Category Archives: Books & Films

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My creepy time travel experience

timetravelI just got this creepy message from Goodreads.com in my Facebook feed:

“Goodreads added something in the past to your timeline.”

How sinister is that? How can something have been added just now but in the past? Continue reading

What is the secret of happiness?

yogadudeIn my novel, The Yoga Sutras, my protagonist Dave is searching for the secret of happiness. His yoga teacher, Kali, and his friends Chris and Mike are eager to offer him their recipe for happiness, but none of their advice rings true for Dave. Continue reading

Reviews needed

51JzBmdq88L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_This is another post about my book. Sorry. I just needed to get it off my chest and tell someone. I told my goldfish about it, but they were so not interested.

I published my book three weeks ago and I’ve been looking forward to reading any reviews that might appear on Amazon. Well I got my first review, but it’s a little negative. In fact, it’s extremely negative: Continue reading

My book is now a paperback

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Well, hold on to your wood-pulp-centric hats, because now I’ve published it in paperback too. Continue reading

I am an author!

51JzBmdq88L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_My first novel, The Yoga Sutras (written under the pen-name Jackson Radcliffe) is now published and available in Kindle format at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other international flavours of Amazon. Continue reading

Judging a book by its cover – the sequel

existentialcrisisThis is me having an existential crisis.

A few days ago I put my carefully designed book cover on public display on this blog and it was ripped to pieces. Well, I did ask for frank feedback and I got it. Thanks to Aamil in particular for kicking the crap out of every single design element – fonts, capitalisation, text, everything.

This was a very valuable experience, because I realised that I had been thinking wrongly about how to market my book. It’s not a serious book (although it covers some very deep and meaningful topics) but a comedy. And the cover needs to show that it’s a farce. So I studied book covers in Amazon’s humor category and I have designed a new cover:

theyogasutrasMore comments please!

 

Judging a book by its cover

You should never judge a book by its cover, unless of course you are deciding whether or not to read it. For before you read it, how else can you judge it?

Reviews on Amazon, recommendations by friends and the “blurb” on the back all help, but it’s the cover that has the first and potentially biggest impact.

So, given the critical importance of a book’s cover, I am pleased to reveal the cover of my forthcoming novel, The Yoga Sutras, to be published April 2014:

theyogasutras Continue reading

I need a new name

namesI’m thinking of self-publishing a novel I wrote a couple of years ago, but I have a problem. It’s my name. There’s already a Steve Morris writing fiction, and at least two others writing non-fiction. There are also some Stephen Morrises and bizarrely, even a novel called Stephen Morris. Who needs another Steve Morris or Stephen Morris in the world of books? I could use my full name, Stephen T Morris, but that sounds square to me.

There’s only one option – give up. No, just kidding. I need to invent a pen name, a pseudonym. But what? Continue reading

The Chronic Fatigue Cure

drsusanA while ago I wrote about how I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME). Since then I have been contacted by many fellow sufferers and that article has become the most popular on my blog.

Recently I was lucky enough to be sent a book to review. It’s called Dr. Susan’s Solutions: The Chronic Fatigue Cure and is written by Dr Susan Lark, MD. Continue reading

Do Bond villains lack ambition?

blofeldGlobal domination. It’s what every Bond villain craves. Or is it? Because in all the Bond films I’ve watched, the villain generally has far more modest intentions.

Sure, the villain may have all the trappings of evil – the underground base in an extinct volcano, the satellite death ray, the cat – but it’s what you do with all this kit that matters. Continue reading