Free book Promotion – Letter to the World From a Naive Mind

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Date: February 08, 2021    12:00AM to February 12, 2021    11:59PM

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Description: Hey y’all, Anya’s book (that I reviewed here) is free from 8th Feb 12 am PST to 12th Feb 11:59 pm!
I would love it if you would read it!

Thinking of You

How many people do you reckon are thinking of you right now? Would you like more of them? Would you like to be famous so that many people are thinking of you right now? Would you like to be so famous that millions of people all around the world are thinking of you?

If they were, do you think you would know about it? Would you feel the pressure of all that attention like air pressing against your skin? Do you believe that people’s attention is an energy that can touch and affect you?

Would you want that in your life? Would you want waves of attention lapping (or pounding) against the shores of you?

Or do you suppose that it depends on what they’re thinking about you? If they were thinking good things (whatever that means to you) then would you be okay with it? But what if you were famous for something nasty or unpleasant? Would you try to be nicer if you felt depressed as a result of the downward pressure from all those thoughts? Or would you even make that connection between being unpleasant and feeling down?

There were several directions I could have gone with this so how did I end up here, putting the responsibility for how you feel on your own head? It’s unkind. No wonder I feel so down. Quick, Robert – do something nice. No, not like taking a nap. And no, not like eating some chocolate. Yes, I know they are nice things, but that’s not what I meant. It has to be nice for someone else. No, it doesn’t really matter who. Yes, that would be nice. Okay, do that then. Yes, now. Okay. Good. Well done.

Bess Atwell

I found Bess Atwell lurking on Amazon Prime this morning.

Bess Atwell on Prime Music (

Bess is a singer who had (as of this morning) just 10+ followers. But here’s the thing: she sings like one of those birds that sing songs (don’t ask me to name one – I don’t know my songbirds) really prettily and so I reckon that she deserves much more support!

Later on in the morning I found some more of her songs (and pretty voice) on Soundcloud and so I spent some time listening to her there.

Bess Atwell | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Then I found that she has some nice videos on her own website so I spent some time watching her sing her songs there too.

VIDEO | Bess Atwell

In and amongst all of this excitement I made my mind up about something: I was going to to double her listernership on Amazon Prime. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do that, but it turns out that I didn’t need to trouble my little head, because the universe heard me and did it for me!

Here’s the proof: I just checked Amazon Prime a few minutes ago and found that the good Bess Atwell now has 20+ followers, which is exactly double what it was this morning. So there you go. Thank you universe.

So … Erm. Yeah. That’s it. Message over. 🙂

Dead People I Know

It crosses my mind that I’d like to write about all (some) of the dead people I know. I think it’d be an entertaining little diversion for an hour or two.

I’d like to cover things like:

  • What their lives were like
  • Things I miss about them
  • Questions I’d ask them (regrets? why?)
  • What the experiences of their ‘other sides’ are.

I think that’s about it. I’m not too curious really.

People who I’d like to write about:

  • Nanan Bennett
  • That kid with the big coat from Junior School who killed himself
  • Various people who are still alive.

Like I said, I’m really not that curious.

Who’d you like to talk to?

You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas (a review of sorts)

Not that I haven’t already done a gazillion of them but (feeling a touch of uncertainty) I just did a search on how to review books and apparently you’re supposed to have three sections:
– A concise plot summary of the book
– An evaluation of the work
– A recommendation for the audience.

So, here goes. You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas (a review of sorts):

A concise plot summary of the book: a multitude of characters assemble in India to get to know each other and to fight against corruption in the police force.

An evaluation of the work: man but there are a lot of people in this book and I had difficulty keeping them all straight in my head but that’s my problem. I stopped reading half way through and it took me ages to get back into it and remember who everyone was. But once you get them straight, this book is a dream (or a nightmare, depending on your perspective – most of the people in the book suffer some sort of tragedy or difficulty). It’d be really helpful to have a list of the characters at the beginning to refer to. Another of my problems is that I find it easier to remember English names rather than Hindi ones. My bad. I’m learning Hindi and so I’m getting better at that. But, yeah – people in this book have such a bad time of it. Every single one is touched by badness. Poor guys. Not that this book is really a downer to read, it’s actually quite upbeat because most of them overcome their limitations and get on in life. A testament to the strength of the human spirit really. The best thing about this book is the fact that you really get into the nitty-gritty of the lives of the characters; you get to know them in intimate depth. Yeah.

A recommendation for the audience: well, you should read it if you’re into India and the things that Indians do. You should read it if you want to know the intimate workings of society in big cities in India. You should read it if you want to know what happens when bad things happen to people. You should read it if you’re at all interested in how other people live (unless, of course, you’re already ‘other people’). Oh, I don’t know – just read it and then you’ll be able to tell if you like it yourself. Otherwise how are you going to know.

Well, that was a bit haphazard. I guess the takeaway points are: read this book all in one go and make notes as you go along as to who is who and don’t get too emotionally invested in characters who might or might not die or otherwise be injured. There, that’s that.

An End to Petty Squabbles

Strikes me that all I ever write about are accounts of the little disagreements I have with the world.

It’s crossed my mind more than once this week that I’ve not written anything on this blog.

During this week I’ve realised that I’m basically a peaceable kind of a guy. I tend towards patterns of thought that see the positive (whatever that means) side of things.

I’ve also been drinking a cup of strong tea, without milk, each day for the past couple of weeks.

I wonder if tea has a sedative effect. Not quite as ‘calming’ as the bromide they reportedly put in British servicemen’s tea during wartime, but that sort of thing.

Woebot has been looking at the things I say and has been suggesting helpful solutions to some of my rougher edges. Woebot has also encouraged me to keep a daily Gratitude Journal. I have lots of things to be gratitudinous (not a word) about.

So, yeah, I’ve stopped squabbling with the world over petty things. It’s not that something happens and I think ‘that’s petty, I’m not going to concern myself with it’. No, it’s more like I just don’t notice these things so much. They have blended into the background of the scenes before me. They have become less important than the positive things.

The teas I’ve tried are: Sencha, Russian Caravan, Ceylon, Jasmine, Spice Imperial, Assam, Earl Grey and (my favourite) Lapsong Souchong. Woebot is loose on the internet but if you can’t use a search engine then click here

Have a nice day..

New Beginnings

Well, Santa’s slunk off back to Lapland to brood moodily on whether kids will be good or bad in 2021; most of the christmas trees are either back in the attic or have been slung over the back fence; and the New Year Resolution train is hurtling down the track bound for stations unknown, little suspecting that, as per usual, it’ll be derailed a few miles down the track with the loss of all promises.

So what’s next?

Well, I just saw my first advert of the year for Easter courtesy of a certain cream-filled egg manufacturer so, although I’m not going to be visiting my local shops anytime soon to see if the shelves are stacked with chocolate eggs and bunnies, I’m confident that the consumer society is still in full swing, despite the efforts of Covid-19 to push us off it. Life might have been turned upside down for a great many of us, but some things never change, even if they are increasingly online.

But wait, is there any good news on the horizon for us in 2021?

I read that Elon Musk is now the richest man in the world and that he has pledged to use half of his wealth to make Earth into a better place to live (and the other half to move us all to Mars if things don’t work out here), so that’s good, right? But that aside, here’s what really cheers me up about the world today: you are reading this.

Why is this good? Well, it means that you’re actively looking for a new beginning and a better world. You’re not just sitting there and sulking; you’re looking for the love, life and happiness. And what could be better than this as the basis for a fine future? Well done you! Now let’s build on that and spread the love. Why not reach out to someone you haven’t talked to for a while and wish them a Happy New Year for 2021 and make it a new beginning for them too? Let’s connect up and make this year a good one and let’s start today – who’s with me?


I want to talk to you about growth.

When I was young I wanted to grow up. I wanted to be older and wiser and richer and more mature. Now that I’m older and wiser and richer and more mature I want a whole set of other things. Wanting never stops.

When I get all the things I want now and I sit down and look back I hope I am satisfied. I hope that I’ll have found an end to want. In other words, I hope I’ll have grown up.

Real growing up is nothing to do with height, age or even maturity. It’s about recognising the truth about things. And the truth is that we’re adrift in a world of endless possibility. We can be any one (or more) of a vast number of things. And we have choices. From here and now I can pick a direction and walk towards it. And it doesn’t have to be anywhere I was before. I’m not stuck. The world is open to me. I can move.

That’s all I need to say for now. Hope it makes sense and I hope it helps to release you from feeling tied to a situation you don’t like right now. Make wise choices. Be happy.