ABOUT THE eBOOK
Through unpredictable waves we are taken to the laboratory of outstanding faith, planned with playful zigzagging or violent changes, all within the goals of his imagination which he was never willing to give up on. From being invited to visit Antarctica and meeting Carlos Santana; between discovering the woman of his life to snowboarding with Montell Williams in the South American Andes; or becoming a gatekeeper of the Forbidden City of Beijing, this collection of personal milestones is captivating because of how well the narration is weaved, with moments of hilarious occasional suspense. It also opens, more than doors or windows, a parallel dimension that shows us how to never become discouraged when we have set a goal for ourselves. The author does not aspire to create literature, but indirectly invites us to reflect upon where we are today in our lives. He also intends to share a road built on stubborn paths, always knowing he would bring them down to earth.
"These are twenty-three stories told during a chronological ride that never deteriorates when it comes to surprises, rejoicing or triumphs, to the point of grazing unusual metaphysic sensations. These stories keep us on the edge of our seats and encompass a period between 1987 and 2008, with a vivacious and descriptive pulse in timing, people and landscapes to which we are invited. Having Maximiliano as your flying guide, you are literally transported within those life capsules, feeling a delicious uncertainty.”
Maximiliano Mills divides his life between his birth city, Viña del Mar, the Andes mountain range, the ‘M’ Island, and the Lighthouse-Home which he personally built over a cliff in a coastal area of Chile and where he lives as an anchorite.
He is one of the founders of magazines as Surfeando (1989) and Nauta (1991), and developed his career as a travel journalist and photographer for nature and adventure magazines during the early 1990s (he is also a pioneer in Chilean professional surf photography). His interviews with worldwide renowned figures set him apart as a refined soul explorer. He embarked on one of his greatest challenges when he hopped on the yacht The Alderman from New Zealand, leaving Valparaiso and crossing Polynesia for several months. After his itinerant photographic exhibition The Waves that look up to the Sky opened – filled with poems and images of Easter Island – he was appointed in the mid 90s as the first Chilean licensee from the Australian company Rip Curl. At the end of that decade he founded Meteocean, a consulting company specializing in weather forecasts. In the early days of the new millennium he acquired the Valdemadera winery, located in the Melozal valley, which led to him becoming involved in the wine industry for a few years.
His other passions are diving, music, sailing, films, permaculture and poetry writing. He is also musically omnivorous, a seaquake scholar and an analyst of airplane accidents. He is currently dedicated to writing, with this being his first book. He occasionally puts together kinetic sculptures, or may imprint his thoughts in the form of abstract painting. He is also a philanthropist, a collector of Carlos Perot’s pictorial work, a die-hard traveler, preserver of water and a staunch promoter of clean energies that come from the wind, the sun and the ocean tides.
As a devoted movie buff, he has had the valuable opportunity of working as an assistant logistics producer for the movies Natural Born Skiers, Blue Horizon and Step Into Liquid. His future projects include the publication of books across several genres, including two compilations: one with his poems and another with his photographs of Easter Island. In parallel, he is already drawing up the screenplay for a documentary about happiness and he expects to take some of his short stories to celluloid: a satirical comedy about reincarnation and a science-fiction story about the Genome project.
In the year 2005 his photo was chosen for the cover of the book Let my People go Surfing – an autobiography by the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard. In 2007, he was named by the British magazine The Surfer’s Path as one of the most influential thinkers for his description of life connected to the sea. In 2009 he was invited to participate as a coauthor in the book Connect! Marketing in the Social Media Era.
Currently he sleeps in a Selk’bag and, sitting in a wanco, writes in a driftwood plank used as desk, (left in front of the Lighthouse-Home by the tsunami sent from Japan to Chile). The passions that are still pending in his life are: climbing Mount Aconcagua, achieving the ability of creating music with a guitar, learning to fly, practising a culture of detachment and driving a truck from Arica to Ushuaia…
“I read it all in one night. I was planning on reading just one more story and putting it down, but the curiosity to find out the contents of the next adventure made me go on. The compilation of experiences leaves you feeling very well, standing tall, surrounded by a positive atmosphere” ~ Mario Lobo. Peralillo, Chile.
“The book is inspiring and confirms some things that nobody talks about: how to go on in those moments of great doubt, when one is very close to achieving one’s goals but also pretty tired and about to drop everything. Three more people in my family have read it and they have been fascinated by it” ~ Andrea Santa Cruz. Cordoba, Argentina.
“I loved the way in which the stories are told. I felt like a part of them and some made me laugh very much” ~ Rodrigo Jordan. Santiago, Chile.
“I think this is a group of simple and real stories. The book is entertaining and pleasant reading. It teaches us that, in life, if you have dreams and make a soul-driven effort to make them happen, they often come true even if for chance” ~ Roser Cusco. Barcelona, Spain.
“I consider myself to be an avid reader with an extensive book collection, which gives me the experience to say that this book is fantastic, very welcoming and with a harmonic pulse to its narration. I am 78 years old and the trips that ‘Between Cliffs and Airports’ goes through have rejuvenated me with vitality” ~ Evelyn Hammersley-Schaffeld. Valparaiso, Chile.
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