You Want It Darker…

Sadly but gloriously I’ve found Leonard Cohen late in life. We miss so much during our struggle for survival. In the short time since his death his work has been an inspiration to me as I approach the final stages of my first novel. He obviously moved James Radcliffe, and this beautiful obituary is a fine tribute to a wonderful human being.

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“I’ve always been given to self-dramatization.  I intend to live forever.” – Leonard Cohen

I learned Leonard had died on a Friday.  I was sitting eating breakfast when my girlfriend came to the kitchen doorway.  She asked if I knew.  Knew what I said.  She told me gently.  I was grateful for that.  I put my head in my hands, then I closed my eyes.

I spent that day in studio.  In the evening I made a fire.  We cued up a playlist of Leonard’s music and opened a bottle of wine.  As we listened, I began to talk.  I needed to explain why Leonard Cohen was so important to me; and as I talked, it dawned on me how much more there was to say.

I realized that: his words, his music, his writing, and his story were woven so deeply thru every stage of my life that there…

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How did ’15 WEEKS’ become an Amazon No.1 best seller in ONE day?

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15 WEEKS  has been republished and is NOW available as a FREE eBook. The 2017 edition was only released today and it is already topping rankings at Amazon.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,523 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Travel > Asia > Thailand
#4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Travel > Specialty Travel > Budget Travel

I am using Pronoun to  publish the 2017 editions of Thailand Diaries – 3 eBooks.

They are now all FREE and can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Google play. If you click where you see the link underlined you will be transported to my book page where you can choose your favourite retailer.

15 WEEKS

15 WEEKS my first book, was originally written in 2008 as a series of blog posts for a business colleague in South Africa. It seems raw and dated to me now but as it reflects my mood and view of Thailand at the time I refrained from re-writing it, although I have to admit I was tempted. It contains typically British humour, is recommended for travelers, would be ex-pats and those who enjoy light reading and a good laugh. Between Jun and Sep 2008 I stayed for fifteen weeks on the tropical island of Phuket where I formed first impressions of Thailand. I learned a little of what it would be like to live in Thailand permanently and diarised my activities, observations and some unusual incidents which took place during the sojourn. At the time I had no intention of settling in Thailand permanently but did glean valuable information which I have developed in the years since. Although I write from a male perspective I recognise that there are many female ex-pats grappling with the complexities of life in Thailand. So you will find many things that apply equally to women as they do to men. Further research, first-hand experience and some rather testing personal struggles enabled me to write more extensively about Thailand in Volume 2 and Volume 3 which can be pre-ordered now in advance of release.

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Coming Soon

Following the republished diaries I will be producing 2 more FREE publications. The first will be a collection of 20 of my favourite poems, some of which you will find here on my blog, the others are unpublished. This will be followed by a short story as yet unpublished. Details of these publications will be posted here on my blog and on social media.

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My debut novel is targeted for publication this year and you’ll be the first to know.

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In the meantime enjoy 15 WEEKS and pre-order Volume 2 and Volume 3 if you wish.

15 Weeks – Republished 2017 – FREE

15 WEEKS  has been republished and is available on 16th February.

As I move towards the final stages of completing the first draft of my novel I needed to take a little time out to start developing my Facebook author page and re-publish my Thailand Diaries which has been on my mind for some time. The repub is now done and the three ebooks, published by Pronoun, are now all FREE. They can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Google play. If you click where you see the link underlined you will be transported to my book page where you can choose your favourite retailer. Continue reading 15 Weeks – Republished 2017 – FREE

Dazed and confused

I’m missing each day

Looking over my shoulder.

Missing in every way

Tired and much older.

Not so amused.

Dazed and confused.

Why am I looking?

Looking way out ahead.

There’s nothing out there.

It’s here in my head.

I am not amused.

Just dazed and confused.

If my mind isn’t here

Am I not present?

And where is the here?

Life seems not so pleasant.

Am I amused?

No; dazed and confused.

It’s passing me by

And nothing is clear

There’s only today

The blur is the fear.

I was once amused.

Now just dazed and confused.

No presence of mind

And fearing the worst

Not living at all.

It must be a curse.

I’m sure not amused.

Still dazed and confused.

Now mindful again.

Eyes no longer blind.

The fog starts to lift.

Clear focus of mind.

Not amused for a while.

Just dazed and confused.

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