Writing, but not writing…

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During the last six months I have been writing a vast amount, however, the writing concerned has nothing to do with my novels.

I have now taken steps to battle my way back to being able to work on my fiction once again.

I do enjoy different forms of writing, but my first love has to be creative, as this really is my playground.

During my time away the ideas have been coming thick and fast and now the time has come to get them down.

I’m now working hard on finishing my novel, A Mission Too Far, which is the last of the Harry Royle trilogy. It may be the end of the trilogy, but not of the character. Watch this space…

I’m also working on my second volume of short stories, Hobbsley’s Secrets.

Both books will be out autumn 2017.

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Welcome to the Deaf community – What took you so long?

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As I sit here typing this, I am getting used to the sounds of my typing and all those other sounds around me, as they’re coming to me via my new hearing aids. Yes, I discovered two months ago that I have a hearing loss and having lost all of my upper range.

The strange thing is that before the hearing test, I had no idea that I had a problem. I had assumed that people these days mumble too much, that TV has a poor sound quality as standard and that everyone struggled to hear in crowded places like railway stations and coffee shops.

Asking people to repeat things that they had said was so much a part of my everyday conversation, that I had ceased to notice and my family had made it into a joke.

Being told that I had a disability was a shock and I found it hard to take in at first. Even attending my first audiology appointment, I thought that I might have a slight problem, I even allowed that one ear could be at fault, but to discover that my hearing was serious enough to require my wearing two hearing aids, was a complete surprise.

As I come to terms with my new hearing aids, I wonder just how many years I have really needed them and simply didn’t realise? One in six people have a hearing loss issue. When you think about that it’s a staggering figure. Even more surprising is the fact that of those about half will have no idea of the fact.

This problem is such a national one that The Royal National Institute For Deaf People (RNID), who have been established as a charity since 1911 recently changed their name to Action On Hearing Loss, as a way of attracting more people and in doing so, help them. It was the charity’s website which gave me my first indication that something was amiss where my hearing was concerned.

The Action On Hearing Loss website  has an online hearing test and at the end of this will advise you to see your GP if there is a problem. I took the test twice and thanks to their advice, my GP’s referral and two great audiologists, I can sit here and listen to so much more than I could just a few days ago.

I can tell the real difference when I turn the aids off and the world becomes warm and fuzzy and loses its top notes. Fellow musicians will only need to think of turning off the treble on the amp, that’s my hearing without aids and it makes a big difference to every single conversation, TV show and piece of music I play or listen to.

Are the hearing aids perfect? No, I find them strange, it’s like having two earpieces in, not just for an hour or two, but all day and it feels wrong. Is the sound natural? Not quite, no, my brain has got used to a certain way of hearing and filling in gaps, things are odd. Hearing aids in no way give back hearing, but they do help and are worth the effort needed to use them. The sound is electronic, how could it be anything else, but the result is wonderful. If you have thought that perhaps you might have a hearing problem, my advice would be to go along to the website or to book a hearing test, because in this situation ignorance really isn’t bliss.

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Twelve Shards of Glass FREE Kindle Book. This weekend only

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A collection of short stories tied together by the central theme of glass in all its myriad forms. I see the collection as more fragments of a stained glass window. With each being a single piece, jagged or smooth, but complete only in its association with the macro-cosmic whole.
With the stories there is light and shade, twist in the tale and comedic. Depending on mood and taste, you will find something to savour within the pages of this collection. Each story looks at the human condition and how it is reflected in our emotions.
Each of the following stories was written specifically for this collection.

The woman who looked through a telescope
An executive sent to attend a conference from London, checks into a seaside hotel. What she finds in the sea changes not only her own perceptions, but her entire life. A tale which offers an insight into what can happen, if we allow ourselves to stop being so sophisticated and learn to relax, wonderful things can take place.

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An unexpected inheritance leads a man to not only learn of his past, but in doing so, discover his future in the process. A twist in the tale story

The Lasts Drops
A group of ceremonial magicians conjure up a demon during a ritual. When the thing is banished, something remains in its place and this has implications for the whole household. This is a dark comedy with a nod to Hammer Horror.

The Goldfish Bowl
Five strangers are trapped in a glass elevator and while awaiting rescue, discover that often it’s more how we view things, than how those things really are which counts. A cautionary tale about how easy it is to base our lives on our habits and assumptions.

Keep your eye on the ball
A serious accident gives an angry man a chance for more than he ever dreamed possible, including his own spiritual and emotional redemption. A story of not only possibilities, but also of love.

The Glass Bell
An old priest discovers an ancient glass bell and believing it to be a gift from heaven, has it set in a bell tower. However, when the bell rings, something comes in answer and it isn’t an angel. This story is my take on The Lovecraft mythos.

The John Trail
A woman gets more than she bargained for, when she orders new double glazed windows for her old house. This is a comedy played out across the backdrop of Britain during The 1980s.

Here’s looking at you
Set during the 1930s. A woman racing driver and general all round daredevil appears to have a charmed life. Who is the mysterious woman she sees in the mirror? A classic twist in the tale type of story.

The moving glass
Newlyweds host a house warming and find the addition of a Ouija board offers far more than just party games. A supernatural tale with a twist.

The Night Shift
Two men who dislike each other find a common bond in a nemesis in the shape of a woman, who is even more threatening to their status as men’s men than was their imagined feud. A comedic tale which looks honestly at how men have a habit of seeing themselves as legends in their own minds. It also looks at how friendships are so often found in unlikely places.

The magician’s assistant
A magician’s new assistant finds herself trapped inside a living nightmare unable to wake up. This is a psychological tale with a twist.

The White Room
A sculptor meets a 60s Hippy in a mysterious white room and learns the truth about art, his life and the secret of living in the moment. This is a story about how each moment in life really can be a perfect moment, if only we take the time to see and experience it.

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Coming up for air

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What a good feeling it is to finish something. Last night I saw my first short story collection published, Twelve Shards of Glass. The feeling, as always is one of both sadness and elation.

A part of me gets used to being around the work in question and then suddenly that relationship changes and I have a different kind of relationship.

I’m very excited about this collection of stories because I think writing these for the book and with having a set theme in mind, connections with glass, I have been able to use different writing styles, as well as light and shade.

As an author, I’m all too often judged by the work at hand, as to my ability.  This of course is nonsense, as we can all turn our hands to different things, if we’re offered the opportunity.

Many of the stories have a twist in the tale and all are perfect coffee break short reads.

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An old fashioned wartime thriller FREE today only on Kindle

Last day of the sale today Sunday 17/01/2016

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If you like an old-fashioned wartime thriller without sex and too much violence, this might be right up your street.

The second book in my Harry Royle series is FREE all this weekend. It is book two, but can be enjoyed as a standalone read.

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An old fashioned wartime thriller FREE today only on Kindle

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If you like an old-fashioned wartime thriller without sex and too much violence, this might be right up your street.

The second book in my Harry Royle series is FREE all this weekend. It is book two, but can be enjoyed as a standalone read.

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Why writers fear being published

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The title of this blog may sound messy and perhaps a little out there, but stick with me and all will hopefully become clear.

Whenever a writer is mentioned in conversation, whether by fellow writers, would be writers or readers, the word rejection is often heard.

It is a well-known fact that writers, authors, poets and so on, all fear the sting of rejection and it does sting.

A less well-known fact is that a great many of the above also fear being published. Wait a minute, did I write that correctly?

Yes, fear of publication is very real, let me explain. Anyone can write, really, if you string words together, you’ve written a sentence.

Write a few sentences and you have a paragraph and keep that up and you might just have a book. Yes, you’re a writer.

A published writer is something very different. Why? Because, once your work has been published, it is available for all to see.

Publication exposes you, makes you vulnerable and suddenly different from all of the others, who would rather like to be published someday.

So often, an unpublished writer will fear the exposure that will come with publication and this can block creativity.

The thing is if you do get into print people may not like what you right, but what if they do? What if people fall in love with the worlds your words create?

Life is a risk. Not taking risks. is like not living, so here’s to life.

 

 

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