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Returning Home - Again

The God Illusion

Going Home


A Change of Direction

Dogs and Pandemics

The Forgotten tenors

Nine Things I will Miss about Thailand


Just Do It

Ayr on a Shoestring

Oh Lonesome Me

Tipping Point

Movie Reviews

Putting Pen to Paper

A Year to Remember

A Year to Forget

10 Reasons I Cannot Go Home

China Girl

The State of Play


Mind Your Language

New Horizons



Taxes and Death



Grey is the Colour

Beating Myself Up

Nothing More to Say

Better Late than Never

Staying Put

Musical Chairs


A Dog's Life

A Sabbatical

A Welcome Diversion

A Guide to Business Ethics

Remembering the Austin Allegro

Our Lords and Masters

In Transit - Part 2

In Transit - Part 1

Nagging Doubts

While Bangkok Burns

An Evening to Remember

Thai Business Malpractice

The New and the Old

Christmas Lights

Groundhog Day



Adventure is Out There


Grabbing it While You Can

A Few Ups and Many Downs


Pack Up Your Old Kit Bag







Ate Two Caesar

Swine Pie

The Thai Rollercoaster

Stuck in the Middle

There's no Regrets

Profit and Loss

Running on Empty

Getting it out Your System

National Mistrust

Bring in the Old, Out with the New


I am Reviewing, My Situation...

Wat Phrabhat Nam Poo

Today I will Mostly be Eating...


The Thai Experience

Wat Khaowong

Reality Bites

Wat Simalais

Amazing Thailand

He Must have a Big Wand

Right Place, Wrong Time



And it does go on


Bring Him Home



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Putting Pen to Paper


It is time to get serious about finishing those books. I have even received a message from someone via Goodreads asking about progress on the sequel to 'George and the Rabbit' (obviously he is into prosodic S&M). After the underwhelming success of 'George' I quickly started on a completely different book, 'Barna', which was fictional account of an artist I chose to study during my art history degree, whose life is shrouded in mystery and but for a few short accounts, all we have are his paintings.

However, I kept getting bogged down in the writing as this was a proper book that needed a lot of researching, unlike 'George' that was just a stream of unconsciousness. So I put that on the back-burner and instead started the sequel to 'George', 'George and the Armadillo'. That got off to a flying start and fairly quickly I had got to 30,000 words and 165 pages. I even felt confident enough in it to send chapters to my lovely copy editor and writing mentor. But then the business went tits-up and I lost all my motivation. I haven't written a word on the book for over a year now.

As things picked up at the end of last year and the future looked brighter I started looking at the books again, staring at me lost and alone from Windows Explorer. I decided to restart an old project, a book on analogue video, thinking it would help to promote our company more (I was thinking of offering it as a free download). But today I opened up the George file and started reading it. It's not so bad. I've forgotten how I intended ending it though, if indeed I ever had the notion, and I don't write notes, I just keep everything in my head (or in this case, not).

I had also got bogged down in how to promote the books. My first book, 'Home Thoughts' we did everything ourselves, including getting them printed. That is why we can't use one of our bedrooms as it stacked to the ceiling with boxes of the bloody things. I can't give them away. So for the second book I used CreateSpace to save all the publishing costs, but it just languishes there with a zillion other tomes, unloved and unbought. Yes, I should find a publisher, but rather like the agents who continually irritate us with offers, publishers seem to do little that you can't do yourself, and the chances of finding a true publisher are remote and I get enough kicks to my crutch from the business to want more from a sack of abusive rejection letters.

But first, get the thing written, and then think how to sell it, or don't bother selling it and be happy to hold the fruits of my incompetence in my hand. Yes, let's do it. Maybe a little e-mail to the New York Times to tell them to reserve a space at number 8 on their best seller list.




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