An ode to thoughts.

You are not your house, your car or your job.
You’re probably not even a servant of God.
You are not your wealth or your diamond rings,
No my friend, you’re none of these things.

You are not a piece of meat for sale,
Nor are you destined to fail.
You are not a tool for others to use,
to be moulded, shaped and to be abused.

Tax-payer, worker, ant and consumer.
All of these things you are called by your user.
You are none of these if you choose not to be,
so learn how to choose, you learn to be free.

You are thought, you are action, you’re creation unknown.
You are free to live loudly or even alone.
You are emotion and choices are yours to be weaved,
The world is your oyster if you cast off the lead.

The thoughts in your head are the start of creation.
Please use them wisely, they are power not sedation.
They determine your outcome, your rise or your fall.
Treat them like children, learn to love them all.

And once you start thinking for yourself, not for others.
The world will respond, it will be like you’re lovers.
When you’re down, it’s down with you, it mirrors your gloom.
So think carefully my friend and all you ask for will bloom.

Men; must have been your own fault.

I’m not one to keep up to date on the lives of celebrities, it genuinely doesn’t interest me. However, now and again, something will happen within the world of celebrity that explodes on social media or makes its way into mainstream news.

The most recent one is that of Solange (a sister of Beyonce) and Jay Z (Beyonce’s husband). I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about. Solange physically attacked Jay Z in an elevator and it was all caught on security camera. Continue reading

Can I say I’m a bestseller now?

As an independent author, huge marketing budgets and campaigns are a thing we can only look on in envy at. These belong to the ‘published’ authors who have managed to snag a five book deal with a six figure signing on fee. (No bitterness … well maybe just a little).

We rely on three things in my opinion. People willing to take a chance with their hard earned money, word of mouth, and most importantly, a damned well written novel. Continue reading

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman: Yeah, he’s alright.

Had you asked me what I thought of Neil Gaiman a few weeks ago, that would have been my response. I’ve read American Gods and Neverwhere and other novels he has penned, and they are good (don’t get me wrong), but they never stirred in me such excitement and fervour that he seems to illicit from many thousands of people across the globe.

One author who does stir such in me is Patrick Rothfuss, and if you know anything about Patrick, is that he idolises Mr. Gaiman. I’ve never understood it.

Until now, maybe.

I picked up ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ more out of a need for something new to read rather than it being the next Neil Gaiman novel, and I had to have it. To say I was pleasantly surprised is somewhat of an understatement. In fact, that I’m here writing this post at this moment shows just how impressed and blown over by this novel I am.

It is a masterpiece. And I don’t say that lightly.

Sure, it has all the odd surreal qualities that I never quite understood from his other books, but it is wrapped up in the absolute beauty, innocence, confusion and frustration that it is to be seven years old.

In essence, this book is a fairytale about a boy, written for adults. Let me say that again, this is not a book for children. I think only those of us old enough to look back at being seven years old as a lifetime ago will truly get the majesty of the prose. I could be wrong, but for me, it is the narrators recollections of being seven that is the true beauty of this tale and not the other-wordly magic and adventure that our protagonist gets caught up in.

It is a short read. Easily a book that can be devoured in a day, and might I suggest you read this book in one sitting for I think it will resonate all the better for doing so.

I read constantly. And in my many years as an avid reader I have read thousands of books. Of them, some are good, some are okay and a few have been downright terrible. Some have been great and a tiny fraction have been immense. The Lord of the Rings, The Name of the Wind, The Stand, The Long Walk, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wuthering Heights, Huckleberry Finn, The Faraway Tree, The Chronicles of Narnia, Conversations with God: All of these are in my all time favourite books that have had an affect on me (at various stages of life and for various different reasons) that goes beyond just reading a good story.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane has made it onto that list. I’m sorry for underestimating you Mr. Gaiman.

Fastian, Free Chapters!!

Firstly, my apologies for the lengthy absence of updates on here. I know, I know. I should be making more of an effort to post a few times a week, but I find when I’m writing (that is, working on my novel) that it’s quite difficult to separate myself from my fiction brain to bring you something of the witty and non-fiction. Continue reading

Maria Savva, Far Away in Time

My friend Maria Savva has a new book of short stories out. Please take the time to check out this talented author.

Maria

Our lives are a series of stories, and we are the characters with the starring roles. The memories, regrets, secrets, and struggles that fill these pages are at once unique and relatable. These stories belong to us all.

Eight unforgettable tales reaching out to a place Far Away In Time…

Author bio:

Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Many of her books and stories are inspired by her years working as a lawyer, although she has not written a courtroom drama to date. She has published five novels, the most recent of which is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller. Far Away In Time is her sixth collection of short stories. You can find out more about her work at her official website: http://www.mariasavva.com

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Kindle or ‘real-life-in-your-hands-book’

Yes, kindle and e-readers of all kinds have been nothing short of a Reading Revolution. Yes, I heard what I just said. A REVOLUTION!

Hundreds of books on one little digital tablet! Surely this is one of the greatest inventions for all you book lovers out there.

Except, in a lot of cases, it’s not.

The feel of a book in your hands (especially those 700+ page epics); the smell of the new pages; the perfect smoothness and matte finish of a straight-off-the-shelf book. I don’t think there is anything better.

And so, in saying that, I am coming close to having all of my hard copies of ‘Fastian’ gone. I have roughly twenty of them left and they need a good home! I will post them to anyone wishing to purchase one. And why wouldn’t you want one? Only 250 were printed and if (when) one day, global success comes my way, you will be in the possession of something very rare indeed.

My email is coshure96@gmail.com or you can tweet me @jayfinn32 for any details or questions. Go on, what’s the worst that could happen?unnamed