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WHAT I AM ATTEMPTING TO DO HERE

I love writing and I want to do more of the kind that I am best at. That is why this website exists.

For many years I worked as a journalist who wrote books at the same time, but journalism and I became more and more distant from each other: partly because of how the media has changed, but also because of how I've changed as a writer. What I want to create no longer has any place in a modern journalistic framework dictated by SEO, ad revenue and speedy, opinionated reactions to the zeitgeist, and I accept this. I'd never really set out to be a journalist in the first place and feeling after almost two decades that I'd put my time in, in summer 2015 I decided to give journalism up to focus solely on my books. At this point, I have no intention of writing a piece for a newspaper ever again and have turned down all requests to do so, with absolutely no exceptions. Instead, in addition to my books, I decided that I would write a regular stream of free content for this website and try to make it a nice place to visit, especially for people who like animals, the countryside, books and music. I have decided to have no advertising on this website, and I have already written thousands and thousands of unpaid words for it in quite a brief space of time. In short, I want to put all of my writing energy into this, and my future books. If you are an editor at a newspaper and are here to get in touch to ask me to write piece for you, hopefully reading this will save you the time, as I will not be writing that piece, even if you want to pay me a lot more than I used to be paid, which I very much doubt you will.


I still don't know if what I'm doing will work on a long term basis, but I'm giving it a go and I'm excited about it: especially the way it allows me to do things I'd never have been able to do in the world of newspapers and magazines... the kind of writing I've been waiting most of my adult life to get out into the world, and can be proud of. I didn't set out to do this for monetary gain - I did it to be more true to myself as a writer - and I am very aware that the Internet is full of writing elsewhere that you can read for no charge. I could have made all or some of my writing on this site subscription-only, as I know I have regular readers who've offered to pay for it, but that would have excluded a lot of people. The subscription or contribution to this site is optional. I don't expect to be paid by anyone who reads what I write - I am grateful, full stop, to anyone who takes the time to read or share it - but any contribution you can make will help me to continue doing what I love, post here more regularly, and create the braver, better work I want to in the future. 


Thank you for reading!


Tom



P.S. By subscribing via paypal you will not get an email alert when a new piece appears. To get one of those you also need to fill in the 'follow by email' form partway down the right hand side of my home page

I've also been made aware that a few subscribers have received an email saying "Tom Cox suspended your payments." I hadn't realised this was happening. PLEASE NOTE: what it means is not that I have suspended your payments, just that you need to renew your credit or debit card details with Paypal, as they have expired. It's essentially just Paypal being a total confusing bastard, and giving two people different sets of misinformation, as when you receive that email I receive one at the same time saying that you've cancelled payments. Hope that's now cleared up, for those of you who've received the email and wondered why your subscriptions have lapsed!


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66 comments:

Estonia said...

Best of luck, mate. I wish I were brave enough to do similar. Give The Bear a wee squeeze from me.

Georgia Sanders said...

Amazing, I so admire this <3 And I'm only a slight bit jealous.....
Good luck, I'll definitely be making a wee donation come pay day.
xx

Kitcat. said...

I admire you're bravery and wish you well Tom. Although I do have a short attention span, ( a cognitive impairment due to a chronic condition), I have no problem reading your books and blogs,your honest humour appeals. I'm a frequent visitor to Devon and Dartmoor so I love the new setting for your tales. Keep on doing what your doing, for as long as it makes you happy. Donation made.

Kitcat. said...

I admire your bravery Tom. Keep on doing what your doing, so long as it makes you happy. Donation made.

Rhona Sweeting said...

Happy to pay for your work, Tom, it brings me so much enjoyment (plus a whole new love of 60s/70s psychedelic folk rock I'd never have discovered but for you!).

The very best of luck to you, you're a brave and principled individual and I hope your new life is full of joy.

If you ever fancy dropping in on a couple of eejits and their three slightly eccentric cats in Glasgow, you're more than welcome. :)

Lesley Cookman said...

Good luck, Tom. Very brave thing to do. Good site.

Lynne Barrett-Lee said...

I feel a great connection with you and your writing, Tom. One reason is that I have this year written my first book that's entirely from the viewpoint of a famous black and white cat, so have been immersed in all things feline. But it's not just that, or that I have two kooky rescue cats of my own - it's because you are such a great writer of all things. The world is full of boring blogs and yours is a gem. Happy to subscribe, as they will find me - a bit like a hello fresh box. 😁😁😁 Good luck with your endeavours. x

Sandra Kohls said...

Good luck Tom! Hope to be able to spend my days writing too at some point in the future - I know what a big step it is to take! Love your books and writing and am happy to mak a wee donation. All the best with your new life!

Denikatcase said...

Why don't you pen a newer version of 'Highways and Byways'? You speak with such passion and love about places and anything you write will not only be brilliant and very well received but so much better than the original or any other! Wish I could donate but sadly not an option. However I donate to you my undying respect, admiration and love for your writing, your love of animals and nature and your cats, especially The Bear <3 x

SandraJ said...

Good for you Tom. As a fellow lover of Dartmoor in all it's bleak splendour I'm gripped by your writing about the place itself, it's flora, fauna and history. You're very brave to let go of a regular income but if you keep producing the work you love then you will gather an even greater readership than you have now. It's just so refreshing to read about the truly important things in life - our relationship with the animals we live with, the countryside in all it's technicolor detail, and the importance of time and place in our lives. Keep going and we will keep following your work.

Susan said...

I wish you all the best! I love your books; you have a great sense of humour and a great love of animals. Just my humble opinion but I think there will always be a market for that combination.

Lesley Bourke said...

I wish you the very best of luck Tom, a brave move, but the right one. If anyone can make a go of it as a writer it is you. From what I can see, the world of journalism these days can be a murky one, and you were right to step away from it. I have just escaped from a long career that was making me ill, and am emerging now as a poorer but happier person. Taking the plunge works!

Mau said...

Hi Tom, I am a big fan of your writing as well as of The Bear and co. I would like to donate but your website doesn't accept Malaysian credit cards! Could you please look into an alternative? Thanks. Su Ling

Judy said...

Definitely got to go for it Tom -wishing you all the best mate.

the_tardis_toms said...

Good luck! 🐾 Am sure you will be a success as you are very popular! So good to see someone with your view of the world.

the_tardis_toms said...

Good luck! �� Am sure you will be a success as you are very popular! So good to see someone with your view of the world.

Emily Collins said...

Donated....good luck! I look forward to reading more stuff on the website. And please give a little cuddle to The Bear from me....

jmbsquared said...

dude if you can cheer me up every time i read one of your posts, you can do wonders for normal people. even other americans like myself. you are a talented fellow and you love cats. magickal, man. mr.stripes and sister give you 5 paw prints each. best of luck.

Jean M Beebe said...

dude (american for "mate") if you can make me laugh and re-post your stuff about daily, you will be able to do anything. you are seriously talented, man. plus you love cats and other important things. magickal. mr.stripes and sister give you 5 paw prints apiece. pretty good for her. best of luck.

vicki said...

wish i could donate more because your books, blog posts, and tweets make life a cheerier place. i really admire what you are doing and will be back to give a little more again and look forward to getting my hands on the newest book as soon as it crosses the pond.

Nic M said...

Happy to pay a subscription, whatever it takes to support good writing.

anna collie said...

Good luck Tom, very noble thing to and you should be proud of whatever you achieve. Will make sure i donate some pennies on pay day, really enjoy your tweets and phtos.x

Diane Lindsay said...

Happy to subscribe. Love your writing. Best of luck Tom

Christy said...

I'm happy to donate, and wish I were brave enough to take the leap myself! (I trust Ralphy Mittens won't siphon off too much of the money for booze and high living...)

Maria Gutierrez said...

Good luck, as difficult as it may start out to be follow your bliss do what you love the rest will follow. Give Bear a scratch and a treat for mei love your books and your blogs.

Fleur Boer said...

The best of luck to you, Tom! If it would help you financially I wouldn't mind reading a couple of Felix 'food that tastes like it looks/smells' ads!
I'm a big fan of your books and your cats and I'm sure going to give this a try too!

Mog said...

Fantastic idea! More than happy to subscribe (have) when writing is this good. All the best to you Tom, and the furgang.

Chris Walker said...

Good luck Tom, hope it all pans out for you. I look forward to reading your ongoing adventures with the bear et al :)

irish packer fan said...

So happy I signed up for a subscription. What a wonderful idea. Echoing the other comments here, I am happy to pay to be cheered up, laughing out loud, learning something new about England (one day hope to "cross the pond" and visit) or just read something thought provoking. It is hard to put into words the emotions I have about The Bear. I think of him as one of my cats and worry about his well-being. Best of luck!

Jo Short said...

More than happy to contribute Tom. It's a pittance for the joy and happiness you bring to me and so many others with your work.

Jo Short said...

More than happy to contribute. It's a pittance for the joy and happiness you provide with your writing and photos.

Charie Long said...

Yes, yes, beave indeed. But more than that, how exciting! You know what you *can* do should you wish to earn a bit -- but your future truly is in your hands, t this moment. I wish you the very best, and I'll return shortly to subscribe to your site. Who knows: This is a time of extreme changes for me, and I hope to make something positive of it. I shall be a patron of the arts! (Via you, of course!)

fifowkes said...

Go for it Tom. You bring so much pleasure to so many people with your brilliant and quirky view of life. Small monthly donation made - wish it could be more, but I have just given up my job too :-)

~kahana~ said...

Aloha, Mr. Cox!
Thank you so much for sharing your passion and love for writing, animals (especially cats), and life! i had to hunt a bit to get your first three books, but it was well worth the effort. Seeing that you are embarking on yet another journey emboldens me to take my own pen, paper, pets, and pack, and seek my heart's path as well. best wishes to you and your beloved traveling companions, good, bad, and furry! <3

Dorothy said...

Your tweets, blogs and of course your books - and especially the Bear, are a constant joy so a small donation to support this is a tiny thank you.

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Marmorhenne said...

Just sent some amount in support of Roscoe. :-( Hope she gets well soon!
Birgit, Sappho & Kalipso

Marmorhenne said...

Donation made, hope Roscoe gets well soon! <3 Birgit, Sappho & Kalipso

maru said...

Love your writing, and even more, your attitude towards life and nature (including cats of course). I wish I could come to some of your talks and book signings, alas I live across the pond. So supporting your efforts here seems like the thing to do. It's not much, but it's a couple tins of cat food or a bag of crisps every month. ;)
blessings to you and yours (especially Roscoe right now)
xox ~ m r, Zeus, Brightheart, Wookiee, Jack, and Mr. Sprinkles

Lucy said...

Sent a little something for Roscoe. It pains my heart that she is hurt and that you, who have brought me so much laughter, are hurting too. Wish I could do more to help but if there is any power in focusing healing thoughts across the world, she will be better in no time. Holding your entire family in my heart.

Louise said...

Prompted to donate not just because I love your writing, but also by Roscoe. It's not much, because I'm slightly (very) cleaned out after throwing a huge amount of money and specialist care at my little cat's kidney problems last month. In vain, as it turned out - but we did the same for her brother a year ago, and he's miraculously still with us even though everyone thought he wouldn't make it. You can't not try. So here's hoping Roscoe pulls through into the light.

Anonymous said...

I love your writing and I love what you're doing. Your column used to be my favourite part of the Guardian - but this is so much better. I'm happy to pay a subscription and hope that this works out really well for you - you deserve it.

Mary Conlon said...

Very evocative writing. I read this post mainly to find out about Roscoe, because I'm one of your casual Facebook followers. But the imagery and feeling must've sunk deep as it bubbled up from my subconscious as I drove thru the West Virginia highlands where I work to a funeral visitation this evening all the more poignant as I remembered your reflections on the moor. I will be supporting your work. I'm sure Thoreau would have been an avid blogger. Hoping Roscoe continues to improve!

Alice and Mabel said...

Love your blogs (and your cats) have now set up a monthly sub. Keep up the good work.

Tammy said...

Thank you for your wonderful stories and the articles about your furry family. Made a small donation and hope to make another one in the near future. Please keep sharing your thoughts and give many hugs to your babies.

Melissa Townsend said...

I have all your books so far and love this site just as much. Good luck with it all. Great to see someone following their dreams instead of complying. I have subscribed and hope more people choose to as well

Yve Yve said...

Please keep doing what you are doing. I am hoping that you are making enough money to keep doing it. It is important work. Way more important work than the work of many other people who think their work is important. Thanks, Tom Cox.

Sharon McSwiney said...

I've loved reading your books - I'm a big cat fan! I'm sure I'm going to enjoy reading your posts here too...subscribed tonight! Cheers :-)

MysteriousMog said...

Love your writing, Tom, and your excellent grammar and punctuation. Your Sad Cat pictures/captions bring many a laugh. I have Korky and Branwell (twins) and your Bear looks just like the latter with the same white locket.

Love from Ruth x

Beccaroo said...

I really hope this works out for you. Your writing gives me so much joy and I'm happy that I can contribute a little bit to enable everyone to keep on reading and pay for cat food.

Christy said...

I just subscribed in honor of The Bear's retirement, although I should have done so ages ago. Your writing is wonderful.

Celina Kelley said...

Just set up a monthly subscription. I've loved your writing for years and meant to do this ages ago. I'm really glad to be making a small contribution towards helping you to keep writing pieces that give so many of us so much joy.

Kate Noble said...

Great stuff! I have donated as your writing always brings me joy and I wish you all the best with this!

Kate Noble said...

Great stuff! I have donated as your writing always brings me joy and I wish you all the best with this!

Red Pender said...

Thanks for all of your awesome writing Tom, it never fails to fill me with feeling. Happy to subscribe and looking forward to donating a bit more in future but we're currently funding our (recently) three-legged rescue Moe through the aftermath of playing chase with the post van!

Sandra Kohls said...

Good Luck Tom - I wish I could subscribe more, but am also taking time off from full time work to follow my writing dream. Love your books and the website too. And so does Minstrels, my grumpy old moggie.

Liz Mc Loughlin said...

Finally bought the cat trilogy and really looking forward to reading to the shenanigans. Had four cats over the years who were mighty characters and I miss dearly, so am anticipating a lot of tears and laughter!

Emma Hallahan said...

Good luck Tom. So sorry to hear about the Bear. I took an a cat lover and have my own black beauty called Guinness. I adore him.

Michelle B. said...

So sorry to hear about Bear, RIP Bear...I love your writing and have been a fan for a few years now.

ambermog said...

Thank you so much for my lovely book its most appreciated xx

Gill said...

I have been subscribing for several months - I'm just sorry that I can't pay more but having just retired I'm unable to at present. I love your books, your blog, your Twitter & Facebook accounts, please keep going for as long as you can afford to xx

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Lizzie Loveridge said...

Tom I've left work and changed my email address from le35@gre.ac.uk to the curtainuplizzie one but hope you'll still get the Paypal donation. Let me know if I need to set it up again?
All the best Lizzie Loveridge still loving the Bear legacy of photos and philosophical insights.

LauraAnn said...

I know it isn't much. But I hope my modest contribution helps... Not just financially helps, but so that you know there are legions of us out here in the world who admire you and treasure your work.

Donna Newnham said...

Good luck Tom. I know that things aren't always easy and sometimes you just feel like sticking two fingers up to the world but you have touched many with your humorous and wry look at life, not just about the cats but in general. Keep on plugging on - for every pillock on Twitter you have an army of concerned companions who love what you do. I will be signing up.

Sharon Parsons said...

Happy to subscribe, I so enjoy your writing.

I am so sorry for your recent losses, to loose one cat is hard but to loose two in such a short space of time must be particularly harrowing.

Thank you