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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Public Service Announcement: Your Friends Aren't Always the Best Place for Advice

If you've been reading my blog since I first started posting, perhaps give your eyes a rest, looking at the screen for over a year non-stop is unhealthy.  But when you come back, I'll ask you to cast your minds back to my 'Be the Pander' (claim your inner panda) article.

Note: Back in my 'mind like a fortress' days, I really waged war on people telling you you can't do something - but as a side note in my more milder days (12 months later), I'd like to add that getting constructive advice on how to do it is awesome, like Green Thai Curries on a Phuket Beach.

If you have not been reading this blog since the start, you can (if you like) click here and acquaint yourself with my early brilliance.  Or you can simply blink your eyes and say over and over "there is no place like Shambhala", and you, the tin man, the lion and the scarecrow will be transported to Panda Land.

If this fails, all is lost - stock up on cans of food and build an underground bunker.  Or buy some ruby shoes, and rinse and repeat.

In said Inner Panda article, I ramble about not following the proverbial herd, like pandas (eating bamboo shoots however is optional)... and trusting your inner compass and taking advice offered as simply options for the inner panda to decide upon.

(If I had followed the advice on the Internet forums, for example, I would never have written the greatest book you'll ever read, let alone self-published it.  And lots of kids would have grown up not knowing who Ebben or Ariella-Maria are.)

For those slightly older than me, you might remember the game lemmings.  If you didn't build a block, those cute little stupid things would walk off the cliff together and die.  Lemmings Heaven is really crowded, but occasionally they fall off the clouds, too.

Don't be a lemming.  Be a panda.  And be good to your mother.

P.S. For those interested about my book and its progress, it is doing very well, thanks for asking.  Sales are coming in.  And not just from my ever-supportive brother who, like you, reads this blog!  :-)  

If you haven't bought it yet, you should.  Maybe twice - or thrice.  It is called 'The Last King of Shambhala' - and you can read what it is about by clicking here or simply buying the book and eating the pages with bamboo shoots. :-)


  1. Edward Gilbert14 June 2012 at 15:33

    Buy it twice? Thrice? Hold on, this must be a scam! I happen to know that it is humanly possible to read books more than once without having to buy multiple copies! I did this myself with a hard copy of Harry Potter 7 and also with a digital copy of The Last King of Shambhala. Oh... wait... I get it now... yes, buy lots of copies of the book. One will not suffice ;)

    1. Haha yes, Edward. But what if you want one for your kindle app and one for your iBooks app? ;-)


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