My First Book

My Book Front Cover, February 2021

In a change from photography, I thought I would write about the book which I recently finished. I thought I would start by giving you a taste of the text:

“I see,” said the cat, allowing its head to look down thoughtfully. “While I would want to be of assistance in an emergency, this is a one-cat-space – and you aren’t a cat. Incidentally, I am not a Mr, but a Miss, which I would have thought was perfectly obvious by the cleanliness of the lodgings and the artful arrangement of the furnishings – clearly not a bachelor pad!”
“I’m sorry!” said Erin meekly, for she had never thought of cats as sensitive or huffy, “May I ask your name?”

This is the meeting between Erin, a nine year old girl and Kitten McNoodle, a small black cat. The writing the story was quite straightforward, although at the end, I found myself cutting huge chunks which I felt didn’t really moce the story on. The real work, I found, was the proof-reading and editing. And then I considered doing illustrations. Then I spent ages trying to learn digital illustration. And in the end, I thought I would skip the illustrations (I have promised myself I will draw them for the sequal).

Then you come to publishing. To get published by one of the big publishing houses you need an agent to submit the manuscript. To get an agent you need to be an experienced writer. I can feel and chicken and egg situation coming on! So in the end, I have self-published on Amazon Kindle Publishing – to make a fairly inexpensive book which can be downloaded and read almost anywhere in the world. I’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.

Street Trader, Georgetown

Roti Man – Georgetown, Penang 2015

I used to live in Penang. Street traders are a feature of life there, selling sweets and snacks from the back of a motorcycle. I am told the Roti Man delicacy is an ice-cream sandwich. I wish I had tried it.

Technical Details

Canon EOS 650D and 24mm STM lens. A really good combination for this kind of photography, just right for walking down fairly narrow roads. Nice and sharp into the corners. I did consider posting a black and white conversion, but it felt like I was pushing an “olde worlde” view – which I’m not.