Offers I turned down.
Within the editorial world is a section called "slush readers," these are people who read and comment on the work of other writers.
I turned down several offers of this type of work, mainly because I was more interested in getting my work published than commenting on the work of established writers for the magazines; especially as this job would not help me as a writer.
Another reason is that having read some of the magazines before getting the offers, the term "slush" is apt for the quality. I don't put myself up to be brilliant, but some of the writing is of the standard you would expect from a fifth grader for their homework, and these people were being paid to write while I got rejected.
Support your local farms.
Farm Aid is an American idea to support the local farming communities; this is something I do as far as I can here in the UK.
I realize we can't afford big festivals like these, but with the money we save with Brexit, we can help our farmers, fishermen and UK industries.
I used to buy from the farmer's markets when I lived in Lac La Biche, Alberta.
Hell yeah, some of my best friends are rednecks and proud of the fact.
World book day 2019
Over the past decade, there have been instances when I did consider turning several of my e-books into paperback; the only issue I have is that as e-books they never sold.
If people are not willing to spend a few cents on an e-book to keep me writing, what chance is there of selling a paperback version?
Some scientists theorize that we all have a doppelganger somewhere. This theory is a reasonable one in my opinion as several times online I have read about groups of people who travel the world with their double.
Many years ago when I was in the Royal Air Force, I had a pen friend in New Zealand, and she told me one of the local newscasters was the spitting image of me.
I have personal experience of lookalikes; on several occasions, I have passed a person I thought I knew and said "hello" only to get ignored. Then to pass what I thought is the same person a day or two later and decide not to speak, only for a friend to ask "why didn't I talk to them when we met on the street?"
I am an award-winning writer.
I could not believe I was an award-winning author even when I had the certificate in my hand to prove it.
All things come to an end, and as such this decade is closed; my tenure as a writer is done, it is hard to believe that I found an old USB stick with over a hundred short stories on that I will be deleting this week.
Years before I earned my rep for science fiction with my Forgestriker series www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/how-great-thou-art, I started a project called The Word.
The concept started because I am concerned about the lack of reading the modern generation does when you compare it with how many use game apps for their Ipads.
A group called The Word are trying to fight to win the minds of the young back to reading and away from the dependence on the games provided by their enemy - The Game Lords.
This project has been ongoing for several years - on and off - I came across some old files today on a USB stick I thought I'd lost, and found that when I stopped the story (for the second time), I had written over 100 pages; making this series my longest book by a long way.
Even at this stage, I consider the story no more than half-finished. I could go on with the story if I thought there is any interest, but it will not end before October.
If I did write the story again it would give me something to do other than be a virtual tourist www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/the-race-is-on
Along with the central theme I had considered two side projects linked to the concept; one was about a man who risks his life to bring the Indie Writers works into the light of the readers, and the other was about a group of people who were seeking out lost works by unknown writers from the past,
I started the series on my Google blog but gave up because I was writing more paragraphs a week than I was getting readers, the second time I wrote the series was for my old channel on Disqus, again, I stopped for lack of response from readers.
The story has nothing to do with dragons; I used this image as it is one I would have used if I was going to write a dragon short story collection www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/there-be-dragons.
Writing fake reviews.
Several years ago, I got offered, several times, the opportunity to write fake reviews for $20 a report but I chose not too.
One reason was my code of ethics told me it was wrong - damn those ethics they cost me a lot in the last decade - another reason is I thought if I got found to be writing them, the news would ruin my rep as a writer.
One interesting thought is I wonder how much I could have made over the years by writing fake reviews?
If I got the chance now, I doubt I would take a second thought as my rep is worthless and I make less than $5 a year from my e-books.
Not for the young.
The ladies in my stories are usually mature ladies; this has nothing to do with my age as I have always preferred ladies who have a strong personality.
I find younger ladies who are dominated by trends of pop music, fashion and the TV boring and shallow.
As Hannah said in my story www.draft2digital.com/book/235628 , "Are trees that have faced the winds of time not as beautiful as the young and slender ones."
My virtual travels.
This week, I decided to sort my DVDs our by country - www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/my-life-as-a-virtual-tourist. Disregarding the USA and the UK the next in line is Sweden, not surprisingly, I do try to watch Nordic crime, but on the whole I find stories from Finland hard to get into - there are exceptions - and Norway is a hard area to get streaming TV from.
Following Sweden we have various series from Italy, again no surprise to me, I love the Italian countryside with all those coves and the rugged coast. Surprisingly, in third is Denmark, surprising because after the success of Borgen and The Killing, I found little of interest.
The elder lady in the photo of Borgen is the role model for Hannah in my story - www.amazon.com/dp/B075BJH2D2 - holding fourth place is France.