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EXTRACT: from A Missing MC

A Missing MC is a story about how friendships change over time and the burden growing up can place on precious ideals. I tried to pick out extracts to illustrate this when preparing the complimentary ad for the novel to appear in the solarbox, the London telephone box recently converted into a mobile phone charging unit (see News below). Here’s one:

As Pez sped past other cars driving on the motorway at a reasonable speed, I started to feel like I did the night I was with Joel and got wasted on all sorts of substances. Pez was caressing the leather steering wheel, and I was wondering how I had arrived here in this playboy car, with this flash corporate twat. Just like with Joel, I could recognise only glimpses of the guy I once knew. The rest belonged to a type that took wealth for granted, someone who expected things to be of the finest ilk, who wanted everyone to know he had it but didn’t want a soul to know how he got it. I suddenly realised I was sitting next to the guy we all once said we would never become. We pledged not to be the suited snakes that lurked around the dance floor looking for a fresher they could show off to. I could recall Mel once getting involved with someone who used to drive his BMW across the M62 from Manchester three times a week just to see her.

With Pez, time had shown. However long it was, it had been too long, and that was my fault as much as his. My recent trip to London had proved I was in my own bubble, intent on my own thing. The so-called voyage, that appeared now to be coming to an end, had taught me that over time people may have disappeared from my radar, but they certainly did not disappear altogether. They carried on existing, and just like me they had their own day to focus on each time they woke up. Before you knew it, you had veered in a certain direction, and there were no guarantees that others had pitched their sails the same in the meantime. As much as I was angry at Pez for not making enough of an effort with the rest of us, I had to accept that to an extent the same could be said of me.

A Missing MC is an ebook available on all major apps for mobiles and tablets including Amazon, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks. It is also available on ereaders such as the Kindle and Nook.


NEWS: A Missing MC to feature in reinvented ‘green’ telephone box

I’m delighted to announce that A Missing MC has been granted a free plug in the London telephone box that has captured the imagination after being reinvented into a solar-powered mobile phone charger.

It’s one of two creative projects benefitting throughout November from a generous pledge the founders of the green phone box, the ‘solarbox’, made when setting out their vision.

The award-winning entrepreneurs are ring-fencing 30% of their advertising space for community partners, including artists and grassroots drama each month.

A Missing MC’s complimentary 20-second slot will feature throughout the month of November, as part of a digital advertising loop on display in the solarbox while passersby can drop in for free to top up their phone batteries.

Needless to say I’m thrilled with this development. I took a punt and approached the founders of solarbox after I heard about their initiative for creative projects. It’s a privilege to be granted an ad for November, a gesture for which I’m immensely grateful.

Once a user of the solarbox has finished topping up their mobile or tablet, they could download A Missing MC within seconds.

Kirsty Kenney, co-founder and director of solabox, said: “It’s fantastic to have Asmar and A Missing MC on board. I’m delighted that solarbox is attracting attention from people outside of London”.

The green telephone box has grabbed international headlines thanks to the novel idea of bringing an iconic but disused feature of London streets into the 21st century.

solarbox is the winner of the Mayor’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2014 competition. The first (and only) solarbox was launched on Tottenham Court Road on 1 October 2014.

It was co-founded by Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston in 2013, then geography students at the London School of Economics. They are currently working hard to bring more solarboxes to the streets of London.

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