Values are the link between thoughts and habits. Values corral our thoughts into long-term patterns. They are like templates or moulds that create the fixed things that we call habit. We can use values to become who we want to be. Choose good values.


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.

It’s not about the Money

The world is very complicated and that it’s probably impossible to understand it all. The reason for this is that it’s full of people. Each person has a world of complication inside them. All these worlds together are never going to achieve any kind of coherence. Life’s only going to be experienced as simple if we isolate ourselves from everyone and everything else. And that’s not a good way to go. And so we have to find a way to cope with the complexity.

One way to do this is through choice. We choose what we want to take notice of. We choose what we allow in our world. And book publishing is no different. We choose the books we want to read. Everyone (that reads) does.

We choose on the basis of the information provided to us. It’s possible to argue that we also choose according to our means, but that’s not always a valid criterion. There are libraries that allow us to read for free. There are also car boot sales, table top sales and charity shops that supply books at very little cost. Then there are friends and family who read and pass on books for free. Reading habits are not always determined on the basis of money. But they are based on information.

We know what we like to read. We try to read more of the same. We read covers, spines, blurbs, reviews and listen to friends (and others) to gain the information we need in order to decide whether the next book is similar to the ones we already like.

Information about a book is based on the contents of the book. The blurb is a tiny summary of the contents. Reviews are a view of what the book contains. Friends talk about a book based on what is in it.

So forget about money – it’s not about that. The success of the novel you will write is determined by what’s in it and how effectively you can get people to talk about that. Content and talk. That’s all.

Have a nice day.

The Price

In some places people have many things, and money enough to buy more. In other places, people have few things, and no money to buy more.

What is the price of more? How much does it cost to purchase more than is needed?

If you are someone who has little (which, to be honest, probably does not include you, because you have access to this post, which means that you have access to a device to read it on, and they ain’t cheap), then your price is money.

If you are someone who has lots of stuff, then the price you’ll pay for getting more than you need is more complicated.

Say that the thing you want more of; more than your body needs, is food. What is the price? In this example, it’s probably obesity, and the ill-health that accompanies it. The more you have, the more you pay. Ultimately, the price may be an early death.

This is just one example, but I’m sure you can think of more.

If they come out to be as costly as my example, then I suppose the question becomes this: if the costs of wealth are so high – is it worth pursuing?

Who’s for a simple life with health, happiness, and many years to enjoy it?


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It’s difficult for me to take responsibility for the effects my words have on people.

I see the things I say as having their own life once they leave my mouth. They have their own force and energy and they go places of their own choosing.

Like bullets from a gun, once they have left the barrel, my words have the freedom to choose their own targets and do what they may with them.

Likewise, I have no control over the way that people are affected by my words. People duck and weave in patterns of their own choosing. They dodge or they stand still – it’s up to them.

And when my words hit their target, the people have made the choice to wear kevlar or not. The depth to which my words penetrate into their minds and lives is determined by how much armour they chose to wear before they ever knew me.

And should the people choose to keep my words within them, or have them surgically removed by a qualified practitioner of the art of word removal; well that is also within their purview.

In matters of the heart, the owner of said heart has all rights.