Let Me Tell You A Story – Amazon update


As promised a little while ago, yes it took longer than anticipated, my ebook Let me tell you a story while you sleep is now available on Amazon/Kindle.

I must confess that I still find Amazon troublesome to use and prefer Smashwords but aiming to please you, my dear readers, and giving you as many options as possible…

This will be a short update as I’m snowed under at work with lighting project that would be much more exciting if I had more undivided time to give each project. Anyone else who doesn’t like quick-fix solutions but prefer to do things “properly” the first time around? I confess to be a quality, not quantity, kind of person.




GFMA Anthology

My first attempt at being an editor is drawing to its end. Since the middle of July I have been co-editing Global Fusion Music and Arts’ writers group’s anthology. We are a couple of regulars to the GFMA writers group that will showcase our writing in the anthology as well as showing what the group creates during our meet ups. I have contributed with two poems and a flash-fiction. It promises to be a very varied collection. We are a very varied group of people.

Co-editing has been hard work, although I have been blessed with my co-editor Kate. There has been few disagreements between us, more a case of:

“I want to put a comma there.”

“Yeah, I’m fine with that.”

I already knew that there was a lot more to editing than what one might first think but my respect for professional editors have grown during this process. Especially to deal with the authors is not an easy task. You see that the piece can be improved and you might have a good idea of how but some authors take this as a chance to grow and learn while others…well they don’t.

With that said though, I’m looking forward to more opportunities to proofread and edit. It’s been exciting and I’ve learnt a lot – about my own writing as well.


Short-story Update

I have caved in! When I first started looking at self-publishing my short-story “Let Me Tell You A Story While You Sleep” I opted out of Amazon. I found it too complicated and all the tax rules a bit daunting. So, when I did finally publish, with a lot more knowledge behind me, and perhaps it wasn’t that much easier, I choose Smashwords.

I like the idea that Smashwords is a distributor, which has enabled me to have my ebook available at Barnes & Noble and Apple iBooks as well. However, I have had quite a few friends complaining that Smashwords is difficult because you have to register on their site first. Personally, I thought in my ignorance that that’s how most online shops work, but I stand corrected if this is not so.

So…Amazon…yesterday I started going through the process of uploading “Let Me Tell You A Story While You Sleep” there as well. The need for sleep, prevented me from completing the upload but if all goes as planned by the end of this weekend, you dear readers, will have the option of buying my book…on Amazon.





If You Exist, You Deserve to Exist. And If You Deserve to Exist, You Deserve to Be Who You Are – Bashar — The Seeds 4 Life

Every single person on the planet is a unique being. There are no two people who share the same ideas, the same past, the same goals and dreams, or the same thoughts. Because of this, we are all perfect just the way we are – imperfections included – and we all equally deserve to exist…

via If You Exist, You Deserve to Exist. And If You Deserve to Exist, You Deserve to Be Who You Are – Bashar — The Seeds 4 Life

Svera Jang

A friend let me borrow the book Svera Jang written by Seema Gill. It seemed very promissing, written by a woman originally from India who later lived in Denmark, various countries in Africa and eventually in England. It also promised to be very personal.

I love reading. It’s one of my favourite things to do and a good excuse while commuting or waiting, to hold your book as a barrier against people around you. But I also know that when I start being reluctant to read, I don’t really like the book I’m lugging around with me. Svera Jang is unfortunately one of those books. It’s one where I wonder why I even decided to continue reading with so many books on my wish-list. I suddenly prefer my mp3 to keep me company on the tube rather than my book.

I really wanted to like this book. It’s well written and in a very unusual style, with poetry to complement the story. Gill must have lived an extraordinary life but the book only gives a glimps of it and as I near the end of the book, I’m still wondering what her life story is and I feel a little bit let down that I have grasped so few of the facts.

A writer as good as Gill, should be appreciated and I hope that I’m simply not her reader.

GFMA Poetry and Spoken Words

I’m due again, to read at an open mic night. Thursday the 27th of July, next week, I will be part of the line up for Global Fusion’s Poetry and Spoken Word night at the Guardhouse Pub in Woolwich, London.

I have probably mentioned before that reading to an audience is not really my idea of fun. Although I don’t consider myself shy, I don’t really enjoy having the focus of attention drawn to me. I have on the other hand come to terms with that as a writer these events need to be attended, because if no one knows who you are then no one will follow your writing progress or buy what you publish. I would consider myself a successful writer if I have readers who like my stories and poetry, even if readers come in few numbers.

I tend to leave to the audience whether to like it or not. I think a lot of people feel self-conscious about their writing, that what they write is not good enough or that people won’t like it. There are so many writers out there though and I don’t feel that I’m either better or worse than any of them. Some will like what I write and some will not. If you try to please everyone, you’re in for a pitfall.

Tomorrow my business cards promoting my short-story “Let me tell you a story while you sleep” will arrive. Another promotional tool that may or may not work.

“Let me tell you a story while you sleep” is now available through Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks and other online stores in the Smashwords’ distribution chain.


I’m a Poet

At the end of last year I promised myself that this year, I wasn’t going to be so busy. There was hardly one evening in the week that I wasn’t booked up with something. Guess what, I’m right back to getting myself caught up in too many things – again.

Monday I joined a new writers group. I’m now part of three. Fair enough they are all different, which is why I find each of them interesting to participate in. The new one is poetry focused. I have never seen myself as a poet, although that is what I started out writing, but poetry for me has always been a way of venting what I feel at any specific moment. However, after 15 (or more) years of writing poetry, perhaps it’s time to take myself a little bit more seriously. Hence the new writers group.

Writers groups in general can be a very good way to improve as a writer. The first group I joined was Greenwich Writers. We submit our texts beforehand and everyone has read and is prepared to give feed-back when we meet. The feed-back is always very straight to the point and constructive although we can end up in the weirdes discussions sometimes. I’ve had enormous help perfecting texts with the help of this group.

The second group I joined was Global Fusion Music and Arts’ writers group. Global Fusion’s motto is to build confidence through arts, we therefore don’t give criticism in the sense of finding weaknesses in the texts. Instead we focus on what we appreciate. We pick a theme and write a text on that theme for the next meeting. Each person read their piece for the others to comment on afterwards. It’s a great creativity exercise. Often you hear the theme and think, “no way, I’ll be able to write something about that,” but somehow you do.

This last writers group, National Poetry Society’s Greenwich stanza group, worked in a similar way to Greenwich Writer’s with the exception that you bring your poem to the group to be read out load for the other’s to comment on. It works with poetry but I wouldn’t want use that format with longer pieces. The weird moment comes after reading when it goes quiet and you sit their waiting for the other’s to re-read your poem before they start commenting. I got some excellent comment though on a poem that I’ve considered finished for years.

Time for a re-write