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Eric and the Mystical Bear

It’s an odd feeling keeping a blog at the moment, especially since there isn’t really any reason for people to visit the site yet. After all, at the time of writing, both of my books are still awaiting publication, so why would anyone bother? I actually checked the statistics of the website this morning to see how many people had visited, and was pleased to see that I’d had sixteen hits! The thing is though, out of the sixteen hits, sixteen of them were me.

So if you are reading this, I believe there are only three possible reasons:

1)       You are me

2)       You are a friend, and I am currently showing this to you. Don’t laugh at this bit, because it will only encourage me

3)       You’re here by mistake thinking this was the website of a different Peter Ward

And there are loads of different Peter Wards on the Internet, so that last one is perfectly understandable. I had a look through Google and discovered two footballers, some businessmen, a palaeontologist, and several other authors (all ranked higher than me in the search). Then I began clicking through to the different pages. Peter Ward Homes is pretty good, offering 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes in Driffield, Goole, Hornsea and Immingham. However, if you’re not interested in buying a home in any of those areas, it probably isn’t worth a look. Then there’s a Wikipedia page about Peter Ward the footballer, who played for Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest in the eighties. I suppose that might be interesting if you like football, but I don’t, so we’ll stop there.

By far the best Peter Ward website I found was http://www.peter-ward.net/about/. This guy is another author like me, but judging by his website, his books look way more interesting than mine. For a start, they are all part of a trilogy called Vimp the Viking, which means they automatically have to be better than Time Rep and Note to Self before you even start reading them. Then there are the stories themselves, which draw on the Viking myths and legends. Eric and the Mystical Bear is the last book in the trilogy, and I liked the sound of the title so much, I think I’m going to read it. The stories are aimed at 9 – 12 year olds though, so it might take me a while.

But back to my original point. Why am I writing this?  What is my motivation for keeping a blog when I know how few people are reading it? The answer is that there is a fourth reason someone might be looking at this: they are a future reader, and are now scrolling back through the many hilarious blog entries I have yet to write, curious to see what the first ones were like.

Well they were like this. Hopefully they got better!


Let’s get started…

So this is a new thing for me, having a website with photos and stuff about who I am. Apparently you’ve got to do it these days, because every author has a website, and if you don’t, your readers get all confused and end up walking into each other and falling over because there isn’t a “go to” place for them to find out more about you. You also have to be on Facebook and Twitter, because if you’re not, you might as well seal your books in concrete and drop them to the bottom of the ocean where no-one can find them. I’m new to the world of social media as well, so you’ll have to bear with me as I find my feet.

You see, I’m quite a private person really. Yes, I like to talk to people through my books, but beyond that I start to feel a little uncomfortable opening up. This isn’t because I’m particularly shy, but more because I can’t imagine why anyone would be interested in what I’m up to or what I think about on a day to day basis. So I feel a bit embarrassed at the prospect of pontificating in 140 characters or less, or putting a photo up of me at a party. At the same time, I don’t want to become one of those people who tweets things for the sake of it like “I think I’ll wear odd socks today LOLOLOLOL!!!!”

So in order to maintain the right balance and reconcile my feelings about all this, I’ve decided to come up with a few rules for myself. Some Do’s and Don’ts. These will govern everything on this site, along with all my interactions with social media. Let’s begin:

1)      Do be self-deprecating as much as possible, because you’re really, really good at that.

2)      Don’t use the phrase “going forward…”

3)      …Or the word “actioned.”

4)      Do talk about things people might find useful, like writing techniques, ways to formulate ideas for stories, etc.

5)      Do read everything you write out loud before posting it – particularly tweets. If you sound like a cock, don’t post it.

6)      Don’t lean your chin on your hands in any photographs…

7)      …Or wear anything red.

8)      Don’t mention that you play piano because people won’t care about that.

9)      Do drip feed unexpected facts about yourself over time to maintain interest, like the one about going to the arctic.

I’m sure there will be more to follow, but let’s go with these for now. If you ever see me breaking any of these rules, my cat and business partner Matilda (pictured below) handles all complaints, so please contact her.

Matilda