Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NOT AS SHY AS I WAS... IS OUT!!

...AND HERE IS ALL ABOUT IT!!

Hello beasties!

Sorry for the delay in posting since I returned from my trips. I am happy to be able to confirm that I did film an episode filmed in both Florence and Nice (and surrounding areas) during my time away at the start of November. There are lots of photos to follow - but what with the gig coming up later this week and the new book, I'm saving those for a couple of week's time.

Here's all the information that you need to know...

NOT AS SHY AS I WAS contains over 70 new poems, stories and vignettes by Paul Chandler, a.k.a. Shy Yeti, written between January and September 2012. They include: THE BEAST OF FRIENDS, DRUNK ELK, ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, EVIL IVY, MINE OWN MINOTAUR, ONCE I LOST MY HEART TO A CORNISH PASTY, A YETI IN A HAT and many more… NOT AS SHY AS I WAS is 288 pages long and contains photos by Paul Chandler and artwork by Adam M Botsford, Paul Webster and Pete Katsiaounis.            

Paperback: www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/not-as-shy-as-i-was/14135195 £9.99

Hardback: www.lulu.com/shop/paul-chandler/not-as-shy-as-i-was/hardcover/product-21317217.html £15.99

Next week I'll be telling you how this Friday's Poetry Café show went and then during the following week I'll share photos from my recent trips to Florence and Nice..

I finish this piece by including something from the new collection... It's a piece called WE'RE ALL JUST BRAINS and it's one of my favourite ones. Here's a little piece I wrote about how it came to be written and what it's about...

"The first draft of this piece was written in one sitting on my train journey home between Salisbury and Basingstoke in the early evening of Sunday 9th September 2012 and was typed up the following day. It was on the 10th that I decided that some of the lines needed to be slightly re-written and I changed a few more when I actually made the changes on the 11th September 2012. The idea came to me whilst I mused about brains sitting inside people’s heads just looking out, whilst I sat on Salisbury station waiting for my train home to Woking to arrive. I like that it’s a mix of silliness and seriousness; with a nice dash of the surreal too in that it blames our brains for all our faults as if they are just some sort of lazy passenger in the human body. It’s not so far off the mark after all. This was one of the last poems to be added to this collection."

Before I sign off here's a final reminder that you can also acquire t-shirts including the artwork for ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM and THE BEAST OF FRIENDS, which appear on the front and back of the new collection.

Elephant In The Room: http://www.redbubble.com/people/paulwebster/works/10956278-the-elephant-in-the-room

The Beast Of Friends: http://www.redbubble.com/people/paulwebster/works/10611977-the-beast-of-friends
 
That's it for now! More next week! Take care...

Yeti hugs,

Paul xx

WE'RE ALL JUST BRAINS...
 
We're all just brains inside a human-shaped receptacle...
We whizz about until we've had enough!
We enjoy fine wines and being quite respectable –
And often picture those we fancy in the buff…
We spend our money on new clothes without confessing…
We’ll pretend we never spent a cent today!
There are so many problems we should be addressing!
But our poor brains prefer to take a holiday…
 
We're all just brains inside a body made for doing things…
Although we're lazy and we much prefer to sleep!
It's in our nature far more often just to ruin things…
We sow our seed, yet act surprised when asked to reap!
We're good at pampering ourselves and being greedy…
We learn new facts, but often just get bored!
With our puppy-eyed expressions – act so needy!
Our poor old brains get very cross if they’re ignored!
 
We're all just brains inside a head that's grumbling!
We should see the good side more; cheer up a bit!
We should speak up for ourselves; instead we're mumbling…
Instead of standing up to fight we simply quit!
We do our hair, get tattoos, do our fingernails…
We try to look our best in case we pull…
We all act like we're the first; like true originals!
Our brain will say what's on its mind, yet just talks bull!
 
We're all just brains inside a body that is failing us…
But we fail our crumbling bodies back in turn!
We do not heed the warning voices that are hailing us…
We go on torturing ourselves, but never learn!
Oh, our bodies sit and wonder what is going on;
As our legs drop off, as organs fail to heal…
Our stupid brains act cowardly instead of being strong…
Then as we die, all they can do is sit and squeal!



























WE'RE ALL JUST BRAINS is Copyright Paul Chandler 2013...

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