Premier Christianity magazine.
Last night I was able to catch up with the reading of my issues of Premier Christianity magazine.
How did I manage this as I was almost a month behind before then?
I did have a good night of reading, but the main reason is that there are pages that I never read. Articles on investment and giving to charity are of no interest when you rely on forces charities to get basics for your family.
As I am more interested in "real" people than celebrities articles on celebrity views and television are of no interest to me. Add to this a massive chunk of writing on why boxers feel they have the Lord on their side when they bash somebody senseless, and I end up reading 2/3 of the magazine on a good month.
One section I do read is the book section, there are many fascinating books out on the various aspects of Christianity, and on the lives of "real" people who have found God.
Schadenfreude is a German term meaning gaining pleasure from the suffering of others.
My mind was taken back two years by an article in last month's issue of Premier Christianity magazine.
Our family was never liked in our street because we kept to ourselves, and that angered the criminal element in the street as we didn't mix with them.
It came as no surprise to me when we had a fire that the people in the street stood by laughing as we watched our house of over 25 years burn to a cinder.
Some people even used camera phones to video our tragedy.
Almost 100 free e-books taken.
With three days to go to the end of the month of free e-books, there have been 80 e-books taken up.
I have no doubt that this is an exception, my usual task of drawing blood from a stone will resume next week when you are required to pay for my work; at this time, I doubt I will sell five e-books a month www.draft2digital.com/book/, that was the point of this month as I couldn’t sell my work I gave it away.
An Amazon bestseller.
In the last decade as a writer, I have been forced to reappraise my goals constantly. My original goal was to sell ten copies of an e-book in a day, even with over 400 sales of my book (Forgestriker), it has only sold five at a time.
The book that has come closest to my goal is my Amazon bestseller - Holding Richmond - which twice sold seven in a day.
Now, I find victory in any sales.
Three months ago, I subscribed to Premier Christianity magazine. Last month's issue was a vast improvement, in my opinion, on my first issue as it was more about "real" people, not celebrities.
If the trend for celebrity gossip continues, I can see me not extending the subscription.
This month's issue has fallen back to being about celebrities with articles on a new TV show that I've never heard about; I said before the best way to complain about TV is not to watch the show.
In this month's issue is an article on boxers who think they fight with the Lord on their side. Fighters are no more than paid thugs, in my opinion, there is nothing Christian about hitting someone so hard and often around the head and face that they risk a severe brain injury.
The best a boxer can hope for is to die in the ring, the other option is dementia. If you don't think I am correct, think of how Mohammed Ali was at the end of his career, where he once was articulate, he ended his life not being able to put a sentence together.
I am waiting for an article on how Dec - of Ant & Dec fame - came to the Lord after being charged with drunk driving. He puts his drinking binges down to not being able to cope with his celebrity status, sorry that comes with the territory when you become a TV star, A&D has made more comebacks than Elvis did.
If you can't take the adoration, why not stop the show, others have before you and more will in later years I am sure?
Before I go further, let me state that I am not a prude as I have written two erotic romance short stories.
Several years ago, I got offered the opportunity for a contract to write erotica; the problem was that the remit of the firm was open and I found myself questioning the boundaries of what I could write, and for how long?
I did try to write a story but writing a story based on sex I found upsetting to the point I was physically ill. Other than that, I would find it hard to write a story where sex is the central theme.
Some of my stories have sex in them, but the sexual aspect is part of the story, not the central theme of the writing.
I don't take a lot of notice of my Amazon kindle rating, but today for the first time in years there has been a constant rise for my e-books in the UK.
No sales as yet, but I'll take what good news I can at the moment.
An article in last month's edition of Premier Christianity magazine reminded me that if things don't change; they will stay the same.
The article is about the church run by the group Hillsong; there is a lot of discussion going on about how the services are being broadcast and the fact the group of young people involved sing as though they are doing a rock concert, not a church service.
To the older readers - my age is 62 - we've been there before, in the 70's with the musical Godspell that brought a new vitality to the church.
I can't say I approve of the style, but if they can get the word of the Lord to the masses, all power to them.
To me, a church service should have some dignity, like the services of the Jimmy Swaggart ministries where the crowd are appropriately dressed, but then I am old-fashioned, and it is the word of the Lord that matters not what you wear.
Kindness does not cost a lot but it can make a difference.
Reading the new issue of Premier Christianity magazine that arrived today, reminded me of not only last Christmas, but of a time when I was in Germany, and of the kindness of some people I could not thank.
There were articles on helping the poor at Christmas and how some people fought their way off the streets.
When I was in Germany with the RAF, I spent two nights on the streets of Dortmund because the people I thought of as friends deserted me at RAF Rheindahlen. It's a long story for another time.
Years ago, when I worked at the Bristol museum, I had a lousy month for pay and couldn't afford our Christman food. Some kind people at our school banded together to provide a basic hamper of necessities so we could have a Christmas dinner.
Christmas 2017 was a time for giving for our family, through the year I'd made friends with a young girl who lived on the streets with her dogs, so on Boxing Day we decided that instead of throwing the extra food out; we'd provide a hot meal for some of the people living on the streets.
Their smiles were payment enough for us, it can make a big difference to somebody to know that people do worry about you. I never saw the young lady and her dogs after Christmas, I hope so is as well as can be expected.
It is strange to see a hot air balloon up this late in the year. They usually fly in the hot thermals of the June to August period, however, the Bristol balloon fiesta this year was a washout with almost continuous rain for the three days.
Add to that Richard Bransons' private island suffered the wrath of the Lord in the hurricane season and most of the UK avoiding buying from Virgin for Mr. Bransons' attacks on not only Brexit but the people of the UK and I would imagine his shares must be feeling the pinch now.