Category Archives: Books & Films

Books I’ve read; films I’ve watched. Did I enjoy them? Find out here!

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

No, I am your father

darthvaderWhen my two sons were about six years old, I sat down with them and we watched the Star Wars double trilogies together. This was a key moment in the father-son relationship. My eldest son gave the event the respect it deserved by dressing up in his Darth Vader costume and fiercely clutching his toy light sabre for the duration of the show. Continue reading

Twilight, Part whatever

Recently I’ve been spending some time with the world’s most boring vampires. That’s right, I’ve been watching the Twilight series on DVD. Continue reading

The Ipcress File

If you’ve never watched the film The Ipcress File, I want to persuade you that you should. If you have seen it, I’ll try to convince you to watch it again.

The Ipcress File is simply one of the best films ever made. Continue reading