I am trying to convince a Swiss man that I don't want to do a writing assignment for him; being Swiss, he is arrogant enough to think he can convince me to do the work, because I am a writer desperate to get a job.
He is stupid, I have told him no writer will be able to do his job in the time he set. or for the price he is asking, but Swiss arrogance keeps him pushing-to no avail, Yorkshire resolve WILL prevail.
Pat Canella- The Dockland Murders.
I sent him a copy of my first book - it is four years old - to show him what I was capable of writing, and he loved the story https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32325
Apart from the story requiring - according to him - to be twice as long as my previous best https://www.draft2digital.com/book/34522 Other than this being twice my longest story in length, there is a major flaw. As the Americans would say This baby ain't got the legs, to go the distance. He is looking for 60,000 words, and I think he'll be lucky to reach 20,000. There is no story here, what he has is an extended news item.
Before I got married - 28 years ago - a friend, and I, had a weeks holiday in Switzerland, at Lucerne. To be honest, that was about as much as I could stand.
I spent two and a half years in Germany, during my Royal Air Force tours; I thought the Germans were arrogant, until I went to Switzerland. The Swiss make the Germans look like hippies, and for what?
Switzerland's big draw is the Alps. Okay, they are the highest mountains in Europe, but I would rather see them from the Austrian side.
Swiss economy is based on tourism, chocolate,banking and clocks. The chocolate is vastly over rated, and like many things in Switzerland - equally overpriced. The food - for what it is - is dull, and tasteless (again overpriced).
If there is a nuclear war, pray you are not in Switzerland, if you are, then you'll be trapped. Their policy is in case of war, all mountain passes will be destroyed. In effect, cutting them off from the rest of Europe. I guess with all the money they have they aren't worried.
A few miles across the border, and you'd think you had gone to another world. The Austrians are a very friendly people, their food is both relatively cheap, and filling. The countryside is far nicer than Switzerland, with rolling hills, and they have a great history.