Now, that the book has been available for
over six years, some interesting observations have been made.
The randomness test, or as I call it,
"the taste test", is so appropriate. You can tell from opening
this book to any poem and reading what is there, whether this is book is
for you. It is clear that this book is not for everyone, as is the
case with any book. It is also clear that if you like what you
read, you will love the book.
Another interesting observation is what I
will call a "snapshot of your life". By opening this book to any
poem and reading what is there, and repeating it two more times (three
in total), it has been found that you get a snapshot of where you are in
your life. Did I know this, when I created the book?
Certainly not! Does it work for everyone? So far, yes!
Of course, you could be the exception.
Does the book have the answers for you?
No! It does give you some suggestions and thoughts that may help you on
your own journey in life.
Is this book for you? Only one way
to find out! Open it to any poem and read what is there!
A nod and a smile" is a collection of writings of the author on his
journey in life, what was experienced, what was learned, and some
surprises along the way. Everyone who has had an opportunity to read
parts of this book, has at one time or another, nodded or smiled.
The book consists of 40 pieces of prose over 96 pages. The book
was self-published by the Gary, and 2000 copies were printed. He was
involved in all aspects of its development, and is responsible for
every word in the book.
The colour of the book was chosen after Gary visited a famous hotel for
his birthday, and received the balance of his birthday cake in a box of
the same colour. Immediately on seeing the box, Gary knew he had
found the colour of this book.
The feather on the front cover was chosen by the graphics designer to
symbolise a quill.
Originally, there was no intention of writing a book. These poems
were written for Gary, and were shared with a few select friends and
family. It was following many suggestions from others, that they
should be put into a book, that "A nod and a smile" was born.
The theme behind each piece of writing is to stimulate your thoughts
and ideas. Some of the pieces will be so close to your heart,
that you may even shed a tear, while others may mean little to
you. Gary's aim is touch the reader, and to give them hope for
It is usual to read a book from cover to cover. It was naturally
thought that this would be the case with "A nod and a smile". As
time passed, it became obvious that reading cover to cover is not
necessary. In fact, it has been found that if you open the book to any
poem, and read what is there, it seems to be relevant to you at that
It is also acknowledged that this book is not for everyone, as is the
case for most books. It is believed that you will know if this
book is for you.
Gary readily admits that he does not have the answers, and offers
suggestions and thoughts that may help you on your own journey in life.
Whether it is to cheer you up, or to give you another perspective, or
just because you like what you read, it is hoped that you will enjoy "A
nod and a smile".