Well, it’s out there now. Go to Amazon and search for “Ajesh Sharma” or “A Couple of Choices”. It’s my book. On Amazon.
Buy it, even if it’s only me recommending it. Have I ever let you down? Ok, so you had to wade through my recipes to get to the juicy bits, and you had to put up with my very long-winded articles. But be that as it may, this is a short book. Easy reading. Only about 20 of my usual blog posts.
Plus there are no prosy descriptions of clouds, trees, cliffs and seas. The kind of poetic stuff that usually slows you down in your reading. You know that’s true!
Yes. I guarantee it. It is full of dialogues. People saying things to each other. That’s it! What could be simpler?
The Final Reason
A few months ago, you folks took part in a poll, to help me decide how to end the play. Check out the poll here. ( Digression Alert #1: Wow, that ages ago! In May, 2017! I really am a lazy chap, aren’t I? )
Compare your vote with the the ending I have provided. Prepare to exult or not at achieving the ending you desired!
Go ahead – click your way to Amazon and get your copy of the greatest thing since my breakfast today of honey nut cheerios. See link below.
I’m still here. Been busy as a bee. And I need your help. But before we get to that… we have to digress a bit.
<Digression Alert: But why are bees always represented as being busy? Why not busy as an ant? Have you ever seen an ant lying around goofing off? No, right? But bees get all the credit for being busy, when, in fact, all they do is buzz around, pollinating flowers. Well, I guess they give us honey for my toasted English muffins. And of course, the thought that if we get rid of the bees, we’d have only twenty years to live before we die of starvation and cannibalism gives us pause.>
I know, you love those Digression Alerts! Nobody else alerts you like SloWord does. How absolutely darling we are here at SloWord. But now folks, we have to tell you why we’ve been busy. Busier than a hibernating bear. Busier than a Punjabi Pasta. Busier than a Bollywood dream sequence. Busier than… you get the idea, right? I’ve been busy.
Why have I been busy? Let’s consider the facts.
I wake up at the crack of dawn.
I undergo the usual morning ablutions plus additional special ceremonies to maintain the facade.
I climb up and down flights of stairs carrying a bag.
I catch commuter trains by the skin of my teeth, throwing them this way and that. ( Yes. I’m kidding. )
I climb up and down steep, dangerous stairs among a crowd of other death marchers.
I walk 12.785647 minutes to work.
I drag a wheeled bag behind me as I cross streets, dodge other pedestrians.
I undergo severe stress testing all day surviving on a single cup of dark roast coffee.
I walk 12.785647 minutes to the station.
I climb the steepest, narrowest stairs to the train platform.
I ride home on the train.
I stare at the ceiling for 3.986643 hours
I repeat steps 1-10 the next day.
I teach for 4.4637 hours on Saturday afternoons.
I stare at chores for 12.5857 hours on Sunday.
I go back to step 1.
Notice, what’s missing from that list? Exactly! No writing time. No time for you. No time for pandering to the polity that politely passes-up the possible pleasure of perusing posts such as this. In the interest of fairness and full disclosure I should mention that I have exaggerated a bit. It doesn’t actually take 12.785647 to walk between the station and work. It’s only 11.9863 minutes.
I’m hoping that my disarming honesty will charm you into wastin… I mean, indulging me a little.
For I have an announcement to make. Very soon now, you will be able to look for this on Amazon.
Yes. True fact! I cannot tell a lie. I wrote a play and it will be available on Amazon as an e-book very soon.
How soon, you ask? Soon. As soon as I can read each stage direction and edit and re-edit for the 45th time.
What’s it about?
Ok. This is how it goes. Alex and Phyllis are estranged, middle-aged couple, who have never divorced. He moved away to the other end of the country. Ten years have gone by. They have two children. Mark is now married. Andrea is engaged and is planning her wedding. Phyllis calls Alex to say she is coming to visit him. The curtain goes up as he prepares for her arrival. What happens next? Do they resolve their differences? What do the kids think of all this? What about Linda, Alex’s agent?
And what happens at the end? You can help me decide. Vote below and tell me what you think happens when the curtain falls. Gives me your best guesses and wildest endings!
I started off by writing a major told-you-so post about #Trump and #Elections2016. Wanna read what I wrote? Head over to the bottom of this post. I’ll put it there in italics. Not that it matters. We can only look ahead now. No use, as no one in my family used to say, whining because there’s only soup and cheese toast for dinner.
No let’s talk about something interesting. Me.
I mean what could be more interesting to me, other than Me? I. Me. Mine. Yep. That’s all I want, I need, I wish to talk about. Me, moi and myself alone. And if you don’t want to talk about it with me, that’s fine too. I’m quite happy talking to myself. This is going to be one of those useless posts. You should be familiar with them by now. They do try to say something. However, as you know, by now, I say it in such a roundabout way that you get bored and turn to watch cute cat videos. Mind you, Iwouldn’t watch a cat video. Cats are not cute. No. Never.
So let me be direct. I can’t write.
There! I said it. I can’t. I haven’t. I finished the play and it is just sitting there, unused, unwanted, unpromoted. I’ve been told I’m too shy to shop it around. I’m not marketing it well. I think I’m not marketing it at all. I got to the point of setting up a Kindle Direct account. I tried various draft book covers and rejected them all. A friend offered to help. She did and did a pretty good job of it. I asked for some changes. I’m supposed to send stuff to her. I haven’t.
The truth is. I’m scared. What if it is a total piece of crap? The 3 people who have read it seem not to think it is utter crap. Which means it may be a little crappy, but not totally crappy. I’m really, really wondering about what I should do. In this situation all I can do is sit around, worrying. I’ve done precisely that. It hasn’t helped. What it has done is turn off the Tap of Words completely. The Well is dry. No words come welling up. Barren. Arid. The written word eludes me. I think I may have been deluded into thinking I should write. I used to have so much fun here. Now even this blog has become a chore.
Apparently, from what I can tell, I don’t seem to have any promoters. Thus my NPS ( Net Promoter Score ) is = zero. Now, NPS is the latest, greatest thing to hit the market when you are trying to market something into your intended market. The fact that my NPS = 0 is trying. I’m trying to explain how trying it is. It’s a trial. I’m a trial… so my Beloved Bangalan says. On the happier side of this trial by promoter, the NPS runs in a range from -100 to +100. Zero really means I have no detractors. No promoters, either, as we’ve already established. Apathy runs deep here at SloWord. I mean, my readership is apathetic, not me. I’m not at all apathetic. Pathetic, maybe, but not Apathetic. I’m told I’m also not empathetic or even sympathetic.
What it means is this. I’m perfectly balanced. I suppose I should feel proud of being so well-balanced.
But I’m not. Therefore, here are some cute puppies. ( No. Cats not allowed! ).
I want to be happy – like that cute Golden Retriever! Make me happy! Say nice things! Tell your friends ( or enemies ) to come over and say stuff at me! Tell me it’s ok! The world hasn’t gone completely bonkers! Reassure me!
Would you like to read an excerpt from Ye Famouse Playe? To kinda help you make up your mind? Do let me know.
< I said I would post the election post here. Post the writing of this post, I’ve decided not to post it here. Instead, I shall post it as it’s own post. Post my posting it as it’s own post, feel free to read it. And post your comments on the post. >