Bits and pieces

23. Apr, 2020

I find it hard to believe that it's been a month since I have 'blogged.' Isolation is not an unusual thing for a writer ... most are introverted and like their me time - some more than others.

So, what have I achieved in this month? Apart from getting all my books in to global distribution - finally - plus uploading them to the libraries, I have found myself spring cleaning. While it is not exactly spring here in the southern hemisphere, the weather is mild and inspiring. I'm downsizing as well as organising. And finding it very liberating.

As well I have purchased some storage in the form of shelving. I love shelving ... there is so much one can do with it. It's also a great way to fill in an evening, putting it together when there is nothing worth viewing on TV.

And of course, I am reading a couple of books   ... The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams, which is an unusual story, to say the least, and The Rule of Knowledge by Scott Baker. This I will add, is a book I won many years ago. Scott has done many things beside write, and that includes working on the movie, The Hobbit. The Rule of Knowledge is - so far - proving to be a read that could lead one anywhere. I am enjoying the mystery of it.

So, while many lament the dreainess of this Covid-19 lockdown, it is but another moment in my life ... one that has kept me very busy.

Keep well, everyone and stay happy. Things could be worse.

16. Mar, 2020

I don't do much social media beyond Facebook so I hate to think what is happening elsewhere, but this thing with the corona/covid-19 virus has just got way out of hand. Yes ... places, countries, events and trading is closing down but one must have to wonder why.

In one article I have read it states that this virus has been known to scientists and health authorities since early January. If that's the case, why has it taken so long for this information to reach the populace? Whatever the answer panic buying is not the solution. 

I'm not a doctor and I certainly don't think that I know better than anyone else but one needs to think on how many viruses have been around us, and for how long. We have been living with them for hundreds of years. People get sick and people die, but there are far more serious illnesses that will get you in the end. 

For me, common sense wins out. Good health practices, good food, rest and a bit of recreation can only be the right thing for everyone. So instead of buying several hundred toilet rolls which will become homes for rats, mice and vermin - increasing your likelihood of infection of some kind - take it easy and put some thought into your day. That way everyone is happy.

Have a good one folks.

 

9. Mar, 2020

While it is an unlikely pilgrimage, it is also an unlikely story. If you are looking for adventure, fantasy or action this book is not for you, but if you are looking for something that will touch your heart in a thousand ways, this is a fabulous read.

Harold is retired, disillusioned and very unimpressed with life when he recieves a short letter informing him of a terminally ill work collegue - one he has not seen for over 20 years. He does the right thing and makes an effort to reply, yet instead of dropping it into the post box he decides to deliver it by hand. This might not sound so exciting to most but it involves a long and extremely arduous walk ... one that Harold is ill-prepared for, in more ways than one.

I loved this book even though I had to find - and use - several tissues at the end. It makes one think and that, to me, is always a good thing.

I give it 5 stars ... no arguement, and if you choose to take it up, you will not be disappointed. Happy reading. 

24. Feb, 2020

Today I published The Ring of Curses on Amazon - the first book in the Merlin's School series. That's three books down with one to go. It has taken me nearly two months to get to this point but it will be worth it in the long run. Nobody said that publishing was easy, and those who have know it. It takes time and dedication but in the long run it's a fabulous thing to see your book out there in the wild.

So ... onto the last book ... Sword of Stone, the second in the Merlin's School series. When that is behind me I will then move onto finishing the third book, The Grail and Back Again. Onwards and upwards!

Have a great day, everyone.

20. Feb, 2020

It's a beautiful day, the sky is blue, the air is warm and sweet ... and then it is spoilt by those annoying little things, like the silly twats who leave one word messages or stupid little comments on my web page. While I love to read constructive comments on how I might improve things - because after all ... none of us knows everything - I do get annoyed by the people who leave one word comments like deposits of fly shit here and there. They mean nothing to anyone except themselves, and they're not even funny. They just mean I have to visit my site and remove and block them ... it's a bit like doing housework - I'd rather put my energies into art.

So please, if you feel so inclined to dirty up something ... go somewhere else.

In the meantime, have a great day :-)