Book 8 is underway, and I’m starting to enjoy writing again!

Wait…What about book 7 you cheater?

I lost book 7 when my laptop decided to die in The Philippines. Don’t worry, I was only 5000 odd words into that one. Since I’ve been back I’ve gained some perspective and decided to write my eighth book before going back to the seventh.

Why?

Book 7 is following the life of a stepdad as he raises his stepdaughter, and since I’ve been back I’ve noticed little mannerisms from my baby nephew that I had missed in the book because I didn’t actually have a child of my own. So now I’m giving it a bit more time before I go back to it, as I’m sure there is more that I have missed.

Whatever Trevor…And not GTA5’s Trevor either, you’re nowhere near as cool as him. What’s book 8 called?

It’s going to be called ‘Stranded’, and you can probably guess what it is about. I can’t go into too much detail because a) It hasn’t been fully written yet, and b) Potential publishers can be picky if you go into too much detail on a blog so I have to be deliberately vague. Don’t worry, I’m not intentionally trying to annoy you…

Yes you are you dirty featherplucker…

Hey, there’s no need for that!

Sorry…actually, no I’m not. Tell me more about the book!

OK, it’s about a guy who ends up stuck in a foreign country with no forms of ID and is unable to get home as a result. He originally decided to go on a trip of a lifetime and then after having some terrible luck he ends up…well…stranded.

Sounds OK I suppose. You’re gonna have to do better than that if you want me to buy it though…

Oh don’t worry, there’s much more to the story than that and when I talk about it I speak with far more passion, it’s just like I said before I have to be careful what words I write on here in case two or three years down the line a large publishing firm pulls out of a deal on a technicality. I’ve already found out that I am disqualified from entering certain books in writing competitions because of how much detail I went into about them on my blog. In fact, I have the first couple of chapters of my published books on my blog if you are interested. Click here to have a look.

Ahh… I’d like some SPAM with my eggs please…

Sorry, but if you are not aware of them then how would you know if you like them or not? And it’s not as if I’m pushing rubbish. I completely believe in my work and if people enjoy my work once they’ve discovered it, then surely that’s a good thing?

Sure… I stopped reading after you wrote ‘Click here’… Hows England treating you?

Very well actually! I’ve got two part time jobs and I am enjoying them. I’m not earning enough to survive at the moment but the key thing is I’m getting my confidence back, and getting used to holding a conversation in English again, as when you live abroad you tend to speak and hear broken English all the time and before you know it you are forgetting your own language! Most importantly though I am starting to write books again. I’m finding it hard to keep myself disciplined but I think that’s more to do with being rusty more than anything. What’s more is that I’m enjoying it, so hopefully that’s a good omen. I’m also enjoying being back in England. Suffolk is a stunning part of the country. I went to the lake last week and that was really peaceful.

BOSH!!!!!!!

Bosh indeed! Come back next week when I write more bollocks about my life. Take care and don’t do what I wouldn’t do…

 

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Needham Lake, Suffolk

 

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I’m officially a proper member of society again, working two jobs and still not able to afford to pay my bills. But hey, at least I’m paying taxes in my own country right?

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However there is a positive side to this; obviously I cannot keep this going because eventually I’ll run out of money and be living on the streets so I know it’s only temporary. This means that I’m treating this as an extended stay in a certain part of the world. That certain part of the world just happens to be England.

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So once I got my bike fixed I decided to explore Needham Market, which is a stunning country town just outside of Ipswich. It’s also a stones throw away from where Ed Sheeran grew up, which is a selling point in itself. Once I figured out what was good to see I settled on seeing Needham Lake first, which wasn’t actually that far from where I’m living right now.

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Luckily I did go by bike in the end, as I missed the turning and ended up in a village 2 miles away called Baylham. So I cycled back and asked for directions. Eventually I found the lake, and I’m so glad I did…

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Peaceful is the perfect word to describe the lake. I felt instantly at ease when I got there. Thailand taught me a lot about energy and this place definitely had a calming energy about it. I sat down at a bench and mentally planned out the next few scenes of my book whilst absorbing the atmosphere, then after that I got back on the bike and rode slowly around the lake a couple of times

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There’s a kids play area that uses old wood as climbing frames. I don’t know how sturdy it is, I wasn’t in the mood to go swinging on it…

I will be coming back here much more often using it as my go to place to unwind. I used it the other day to write out a plan for the next ten thousand words of my book. I can’t do any more than that this early into the book as I have to let the book write itself in the early stages. If you are looking for me and I’m not working, chances are I’ll be at the lake, either riding around enjoying the scenery or feeding the ducks. Or even just chilling out doing nothing. Wow, I’m becoming a right old man now aren’t I?…

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We finally smashed up my old laptop!

For those that don’t know the back story to this, long story short I bought a second hand laptop a week before I went travelling so I could write another book whilst seeing the world. However as soon as I began travelling I ended up having nothing but bad luck with the laptop, and eventually my trip. And since then I haven’t really done any writing except for my blog posts, which is probably one of the main reasons I haven’t been feeling myself since I’ve been back.

I’d said to my brother in law once I’d finally bought a new laptop that nothing would please me more than to smash the fucker up! What started off as a joke became more and more serious as the weeks went by, eventually the day came where I said to him “Come on, let’s go and smash this thing up…”

I had it all planned out I thought poetically that the first strike of the laptop should be caused by a snow shovel that I bought the last time I was back in England (long story…) and I offered him the first strike. He refused so I launched the snow shovel at the laptop. Unfortunately I missed the laptop and the snow shovel hit the door behind it, which made my brother in law piss himself…

Not to be deterred I threw it again and this time it connected. Then I picked it up and Bruce Lee kicked it off the chair. The laptop was a sturdy piece of machinery though, it’s a shame it wasn’t that sturdy whilst travelling through The Philippines…

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Then we both took turns throwing it in the air and dropping it on the patio area. It finally broke! It didn’t shatter but at least we knew by now it was definitely beyond repair. The next game I had planned was to take free kicks at it, with the person hitting it the least amount of times having to pay for the next take away that we would have. However the ball was quite soft, so we took turns smashing the laptop with a shovel until we were relatively certain it wouldn’t work if we tried to turn it on…

There’s something very therapeutic and manly about smashing things up that we are not supposed to. I can now put on my CV that I have smashed the fuck out of a laptop, and I definitely feel like the lingering negative energy that laptop had has left my body. Sure, I could have sold the thing, but it felt SO much better to go hammer and tongs on it until it could only be advertised as ‘OK condition’ on Ebay.

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The aftermath was I had to spend 25 minutes carefully cleaning up all the pieces that had been shattered all over the garden, but it was well worth it…

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Spend money to make money…

Lately I have had friends give me (to be fair, rather excellent) advice as to what I should do to promote my books, my blog, and myself as a brand name. One friend in particular who shall remain nameless (cough cough… The artist formerly known as Thacker…cough cough…) has been keeping in touch asking me how sales are going (successful people always help each other out and encourage one another). Then he told me a few things I could do right now to make myself reach more people, and ultimately more of a passive income.

It makes perfect sense, but naturally I’m quite fearful to invest in my products to get some sort of return. I’m worried I’m turning into one of those people who makes excuses as to why I can’t do what I want, but at the same time I’m fully aware that this is a natural thought process to be concerned about losing everything chasing a dream. Mind you, as I write this, surely risking everything to get what we want is better than playing safe and not finding out if we were capable of succeeding in the first place?

I think back to the days when I would play Fifa. I would always start with a team destined to be relegated from league 2 and build them into a superpower. Sure, I could simply play every game on amateur and win the Premier League that way, but it’s much more fun to build a team and watch them destroy the best in the world without having to interfere.

There is no magic wand to do this however. First you write off a season or two building up enough money to buy a reasonably good youth scout. Then, once you start bringing in players with good potential the big clubs offer money for them. If you put a stupidly high counter offer sometimes they bite, and then you have tens of millions to invest into the squad, or in my case, buying a couple of world class scouts that will make your team world beaters in five years time…

There is an analogy to this; in Fifa I can easily make a team of world beaters out of nothing, but to do that I need time and money. I have savings, albeit not enough to force feed my product to 7 billion people until they become addicted to it, but enough to do some sort of push. My friend who shall remain nameless <ahhhCHOO!…..Thacker…> had some great ideas for me to give a try. He’s doing pretty well for himself, so he must know what he is talking about…

The final stumbling block is confidence. Confidence to get over the fear and take the plunge. If you asked me this 2 months ago I would have cowered in my bed thinking that I would never be able to face the world like I could a year or two ago. Now I can feel myself getting back to normal I’m starting to get my confidence, and more importantly, my self belief back. Something that seemed impossible a few months ago seems pretty feasible now as long as I push myself. And for that I have to say a massive thank you to my friends and my family who have been supporting me through the last few months. I wouldn’t be where I am today mentally if it wasn’t for all of you. You all know who you are…

However the most important thing right now is not to be one of those people who say they are going to do things, it’s to take a deep breath and actually do it. I may fail. But I may reach the heights of success I’ve always dreamed of. So although it may seem incredibly daunting to take the first leap of faith in terms of paid advertising and self marketing, the rewards far outweigh the risks…