There Are No Excuses Under The Sun For Inaction


People make me laugh. Whenever you call them out over something, nine times out of ten they will have an excuse for their inaction. A dear friend of mine who shall remain genderless and nameless came up with the absolute classic today – ‘I don’t have time’. That one is usually accompanied by another equally feeble excuse – ‘I’ll get around to it’. Yeh right, pull the other one!

I had made my mind up to give the individual in question a signed copy of my latest science fiction novella – The Guardian to thank them for their unwavering friendship to me over the years. To begin with it took them just over two weeks to wander round the corner from their home to where I live, to collect it. They went away assuring me that they would read it. That was a week ago. Considering the novella is eighty pages and slightly over thirty-thousand words, it would only take you a half day to read if you put your mind to it. But no. It turns out my friend hasn’t even started it yet. When we had our brief discussion this morning via Facebook chat, I threatened them by saying if they have no time to spare as they claim, that I would ask their partner to read it to them. Even that didn’t prick their conscience.

Mind you, my friend is notorious when it comes to time management. Plus, as they were walking down my front path to the street, when they turned round to wave goodbye, I saw that they had bent their signed paperback copy double, which made me cring, to say the least. When someone treats a physical copy of any book in such a callous way, you know you are not dealing with a book lover…

Here’s hoping that when they read this, they feel a pang of conscience and make the time to read it! A chance would be a fine thing lol.

PS – when I was their age, my frequent excuse was always ‘I’ll get around to it’. I was renowned for saying it, until the day my best friend gave me a hexagonal piece of leather with the excuse beautifully pokerworked onto its upper surface. Needless to say, I got the message…


9 thoughts on “There Are No Excuses Under The Sun For Inaction

  1. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    I totally understand how you feel. I have been there, done that, and found out that for every friend or acquaintance that does not respond by reading and/or posting a very short review, there are at least 10 people out there that you do not know that WILL read your novel and WILL post a review.
    I think we need to stop relying on our “so-called” friends. Some of them are real friends; some of them are acquaintances and some of them are fair weather friends who will not be there when you really need them. AND that’s ok ‘cuz someone else will step up to take their place. πŸ˜‰ ❀
    This has been proven to me over and over as I have moved around the country and have friends from many places. πŸ™‚ ❀
    P.S. I found the same to be true for family! πŸ™‚ ❀
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  2. Hi Jack, I do sympathize…I’d like a euro for every friend/acquaintance who’s said: ‘I’ll email/write and buy your book tomorrow,’ and don’t! Or ‘I’ll write a review.’ and don’t. Trouble is the market is saturated with books at present. When I wrote my first two books in the 80’s the situation was totally, and refreshingly, different. Fast forward to the year 2,000 and oh how it’s changed. People can be and are so fickle…I might have slipped up now and then, due to pressure of work/children, etc., but more often than not I MADE TIME. It can be done! Good luck with your books. Cheers. x

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