Hello. It was good enough for Alexander Graham Bell to use on the first telephone. It’s acceptable here.
Welcome to my blog and may the reading be with you! I’ll start with a small preamble about myself and what this place is all about.
I’m currently trying to get published (like everyone) but first off I’m trying to build up a small reservoir of material that would have potential publishability. I have written ever since I first picked up a pen. It’s pretty much like riding a bike – you don’t forget and there’s no falling off involved.
My parents tended to shun the mind numbing delights of TV, denying me intelligent programming like WWF before it was challenged by the real WWF, or Wheel of Fortune. Instead I read books and plenty of them. I used a kind of thickometer to judge whether I would tackle a book or not – more than two inches of material meant that book would not be read by me.
Now we’ve established I have read books (some more than two inches thick now!) what’s the purpose of this blog? To inspire myself as much as anyone else that might pass through this neck of the cyberwoods. My main passion for awhile was writing rap verses which then dissipated as I wasn’t going to be a rapper, and from these short stories evolved so over around 10 years of on off productivity. I have a fair mix of poems, raps, the odd song, short stories, unpublished articles, a third of a film script and about a quarter of a book.
I don’t like to think my writing fits a genre specifically but I like to tell stories with sharp dialogue mixed with political, psychological, scientific, humanistic themes. 1984 had a huge impact on me so dystopian worlds grab my attention, and I like to imagine what the future might be like. I like gritty realism, not a fan of No.1 Bestseller books – and not just because they get to go on more holidays than I do.
I can’t say there’s any one person, I have books I’ve loved and that’s the criteria so a small list goes like so: George Orwell, Alduos Huxley (to a lesser extent), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Keigo Hagashino, Richard Feynman, Derren Brown, Christopher Brookmyre, Roald Dahl, Chuck Palahnuik, Ben Goldacre, Frank Miller, George Pelecanos, Richard Dawkins, Enid Blyton, Albert Uderzo, Rene Goscinny, Georges Remi aka Herge and short stories in general.