Welcome to my Readers’ wall! This is where you get YOUR chance to be published!
I am hoping that many of you will want to contact me with comments, suggestions and questions regarding the Myrddin’s Heir series. I am interested in your views about the challenges facing Gordon, Grace, Nick and Miranda as they learn more about the special powers they possess, and about the challenges they will have to face if they are to succeed in the task they have been given: to make the world a better place before Myrddin dies.
From what has happened so far, I think there are THREE commitments we could all make – if we want the world to be a better place for everyone:
– to love learning, and to go on loving it all our lives. A love of learning opens minds, nurtures spirits and noses out the truth. Lovers of learning accept responsibility, defy dogma, weigh evidence, oppose prejudice, spurn propaganda and champion reason.
– to respect difference. This requires a special effort because our ‘selfish’ genes have pre-programmed us not to. Differences in physical appearance, gender, language, culture, custom, religion, ability, personal characteristics and needs must all be respected and understood by minds that have been opened by learning.
– to protect our planet by managing its diminishing resources and by controlling our populations before they control us.
Gordon, Grace, Nick and Miranda are still only twelve, and they have a lot to learn. I suspect that a lot of the challenges they will face in the future will come from people and other ‘beings’ who spurn those three commitments in favour of another one:
– to acquire personal power for selfish gain.
I’d like you to have a think about that, and to tell me what YOU would like to read about in Books 7, 8 and 9. Who and/or what should our heroes and heroines be tackling as their understanding and their power grows? They have some powerful forces on their side, but at the same time there are powerful forces ranged against them.
If, as you read Books 1-6, you find you have a question for any of the main characters, you can e-mail it directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can be sure that I will pass it on, and see that all your questions and the responses the characters make to them appear on this wall (unless you tell me that you don’t want them to).
The OTHER thing that you can send me for publication is your own writing: an exciting extract from a story you are writing or have written, or a poem you are pleased with. It might even be a story that was inspired by your choice of a character, place, situation and interesting object from my booklet “Ideas for At Least a Billion Stories”, which you are free to copy and print for your own personal use.
So the Readers’ Wall is here for you and what you want to say. There will inevitably be a day or two’s delay between your posting and its appearance, as everything has first to go through a simple filtering process to ensure that our space is never abused by those to whom life has not been as kind as it would have been had everybody kept to those first three commitments I was talking about.
We also have to make sure that our space is never used to identify or demean or harass anyone else, or to seek to persuade anyone to buy anything!
You can only send me your own writing, and never anyone else’s. Do understand that by submitting work for publication on the Myrddinsheir Readers’ Wall you are giving me alone permission to make any subsequent reasonable and responsible use of that work that I see fit, having accepted my promise that I will always respect the intellectual property rights of original authors, and will always acknowledge the specific author of any writing in any such use.
I care deeply about your privacy and personal safety. That is why I ask that you never send photographs (drawings and paintings are welcome), or ever mention in your contributions anything that would enable anyone to be identified, including yourself.
Of course, if you have a story, poem, drawing or painting on my wall that you want particular people to know about and to be able to find, then you can make your own arrangements to let them know; but no one will ever find out anything about you from me. All I will ever need to know about you is your first name, your age and your e-mail address.
So all that remains for me to say is: contact me or any of the main characters in the story whenever you like. Get writing, drawing and painting, and enjoy your Readers’ Wall!
If you’d like to comment on – or contact me about – this page, by all means do so below.