Being a quite reticent person I avoid the limelight and if required to speak to a group of people keep it to the bare minimum. In the scenario where I was awarded something significant which produced a minor furore, I would take me time to respond. Would that make me impolite and arrogant?
Those are the words used to describe Bob Dylan due to his lack of response to the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature. However, if you take my scenario above and add to it the fact that Dylan doesn't like appearances where he is standing alone on stage, then his lack of response is quite understandable. Also he rarely makes interview situations and seems to prefer his music and words do the talking. All-in-all I'm not surprised that he hasn't been seen since the announcement.
In my life I've been awarded very little and I believe that is probably true of the majority of people. Let's face it if it was easy to collect such things they would be greatly devalued.
It would be nice to be recognised for something in life, but in the field of writing where millions do it the chances are low.
So if you are lucky enough to win such an award or honour, when you have the opportunity, a simple thank you will do. No speeches thanking every generation of your family for the last years; no weeping and beating of the breast; just a simple and dignified acknowledgement. Perhaps Dylan is just waiting for the appropriate moment.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
Then another addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure. This is followed by Grace and Favour which is a slightly cynical look into the lives of the landed gentry and the opportunity for crime. The ninth and most recent Steele novel is a look at the possible demise of the Malaysian aircraft that crashed almost two years ago and is entitled Flight into Secrecy.
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