It was Toni Morrison who said, "If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it." Growing up, all my pocket money would be spent at WH Smith in Hull and ever since I can remember, for my birthday and Christmas, … Continue reading Write the book you wish to read
Denis Waitley, an American motivational speaker, writer and consultant once said, “Chase your passion, not your pension.” And while I typically live by these words, believing strongly in 'Carpe Diem', I cannot help but think that FAAS KRAMER could offer me a nice pension in several years to come. At the time of this writing … Continue reading Book sales for pension
"The value of achievement lies in the achieving." I love the above quote. Albert Einstein is telling us to enjoy the journey, which is 99% of life. I take this strongly to heart as for me, writing is a trip. Yes, it'd be nice if a sold tons and could be a full-time writer, but … Continue reading Imagination is hard work
Waffle can mean both 'lengthy and vague, trivial talk or writing' or refer to 'a dish made from leavened batter of dough cooked between two plates'. This blog can be considered a combination of the two as this piece is about Belgium. Geert van Istendael (pseudonym of Geert Vanistendael), a Belgian writer, poet and essayist … Continue reading A Belgian waffle…
It was the Indian writer Ashwin Sanghi who said: "Write when drunk. Edit when sober. Marketing is the hangover." Many a time have a written a chapter while under the influence of alcohol. Though often spectacular, the next day I deemed the writing not always suitable, nor consistent or totally missing the mark. The editing … Continue reading It’s a jungle out there!
Given my international and multi-cultural exposure, I have long since learned that people are different and that discrimination - in terms of recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another - is fine. It's when discrimination becomes prejudiced, partisan, and unequal that this becomes repugnant. Being Caucasian, atheist and having lived in … Continue reading We are all alike…
It was Joyce Carol Oates who said, "A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise!" I am no different. I often check Goodreads, Amazon, Lulu and Bol to see how many copies I've sold and to see if there any new reviews. Given the lack of activity my expectations are low, but if I … Continue reading A good review is a wonderful surprise…!