Metro, Boulot, Dodo

Metro, Boulot, Dodo

Metro, Boulot, Dodo (Train, Work, Sleep)  The alarm clock rings, Shower and dry. Dress and comb, It’s breakfast time. No time to waste, No time to spare. Quick drink of coffee, And straight out the door. Metro, boulot, dodo, Always on the go-go. Never time to go slow, Always time to go Joe. Metro, boulot, dodo. There’s a train to catch, No time to waste. Seven thirty-seven, Oh shit I’m late. Race out the door, Where is the bus? Here it comes, Same faces I trust. Metro, boulot, dodo, Off to work, Oh No! Life’s just like a yo-yo. What’s today, I don’t know. Metro, boulot, dodo. Tuesday, Wednesday, Monday,

Are You Sending Your Readers To Sleep?

Are You Sending Your Readers To Sleep?

It all started so well. I started reading a novel recently that I picked by chance, and I have to say that I was left with feeling that a potentially terrific story had been wasted. The first chapter was quite well written with a tempting plot setting and this was what hooked me into selecting this book after reading the preview. After buying the book, and then reading further, I was impressed that the book had obviously been thorough, if not meticulously proofread. For the first twenty pages or so, I thought it was going to be a good example of a well-written self-published novel. Unfortunately though, after these first

Paid Amazon Book Reviews – The Scourge Returns

Paid Amazon Book Reviews – The Scourge Returns

Amazon book reviews. What a mess. While Amazon tried to clean up book reviews a couple of years ago, it would seem that they have failed miserably in ridding their site of paid Amazon book reviews. Over the last couple of months, I have been followed on Twitter by a bundle of users offering ‘verified’ paid Amazon book reviews. On checking further, I discovered that there are now literally hundreds of sites offering paid Amazon book reviews once again. Even the worst scourge of paid book reviews, Fiverr, is back in business offering $5 Amazon book reviews. I thought that the John Locke episode a few years ago would have been the end

The English Teacher

The English Teacher

I love being an English teacher. For those readers who may not know, I actually do something other than ramble on about things that annoy me and scribble out books and poetry. In fact, my principal activity is as an English teacher. Not your Shakespeare and Keats English Lit teacher, but an English teacher of ESOL. That translates to English as a Second Operating Language. Now I could tell you about the very funny things I have heard such as when I greeted a new student. ‘Good morning, it’s a nice day, isn’t it?’ He replied, ‘Yes, it’s a cabbage.’ Or, ‘Hello, what’s your name?’ The response had me wondering. ‘Yes!’ However,