‘steps’ (NOT POEMS, JUST WORDS)

'steps' (NOT POEMS, JUST WORDS)

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‘NOT POEMS, JUST WORDS’ & the 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards

'NOT POEMS, JUST WORDS' & the 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards

‘NOT POEMS, JUST WORDS’ was a Finalist in the ‘Best Poetry Book’ category in the recently concluded ‘2014 National Indie Excellence Awards’. I am very grateful for the recognition. Thank you, everyone, for your continued support and patronage.

The list can be found here:
http://www.indieexcellence.com/indie-results-2014-finalists.htm

The back cover

Image There are so many things to learn as an emerging writer. One of them is how the back cover of your book will look like. I was quite happy with mine at first but, after seeing the book competing with others on a virtual shelf online or in an actual bookshelf in a store, I now feel that I could have done more about it. Like, I could have used a longer blurb or provided an extract of a poem, or put a more graphic and colourful slide or quotation. Such is life, I say, and it’s part of the decisions one crucially makes in a creative pursuit. There’s always the next book to make up for it (or, indeed, in a second edition). For now, the back cover of NOT POEMS, JUST WORDS, will be as simple as this.

Some very old stuff from the very old vault

Some very old stuff from the very old vault

THIS POST IS SOOOO LEFT-OF-CENTRE. Been feeling angsty lately and haven’t been posting that much. I was rummaging through some very old files and found one of my very old doodles for a character I was building on (and I was in my late teens, I think), based mainly on what I was feeling. I think I started the doodles back in the mid-80s. This is one of them, in all its pencilled glory: BARNEY BARNES, the main kid character in a series of three books of cartoon strips. I pretty much felt I WAS Barney Barnes.