Monthly Archives: March 2014

Life, complicated at best

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When we look at aspects of life, it is noticeable that at best it’s complicated, nothing is ever straightforward, and nor is it simple. I find that life chucks many challenges our way, sometimes it crumbles us to the ground, while other times we dust ourselves off and carry on going.
I’ve had this debate with myself many times over the years, its brain numbing, you won’t ever win the debate, it will be a continuous thought: Do I give up, or do I carry on? Such a simple question, and depending on the circumstances, it will send you mind on a weird ride. Sometimes it will be easy to give up, but then again, it’s just as easy to stay strong and carry on. I know this is dealt differently by every person, and understandably this is rightfully true, no one can deal with everything the same way.
I’ve had my problems over the years, sometimes it’s been easy to overcome, while other times have been very hard. But with that said, I have struggled through it all, and somehow it’s made me a better person; how I don’t know, but it has. Okay, don’t get me wrong, health like struggles don’t go away, but I’ve learnt to deal with those problems. But, that’s like us all, we all have to keep going regardless.
So, anyway, in between my ramblings there is a message. No matter what life throws at you, keep going, fight fire with fire, and come out a better person at the end, even if you get a few burns along the way.

The Time, InstaScrapBook

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The time has come to make some changes, it wasn’t something I initially planned, nor was it something I wanted to do, but sometimes change is good. Over a year ago I published a book called “InstaScrapBook 2012 Picks,” a book that showcased pictures from my own Instagram feed in a year-by-year format. Now, the book wasn’t made to be a success, but more of a history collection—think of it like a time capsule, but in the format of a book. I wanted to share this with everyone, and seeing as I am new to all this publishing stuff, I decided to publish it; I guess I wasn’t expecting the negativity that came along with it.
Yes, unfortunately, there has been some negativity, or should I say, a lot of negativity. I’ve had many comments surrounding this book, people claim they could do better, but with that said, if they could do better, then please publish a similar book. Still, on the negative side. This book has been illegally distributed on pirating websites, which have now been banned from major search engines for their actions. When I discovered this it annoyed me, I won’t hide that fact, but after a long thinking session, I decided that there was nothing I could do, so in a way I was doing something good rather than bad. Normally when people do these things, it usually means that it’s popular and they don’t want people to pay the expensive price, so they host it on sites to allow free downloads.
I won’t repeat history, but this is why I have decided to retire the paperback version of this book and give away the eBook version for free across all the eBook stores. These changes have been submitted today (23 March 2014) and it could take up to six weeks to reflect any price changes. The paperback version could also take time to disappear, but until then, you will have every opportunity to purchase a copy, but remember this will be for a very limited time.
So, what can I say? Nothing more can really be said in all honesty, I tried an idea, but it failed. I can’t look at this as a failure, I have to take this as a lesson along the author road. No point crying over spilt milk.

An Absence from Writing

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It’s been some time since I have written a blog, and in all honesty, it has been a long time since I’ve written anything. Life has been very weird recently, but then again, it has been very hectic too. I had a health scare back in the early part of January this year, it was like a jack-in-the-box, sprung out from nowhere, and even after tests they never knew what was causing my heart to race; oh sorry, there was one thing they blamed and that was a medication I was taking to help me sleep, apparently if it is used over time it can do damage to nerves in the brain, which therefore causes other problems. After this scary event, I was told that I had to take a beta blocker every day of my life to prevent this from happening again; how enjoyable is that?

Anyhow, apart from the health problem, I’ve been keeping busy with the house move, which in hindsight, this move was much easier than previous moves we’d done before. The only thing that’s left to do is the carpets for the two main bedrooms, but that isn’t something we have to get done straight away. I’ve been living here over a month now, and I can certainly say it is very quiet, you hardly hear any noise, so it’s all a plus for me.

I am going to skip ahead to the important subject of this blog, and that is books. Now, there will be plenty more publications from me, but I am taking my time over certain projects. Many projects are being wrote at once, plenty of fresh ideas, and a lot of expanding on existing book series’. The one character I am looking to expand further is Mr. GIT, he is such a quirky character, never holding back his opinion. I wonder what he would be like as a detective?

The GIT series has always amazed me, he was loosely based off of real people, and somehow, I mixed them together and came up with Mr. GIT; such a surprise when you think about it. But, all-in-all, this little character has become a small success, the eBooks are downloaded every day without fail, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Now, let’s not forget, this series wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t have the support from my co-author Steve Wright, which ironically, he is one of the people I based Mr. GIT on, so it is a pleasure to do this alongside Steve, his humour smooths off, and makes the eBooks complete.

Again, thanks to everyone who is supporting me during this time, remember I won’t let anything beat me, so keep an eye on this space because there’s plenty more to come.


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