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Was it accidental?
I no more think the Notre Dame is an accidental fire than I believe the bombing of Coventry in World War 2 was an accident by a lost pilot.
This belief isn't Islamaphobia; I base my view on what is happening in Europe since Angela Merkel invited the Muslims to invade three years ago, and what happened two years ago when Israel got set on fire, and the Muslim world rejoiced.
You need to consider that the church has stood through over 850 years of European history including two world wars, the student riots of the 1970s, and all that the Lord can throw at her, and now when the Muslims have turned a beautiful city into a sewer, she lies in ruins.
Three years ago, I got paid $20 by an American friend to write about what is happening in Europe as they don't know the first thing about how Muslims are destroying our cultures.
I included articles from Sweden, Norway, Germany, UK, Holland, and Span in my 20-page story.
Norway told Sweden that if they couldn't control the Muslims that the borders would get closed, as they are now in Europe, you cannot get across Europe with documentation now.
Finland has some many Muslims that they have had to implement a policy of sending them back thousands at a time.
The once charming city of Stockholm is no a no-go area for tourists, and the emergency services are afraid to enter the inner city for fear of being attacked. The city has become the rape capital of the west since Muslims went there a decade ago.
Paris has become so filthy in the last year that the French avoid the city because the streets are like an open sewer.
As it was when Israel was on fire, the online Muslim community is rejoicing in the pain that the civilized world feels for the church of Notre Dame.
Without the religious implication, I feel it is a great sadness that all the beautiful stained glass and the artistry that went into building the church is lost, many of the trades used to construct such treasures are gone in a world that thrives on the here and now.
I am not surprised at the reaction; after all, ISIS destroyed Baghdad Museum three years ago, and they videoed themselves so their followers could revel in the destruction of beautiful artifacts.
I wonder how long my article would be today if I were to write about all that is going on in Europe?
A dependence on others.
While Germany holds the UK at bay over Brexit, they should remember that for the last century the country is indebted to the USA and the UK for its economic survival.
After World War 1, Germany was in tatters, and without the US Lend Lease project they would never have recovered; despite the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles banning them for building warships, they disregarded this proviso and built an Imperial Navy.
After the end of World War 2, it was again American money in the guise of the Marshall Plan that stopped the Russians from taking over Germany. The many critics of US Foreign Police forget that they saved many countries from becoming Communist, and lost thousands of young men in doing it when if they'd followed the policy of Woodrow Wilson they could have stayed out of the conflicts.
Now they hold the UK at knifepoint over Brexit, even though without the money from the UK, Germany would be in such an economic mess after decades of bad decisions that the country would not recover.
Going it alone is hard.
Being an Indie Writer for some people has brought rewards, that is because they have money to fund their publishing dreams; for me, it has been nothing but an endless struggle against unbeatable odds of having no funds and that does not count the times my writing has been criticized.
There are many articles online on the theme of "The Indie who made it," but the one question that does not get asked is "Do you think your outlay is worth the gains?"
There is no need to go into figures, only a generalization of the outlay Vs the income would suffice.
Did I enjoy writing?
In the beginning, I did enjoy writing my stories, but for the last four years, my faith has been tested beyond the straining point each week there are no sales. I kept hoping for a revival, but it never came.
The Ups of being an Indie Author.
I could choose what I wanted to write and when I would write, I had total control over my product; this was one reason I'd never change as I knew good authors whose books were spoiled by either lousy covers or bad publicity costs that made the books unsellable.
There are too many down to even consider listing; the hardest is that being Independent I had to foot all the costs which limited what I could afford to do. This situation came to a head in 2018 when I made the costly error of paying for a book cover, and this outlay is something I shall never recoup as the book has not sold in over on sale at Amazon.
I would only recommend writing as an income if you have a well-paid job or a significant inheritance and you have the skin of a T-Rex as I can guarantee from my experience there is no solidarity in the ranks of the writing community. It is dog eat dog, the best way many see of progressing is to put you down rather than pull themselves up from the bottom.
My view was for many years if one succeeds we all succeed that is why I used to help others at a cost to myself, I said used to because I got tired of not being thanked for my efforts, all I needed would have been a quick email or comment of thanks, but it never happened.
My load is spread by T-Mobile
The wireless company that is my largest distributor of Twitter tweets is T-Mobile, followed by O2.
More reading and less writing
From tomorrow, I won't be writing any stories this choice has been made with sadness, but as nobody buys my e-books www.draft2digital.com/book/ what is the point in continuing a struggle that has gone on for over a decade www.amazon.com/-/e/B007U50BOI?
The ending of my writing is going to give me more time for reading www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/c-s-lewis5410993 and watching my store of DVDs www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/the-race-is-on, www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/my-life-as-a-virtual-tourist, www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/a-virtual-tourist, www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/a-change-that-is-not-for-the-better, www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/seo-nordic-noir, and www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/nordic-tv.
I will miss writing as it was a dream from my schooldays to be a writer, but the truth of the matter is I can't afford the costs of publication, and no publisher wants what I write as I don't write about zombies or sex, so my unfinished stories www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/alan-places-unwritten-stories will remain unfinished.
Now I have stopped chasing my rainbow I can get some peace of mind www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/peace-of-mind.
Herbal Teas only
It is a good thing I enjoy herbal teas as they are all I can drink now; coffee will dry my throat and induce a coughing bout, so from now on I am not drinking coffee for the first time since I got introduced to the beverage by some US airmen back in 1985 at RAF Lossiemouth www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/raf-lossiemouth.
Issue a vote of No Confidence.
Since the Brexit vote two years ago, I have always thought the UK would be tied to the EU, no matter how the election went and I have been proved correct the vote was no more than a BrexitScam.
The longer Theresa May stalled in pulling us out, the more I am sure we would stay in the corrupt EU.
Who would have thought that MPs with bank accounts in foreign countries would be willing to give them up for Brexit?
The worst part is that she stalled long enough to turn a vote to leave into a vote to stay because people have become tired of her lies; months after the election, the percentage voting for the UK to go climbed from a slight majority of 54% to nearly 80%.
I cannot comprehend why people wish to stay in the EU as we are paying over £54 billion a year to keep Germany from going bankrupt.
Recently, I have been considering ending my tenure as a writer by writing a Devil Worship short story, as I have not done this type of story even if my the first reputation I earned was for ghost stories.
Two years ago, I helped a Polish photographer succeed with his KickStarter project, my gift of thanks is a set of photos using his models; the girl with the sword is one of those girls. Many of the girls, thought pretty, did not appeal to me as they were too thin. I was going to use some of the photos as book covers, but all of that is in the past.
I had not done this genre before for no reason other than I didn't think I could write a story about devil worship; it has nothing to do with my Christian upbringing or my religious beliefs.
No greater fool than I was born or bred.
During my short, fortunately, time on the German site Bookrix, I earned a rep for playing the fool and being a joker.
I played the role so well that few people to this day, now the truth behind the mask.
As I used to say "Is not the fool the most honest part to play, for being the fool, you can say what you like, and people will take your words as a joke. Was it not the fool in King Lear who warned the king of the duplicity of his daughters."
It did help in as much as the fool role allowed me to tell some of the "elitist writers" who thought they were better than me what I thought of them. All but the sites admin section shared my opinion of them.
To the end of my days on the site, I kept playing the part of the fool, and few realized the role hid my pain as much as my dark humor. Reading about the success of others, in the beginning, was a driving force but as time wore on, my failure became the cross I had to bear and not tell anyone.
In later years, a man playing the fool gave Katherine Janeway the opportunity to escape getting captured in Star Trek Voyager.
At the close of the decade, I have found a way to live with my failures; there is no greater fool than he who thinks he can succeed against the tides, and I am that person.