HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2018!

Just taking time out to wish all my friends, readers, followers, and visitors a very happy new year. I generally make only one resolution each year: to not make any resolutions. (Don't you just love a paradox?) But this time, I'm determined to keep a positive outlook and try very hard to share only those …

Continue reading HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2018!

A Guest Post on a Fascinating Website

You can find the whole text, with accompanying pictures of my Year in the Forest of Dean by following this link. Enjoy!

Looking for the Best Word? Tip #70

Help for writers and language learners; these posts look at different aspects of the world of words to stimulate curiosity and enhance creativity. Next week’s post will occur in the New Year of 2018 and I’m intending to use that change to alter these posts slightly. I expect they’ll become slightly shorter, but only time …

Continue reading Looking for the Best Word? Tip #70

Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Last week I had a total of 30,829 words. This week, in spite of the two-day celebration, a book review, a lunch at a local pub, a night spent watching a play on a local stage, and several longish walks through the forest, clearing fallen trees and branches to allow other walkers to get through, …

Continue reading Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Happy Christmas!

Looking for the Best Word? Tip #69

Help for writers and language learners; these posts look at different aspects of the world of words to stimulate curiosity and enhance creativity. My apologies: This post should have appeared yesterday. No real excuse, except I took a rather longer walk than usual and the day was over before I realised it! This week’s words: …

Continue reading Looking for the Best Word? Tip #69

Bleak: The First Mission, by Ian Martyn: #BookReview.

This short (10,000 words) teaser is an introduction to a new character. However, the story does have a beginning, middle and end, which makes it more satisfying than many such introductory pieces. The future envisaged in this science fiction world is, as the eponymous title suggests; bleak. The character, described as a shape shifter, is …

Continue reading Bleak: The First Mission, by Ian Martyn: #BookReview.

Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Last week I had a total of 18,835 words; this week’s total is 30,829, an increase of 12,000. Not bad, considering the other things that have been happening in and around my life. Only today, we had an interruption in our power supply as the local company came along to update some of the equipment …

Continue reading Progress on the WIP: #SciFi in the Making.

Leaders: Do We Really Need Them?

There’s a peculiar, but worldwide, obsession with and respect for leaders of nations. Why? What good do they do? If we look at history, ancient and modern, we find leaders have taken their nations into war, most often to increase the size of the region over which they hold power. Does such action benefit the …

Continue reading Leaders: Do We Really Need Them?

The Little Blue Book for Authors, by Gisela Hausmann: #BookReview.

Subtitled ’53 Dos & Don’ts Nobody is Telling You’, this short book, in common with all the author’s work, is direct and to the point. You’ll find no waffle here, no filling or puffing. It’s all simple advice, gleaned from personal experience and a research ethic that would make most of us tired just to …

Continue reading The Little Blue Book for Authors, by Gisela Hausmann: #BookReview.