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Micromastery - learn small, learn fast and find the hidden path to happiness will be published by Penguin books (UK) in May 2017. It will be published in China, Taiwan, USA, Germany and South Korea in the months after that.

Wednesday
Dec282016

white rabbit no. 2

 

 

Sunday
Dec182016

The Book of the Book

The Book of the Book- reprinted in a new issue by ISF Publishing- repays reading, rereading and contemplation of the central idea. Get a copy now!

The Book of the Book

by Idries Shah

ISF publishing

ISBN 978 1 78479 078 3

 

Friday
Dec092016

Nora says

Nora Joyce to James: "Why don't you write sensible books that people can understand?"

hmm.

Friday
Dec092016

Larkin Says

'A writer's reputation is two fold: what we think of his work, and what we think of him. What's more, we expect the two halves to relate: if they don't, one or other of our opinions alters until they do.'

Fairly inescapable.

Monday
Dec052016

the happy beaver

Sunday
Dec042016

Five day course thoughts

Just finished teaching a five day course on 'secrets of story'.

the main 'secret' was that you can make a story out of anything as long as you re-use elements that are there in the beginning.

You have a squirrel, a car horn and a banana. The squirrel tries to stop the old style horn by shoving a banana into it. But the banana blasts out. It hits someone in the back of the neck. The horn is still sounding. The angry person pushes the squirrel. The squirrel pushes back and almost steps on the banana. He avoids it carefully. But then a policeman calls to him about the car. He looks up, turns, and now of course slips on the banana. Or something like that- this story was made simply by thinking of ways to reuse three things. You might think you already do this but I find most story makers are looking forwards, running a little fast, to the next thing. Instead of looking back at their stock of toys, images, people and finding ingenious ways to re-use them. Storymaking is all about parsimony.

 

 

Saturday
Dec032016

rabbit talk