A fitting description for me.
I fail to find a more apt title for myself than the Keeper of Lost Causes because that is how I feel about the last four years of my life as a writer, as I tried, in vain, to boost my e-book sales www.amazon.com/-/e/B007U50BOI.
The need for closure.
I will be ending my time as a writer soon, and I am contemplating bringing several stories to an end, not at all pleasant, for what reason?
There are several reasons -
No interest from the reading public.
No sales for my e-books.
A lack of interest on my part caused by the above reasons.
I left some stories open in the hope that sales for the e-books would encourage me to write a sequel, but nothing happened.
Years ago, writing a character off would have caused me grief, but not anymore as nobody is reading my stories.
The ghosts don't dance because the drive that once flowed in me has left me.
Like the people in the image, I feel at a loss as to how to move on, but I will find a way to move on after this decade of disappointment.
The death of a character.
I don't find it difficult to comprehend the change in my writing, after all, none of my e-books have sold in the last three years, and this leads me to a situation that years ago would have upset me - killing of a beloved character in a story - but not now.
The situation first comes to show seven years ago when friends who were following the adventures of my hero (Mark Johnson) got worried that after a bad week I'd kill off their hero; in the end, I spent days trying to write a gruesome end, but I never could do it.
The next time was when I had to kill off a character who was dying slowly in my second sci-fi series (The Word); I knew his story needed a heroic death to give his life meaning, but I cried for days after writing his finale.
Now, I woke this morning with an ending for my romance that I had not foreseen, and feel no remorse if I write the death of Kim Altland from "A Homecoming," after all the book has been on sale for two years and not sold.
I haven't decided how to end "The Reunion," or even if I shall end it, nobody cared what happened in the end.
Brexit and beyond.
The problem The Remainers have with Brexit is that they are so opposed to the Conservative party, they did not listen to what was said about the subject.
Brexit was never about what we could do with the money we save; it was always about having the money available to benefit the UK.
One of the first things we need to do is to pay the Nurses, Carers, Emergency services and the Armed Forces a living wage. Along with this, we should pay more to people with a disability and living help from a charity.
Not even the price of a cup of coffee.
$1 a day is all would take to make me happy, and give me encouragement to write again; sadly, most months I don't even earn $1 a week for my time writing.
Relying on charity
Like the majority of people in the UK, Brexit will have little, if any impact on my life; when you live on or below the poverty line what concerns the rich is of little note to you.
I don't have a bank account in the EU.
I can't afford a vacation, let alone one in the EU.
I don't eat a lot of food from the EU, or drive a car.
When you rely on help from charities to pay your bills, you have nothing to worry over as you have lost it already.
Escape from the mundane life I lead.
For the last ten years, I used my gift as a writer to enable me to escape from the mundanity of my life, and the ever-increasing financial stress my life involves.
Now I've stopped, I feel I have no escape to save myself, but at the same time, I cannot afford the software and the running costs for the enhanced blog as my e-books www.amazon.com/-/e/B007U50BOI and www.draft2digital.com/book/ never sold in any quantity.
I keep thinking of ending the stories I have on file - www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/alan-places-unwritten-stories - if only for some relief, but I keep asking myself who cares www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/who-cares?
Beauty comes from within.
It is only my opinion, but I would much rather see a lady who knows how to enhance her charms with as little make-up as little; I have never been a fan of ladies who use masses of lipstick especially bright red.
There is nothing wrong with enhancing what the Lord has given you, in my view, but I am against adding for the sake of money, that is one reason why I have never considered plastic surgery, and I never will, even if it meant improving my life.
The exception is if you are born with a deformity, or a noticeable birthmark as one of my cousins was.
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Brexit and the EU.
I am no expert on German affairs, so forgive me if I make a mistake, but from the viewpoint of the common man, Germany has made little if any impact in the last 50 years in the world of cultural affairs.
Before I begin, we need to think of the size and industrialization of the federation in comparison to the rest of the EU; Germany is by far the largest and most industrialized country in the EU, and for its size, it is probably as industrialized if not more than the USA.
Soccer - other than Bayern Munich, I doubt many people could nake five German teams who have won a trophy.
In comparison, most people can name several major Italian teams who have won trophies.
Motorcycling - Other than Maico I cannot think of any sports bikes from Germany; I count BMW as a touring bike, not a racer.
Cars - Again, other than BMW I cannot think of another German car, while it has Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini.
Music - Outside of the Heavy Metal band Warlock (shown here) I struggle to think of any German group who made an impact
Opera - This area is the most significant difference when you consider the popularity of composers like Mozart, Weber, Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner to name a few. If you think of major opera houses, what names come to mind? La Scala (Milan), New York Met, The Royal Opera House, London, Kirov Theater (Leningrad), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, and the Royal Opera House of Versailles. Being truthful I cannot think of a major opera house in Germany.
Outside of Italy, Germany has probably produced the highest number of well-known names in the world of Opera, and yet they lack a significant house to perform in; the only major house I can recall is the Wagner Theater in Bayreuth where they hold the annual Ring cycle.