A Brand New Year
A poem by The Elephant
A new year is something that’s like a new page.
It is blank, it is empty, like an actor-less stage.
You can build you can draw, you can write and create.
In this year that’s ahead, How will your page be great?
What things will you change?
From your page of last year.
Did you stain your own ink,
With a cry or a tear?
Or did you have a great page?
And now this one will be better.
So much you’ll write down
That it’ll turn into a letter!
I love a new page, because it means a fresh start.
If my last page was ripped,
This one has no marks,
This one has no tears,
This one has no smudges,
No regrets, no complaints, no anger, no grudges.
Today i will start, and let life start to draw me.
And i’ll think of my page, and my life and it’s story.
I’ll be mindful of how i want my page to look
Because one day, my page, will turn into a book.
Philosophy for children
Philosophy for children audiobook
It’s finally here. For all those who no longer enjoy flicking through pages or staring at a screen, i present – words direct to your ears! The Bird and the Elephant – Philosophy for children, is now available as an audiobook.
Super simple to purchase and download, it will now sit in your phone or on your device and be ready whenever you feel like hearing it’s words.
As much as the Hummingbird in this photo suggests otherwise, i narrated the audiobook myself. I felt it would add a personal touch because – i read it how i wrote it. Another person could never really do this, although i am fully aware they may be able to read it better; this was not the task.
So…. if you’re ready. Click and Download! The links are below and on my main page:
As always, i sincerely hope you enjoy it.
All the best
Philosophy for Children Number 1 on Amazon
I was incredibly pleased to recently see my book top the charts on Amazons children’s Philosophy section. Admittedly, Philosophy for children is a niche market but i’m incredibly grateful for everyone whose read and purchased the book so far! It’s now slipped down to number 3, only you can bring it back up!
Remember, i love to hear your feedback, so feel free to send me your comments. I had some from a lovely girl called Milla, she’s 8 and lives in Sydney, Australia. She said:
“Is the book about how the world formed?”
“Is the elephant smart? Because he knows everything and is telling the bird all the answers to his question. He said you don’t need money to be happy.”
“I also loved how you had different discussions for each chapter.”
“It had some funny parts in it and I liked it how you rhymed and you didn’t make it too big.”
“The bird was kind of feisty because he didn’t like love or really cared about anyone, but the elephant was really kind and generous and taught him
How to be generous thankful and giving. But he became friends with the elephant in the end and wasn’t that feisty.”
“The bird flew away with thoughts he wouldn’t of had yesterday.”
“And if the bird didn’t land on the elephant he wouldn’t of learnt all the important facts about life that he wouldn’t ever of dreamed about knowing.”
“And the elephant was like a teacher”
“I liked discussions on morality and love”
Some wonderful feedback, i’m so very glad she enjoyed it and that it has raised questions and observations from her. That’s what it’s all about! If you haven’t got a copy already? i hope this helps you decide.
All the best.
Philosophy for children – D vs D
DECENT vs DESCENT
Purchasers in the first few days of ‘The Bird and the Elephant’ – Philosophy for children release, may have noticed what is best described as a ‘Rookie mistake!’ Two words that look similar, sound similar but sadly do not have the same meaning. Firstly, i apologise – sorry. Secondly, i hope it hasn’t affected your enjoyment and thirdly, it’s amended now, yes!
I guess the reason i wanted to write this was just to share how difficult it is to see something you’re so close to. A philosophical observation? perhaps. I read it a 100 times and got it proofread but it still slipped through the net, like a decent swimming fish that had mastered the art of descent!
There’s an expression that states ‘Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees.’ This is actual proof – for me – of that happening. But, at least i know it’ll never happen again!
Anyways, you can now safely purchase the book, mistake free! Audio and print versions will be coming soon, i’ll of course keep you posted.
That’s all for now, have a decent day!
Q&A for Goodreads.com
I just answered some questions for my goodreads.com page. You can visit my page here…
Or simply see my Q&A below. I hope they interest you. If you are a writer? i hope they are of some use to you. Feel free to let me know how you would answer.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Simply walk away and do something else, the worst thing you can do is try and force it. Even if it’s a 15 minute walk outside or just a long shower. When i find i’m stuck on a particular part, the idea comes to me when i stop focussing on it so intensely.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Being in control of the story. Taking whatever twist and turn you desire. Life is full of things we can’t control, but when you’re a writer, your story will never be one of them!
What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
Read more, write more. Just like i’d tell a swimmer to swim more, or a basket weaver to weave more! Practice truly does make perfect.
What are you currently working on?
I have two new stories i’m writing side by side. Plus an idea for another. The journey is the destination, so i’m trying to make sure i enjoy the process.
How do you get inspired to write?
Inspiration comes from everywhere, it’s impossible for me to pin point. I’m currently working in Australia, i just walked through a place called Rymill park in Adelaide, it inspired me greatly. Look around and be in the moment.
Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
I saw a photo of a bird sat on an elephants back, this brought forward thoughts about the wonderful conversations they might share together. What would the bird: ask? say? be like? How would the elephant: be? sound like? behave? All these thoughts filled my mind and ‘The Bird and the Elephant’ was born.