Disrupted Worlds, Anthology of Original Short Stories by Dene Bebbington, Mark G. Butcher, John B. Dutton, Phil Kingsman, Chris Merlo and Tom Moran, Edited by Paul Little.
See http://www.disruptedworlds.com for reviews.
Now also available through Smashwords.
I was born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate. This is not something that I talk about very often at all. It struck me that when I looked around for books on this subject I could not find anything that discussed what this meant in a useful way.
Sure, there are lots of scientific books and very graphical images of the physical issue. There are a few books talking to the parents about how to raise the child but nothing spoke realistically about what it was like to be the child and to grow up feeling different.
So in response this short Ebook of about 7000 words written for people who have been born with a cleft lip and or palate. It tells the story of my experience of growing up having been born with a cleft lip and palate. It does contain a 10 step survival guide.
The conclusion is stated in the title: you are totally normal, just not necessarily average.
Review: “As a person with a cleft lip and palate like Mr. Little, I have always love to read the stories of other ‘clefties’ as I call them. The experience is always a little different and reading Little’s book I found myself nodding along and smiling with something akin to nostalgia. He told his story with a frankness and humor that I found refreshing and I really enjoyed his honesty about how his cleft affected and did not affect him growing up. Little fleshed himself out as a human rather than simply a disorder and I found this incredibly helpful for someone with a cleft to be reading. He really hits home the idea that you are more than your cleft and it should not hold you back from being any less than a brilliant human. I respect him immensely for having the bravery to share his story and try to reach out to others in the cleft community and provide some insight into growing up with a cleft. Great work, Paul! I wish you all the success in the world!” by Brodie Foster.
Review: “I like the insight given here by the author which just gives you the approach and life advice for this or actually any kind of feature a child is conscious about having to deal with through family, school and life (which is relevant to pretty much everyone, for the author it’s his cleft lip/palate, for the next kid it’s bat ears, and for the next kid it’s buck teeth, etc). A lovely, concise, easy read with useful tips. Little’s strength of character and positivity makes it a great book.” Tamsin M Holland.
Surviving Virtual Biotech Series:
This is a series of short Ebooks intended to help anyone who is setting out on a road to develop new therapeutics. Eventually the aim will be to cover the spectrum from bench to bedside. The target audience is anyone who is engaged by a virtual biotech or anyone who is doing this for the first time. The point is that no one is born with 25 years of experience in these activities so a little helping hand might be useful.
“Zen and the Art of CMC Outsourcing”
This is the first one that I wrote and is based around an anecdotal fable of a first timer who runs into all of the classic problems of outsourcing and CMC in general. CMC is often blamed for being late when my perspective is that more often than not it is left too late in the day and not taken seriously enough. I chose the Zen title because I once, rashly described a situation as being in Zen (ie balance) moments before it actually fell apart.
“Zen Games Outsourcing”
This is a little accompaniment to the first book. The idea is based upon a role playing game of my youth when role playing was paper based and the idea was to choose the next chapter that you will read. This ‘interactive’ Ebook is filled with hyperlinks that make life easier and should be seen as a bit of fun that also can take us through the CMC outsourcing and live the mistakes without having to pay the money to actually do it.
“The Philosophy of Regulatory!”
This is my most recent effort in the Surviving Virtual Biotech series and essentially tries to describe what it is that allows a new therapeutic to get onto the market. Most likely readers will have have a lot of introductions to this but, if you are like me, you will not have been told the why of this process. Regulators are people too and in fact they tend to be rather intelligent and dedicated and focused on the patient’s well-being.