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Networking For Authors. 

Networking can be tricky for a writer, especially for Indies. Here’s my top tips on how not to be a wankbag.  How to Network Incorrect: 1) Email a writer you’ve never read tel…

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New Years Resolutions (or lack of them)

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Churchill was a wise man……. and his sentiment on failure is very apt…..although to look at the other side of the coin there is WC Fields who said

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it”

I fully intended to write a post on 1st January 2014, laying out my concerns, that my blog posts have slowed, and reaffirming my commitment to keeping it up to date with interesting content……Well….kinda failed that one…..

I succeeded in taking a noble New Year Resolution and turning it into “Ignore the blog for a year”, and had that of been my aim, I would be feeling pretty smug about now.

So, what have I been up to? Have I been scaling the treacherous peaks of Everest?, wrestling alligators in Australia?, discovering my inner self at a retreat in India?

Err, No, I have not. In fact its hard to say where I was….. Not that I can’t remember, but last year trudged by like the dull scenery on a train journey. Nothing particularly happened.

I didn’t write a lot, still have not published my book, although it is fully written and all I need is covers and formatting (which is where it was last year!)

I didn’t travel, or do anything exciting, in fact, apart from the fact I have been paid, so i know I have been at work, I can’t really list a lot of things I did.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Well I am not dead, ….. so that must be a good sign, although statistically must be one year closer to being there

Bur rather than promise anything, I will just reaffirm my commitment to making a regular appearance, and hopefully build from there…..

Just a short post for now……something is better than nothing as they say!

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The Upsetting Reality Of Modern Day Poverty.

Really powerful tale of those who fall through the cracks. Someone not wanting to be on benefits, but someone who has had some bad health luck, and how she is coping.

On of the most poignant blog posts I have read for a while

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This is a post about a subject very close to home.  My home.  It is about politicians who wouldn’t know poverty if it chewed on their overpaid arses.

It’s about Jamie Oliver.

Now, to put this out there, I loved Jamie.  For years and years, I idolised the man.  He taught me to cook, when I could barely operate a Pot Noodle and we lived off Smash (dehydrated potatoes) and pasta (we even overcooked that).  I would watch all his shows and learn, slowly, from the TV.  In less than a year, I was able to cook a three course meal for 15 people.  Gourmet became easy and I was soon laughing my way through 3 meat roasts and cooked-from-scratch curries.  I owe my skill in the kitchen to Jamie.  I have a lot to thank him for.

Jamie Oliver was good to watch, when I had money.  Before I had…

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tribute to Roald Dahl

Without doubt the best children’s author of all time.

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CCF-RDBritish novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot & screenwriter Roald Dahl sadly passed away on 23rd November 1990 at the age of 74 of a blood disease, myelodysplastic syndrome, in Oxford, and was buried in the cemetery at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England.Born 13 September 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales. He was named after the polar explorer Roald Amundsen. Dahl first attended The Cathedral School, Llandaff. Thereafter, he transferred to Saint Peter’s Boarding School in Weston-super-Mare, and in 1929, he attended Repton School in Derbyshire, During his school years He was never seen as a particularly talented writer , although He excelled at sports, and was made captain of the school fives and squash teams, and also played  football. As well as having a passion for literature, he also developed an interest in photography and often carried a camera with him. During his years…

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Five free books from the PDP Catalogue

Great Offer, from a small independant publisher.

Grab them while you can!

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I love a good rant. But when the topic is so right, it makes it all the more wonderful.

Maybe if people realised what all their tax money paid for, including killing and maiming people in other countries, they would stop leaning on people who are down on their luck, and start to ask proper questions.

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“This Morning” is a British breakfast programme with celebrity gossip, fashion, cooking and some debate of current affairs. Today they’re featuring a benefit claimant who says she’d never consider getting a job because she gets £70k worth of benefits – propaganda on “This Morning”‘s part as she gets THE EQUIVALENT of £70k, apparently she’s getting her daughter’s tuition fees paid for (I didn’t even think they did that) and that’s included, which will presumably take it up by £9k a year for three years. Anyway, cue the regular comments about everyone on benefits being subservient to taxpayers and completely inferior and all being workshy layabouts. I wrote and posted this, both on the status (it’s on Facebook) and on the page itself, and the comments are mysteriously vanishing – I wonder why? However, please read this, and share it as much as you can – on Facebook, or wherever. People…

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New James Bond Novel Out in September

 

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Just a quick Post!

I just saw the new James Bond novel is out in the UK on the 26th September.

It is being written, by request of the Fleming estate, by William Boyd.

It is going to be set in 1969, and feature a 45 year old bond.

 

 

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