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The Messenger’s Falling is now available as a Kindle download.  No doubt, sales will now rocket… 🙂

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Just emerged from delivering six MBA Starter workshops in a row… a bit shell-shocked, but then again actors on many stages do this and much more for longer. Aside from the four delivered at Henley, there was Trinidad and Ireland. Still, it will be nice to take things if not easy, then at least a bit differently for a while. The next hurricane season isn’t until March next year, so time to focus on other things.

The PhD has been on the back-burner for nearly two months, which is a real scare as I’m supposed to have my proposal fully functional by now, and will need to explain my progress up in Lancaster at the end of November.

Henley’s been buzzing recently, mainly with the numerous Stage Starters for the MBA.  We’ve been trying to drum up internal interest in getting teams to participate in our Grand Quiz Night on November 26th.

The Linkedin Group has been growing slowly, with now over 5,400 members, and the Personal Development Group has also started well.

Been listening to quite a lot of BBC Six Music lately. It’s pitched just right for me, and I am sorry I am late to its discovery. Just enjoying something by the Clash (Equaliser) now, and trying to find “Still Walking” by Throbbing Gristle on iTunes (it’s not there…).

Just been browsing my book on Amazon, and note that it’s sales rank is around the 1.4 million mark. Huh. BUT, just noticed too that someone is selling it for £1.27 plus p & p, so it’s officially a BARGAIN! Order here.

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Every now and again, there is an article in one of the UK broadsheets about cycle couriers. The Guardian has just run this article, and reading it makes me wonder why, if people are interested, they don’t read how tough it really was “back in the day”…

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Apparently, publishing used to be a pretty direct business. Somebody set about writing something themselves, or caused something to be written, and went either to talk to a publisher or published it themselves. Only from the late 1800s, with the arrival of the literary agent and the explosion of mass production in books, did it become either too labyrinthine or unacceptable as vanity for a writer to publish simply through their own efforts.

I grew up in a house surrounded by books. But I read very little and was untouched by them; I felt that they had nothing to offer. I eventually did start to read only in my late teens and, since arriving in their world, I haven’t looked back.

Often what affected me every bit as much as the content (the language and the words that transported me away from myself) was the tactile fact and temporal permanence of the book as an object, especially when also a possession. The construction, the look, feel and smell of a book were an integral part of reading and my newly discovered world of books was one bound by loyalties not only to certain writers but also to certain publishers.

Technology has put paid to many things, but not – one trusts – the human need to tell stories, and thankfully not also to the equally human need to hear and read them. With this in mind, and in the context of an almost instantaneous World of connections, I have decided to behave as a very modern author to return to the days when an author published directly.

All of this may simply be a long-winded introduction to a short-lived project, or hobby, which is my own book of fiction.

The work in question is a collection; a novella, short stories and poems, and is my small contribution to the imaginations of others. So, you read it here first! “The Messenger’s Falling” is now available from Lulu.com and, when I work out how to do it, from all good virtual bookshops such as Amazon.co.uk, as well.

buy this book on Lulu.

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