Ah, the obligatory opening post designed to attract and encourage people to read on…

It’s like picking up a book for the first time, opening the front page and deciding whether it’s compelling enough to get you reading – keep you going through to the last page (and many potential sequels).

One of the aspects of a book that becomes instantly recognisable is the name of the author. Names like J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, John Green, Oscar Wilde and Jack Kerouac are among the first things that jump right off the book’s cover and silently whisper in your ear something along the lines of “read me”. That’s what the opening of a book is, a promise you make to your [potential] reader about what you’re giving them, it’s that kind of honesty which lets you distinguish between the book you’ll regard as a timeless classic like The Picture of Dorian Gray and something you’ll desperately try to forget after five minutes like Fifty Shades of Grey

So, with that in mind, dear reader, I shall do my very best to be as honest with you as I can. Expect some embellishment from time-to-time, but what good story and what kind of self-indulgent storyteller doesn’t deserve just a little bit of exaggeration? Winter is coming, and all I want to do right now is write.


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