New ebook published

I have just published a new ebook called Shipwrecked. This is my first attempt at a children’s picture book and is available for free at Smashwords.

The story is all about a young girl called Heather who has been on an adventure of a lifetime aboard the sailing ship Orinoco. But then disaster strikes and she is shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. As the only remaining member of the crew and at just ten years of age, how will she survive? Will she ever be rescued? Is she truly alone?

To get the most from this children’s picture book, you may wish to use a device with a colour screen along with an App such as SideBooks which can display the left and right pages simultaneously and has a page turning animation.

Shipwrecked Cover

 

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Modern Warfare

If you can operate this computer,
you can operate this missile, it’s the future.

We’ve made firing missiles,
like a computer game, they travel miles.

No more will you have to slip and slide,
in the blood of your foe, as they try to hide.

Grappling face to face sword in hand,
this of you, we would never demand.

Why all the war and destruction?
Money, it acts like suction.

Click, click – pause,
boom, boom, canned applause.

A soothing voice, ‘ you have now reached your . . ‘,
‘destroyed your desti . . beep . . target’ oh the gore!

Chasing the dream

In three years you could own this car

There’s just a small percentage on our APR

We can see your chomping at the bit

Surely your account can take the hit

 

Just a small deposit and it’s yours

True, our logo is a set of claws

But just look, the car has features galore

Motoring in this will never be a bore

 

After three years we will ask

Another lump sum, no small task

And now the car is worth much less

Than you have been paying us, bless

 

But you could exchange your car

You will be admired near and far

Why not go around with us once more

We have credit packages galore

Money – Alan Watts Quote

Just as time is a way of measuring motion, money is a measure of material wealth and power. [Money is merely] a system of book-keeping and when this is not understood a nation with vast material abundance can starve for lack of purely symbolic cash” Alan Watts – Does it matter? Essays on man’s relation to materiality

Quote from Viktor Frankl, Mans Search for Meaning

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

“Live as if you are living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now.”

Viktor Frankl, Mans Search for Meaning (1984)