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With the unstoppable rise of the World Wide Web, global changes are underway in almost every area of modern life, but especially with the written word - and here I’m talking specifically about actual printed books and newspapers which, year on year, are becoming less relevant with each and every encroaching advance of the internet.
Already audiobook sales have overtaken print copies, while Kindle or eBooks are coming up fast on the outside lane - maybe because they can be read on small screens and pads, where hundreds of books can also be safely stored and audio books are merging with kindles where now it's even possible to switch back & fore between actual reading online and listening to the narration - called
whispersyncing & can you imagine buying a daily newspaper that you both read and listen to..!
the short story is making a comeback in a mode known as Flash Fiction and having read a couple of them - evidently never more than a thousand words, you'll have to wait for my opinion as so far they've come across as moody and over-written - which shows that the Literary world is now literally changing as it speeds up!
And as a writer, I have to keep up with what often seems like daily changes - so last year, having moved away from being exclusively with Amazon, instead I went ‘out there’ into the open online book market, which allows me access to all the
bookselling sites (including Amazon, of course) and so to keep up with this ever-changing, ever expanding landscape, I'm planning to narrate all my existing books (four at the moment) and also to adopt narration as the future method of writing them - whatever format they're eventually put out in!
This is a change seemingly forced upon me but also it's welcomed as I've discovered that when speaking (narrating) the draft of a book - rather than writing it, the content comes out different - more immediate and to the point without too much meandering backgrounds - an approach that increasingly pulls the reader in and involves them...
Anyway I'm going to turn out a series of modern audio thrillers but
in the meantime, I'll have to personally narrate both my current books, a diary and a autobiography - which has just over 500 pages. Its title, 'I TOOK THE HIGH ROAD SOUTH’ was inspired by the advice Dr Johnson famously gave to residents of the Highlands,after an obvious unhappy visit there in 1773 - accompanied by the Scottish diarist, James Boswell.  I don’t know if the rain and the midges were as bad then as they were when I was growing up there - but they certainly helped me to take my High Road South...
My other book, a diary called, ‘Down Mexico Way’ has over 400 pages and was kept by me in 1991 while captain for a second time, of a dodgy Mexican rig (tug & tow) hauling bad grain from the Mississippi River and the Houston Ship Canal down to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico …where, sixty five million years ago, a meteorite wiped out the dinosaurs, so giving us the chance to take over...
Anyway, we were hauling bad quality grain the American’s were dumping, they called it 'donating,' into Mexico, ostensibly to feed cattle although, inevitably, some ended up in the local shops - and I was captaining a rig so illegal, only Mexicans could have got away with it - it broke all the rules and then some!
But it's also a laugh a minute when not screaming with fright! Read it and see…!
We also wrote (Anne Harling & I) two whodunit thrillers, DEADLY DUPLICITY and MURDER UNDER THE SUN. They’re both based in the expatriate community living along the south coast of Spain - the warmest & driest part of Europe...and both are page turners that will have you on the edge of your seat – unless of course, you’re reading it in bed.
I'm also going to develop my YouTube channel (Struanrob) with frequent video posting! They can be anything from anecdotes from my past, to jokes and comments on contemporary events... anything really as at the moment, as I - and the rest of the world, are in 'lockdown' from the coronavirus…