I have never been particularly good at this sort of thing- there is nothing worse for me than sitting in a room full of strangers and hearing the guy standing up at the front say “when it comes to your turn, please stand up, tell us your name, and tell us a little about yourself” so I will try to keep this brief. Here we go:

I was a bookseller, at a time when the whole industry was changing.

I am married to someone smarter and better looking than me. She’s also in the book trade.

I have two children, an 8 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. I think they are better looking than me. They think they are smarter.

I was trying to write a book, and using this blog to keep myself going. Instead, I discovered that blogging was much more fun than writing a book, so now I’m a blogger.

If there’s anything I’ve left out, feel free to ask. I will try not to be too evasive in my responses.

349 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks again for liking my blog! Keep writing the funny stuff.

  2. So, I was going to write like a whole thank-you note for liking my latest post, but I’m just going to follow your blog and hope you can feel the love. You have a great blog btw ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Cody McCullough says:

    You sound a lot like me. Needless to say, I’m liking what I’m reading. Keep up the good work.

  4. aquacompass7 says:

    I came from Japan. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  5. stowed says:

    Thanks for liking my post! I used to work in publishing too, a few years ago. Writing a blog is a perfectly natural step on from there I guess… Good luck with it.

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog. Please don’t give up on your book. If I can do it, you can too (and I live in Alaska, which isn’t even included on most national weather maps). Cheers and happy blogging.

  7. Jennwith2ns says:

    Thanks for visiting the Jenn stories! Come back again any time . . .

  8. Thanks for stopping by my occasional blog. You make me laugh. I appreciate that. I wish I could manage that outfit/concept a day dressing your wife pulls off instead of looking like a woman impersonating a middle-aged German man.


  9. Carys says:

    I love your writing. I can`t wait to spend paid working hours reading all the stuff I`ve missed by only just finding your blog.

  10. Thanks for visiting and liking one of my blogs! I’m looking forward to reading yours. And I like your background picture here – it’s quite interesting.

  11. Miss Molly says:

    Websketch is just my word for blog…sounds nicer in my ear. But it’s a free camp…

  12. Miss Molly says:

    Agree completely about blogging more fun than writing a book. I abandoned two of mine for my new heartthrob – websketches. Thanks for stopping by my site. Always happy to hear from funny people – and I mean that in a good way.

  13. TiffanyD says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you’re still into books and writing!

    Happy Blogging

  14. You sound like my kind of person! It’s amazing that, as the children become adults (and especially when they have children of their own), they begin to realize that we know a thing or two. Now we have grandchildren who believe they are smarter than we are! (Sometimes I think they really are.) Thank you for liking my post!

  15. You have a great blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by on my blog.

  16. Thanks for liking one of my blog posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Hi there!
    One of the very first things I like doing is reading peoples about pages. I always find them so interesting!
    I have to say, reading yours was great. Good intro.
    Excellent blog too!
    Thanks for stopping by and liking one of my posts!
    Have a great day!

  18. shrey says:

    I liked your intro, very interesting!

  19. lpon45 says:

    What a delightful blog! I appreciate you visiting mine over at http://www.lpon45.wordpress.com, too – it’s great to have visitors from around the world. I look forward to tuning in!

  20. proudsinglemama says:

    Hi, thanks for stopping by and liking my post! Much appreciated! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Wawawr says:

    Also, may I ask, where did the idea for the name come from?

  22. Wawawr says:

    This is an excellent blog and I really look forward to reading everything.
    Lorna xx

  23. Monica says:

    Nice intro, 23thorns

  24. Briarlady says:

    Thank you for the “like” it has led me to your blog and I am enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Thank you for visiting my poetry blog ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you come back for more!

  26. zenschoolforcreatives says:

    Thanks for liking my posts! I love your style of writing, it is down to earth and quietly funny. Thanks for putting a smile on my face:)

  27. writingrrrl says:

    A wise author told me that writing a book is like stacking a woodpile. At first it seems like a daunting task. But you get to work, one log at a time. And if the pile collapses, you start again, and build stronger.

    Good luck with all your writing endeavours.

    Kate Jaimet (writingrrrl)

  28. Irish Katie says:

    Thank you for visiting and liking one of my blog posts *smiles*…I like your about by the way nod nods

  29. Nice bio, and thank you for stopping by. I’m no writer, just putting my life into words. Thanks again, and enjoyed your post.

  30. 23T, thanks for liking my very first post attempts. I’ve been on a writing course at college. Now I’ll get to enjoy reading everyone’s blogs at leisure. Will be back. And seeing the other comments here I’m looking forward to it. How is the 100 days of blogging going? I’m exhausted with just the few i’ve done. But now I’m up and running. Woohoo!

  31. randomload says:

    I believe I’m going through that very same path; I’m writing a book-or rather, trying to-but I find blogging way more fun and interesting.

  32. Ashley says:

    Thanks for “liking” my post on the new Star Trek movie. Are you a fan?

  33. I have a hard time saying who I am too. But I have fallen in love with blogging. I found that I love reading all the words flowing from strangers and the world and it provides me as much inspiration as the books I collect in my little cave that I hide in. When I was younger one of my dreams was to own a small book store. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a lot of dreams. Holding a book is a better feeling than holding a rare diamond in your hand. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  34. julyaoui says:

    Thanks for the like, nice meeting a fellow blogger-writer, thanks for the smile

  35. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and like it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be checking your blog out when I get a minute. Thanks again, Trista

  36. Archie Kins says:

    Hi, thanks for checking out my blog and for pressing the like button for one of my posts. It’s fascinating that you are trying to write a hundred posts for a hundred days. I wish I could do the same. I have a full-time online job, so I only get to write my blog post when I have free time.

  37. Thanks for enjoying my post! I really appreciate it!

  38. Hi. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog today and clicking on the Like button in my most recent post. Your blog is creative and fun; Keep up the good work you’re doing here. I hope to hear from you again soon. Cheers!

  39. cheesyplinky says:

    Greetings! Thanks for dropping by my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Olga Brajnoviฤ‡ says:

    thank you for stopping by my blog and for the like in my post about Facebook.

  41. Thanks for visiting my blog. You liked that hodge-podge “Very Surprised”?~! what a mess that came out!! It’s my only post that’s disorderly, usually it makes sense, honest. Authoring is tough work, I have a friend who wrote a particularly difficult book, semi-autobiographical and very emotional. Blogging is much more fun.

  42. MadSassy says:

    Thank you for visiting my first blog ever! You seem like a nice family man. I too am married, have been for 13yrs and we have a 9yr old boy. I will visit back soon.

  43. Grannymar says:

    Thank you for being the first visitor to my blogging home. I look forward to returning and reading some more in a day or two when I sort myself out. Thanks for visiting.

  44. ruthewalker says:

    South Africa, eh? Nice tongue-in-cheek style, similar to an otherwise serious friend from Zimbabwe. Thanks for stopping by my blog — still a work in progress as I’m writing otherwise. Some for pleasure, some for paycheques. Cheers.

  45. Lovely style!! And I know nothing about where you live, so I will be reading on!!Thanks for visiting mine.

  46. Jim Morrison says:

    OK, I give up. I am not a funny guy. I look at your blog and I think, “there, all I have to do is be funny and poke fun at the government and I will overcome them with humour.” Right, except that I just can’t do it. You see, I used to write briefing notes for a Minister for a living. I was good at it. I had to turn off my brain and just follow a format and produce something legible by 11 am. They never told me how to turn my brain back on. Fortunately, I’ve found that I don’t need a brain for most of the things that I enjoy. Except I can’t overturn a government without humour, or at least serious sarcasm.

  47. What a happy discovery to find your blog! I look forward to reading more of your writing. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  48. eloquentb says:

    Thanks for following my writing and for sharing your wonderful work. Keep it coming and all best to you!
    Brian D. Sadie — http://eloquentb.wordpress.com/

  49. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog and pressing that like-button!
    I love the humor that I find here on your own site. It’s just great!

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