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I asked Jonathan to share some things we'd never guess about him.... take it away, Jonathan!
FIVE THINGS YOU'D NEVER GUESS ABOUT ME.
It’s really nice to be here at It’s Raining Books. Just give me a moment to put up my bibliographical umbrella. That’s better. Now, what are five things you’d never guess about me? Gee, tough question. Given that I suspect most of you out there don’t actually know me, I could pretty much say anything I wanted to. But anyway, here are five fairly random things which, while possibly seeming a bit trivial, actually play a part in having a deep understanding of what makes me tick.
1. I’m very ordered, in a completely disorganised way. Do you see that mess on my desk? Well obviously you don’t. But believe me, it’s there. And if it wasn’t there, I wouldn’t be able to function. Within this apparently random disorder, I know exactly where everything is. If it were to be tidied up in any way, I wouldn’t have a clue what to do. (Now I just have to convince the wife)
2. I like shouting at inanimate objects. Let’s face it, they’re the most sensible thing to shout at as far as I’m concerned. And the reason is obvious. They don’t shout back. If I shout at anything vaguely animate (and I suppose I’m talking about people here), they have a disturbing tendency to respond, even (especially) if they’re my kids. And what am I supposed to do then?
3. My hair has a mind of its own. It likes to stick up in odd kinds of places and in odd kinds of ways. No matter what I might try to do to style it, it always ends up doing its own thing. My wife has suggested I invest in a comb, but hey, I don’t want to go overboard about it.
4. I always type with a pen in my hand. Don’t know why. Might be some sort of psychological need stemming from my childhood. For a while, I tried holding pens in both hands and using the ends of the pens to press down on the keyboard, but alas, it was most inefficient. So now I just hold one in my left hand while using my patented “one finger with my left hand and three fingers with my right” typing technique.
5. I really don’t care what other people think about me. No, truly, I don’t. I hope you don’t get upset about that. And I hope you don’t think it’s arrogant of me. Please let me know if the idea offends you in any way because I’d hate to think I was offending people. And if any of you have any sort of problem with anything else I’ve included in this post, please let me know so I can remove the material of concern straight away.
Neville Lansdowne fell off the world.
Actually, he did not so much fall off as let go. The world had been moving so quickly lately and Neville was finding it almost impossible to keep up.
Doodling is an engaging comic fantasy which relates the events that befall Neville after he finds himself abandoned by the world and adrift in the middle of an asteroid field. Douglas Adams meets Lewis Carroll (with just a touch of Gulliver's Travels) as Neville wanders through his new home, meeting a variety of eccentric characters and experiencing some most unexpected adventures.
As Kriffle the Flidderbug investigates why his fellow 'bugs find it impossible to agree on the pressing issue of how many points there are on the leaves of the tree on which they live, he finds that the truth is more complicated, and ultimately more terrifying, than he ever could have imagined.
Flidderbugs is a political satire, a modern fable, or maybe just a funny little story about a bunch of insects with some very peculiar obsessions.
He calls his stories "dag-lit" because they're the sort of stories that don't easily fit into the standard genres. Some might think of them as comic fantasies, or modern fairytales for the young and the young-at-heart.
Over the years, his writing has been compared to Douglas Adams, Monty Python, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, the Goons, Dr Seuss and even Enid Blyton (in a good way).
And he's only just entered this world of social networking - so if you meet him somewhere out there, please be nice to him.
Purchase Doodling from:
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Purchase Flidderbugs from:
Barnes and Noble