Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Final Countdown

We have 48 hours left to win Poetry Book Of The Year and we need votes.

So for the next 48 hours, people who facebook, put up posters, tweet, get others to tweet, and get votes in the most creative ways possible for I Wrote This For You And Only You, are going to start winning prizes – including:

- Signed, personalised eBooks
- Signed actual books
- Digital, hand written and signed quotes of their choice from IWTFY
- More surprises coming

 The most creative entries, which get the most votes, stand the chance to win a personal Skype reading, from me, for them and their friends, from I Wrote This For You And Only You.

We’ve got 48 hours left and we can’t do it without you. Send your friends to now.

Our best,


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The View From The Hospital .2

If you can't let go, you can't put your heart back in your chest.


From 4 January 2012, this is one of the poems found in "I Wrote This For You And Only You" and appears again in the hopes that you'll vote for it for Poetry Book Of The Year by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Humble Request

‘I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else who reads it, doesn’t get it. They may think they get it, but they don’t. This is the sign you’ve been looking for. You were meant to read these words.’ 

I wrote those words in a journal in 2006 with absolutely no idea that millions of people would read them over the years. For nearly a decade, I have combined my prose with Jon Ellis’ pictures, and given away the best parts of ourselves on, for free. Our books are just collections of what we've already given people and we're incredibly grateful when people buy them.

So it is with great pride that I share the news that we’re a finalist for Poetry Book Of The Year on Again.

I told people not to vote for us the last time we were nominated because I’m not a fan of awards. The work should be it's own reward. So why am I asking you to vote this time?

I live in South Africa. It’s incredibly expensive to travel to, and do readings or signings anywhere else in the world. I’ve done them once or twice but despite the incredible response I’ve gotten from everyone who I’ve met along the way, traveling often ends up costing me far more money than I make.

So, on a wing and a prayer, I’m trying to immigrate to America next year because it’ll be a lot easier to do readings there, and all over the world. I’ve been advised that my visa stands a better chance of success with an internationally recognized award behind my name.

Like this one.

Writing I Wrote This For You has afforded me a million opportunities and I am grateful for every single one. I am asking you for one more. I am asking you not just to vote, but to encourage others to vote too. Other nominees have bigger social media followings and this is the only way we’ll win this.

I am counting on us to have bigger hearts and to do bigger things.

If you’d like us to win and if you’d like me to come to a reading in your town or city hopefully soon, copy/paste and share this letter, then go here and vote for I Wrote This For You And Only You: 

My best to you, forever,


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Last Days

It's the last day of the semifinals for the Poetry Book Of The Year.

If you like I Wrote This For You and what we do, please consider taking a moment to vote for us by clicking here.

Winning this award will help considerably with my visa application to immigrate to America next year. You might remember that last year, when we were nominated for another book, I encouraged people to vote for someone else. This year, this award actually has some kind of meaning and purpose, and so I'm actually trying to win it.

Thank you for your help, patience and support.



Monday, November 9, 2015

The Hidden Clocks

Don't stop searching.

There is no comfort in giving up.

There are large parts of you that don't exist yet.

The greatest you you could be, is still waiting to be found.

Get up and look.


P.S. If you like I Wrote This For You, please consider voting for I Wrote This For You And Only You in the Goodreads Choice Awards for Poetry Book Of The Year by clicking here.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Darkest Glass

If I took away all the irony and cynicism and the sarcasm and the make-believe, all I would be left with was the firm desire that you see me.


P.S. Please take a moment to vote for I Wrote This For You And Only You in the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Things I Do Because I'm Me

Would you yell at an apple tree for making apples? Would you scream at the wind for blowing or the rain for falling?

You can't hate someone for being who they are. You shouldn't even yell at a dog for barking.


P.S. Please don't forget to vote for I Wrote This For You And Only You in the Goodreads Choice Awards by clicking here.