Tag Archives: Yoga

Healthy living

healthylivingA couple of times on this blog, people have asked me to detail what I eat. Creepy, I know. But I’m used to that. So here, in a series of blog posts, I’m going to describe exactly what I eat and why. Continue reading

The wrong sports

sportsIn our schools, we teach children to play sports. Invariably, this means team sports. In Britain these might be soccer, rugby or cricket. In the US, perhaps football or baseball. These are precisely the wrong sports to teach our children. Continue reading

The Yoga Sutras, one year later

theyogasutrasMy debut novel, The Yoga Sutras, was published one year ago today. Publishing the book was a huge personal achievement for me, but it’s hardly been a bestseller. In order to punish myself for this failure and engage in some self-flagellation, I’ve decided to take a hard look at reviews of the book and see what I can learn. 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

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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

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:

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Too tired, again

I was getting ready for my yoga class this morning, when I realized: I can’t do it. I’m just too tired.

Everyone gets tired, but chronic fatigue (CFS/ME) is different. Because normal people rest and then they’re not tired any more. People with CFS can rest and they still feel tired. Before I got CFS I simply didn’t understand this. I know you won’t either. Continue reading