I am going to continue writing, if you wish to read my stories this is the link to watch disqus.com/home/channel/indieworld/
Why I stopped writing
In these days when I struggle to write, I find it hard to believe that I once wrote 10,000 words a week for several months. True, it did take its toll as my friends were worried I was going to have a breakdown as I couldn't go two days without writing.
How things changed three years ago when I realized no matter what I did, I was unable to force sales for my stories. The early days of my struggle were hard, but the longer I went on, the easier it became not to write.
For years I was plagued by a multitude of ideas, to the extent they stopped me from sleeping.
It was at this point I decided to mentally block the thoughts, a process I have now mastered, not that sleep is easier to come by.
Was I challenging my ability?
For some reason I have yet to find, several years ago, I attempted to write a romance. This was in the days before I wrote my romance set in Israel (A Homecoming).
Here is the link disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-indieworld/opening_draft/#disqus_thread to a sample of the opening pages
Back to plan A
I got what I expected.
I am going to buy a basic wheelchair as I have no news of my EPV.
My original plan was to attempt to get a charity to help me get some money for a necessary wheelchair.
As they didn't come through, it's back to plan A, saving what I can.
More unfinished work
Eight years ago, I started to write a romance story for my friend, Faye, she never got to read it as she passed away that December.
The story never got further than a rough draft as it was too painful to complete at the time of her death, and still is painful
With Brexit and the rise of Nationalism across Europe, many fear a resurgence of the Nazism of the 1930's but that will never come back.
The German population is NOT behind their leader as they were behind Hitler; even members of her party want Angela Merkel out after the mess she has made of Germany.
She has nobody writing her speeches as Hitler did.
The Russia of the 1930's no longer exits, most of the former Soviet blok countries have separated from Russia, and many have split into factions within what would have been the old boundaries.
Germany is in no position to start a war, in the 1930's they were still angry over the Versailles Treaty that blamed them for World War 1, and were building warships secretly. The Germany of toay needed the UK in the EU; without the UK, Germany is heading to a recession the likes of which they have not witnessed since the days of the Wermacht in the inter-war period.
There is one constant that remains since those days, that is the tension on the border between Finland and Russia.
If Germany was foolish enough to start a war again, they would not only suffer the same fate as their two previous attempts to rule Europe,this time the Federation would implode into a civil war.
How can you expect to win a war, when you are fighting your own people?
This is a genuine review written six years ago, about my first e-book.
A quick review
With his native Yorkshire dialect, Alan Place has quite cleverly captured the personae of P.I. Pat Canella – which only goes to show that a man in his sixties is quite capable of cross-gendering his writing to become a young, attractive female police inspector.
In RETURN TO OHANDSWORTH, Mr. Place writes one in a series of stories of his protagonist, gritty Patti Canella. Forced to take a leave of absence after shooting her crooked partner, Patti takes a bus home to the dreary and unexciting country town of Ohandsworth, presumably in Yorkshire in the North of England.
The bus breaks down halfway home – and Patti is stranded in the heat of the countryside. Never one to sit and wait for other to take charge, she immediately leaves the bus in search of alternative transportation in order to help the other passengers.
Her search is fruitful – but someone else is out there. Someone not alive. Perhaps her guardian Angel, Dennis?
Mr. Place has a way with words, putting together a believable and vibrant characterization of his Pat Canella. She is gritty, strong, defiant and "in-your-face" – able to down any male opponent with skill.
This particular story has been edited and is, in my opinion, an enjoyable and memorable read. If Mr. Place ensures his other works are the best they can be before uploading them (i.e., proofing and editing), I am certain the readership of Bookrix will find them to be fun-filled and pleasurable escapism.
Did I leave that group all those years ago? My who those six years passed, some slow and some quick, as for Ms Canella https://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/…/5-noire.html…, the less said, the better.
However, there are some serious discrepancies in the review.
PI means Private Investigator, if the reviewer had read the story that would be clear to see, as there were no female Police Inspectors in the 1940's.
The tone and language set the time in a date when men treated women with disrespect, again this is obvious to the reader.
A Police Inspector would never hit a junior officer, let alone in public as Patti did.
And I set the story in a fictional town in mod-West USA, not my native Yorkshire, the language idioms of the story would have told the reader this.
Good for a laugh
Last week, I applied for a job via LiknedIn; the situation was a content writer for Facebook.
I realized that with few qualification, I have little to no chance of even being viewed, despite being a good writer.
The joke is that although the post was put out in mid-January, the job application needed to be in before Christmas.
A switch hitter
To people who do not watch baseball, the term switch hitter means nothing. The term applies to a batter who can hit from both sides of the batting plate, he is neither right or left handed.
Since my days in school I have thought I was left handed, doing things right handed sometimes felt wrong to me.
Today, not only starts a new year for me, but probably a new way of life as my right hand joints are so badly damaged I am forced to use my left hand more than I usually would.
Until recently - within the last 20 years - if you were at school and tried to write left handed you were punished. In some religions to this day, being left handed is considered as a sign of Satan.
A place to read generalisms of my thoughts, some book related and others general chatter.