Winter 2017

Winter 2017 Winter is always a great time of year for concentrated writing, perhaps more so this year with incessant rain and an almost complete absence of sun. Those of you in Europe have no doubt had the same experience, with record low levels of sun, high winds and floods. However, it's an ill wind that blows no good, and the good for me has been long sessions of concentration and writing while the log fire crackles beside me, the dogs soaking…

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Writing stop 30-09-2017

Today I drove west from Bridge of Cally, through some small villages including the world famous Dull, then found myself not lost, but not quite sure where I was -- but when it looks like this, who cares. I didn't get much written, but it was a spectacular place to stop and have a cuppa and catch my breath for a half-hour. Onward to Oban tomorrow, and a lunch of UK's best fish & chips.

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Indie Author and the Ford Cortina

What's an indie author got to do with a recalcitrant Ford Cortina? More than you might imagine! I suppose we all remember firsts. The first job, the first car, the first kiss... I wasn't an indie author in the summer 1974, but it was when I bought my first car. It was a ten-year-old Mk1 Ford Cortina, bottle green, the Deluxe version, and 1500cc. That first day of ownership, while driving home sticking to the hot vinyl seats, and fiddling with the radio, I…

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Update – Sydney Underworld Quartet: Book Three

I’m currently working on the third book of the "In The Sydney Underworld" series, and would like to invite you all to visit my website and sign up for an ARC, if interested. The other two books in the series, Heather, and Flank Street were released in August 2014, and May 2015 respectively. Each book is stand-alone. They share locations and a few characters, and can be read in any order. Does that make it a series?

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Tools

Tools, and what that means to you. Tools, what does the word conjure in your mind? Is it a set of metric spanners, a garden rake and fork, or perhaps scales, mixing bowls and spoons. We are surrounded by tools, filled with tools, and our minds use tools all the time to make sense of what is around us, to find a solution to a problem or a path to a desired goal. I've always loved tools, both physical tools, hand tools, and…

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Protagonist

Protagonist - which is your favourite? We all have our favourite protagonist, these are a handful of mine. Being a fan of noir, protagonist Philip Marlowe, the private detective created by Raymond Chandler, is high on my list. He is one of the most inspirational character I have ever read. He's the epitome of heroism, toughness, and loneliness. Another classic noir protagonist is Sam Spade, from Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade is able to take care of himself in any situation, able to…

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Overpopulated?

Overpopulated by the over privileged, or is it a myth? The Earth is overpopulated, there can surely be no argument about that. And even if you don't see the world as being overpopulated, you cannot refute the logic that a finite amount of land is incapable of supporting a population with a limitless potential for increase. Therefore, at some point in time we have to limit growth, and given the current situation, that time is now. There are some, however, who regard the overpopulation argument as a…

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