…for those of yeez of a certain age, it’s hard not to remember the superb television series in the ’70s featuring the dead-pan, chiselled features of David Carradine… ‘Kung Fu’ was the ultimate for ‘throwaway’ lines… the oft-quoted exchange between the young Caine (Carradine) and the blind monk, Shaolin Kung Fu Master Po, thus:
Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Po: Do you hear the grasshopper which is at your feet?
Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?
….ah, the stuff that authors dream of creating… and of course, the delivery of the WURD, ‘grasshopper’ from Master Po morphs into ‘Glasshoppah’… making it even more distinctively memorable… at this distance in time, what’s left of my own little grey cells still enjoy these snippets… especially this week, the paraphrasing, ‘how can you not?’ is jumping around in my head… here’s why…this ol’ Jurassic’s been immersed in the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai all week… and what a fabulous buzz that has been… part of my schedule was presenting a Workshop on the eBook phenomenon and the fundamental part that SOSYAL NETWURKIN plays in getting visibility and exposure for yer masterpieces… I’d begun to suspect that maybe sumb’dy had offered free drinks or sum’thing for my session, coz the room was full… then the ‘how can you not hear it’ bit kicked in… almost to a man and to a woman, the audience was made up of other writers… quill-scrapers just like me… my peers and peeresses in the pursuit of their scribbling craft… my ‘umble offering of my experience over the last few years of the ‘HOW TO’ bring yer WURK into a broader public recognition was well-received… in a wider purview, this reception has been replicated frequently in other meetings during the last 24 months with many authors asking me about the ‘HOW TO’… so, back to Master Po, ‘how can you not hear it, Master Gallacher’… the realisation dawns that it’s time for me to write about the ‘HOW TO’… my next masterpiece (book) will be such a tome… watch this space… ‘how can yeez not watch it?’... see yeez later…