Tag Archives: Creativity

Words that should exist but don’t

wordsWords. I tend to think a lot about them. They seem like logical, reasonable constructions, yet they hide subtleties within them that confuse and perplex me. Perhaps if I had a Classical education I would understand them better, but as it is I am often baffled.

Today I’m thinking about words that should exist but don’t.

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iConfess

appleiphone5sOne of my closest and oldest friends  is a Catholic priest. He’s pretty confident that he has a job for life. I hope for his sake he’s right, but computers and the internet have disrupted a lot of industries and I wonder if the Church might also be vulnerable to change. Continue reading

Science, philosophy, and the Mountain of Ignorance

mountainofignoranceThere’s been a lot of debate online recently (like here and here) about whether philosophy is a waste of time. Here’s my metaphor for thinking about this question.

Imagine that ignorance is represented by a mountain. The mountain is big and in plain view of everyone. Even small children can see it clearly, and love to ask questions about it that their parents can’t answer. You know the kinds of questions I mean. Continue reading

Reviews needed

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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

Be kind to yourself (but not too kind)

bekindtoyourselfThere are a lot of infographics doing the rounds on social media that encourage us to forgive ourselves, be kind to ourselves, love ourselves. And let’s face it, the world is full of bastards who want to grind us down. We need to be kind to ourselves.

But not too kind. We need love, but sometimes we need tough love. 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

Live the dream

earthfrommoonIf you pay attention to the news you will be told that the current generation of young people faces far greater barriers than the baby-boomers who grew up in the 1950s. Social mobility is in decline, inequality is rising and big corporations increasingly run our lives.

Really? Let me give you an alternative perspective on reality. Continue reading

I am an author!

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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:

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