Last night I woke up at 2am to the sound of the alarm on my wife's oxygen machine announcing that it had just failed. She can't live without oxygen. I got up quickly, filled an emergency portable tank for her [liquid oxygen for those who know about such things], then spent half an hour trying … Continue reading The return of Skol
In my my novel The Birdcatcher, I introduced the idea of the modern social world as a great delusion. The point I was trying to make is that the world you experience in school, workplaces, group relationships, etc, is not simply something that doesn't match up with the wary sensitivity you acquired from a million … Continue reading Shyness| Learning to live in the Delusion
When there are more than 600 books about shyness for sale on Amazon, you might wonder why I wrote another one. How could there be anything left to say? Well, because shyness is almost never understood the way I understand it. My central idea is that shyness is natural in most shy people. It's part … Continue reading Why did I write The Shyness Guide?
Well, no it isn't. You may have seen the ebook advertised for $1.99 (US) on the Bargain Booksy site, but it remains at $3.99 (Amazon.com), and the equivalent in other currencies. What happened? - Because of a minor change I made on the book's detail page this week (in the book description I believe), Amazon/Kindle … Continue reading Is The Birdcatcher on sale?
Thinking this week about how my book Skol has had almost no sales, it occurred to me that I might turn that into something positive. For since I first published the book, I have noticed a few things I would like to change. Why not go back and change them? As soon as I had … Continue reading Sorry – I’m returning to the 23rd century|My book Skol is on hold till I get back
When I did a recent free release of the new Shyness Guide ebook recently, I discovered to my dismay that all versions of it - kindle, tablet and phone - had an excess of space between paragraphs. I apologize again to anyone who downloaded it that way. This was my fault, not Kindle Direct Publishing … Continue reading The Shyness Guide ebook restored
Someone has said The Birdcatcher is just the story of the Ugly Duckling retold. Well, yes, that's what it is. That fairy tale was written especially for shy solitary people. Human 'ugly ducklings' have been told for a long time, maybe thousands of years, that they should stop being different, that they should behave like everyone … Continue reading The Ugly Duckling and The Birdcatcher
On The Shyness Guide's landing page I've explained my credentials for writing that book. But why did I feel it necessary to write such a book? After all, there are more than 600 books about Shyness (last time I checked). How could there be anything left to say? Well, because shyness is almost never understood … Continue reading Why I wrote The Shyness Guide
Though I've been told that my novel Skol is the best of my books, you would never guess that from its sales. My other novel, The Birdcatcher, has had many readers over the years, and the first edition of The Shyness Guide was once selling well enough that I was threatening to break even financially. Meanwhile, Skol has had no following at all. … Continue reading My Lost Book – Skol