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George Macdonald Fraser on his Tripe

#simpleadvice to #selfpublisher or #editors from George Macdonald Fraser #flashman ow.ly/O7xfH

George Macdonald Fraser 1925-2008
His old typewriter from the Glasgow Herald come up for sale at auction recently.
“It may be tripe but it’s my tripe – and I do urge other authors to resist encroachments on their brain-children and trust their own judgment rather than that of some zealous meddler with a diploma in creative punctuation who is just dying to get into the act.”

Book One From the continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild

Extract:

Falstaff Wild got up and poured himself a drink. He felt sick. He looked at Minami in a new light, he didn’t look right. The Japanese man was far too friendly. Maung as a Burman was too accepting. Surely it wasn’t too incredulous that Minami, as a Japanese, was lying? Except Maung was Asian and seemed to trust his fellow Asian and his fellow journalist, the Japanese Minami.

Minami had either gone native, which seemed unlikely, his newspaper could recall him at any time or he was a spy worming his way into Burma society. A man with a mission in Burma and nothing to do with him at all; not part of the pursuit that had brought down the Japanese on the town. Selfishly he smiled with relief.

Falstaff’s first thought was one of joy. Could it be true he was no longer a target himself? Standing he reached for the bottle, thinking it over. He had escaped, but what did Minami’s presence mean?

If Minami said one word about co-prosperity, he’d know what he was about he decided. Falstaff realised he was standing staring at Minami with the bottle in his hand. He wished he could smash the bottle into the Japanese reporter’s face.

“I’m sorry, I’m being rude, can I offer you another drink?” Falstaff said at last. “Good health!”

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More Tales of the Gold Monkey

I received a very early Birthday present yesterday.  A magazine dedicated to Flying Boats of World war 2, seeing the beautiful cuttaways of the Grumman Goose reminded me where my love of Flying Boats came from; Tales of the Gold Monkey, in which Jake Cutter flew his goose into and out of trouble every week.

Tales of the Gold Monkey

Having just finished writing and editing my own book; another pilot another place and time, but always the float plane or flying boat, it was a pleasure to be reminded of the golden episodes and adventures from the ‘Gold Monkey’ bar.

TV of the 1980’s was dominated by science-fiction, so this 1930s inspired series was like a breath of fresh air, even if it was an homage to the pulp novels of the time.   Set in the South Pacific in the late thirties, pre-war (although of this we are never sure) such as Bora-Bora in French (or to be French Vichy) Polynesia,  a chain of islands bordering Japanese ruled waters.

The Blue Parrot Hotel, of Bora-‘Gora’ comes to be known as the ‘Gold Monkey’ bar following the first adventure in which a Brass Monkey is found on a volcanic island.  The bar is run by ‘Bon Chance’ Louie, played by Roddy McDowall a former member of the French Foreign Legion.

The Blue Parrot ‘Bora-Gora’

The colorful bar and likeable-rogue characters included the main chacter Jake Cutter, pilot of the Goose flying boat.  Jake claims to be a veteran Flying Tiger (AVG); pre-thirties this is unlikely (they started flying in 1941) but it adds to his character nethertheless.  Along with his sometimes-drunk mechanic Corky. The crew of the goose is completed with a side-kick with a one-eye.  A dog who speaks several languages, if one or two barks for yes and no count?

If unashamed escapism is your thing, as it is mine then you could do a lot worse than check the DVD box set of this excellent piece of tongue in cheek adventure.  The DVD is good quality and makes excellant viewing.

The plots my be pulp classics, the fight scenes good old romps but it is great entertainment.  Many like to say this was only a success because of Raiders of the lost Ark; however the Gold Monkey scripts and idea pre-dated Indiana Jones.

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I am two voices

The heart of a writer’s success lies in the marketing. Without marketing I will be unable to continue to write my planned works, – with which I hope to ‘write my way out of this hole’. Without the Blog potential supporters would not know about my struggle or my poetry.

Whistle blowing is not snitching, some view it this way, but it is an action of bravery, which stems from dedication to truth. Honesty is important to writers; in the same way it is important for whistleblowers. It is a shame on society that both can be smothered and must suffer for their beliefs.

The next three months are critical for me not only must I survive; I am waiting for and preparing for my Appeal. It is twelve months since I firmly set on writing – and twelve months I’ve been diverted in Tribunals which are part of a system biased against the individual whistleblower, designed to starve me out.

The poets, the playwrites, musicians and the artists are the thinkers and the feelers that help society breath and see and feel alive; the whistleblower is not an artist but the individual thinking, feeling seeing and shouting out to others to stop and hear the truth, I am both. I am two voices.


Kindle Poetry Haiku List

Haiku is a short form of Japanese verse typically characterised by three qualities:

  • Juxtaposition of two images or ideas and wording or idea between them, a kind of verbal highlighing of the juxtaposed elements.
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on (syllables) respectively. A Kigo (seasonal reference), or reference to motion or time.

one of my favourites by Bashō:

at the ancient pond
a frog plunges into
the sound of water

Modern Japanese haiku are less strict in form and subject, but the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.

There is a common perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences; this is not neccessarliy the case, but helps define the form or distill the experience being expressed.

In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three or four lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.

Modern Haiku can be just as brilliant in clarity take this cutting examble Second Prize The Robert Spiess Memorial 2013: Margaret Dornaus

alphabet soup
I practice cradling love
in a stainless spoon

Writing Haiku

Haiku  on Kindle

The Heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield

Illustrated Basho Haiku Poems

Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way – Lily Wang’s English and Chinese Zen Shorts by Lily Wang

Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way – Lily Wang’s English and Chinese Zen Shorts
Night Fall (Haiku For The Evening Shade)
Haiku
Intro to Haiku: An Anthology of Poems and Poets from Basho to Shiki
Haiku: This Other World

Kindle books from Michael Wormald

The Long Hard Highway

Kindle Edition Cover

The Long Hard Highway [Kindle Edition]

by Michael Wormald

Poetry, Haiku and reflections on the difficulties of living with ME.

Haiku XI
C
heap sword hanging
B
y a good
D
emands more attention

Haiku XIX
I
nside neon bright
O
utside moon full burns
See; dream.

Poem, ‘Dreams of Forgotten Love’, Extract:

Whispering echoes return from sleeping memory.
S
ipping potions divine, drowning in forgotten loves glory.
L
ike the recognition of a long forgotten perfume,
D
istant faces blotted; clear once more a bloom.
S
he is there lingering with lost affection,
T
he only light coming from re-surfaced emotion

Souls of dead poets, –
S
eeking then resting like weary travelers,
I
n a fool’s paradise, unreal and decayed.
T
he forgotten flower of Love, withered without sunlight.
W
hat’s the point of trying to keep it alive without light.
L
ike a never ending epitaph to a memory,
Y
our path has been too long and too hard to go back.

Leave your sour scars, forgive and forget yourself.
F
ools gold to forgive all but yourself.

Michael Wormald


Kindle Poetry The Long Hard Highway

Poetry Collection; ‘The Long Hard Highway’ is a collection of poems by aspiring British poet, writer and researcher of historical fiction, and children’s author Michael J. Wormald. Self published for the first time on Amazon Kindle 2013.

The poems are documented by the author with his personal experiences dealing with Myalgic Encephalitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Depression and life.

The poems were written during previous turmoil some twenty years ago, long before he was finally given the diagnosis, and the validation for his view and approach to his illness and tribulations.

Full of moving and motivational verses steeped with imagination and passion. If you want to see things in a new light you’ll find insight here.

A moving and thought provoking guide to the mysteries of M.E. and its affects through honestly written poetry and verse.

Michael is not afraid to tackle his subjects directly; written in a range of classic and modern styles. The pen sometimes imagined and wielded as a sword; sometimes as a feather. This collection is an honest reflection of the trials of M.E. and how it put a life on hold.

Poetry Collection; ‘The Long Hard Highway’ is a collection of poems by myself, Self published for the first time on Amazon Kindle 2013.

The poems are documented with personal experiences dealing with Myalgic Encephalitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Depression and life, from the twenty years ago when things first started to go wrong.

Vote for poem ‘Heart if Oak’ in competition:

http://www.poemhunter.com/contest-vote/a-heart-of-oak/

Poetry Competition
Heart of Oak from Kindle book ‘The Long Hard Highway’

From the book

“The Long Hard Highway” is live in the Kindle Store and has been enrolled in KDP Select. It is available* for readers to purchase:

The Long Hard Highway

My blogs:

Whistleblowing

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis


Kindle Publishing! Like it or Hate it?

Well if you like me, you’ve found yet another blog telling you how easy/hard it is to get started.    I started looking because I needed an output for my work; and well to be honest I’m broke, – so I hoped it would be easy.

It wasn’t; well not at the start.

It’s surprisingly simple.   Don’t waste time investing in any new software!

You can use Word; you could even use any basic word-processor that saves in HTML.

However the blogs, critics and leaches that would sell you ‘kindle formatting software’ are right you need to know what format to write in.

Stop; don’t send any money.  All you need is a Word-processor (saves HTML) and the Free Amazon Kindle Previewer.  Kindle Previewer is a graphical user interface tool that emulates how books display across Kindle devices and apps.

I am busy writing my own masterpiece. thanks

Poetry Collection; ‘The Long Hard Highway’ is a collection of poems by myself, Self published for the first time on Amazon Kindle 2013.

The poems are documented with personal experiences dealing with Myalgic Encephalitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Depression and life, from the twenty years ago when things first started to go wrong.

Vote for poem ‘Heart if Oak’ in competition:

http://www.poemhunter.com/contest-vote/a-heart-of-oak/

Poetry Competition

Heart of Oak from Kindle book ‘The Long Hard Highway’

From the book

“The Long Hard Highway” is live in the Kindle Store and has been enrolled in KDP Select. It is available* for readers to purchase:

The Long Hard Highway

My blogs:

Whistleblowing

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis