Acceptance is the key to peace.
A story from my family history.
My e-book short story - www.amazon.com/dp/B00KQQQHWS - may be fiction, but it is based on a story from my family history.
My Uncle Len is the man who crossed to the stranded ship, and the man who has the accident in the beginning is based on an accident that my late Uncle John had in the early 1970's.
I never doubted it was a true story, when my mother died several years ago, I came in possession of the front page of the paper that reported the incident.
Many people have asked why I write with the USA spelling as I live in the UK?
The answer is easy to understand - on both platforms www.amazon.com/-/e/B007U50BOI and www.draft2digital.com/book/ my sales have always been in the USA.
I won't deny that being a man the sight of a pretty lady singing is more pleasing to me than watching a man, but that is NOT why I watch the ladies more than the men.
The ladies have a variety of singers singing, while the male content is mainly David Phelps and the Gaither Vocal Band. I am not saying David is a bad singer, it is just that the male singers are being neglected in order to promote him, There are many fine male singers on the site.
The best of Europe.
Being disabled and on a low income, a vacation is not an option for me; my idea of going out is a quick trip into the city for an appointment at the hospital. Other than that my world is my house.
So, to have a vacation I save up to buy DVDs for many foreign TV series ranging from Denmark and Sweden to Italy and Israel.
One funny thing did happen, I was watching a UK series (Hinterland) when I saw some subtitles, I have got used to subtitles in foreign series but this was odd until I realized part of the series was in Welsh.
Where will I be?
When I read past posts on Facebook and the blogs, they take me back to when I used to dream of being a moderate success as a writer. Now, I need to re-evaluate my standing in the wake of what I call a wasted decade.
As one former friend used to say "If you hadn't done your writing what would you have done?"
The answer is probably played more games on my PC and become a TV junkie.
To answer the question "Where will I be in ten years?" I must first determine a path to walk.
Even though my e-books are not selling, I will probably be writing this blog as it is popular among the readers.
All things possible, I would like to have some articles published in magazines (not that that is likely to happen), but I can dream as the dreams keep me going.
On a personal level.
Two of our cats will probably be dead by then, as both Bess seen in my arms and Ralph are no longer young. The other furry guardians we have will by then be in their middle-age.
If I am alive - a high probability - not counting accidents or illnesses, as my genetic history on my mother's side has the family living into their mid-80's (my Uncle John being the exception). I will more than likely be housebound as my hereditary illness takes a stronger hold on my nervous system.
The major issue with my health is that I have a severe heart condition called Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In layman's terms, this means the left chamber of my heart is half-formed, and I am always short of breath. This genetic disorder, more than anything else could determine if I am alive to see another decade.
The main change is that I am less of a dreamer now than I was ten years ago. Back then I hoped that by now I would have been accepted as a writer, and perhaps have signed a contract. The truth is the only contracts I got offered where from Vanity Press agencies out to make money from me, not help sell my books.
There is going to be a change in my writing; I am moving to write more stories with a Christian theme, not necessarily religious, than in the last decade when I gained a rep for good Science Fiction stories.
It would be pleasing to have a series that had the triumphant highs of Forgestriker again, but I don't live with the hope of it happening. After all, I never expected my science fiction series to sell over 800 e-books in four and a half years.
In a dream reality, I have the success of me having another successful series, this time writing Christian stories. In a more realistic reality, I am left writing my blog with no success to look back on.
Anagrams and comedy.
Only a few close friends and I know that my original story was about a writer who wished to be read but remains in seclusion and unseen. To do this, he used a pen-name based on an anagram of his name.
The comedic part of the short story was that his friends liked the stories he wrote, but never sussed who the writer was, even though they knew their friend loved puzzles and jokes, until the end of the story when he emerged from hiding.
The name he used was P.A. Canella.
A change in the weather.
The photo on this post is one I took when I was in Canada nine years ago. I shot the image on Nov, 09th.
It was hard to believe this week that we are in October, a few days ago when I went to the hospital, people were walking around in tees and shorts, now there is a chill in the air to show that the Fall will soon pass to Winter.
The award-winning e-book.
As a writer, it is hard not to embody some of yourself in a character if you are to create a real character. Most of my characters have some of me in them, but only Mark Johnson is based on how I see myself and how I feel.
I created the character when I was at a friend's house watching Lorraine Kelly moan about walking across the desert for her show. My initial reaction was "How selfish can this bitch get? Here she is moaning about the sand and heat, with no word of thanks to her camera crew who had been carrying heavy cameras so her viewers can watch the show."
Like Mark, I have no stomach for the shallow world of stars. I had a few months of fame when this book won an award and it cost me friends. Not that the loss meant anything in the real world, all we did was lose contact, which would have happened sooner or later because I was getting tired of all their posts about their successes and book sales, and contracts at a time when I was struggling (when do I not struggle)?
Mark and I also share a dislike for being in the limelight, the last time for me was about five years ago at a book club, when I read an excerpt from the second book in my Science Fiction series (Forgestriker). Again, all that brought me was a violent reaction from another jealous writer in Bristol as I became the victim of a witch hunt.
Mark left the high life to live on the coast, I'd love to move to Scarborough in Yorkshire as I never felt so calm as writing this book the last time I was there a decade ago.
One of my favorite science fiction series of recent times is Warehouse 13.
In one series they encounter H.G. Wells, but it turns out to be a lady. Absurd you say, or is it?
I won't make the assumption that most of you have heard of George Elliot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eliot, but some people have. George Elliot is the pen name for Mary Anne Evans.
Until recently, to be considered seriously, women needed to use a pen name to get published; even today, in the age of enlightenment this barrier exists as one of the top US fantasy writers is Robin Hobb www.robinhobb.com/.
The coin does flip the other way as men are not usually associated with writing romance novels, that is one reason I wrote my romance www.amazon.com/dp/B075BJH2D2 in my name.