This is my new friend the "monk". When did Hare Krsna devotees start referring to themselves as monks? Anyway, he taught me to say "Gourangi" which means "Be happy!" Then he hit me up for a donation, so I gave him whatever I had in my pocket that was smaller than 50p. Then, LATER, I saw him again and this time The World's Greatest Cook was with me, so I told him I'd give him a pound if he'd pose with me. Then he gave me a nice hardcover Krsna book because we were such nice friends! I tore out the pretty paintings and threw the rest of the book in the trash. Hey, I really DO appreciate the paintings, but you know how it is when you are traveling - you have to jettison as much unnecessary weight as possible!
I am having a real hard time collecting my thoughts for any kind of coherent report on the book-selling thing. Especially since things are still happening, "in flux" as they say. And I'm still fighting deadlines etc.
I may just give up on the whole "coherent" angle and start posting rambling babble.
How about an outline?
WHAT: trotted out my kids' books to some publishers again
WHEN: first half of May
WHY: (a) A few months ago it APPEARED that one of my wells was running dry. (b) I had frustrating chunks of free time, due to an ever-on-hold large project. (c) I WANT TO HAVE A LEGITIMATE CHILDREN'S BOOK PUBLISHED BEFORE I DIE!!! (d) I wanted to see what kind of success I'd have with this sort of thing outside the USA (e) I can claim it as a business expense on my taxes.
OK. Now that I have that groundwork freshly re-stated, I'll try to build on it. TOMORROW!
Here's another pic that sort of dovetails with the Gourangi guy (both on the subject of religion). I took this pic of the guestbook in the lobby of the Anglican Church in Chester.