I don't know how many other men do this, but quite often I only realise I've 'had an emotion' after the fact. I'm not aware of having an emotion as I'm having the experience. In some ways this experience has been replicated with my new book, 'News From Gardenia.'
It's only now, having finished writing the book late last year that I am starting to understand what it's about.
Without having an academic background but quite a lot of experience of the world, I now realise that although there are disadvantages to being mildly thick and slow, you can occasionally stumble upon an idea that may have some traction.
News from Gardenia is set 200 years in the future and I've envisaged a future with no economy, at least not in the way we recognise it now. It's a future where they are still repairing the past still dealing with the legacy we're busy leaving them, but doing so in a positive, sustainable way.
The more I think about it, the more painfully obvious it is to me that we haven't even started to truly come to grips with the notion of sustainability and surely that, pretty much above everything else, should be the primary goal of the human race in the 21st century. Not 'being green' or 'living eco' but creating societal, economic and industrial structures that are sustainable. Pipe dreams, daft utopianism and airy fairy drippy hippy nonsense, except we really don't have any choice.
By the way, the book is out on April 19th for all those who supported it on Unbound,
Later in the year it will be available as a paperback and ebook here