There is masses of chatter in politics and the world of science about the effects of global warming, but I think the planet is cooling down rather than warming up.
I base my deduction on the fact that I've lived in the South West of England for over 50 years, and I cannot recall back-to-back harsh winters for the UK) like we are having. If I were living in Yorkshire, where I was born, this would be the norm for this time of year as the winds from Russia control the weather; but here in the Bristol area, the weather is usually warmer because the winds come from the Atlantic Ocean and the water causes a quicker temperature loss.
It is a little-known fact, but the Arctic Circle is growing; the ice packs are slowly spreading. The photo on the book cover is one I took nine years ago over Greenland on my way to Canada; the book is the sequel to my highly rated book on Amazon (Nerja).
This section of Greenland no longer exists as it blew up in a volcanic explosion in 2010 with a blast that caused air traffic across between USA and Europe to be brought to a halt for weeks because of the ash in the air.
You keep me writing.
I cannot thank the readers of this blog too profoundly, without your support I would have given up writing several months, if not years ago as my e-books are not selling.
I used to believe I was a good writer, but my view has changed in the last three years as the sales dried up, despite my attempt to boost them by adding a variety of genres to my catalog.
My problem is that the sales were the only guide to how I could value my work as reading a free blog isn't an accurate guide in my opinion.
I often had this discussion with my former-friend, Julia Petrakis, she would have said: "If your writing weren't interesting, people would not read it."
My response is "People will read almost anything if it's free, go into a doctor's surgery and see how many people are reading a magazine that is months/ years old because it is free."
Another response could be "If my writing is that interesting, why don't people buy some of my e-books?"
I sell more in Germany than in the UK.
When I checked my e-book sales on Draft2Digital for last year, I found I sold over four times as many on Tolino to Germany than to the UK.
I sell more e-books to Australia than to all of the EU.
Added stress is taking a toll on me.
I am struggling to cope with the added stress that is mounting in my life, and today it took another leap when I blacked out for several minutes in our lounge.
All I did was take a rest for my aching knees, and the next thing I saw was a flash, and then I fell onto our couch.
I do have a paperback edition of the book on the post.
It's strange the things I think of as my days as an e-book writer are closing down.
Last night, I was reminded of the Will and Grace episode when Will does a Susan Lucci impression.
She is supposed to have said, "What do I have to do to get some recognition in this town?"
She said this after being nominated for the Daytime Emmy for the 18th time without winning - she did win in 1998 - there is one difference, while Ms. Lucci was working at least she was being paid.
In my struggle to get recognized as an author, I have not been paid - even a small amount - for almost a year.
I paid the high price for not following the trends.
Ten years ago, I said I'd rather fail for being myself than succeed by following the trends in writing.
I have failed, but at the same time, I stayed true to my beliefs and never followed the trends. Never did I consider following a pattern, not even now when I think of writing trashy romances as the final straw, for I will still be my voice.
I have had plenty of time to second guess my actions, but the bottom line is that as an unknown writer I had no chance of success without the money for promotion, and being in the UK is also a major drawback to success.
I have often considered if I will get remembered after I die?
How will people recall me?
A man of honor who stood for what he believed even if it brought him ridicule and scorn?
A reasonable person who tried to do his best for others, even if it wasn't appreciated?
An honest person who spoke the truth?
The writer of a bestselling science series called Forgestriker?
The award-winning writer of The Chronicles of Mark Johnson?
How do I see myself?
A truthful man, people often didn't like what I said, but often the truth hurts.
As a failed writer because though I won the award, the book never sold after winning the award.
If I was to foresee my legacy it would be to say that I was a writer who chose not to jump on the current trends, and paid the price by not selling his work.
Unknown depths of depravity
Now I am resigned to writing on my blog only, who knows what I will be writing, or who cares to what depths of depravity I will plummet?
I did start an adult version of Snow White several years ago, and this week I found I had the cover still on file, so how about Snow White and the seven dwarves in an orgy?
I also got sent some erotic downloads for supporting a GoFundMe scheme from a Polish photographer, the young ladies in the shots are not always entirely, or partially clothed; for my taste, most of the girls are too young and slender, but then I am not writing to my taste but what will get read.
The end of the Labour party.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refuses to talk to Theresa May about Brexit, but he is willing to talk to terrorists like the IRA and Hamas, what does that say about the man?
Before he had given his speech of acceptance a dozen of his MP's had left the part, and a dozen more left within another two weeks.
Being the Opposition leader is the easy job as all you need do is object to what gets proposed with no consequences.
Other than his party's belief in him, he is running scared of Dianne Abbot opening her mouth as all she does is bring ridicule to her party.
Even if the party got a new leader, they are finished as their policies go against the thoughts of the working man in the UK. How can you support the British worker when you are encouraging workers from the EU to come to the UK?
Not putting too much irony in the joke of him being the leader, I believe more in my ability to be a bestselling author than for Corbyn to be right for the UK; and I have no belief I will be a bestseller.
Here is a scary thought for Labour voters, if Corbyn did win an election, not only does he look like he's just been roused from his after dinner nap in a senior citizens home he will be the OLDEST leader of a country in memory.
He is older than both Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi when they died.
He is older than both Pandit Nerhu and Ali Jinnah when they died.
He is older than both Mrs. May and Mrs. Merkel.
If he lives another year he will be older than Mahatma Gandhi too
Tis is a wondrous day
Today is beautiful for the time of year, it may be cold and damp outside, but the sun is out, and there is blue skies above.
The problem is this is a risky time for gardeners as this warm spell can coax young buds to bloom too early and not be ready for a hard frost next month.
The pleasant weather is continuing, but my family have got used to expecting snow expecting snow anytime from New Year to late March.
As I suggested, the snow arrived www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/global-warming.