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Zen and The Art of Timetabling

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Zen and The Art of Timetabling

It started off as a small paper all about what I thought should be the rules regarding timetabling. As a writer, or at the time I would say amateur one, I had could have just stopped there, the rules. Something made me write more. I wanted to explain, understand and I suppose help others in the same field.

To write a book is not easy. It takes a lot of time, effort and the beating of many demons. You do have to have a lot of self-belief because no-one can really help you. They can support you, they can listen and often ignore the annoying rants. You can ask for help. People will read your work and then there comes that odd moment when the possible book has that chance to be a real book.

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That in itself brings expectations from many sources. But just writing the book is not the be all or end of it all. Many can write, but how many can actual push to that final line and publish? To consider that part, to let your work become subjected to all can be very daunting.

I had to make the decision not only to complete the first part of finishing the book but to then expose my work to the world. I don’t think any author really finishes a book. Each time I re-read it, I found something else I might have wanted to change. I then had to find a way to publish it. I could have easily just pushed it out using a simple rough document style. But I decided to go that one step further.

It was a long process with a very rewarding conclusion. I published my first book. Not only is it published but it also sits in the British Library. I am very proud of what I have achieved. To be perfectly honest I was excited once I saw the finished product. Now I can say I have written the book on timetabling.

Zen and The Art of Timetabling has been published and is available from many outlets. (Even that is exciting as one of them is Amazon). Will I be the next Wil Shakespeare or Douglas Adams (my favourite), I have no idea and to be honest at this point I am not sure it has bothered me. I just know I have done it.

Zen and The Art of Timetabling the ebook available to buy here.

Tagline: ‘Publish and be happy’

Picture this

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I struggled this week to think clearly what to write about, a number of events have happened. Sometimes, there is a desire to want to write everything, warts and all. A certain sense often kicks in, call it common or fear or whatever, it changes what you want to discuss.

Having been around the interweb long enough to know that the old saying ‘walls have ears’ is true, so I decided to concentrate on a couple of things. One, which has already generated interest, was the new Bond trailer for the fourth coming film ‘Spectre’. There is a dark foreboding element to this trailer, gone are in the light-hearted in jokes. These last two Bond movies are much more in keeping with the novels in my view. They may well be influenced by other spy thrillers and franchises, but Bond is always Bond. One noticeable element of the trailer was the use of old theme music. It just added to the atmosphere. Of course, we now wait for the song.

There is one never-ending issue with films that run for such a time. Bond is 50 in film years. If he was going now he would be approaching his 70s. At some point there will be a call for a new Bond but who? Here, I have an issue. According to the books, the author, the man who created the character, Bond is remarked to resemble the American singer-songwriter Hoagy Carmichael (below), except with a “cruel mouth” and a “coldness in the eyes”.  There are various descriptions of him in different books. Some people wish to see the character played by someone who is not what the author wrote. So who is right? For me, it is the author, set it in stone not to be changed. He can’t be female, he can’t be a 16 year old boy, he can’t be …

I don’t care what others say, it’s the author who made the character. The same goes for another beloved character, Doctor Who. Again this character has been set out 50 years or more as male. The Doctor or Professor as Ace often called him, is another icon who for me can’t be changed from male to female. Again, I don’t care what the current show runner wants or feels is right for him. He has no say in changing that fundamental element of the show. This is not about disliking female Timelords, it is about being true to what has already been created.

Some people just want change because they want to shake up the universe. Some shows can handle change and very well. I don’t often mention certain shows, however, soaps such as Eastenders and Coronation Street change their characters with ease. But they themselves never (and I don’t know this since I don’t watch them) change a man to woman or pick a new actor to play the same role. Now I know that is not always true as child characters do change but that is just growing up.

Why call this blog ‘Picture this’, because I want to make sure the right picture remains, for at least two well-known characters.

Tagline: “Bond is Bond, Who won’t change no matter what”