The Lonesome Thread
Reflections of Solitude, Boredom, & Creativity



Georgetown University

September 3, 2020

Before COVID-19 rocked the world, Bryan Crosson (MBA’20) was in the process of writing his book, “The Lonesome Thread: Reflections of Solitude, Boredom, & Creativity.”

“I didn’t want this current time that we’re living in to be the focus,” said Crosson. “Even before COVID-19, and even after we go back to whatever normal life is going to look like, it’s so important to reflect on the habits we’ve learned in isolation.”

Crosson’s book pulls themes from Manoush Zomorodi, who praises boredom as the gateway to creativity, and Headspace founder, Andy Puddicombe, who spent 10 years as a monk. This work seeks to help readers develop a more positive and creative relationship with solitude and boredom. 


All About The Lonesome Thread

Perspectives on harnessing solitude

The Lonesome Thread is a non-fiction book that speaks to people who desire to be more connected with themselves, particularly in times of loneliness and solitude. Part history, part memoir, and part exploration of creative purpose. This is a great book for anyone looking to breathe some life into their social-distancing routines and use their time more creatively.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why a book about solitude?

In our modern society we are more connected than ever before. Despite the amazing gifts of modern technology, there is growing concern that it is changing human behaviors in ways that stifle creative freedom and critically limit the amount of time spent ideating in the present moment. I believe there is a better way to live one’s inner life, and to use it as a wellspring for happiness and personal endeavor. This book is about creating space and filling it with meaning rather than distraction.

What inspired you to write it?

Wandering in the woods. In the Marine Corps, I spent a considerable amount of time navigating alone with a map and compass. In that time, you must make make decisions on your own with no validation or support from others. Finding confidence in the face of uncertainty and learning to lead myself has made me a better leader of others. Navigating life is no different and the time we spend alone has the power to enhance the way we interact with those around us.

Where can I get a copy?

The Lonesome Thread is available NOW! Get your copy here.


About the Author

Bryan Crosson grew up in Frederick, Maryland and was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer after graduating from The Citadel in 2010. He served as a military advisor in Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. After the military, Bryan completed his MBA at Georgetown University and currently works as a cybersecurity professional in the National Capital Region. 

Bryan lives for creative pursuit and adventure, and in his spare time can be found on a motorcycle, jumping out of an airplane, diving the ocean’s depths, or behind a camera lens.

For more information you can connect with Bryan via emailLinkedIn, or on Instagram.