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.
Don't do anything for free.
It could be seen as ultra-cynical but the saying from Yorkshire is true "If thee does ought for nought , make sure thee does it for thee sen."
In layman's lingo, "If you do something for nothing make sure you do it for yourself."
Never a truer word was spoken.
I wrote for several anthologies over the last decade, and while other writers were offered contracts and had book sales I got nothing; the only thing the anthology work did was ruin my Amazon ratings.
I used to a dreamer.
I knew of a storyteller of old who had many people praise his work www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/how-great-thou-art, but no matter who admired his work he soon learned that praises do not bring sales. He kept questioning his values as a writer to the point he didn't believe what he got told.
He wrote a successful science fiction series www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/my-success-with-writing-science-fiction about a group of men struggling with the loneliness of being on a deserted craft in the voids of space.
Before that, he wrote an award-winning book www.amazon.com/dp/B008BEDMSO that he hoped could be a series of short stories, again awards do not bring sales.
In his early career he wrote a highly praised crime fiction story www.draft2digital.com/book/32325 that he hoped would start a series, but despite praises from a police officer in Queensland nothing happened.
I wonder what became of him; some stories say he got so disillusioned he stopped writing - www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/author-goes-missing - there is a rumor that he left writing to become a priest - www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/just-a-priest - so he could forget his past, and live out his days in seclusion.
Still on sale.
My e-books are a "ghost brand"- www.draft2digital.com/book/-that means they are still on sale with little publicity - www.amazon.com/-/e/B007U50BOI.
The books by the Peacock Writers, and Angels Cried are for Charity, so I won't see any money from the sales.
Another country and culture is set to fall
All you can do is warn people by telling them what is happening in Europe; I had friends in the USA who said I was not telling the truth about the Muslim invasion, for that is what it is.
That was until three years when I wrote a paid article in which I collected information from sources ranging from Austria to Norway and from Sweden to Spain showing what allowing these Muslims into your country can do. My article was only 20 pages long, as I told my friend I could have gone on a lot longer as the crimes are never ending.
A year ago, the Prime Minister of Norway said if Sweden cannot control their Muslim population she had no option but to close the borders to protect her country.
Finland has started a program of expelling thousands of Muslims a week and making it a crime for them to attempt to re-enter the country, it is not racism, it is a desperate action taken to preserve a country's identity.
Stockholm was once a pretty city; now it has so many no-go areas a tourist needs a police map to avoid getting attacked, and since the Muslims arrived a decade ago it has become the rape center of Europe.
It was always a dream for romance to see Paris in the Spring, and nowadays, even the French avoid the city as the streets are filled with trash and feces as the invaders will not tidy up after themselves.
I pray New Zealand does not allow these people to enter as they will take over as they do NOT accept our values.
Going dark in October.
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?"