I am an award-winning writer.
I could not believe I was an award-winning author even when I had the certificate in my hand to prove it.
All things come to an end, and as such this decade is closed; my tenure as a writer is done, it is hard to believe that I found an old USB stick with over a hundred short stories on that I will be deleting this week.
Years before I earned my rep for science fiction with my Forgestriker series www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/how-great-thou-art, I started a project called The Word.
The concept started because I am concerned about the lack of reading the modern generation does when you compare it with how many use game apps for their Ipads.
A group called The Word are trying to fight to win the minds of the young back to reading and away from the dependence on the games provided by their enemy - The Game Lords.
This project has been ongoing for several years - on and off - I came across some old files today on a USB stick I thought I'd lost, and found that when I stopped the story (for the second time), I had written over 100 pages; making this series my longest book by a long way.
Even at this stage, I consider the story no more than half-finished. I could go on with the story if I thought there is any interest, but it will not end before October.
If I did write the story again it would give me something to do other than be a virtual tourist www.alsdominion.co.uk/home/the-race-is-on
Along with the central theme I had considered two side projects linked to the concept; one was about a man who risks his life to bring the Indie Writers works into the light of the readers, and the other was about a group of people who were seeking out lost works by unknown writers from the past,
I started the series on my Google blog but gave up because I was writing more paragraphs a week than I was getting readers, the second time I wrote the series was for my old channel on Disqus, again, I stopped for lack of response from readers.
The story has nothing to do with dragons; I used this image as it is one I would have used if I was going to write a dragon short story collection www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/there-be-dragons.
Writing fake reviews.
Several years ago, I got offered, several times, the opportunity to write fake reviews for $20 a report but I chose not too.
One reason was my code of ethics told me it was wrong - damn those ethics they cost me a lot in the last decade - another reason is I thought if I got found to be writing them, the news would ruin my rep as a writer.
One interesting thought is I wonder how much I could have made over the years by writing fake reviews?
If I got the chance now, I doubt I would take a second thought as my rep is worthless and I make less than $5 a year from my e-books.
Not for the young.
The ladies in my stories are usually mature ladies; this has nothing to do with my age as I have always preferred ladies who have a strong personality.
I find younger ladies who are dominated by trends of pop music, fashion and the TV boring and shallow.
As Hannah said in my story www.draft2digital.com/book/235628 , "Are trees that have faced the winds of time not as beautiful as the young and slender ones."
My virtual travels.
This week, I decided to sort my DVDs our by country - www.alsdominion.co.uk/the-reading-room/my-life-as-a-virtual-tourist. Disregarding the USA and the UK the next in line is Sweden, not surprisingly, I do try to watch Nordic crime, but on the whole I find stories from Finland hard to get into - there are exceptions - and Norway is a hard area to get streaming TV from.
Following Sweden we have various series from Italy, again no surprise to me, I love the Italian countryside with all those coves and the rugged coast. Surprisingly, in third is Denmark, surprising because after the success of Borgen and The Killing, I found little of interest.
The elder lady in the photo of Borgen is the role model for Hannah in my story - www.amazon.com/dp/B075BJH2D2 - holding fourth place is France.
We keep being told about the deforestation of the jungles to make paper, and how we can help preserve the wildlife by using less paper - here is a case of gross waste.
Last week, a package arrived from Amazon; it was no bigger than a regular book size - the box is for an electric can opener - after opening the box we were amazed at the amount of packaging inside.
There are over 20 feet of brown paper surrounding the cardboard box with the opener. The cats loved to chase the paper, and the only good thing is that as the packaging is brown paper, it will be suitable for composting.
The Fuchsia shown here is one I grew from a shoot many years ago and I hope this year to grow more like this next year, once our garden is made disabled accessible.
For many years, my wife and I have turned our waste to good use with homegrown foods, they always taste better than factory farmed produce that is no false statement when you grow a radish the size of a jawbreaker and full of flavor.
I got all the evidence last night.
If I needed proof that writing is for the giving, not the receiving, I got my evidence yesterday.
Yesterday there were over 1,000 posts read by over 200 readers of my blog, but no sign of a sale for my e-books, no wonder I am so p'd off with life, and writing.
Reading is alive, but writing is dead.
People want to read stories, but nobody wants to pay you to write them; I tried several unknown magazines from the USA, Canada, UK, and Australia and all I got was nothing, not even a reject letter.
For the reasons mentioned I would not hesitate to write fake reviews if I got the job, after all, what can I lose?
I don't earn $5 a year as a writer, and I have no reputation to be concerned about.
I cannot see the attraction for a young lady to join ISIS, and be willing to have children in a world with no medical care and a religion that hates women.
When I read about the wars in the Middle East, I think of the quote by GoldaMeir when she said "Peace will only come to the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us," think of this next time you read of a child used as a suicide bomber. If the bomb isn't detonated, the child will be shot by the security forces. The headline will read something like this - "IDF soldiers kill a Palestinian child."
If people read www.israeltoday.co.il/ as I used to, they would realise Israel is only defending herself from Arab attacks, she is a Christian state in the Middle East, and surrounded by Muslims.
I stopped reading the magazine because I could not afford the subscription.
I also don't understand people who have issues about LGBT relationships; I used to have friends on both sides of the fence, and we had no issues. I may not understand how you feel, but I will support your wish to be loved, believe me, I know what it feels like to be unloved.
A BBC reporter attempting to stifle public opinion by attacking Tommy Robinson tonight proved how corrupt the Biased Broadcasting Corporation is.
They are like the PA who keep trying to prove that Jews have no claim to Israel, the harder they attempt to disprove what people think, the more they show themselves to be wrong.
The people voted for Brexit two years ago, and the criminal element from the EU is still flooding the UK.
As a Tory voter for many years, the recent TorySplit does not worry me; the people who should be concerned are those still in Labour after the LabourSplit, the new party forming could give the voters a third choice other than UKIP.
I used to vote Labour until the endless strikes of the mid 1980's; we never never from one week to the next what would be available in the shops. I used to be a Unionist back when I believed the Unions would protect jobs, not become a tool to bring down the establishment.