The Matlocks and the Terrible Thing

WynnAlice had a dream, six moons in the planning, six moons in the walking, she was to set off from the town that was not too big, not too small, and walk from town to village, village to town, telling tales, collecting tales, all to be writ in the great book, Tales of Our Times, a book of 13 chapters and 13 copies, there being 13 moons in a year.

A sojourn in Derbyshire. From The Matlocks to Chesterfield.

The Matlock Tree Group rescue trees hanging precariously onto thin limestone soils and replant. Everywhere they can, they plant trees.

The Matlock Tree Group started when local schoolchildren cleared a patch for a vegetable garden and dumped unwanted ash trees in a skip. The tree group rescued the ash trees and replanted them.

The local community support a local farmer, agreeing to buy a few of his lambs paying a better price than he would get if he took the lambs to market. They also hand feed orphaned lambs, rejected by their mothers or pushed out by greedy siblings.

Amazing how local planners can never find grounds to stop unwanted development, and yet local people who they supposedly are paid to serve, can always find many grounds.

In Chesterfield, all the schools have an allotment.

Our narrator is working on a new book, Flip Flop.

Based partly on true stories of the many people today who are already living their lives in a way that makes the world a better place to live in, Flip Flop seeks to give us a glimpse of a very different world; a world where debt is unknown, a world where people’s access to land and a home is their birthright, and where each and every child born is wanted, loved, and knows their purpose.

It was hoped to fund Flip Flop through crowd funding, but unfortunately it failed to reach its crowd funding target on sponsume. One third was raised, 40% if count those who paid direct to the author to avoid charges.

A big question mark on the many transition groups visited. Had they all chipped in, the target would have easily have been met, and they would have all benefited when Flip Flop was published.

Flip Flop will now be published in serial form on leanpub as an e-book. Everyone who pays to download leanpub, will receive Flip Flop chapter by chapter, until they have the complete book through regular updates. This has the advantages for both reader and author, and the author can get feedback and interact with the readers as the books is being written.

This is how all the classics were published. They they were first serialised in magazines, then published as a book.

Once the funds are raised, Flip Flop will be published as a paperback.

Contrast the vision of the future envisaged in Flip Flop with The Country Formerly Known as London.

With 100 advance orders, there is the possibility of Tales of Our Times being published as a paperback.

Our narrator will soon be touring the country. Dates have been fixed, but should you wish to host a story teller, please get in touch.

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6 Responses to “The Matlocks and the Terrible Thing”

  1. Carina Says:

    I just read this. It’s an awful book and I don’t know how my mother was tricked into buying it. Aside from the typos and incorrect spellings of people’s names etc it is just poorly written. Adults do not want to read 500 pages written in storytelling style for children and in any case the stories are repetitive and the book is all about the writer, not about transition. Could have been useful if the people involved were named instead of called S/he of Whatever Random Thing.

  2. keithpp Says:

    No one was tricked into buying the book.

    The book is about a walk around England, telling tales, collecting tales.

    These are tales of transition, ideas for folk who may have no ideas, ideas of hope, what can be done.

    It is beautifully written.

    This is like complaining about The Hobbit, that it is about a journey undertaken by a hobbit, written in the style of a fairy tale.

    It is difficult to comprehend why anyone would gripe about a book that they say is not even theirs.

    If it is theirs and do not like, then participate in the Gift Economy, and give the book away. If you are too mean spirited, then sell on e-bay or Amazon.

    If there are typos, then be useful, advise the author, these can then be corrected for a paperback edition.

    It looks as though you need to engage in a little inner transition. Of which you will find mentioned in Tales of Our Times.

  3. stephwynnalicebradley Says:

    Dear Catrina,

    Thank you so much for sharing your perspective. I would love to hear if your mother feels similarly about the book. I certainly have no desire to trick anyone into buying my book! What a terrrible thing that would be. My book is written indeed as a story for adults – I personally feel there is too little of the wonderment of childhood in our lives and certainly to walk for 2000 miles gave me a whole new perspective on what matters in life. I have had lots of feedback about the names I have chosen for the heroes of my book, how people involved have enjoyed guessing who they are. They were in fact each carefully chosen to represent the aspect of the person’s character that was most evident to me in the meeting of them. I feel sad the book displeased you , but then, there are so many different perspectives of everything in the world it would be tricky for everyone to like everything everyone creates, would it not?

    You may well prefer Rob Hopkin’s “The Power of Doing Stuff” for a more factual approach to sharing stories of Transition.

    If you did feel moved to sharing the errors you have found, as Keith suggests, I would be truly delighted to have them to correct in the next edition. The book was proofread for me and then re proofread by myself at least three times, and each time I found more things to correct. I have been told that it is almost impossible to the find all errors in a book , but I believe it is possible, especially if those who spot any communicate that with me 🙂

    Thank you for the feedback about repetitiveness …this very much reflects the fascinating nature of human enterprise, that similar ideas tend to spring up everywhere, and are not just the brainchild of one, but I do hear what you are saying from the point of view of the reader, and interestingly enough is something I had already decided to do differently in the way I treat this material in my next book.

    Thank you so much for your review, I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and responses.

  4. stephwynnalicebradley Says:

    Sorry Carina! Very embarrassed…just spotted that I have written your name wrongly 😦 Apologies.

  5. keithpp Says:

    Somewhat perverse, for someone to write a diatribe about a book that is not even theirs.

    As Steph says, you can check for meaning, check for errors (grammatical and typos), the two processes are not the same, and yet still things slip through.

    If people notice, I thank them and correct, but I have never had anyone before makes such an issue of it.

    Many people would have been embarrassed at their names appearing, at being identified, thus giving them a name that reflects their character was a great idea.

    Flip Flop will be published first in serial form as an e-book on leanpub. This gives everyone the opportunity to correct any errors, provide feedback, prior to publication as a paperback.

    In Transition 2.0, gives another insight into transition, as does the Transition Free Press.

  6. keithpp Says:

    Rather than attack, we should express our gratitude to someone who has walked around the country for six months, come rain or shine, collecting transition tales, then at their own expense, published those tales to bring to a wider audience.

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