feverishly and been singularly focused on writing. I figured he was writing a really intense blog. Or journaling about something.
Then he told me he’d started writing the book and had something like 100 pages already written. So that’s what he’d been working on. A book.
He offered to let me read an early draft of a few pages. This is the story he let me read (OSU Football).
I finished it and was not entirely sure how to react. (Did you read it?!)
I mean the writing was stunningly vivid. I finished the chapter and could tell you details and the picture of the story he had painted so perfectly well… Felt like I’d been there and seen it all play out with my own two eyes.
And I was left wondering one thing…
I was a little shocked and didn’t really bother to filter what I was thinking. So I just asked him…
‘HOW the hell are you even still alive?’
Reading the stories of my friend, a man who I know in such contrast to these stories I am sitting here reading, when he was what I’ll call an ‘active alcoholic’…
The shit he did, the even bigger shit he survived, the situations he got himself into…
I remember looking up from the laptop… Jaw agape. Asking him ‘Spencer, how did you not die? How are you still alive?’ and he gave a startled laugh at the bluntness of my question, paused and thought for a few seconds and then shrugged and said ‘I really don’t know…’
His book is a labor of love. Honesty. Intention. Transparency.
Hours and hours spent writing on his trusty laptop.
His soul and memories and difficulties are all now in black and white for the world to read.
He uploaded the final manuscript to the editors this past week. This is the last step before the rest of us can buy our very own copy of his story on Amazon.
His hope is that others may find themselves in the pages of his book. Depression, alcohol, addiction… The over-arching hope that others may find parts of themselves in the pages. And get help. Or know that the future can look different then the day they’re standing in.
Spencer wrote so others could and would know that they are not alone.
I am so proud of him for taking this from a dream to Kindle.