Sunday, February 24, 2008


Huge thanks to Mike Stotter, the Editor at SHOTS, for his tremendously hard work!


Ray-Anne said...

What an excellent article!

One thing does come across very clearly to me, and I'm not sure it was done intentionally, but it does appear that there is a very real aspect of 'Serendipity' involved in publishing, where a particular human being, in the right place, at the right time, in the right frame of mind reads your words - and the effect that has on the devotion to a book.
Or is that me?
Could be, but thank you for the link anyway.

R J Ellory said...

I don't believe in luck, good or bad, but I do believe in 'caused serendipity' for want of a better description. I believe that people fundamentally have an ability to influence their own fortunes, and much of that depends upon the individual's willingness to persist and persist and persist towards a goal, despite any and all barriers and obstacles. I have seen many situations resolve and many goals achieved simply because someone decided that there was no way in the world that they were going to be denied that goal, and they worked at it relentlessly. It is almost as if putting that much attention and energy in a direction helps realize the result.
It's a little bit of a philosophical slant on the whole thing, but I refuse to believe or accept that we are simply directed by some external and separate force such as 'luck'.
As far as I'm concerned, I don't think that I would have had a 'lucky break' if I hadn't already been working at achieving that lucky break for fifteen years!