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Dyslexic Launches 490 page book with One Spelling Error?

I lot of people use dyslexia as an excuse for laziness.  True dyslexics when facing their critics often feel chastised for something they could not control, and rarely use it as an excuse.

I rarely see my mistakes when re-reading my own writing.  To clarify, I cannot often read my own handwriting, my brain is in fact working at 10 times the pace of my fingers and has often moved on to thinking about something else, normally on how embarrassed I am by my own handwriting.  However, since I learnt to type, and the many years thereafter, I have moved on and started to learn things like Spelling and Grammer, the barrier of undecipherable handwriting has been removed.

Learning Spelling is NOT over coming dyslexia.  I simply can’t see the mistakes.  My brain doesn’t process the phonics properly.  I can type so fast words fall over each other, words in a sentence can get as mixed as the letters.

Dyslexia varies from one person to another, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. People with dyslexia have particular difficulty with:

  • phonological processing; mixing ‘of’ with ‘ov’, ‘p’ with ‘b’,

Some say this is “phonological awareness”, wrong!  We are not idiots!  We know the difference between the printed letter ‘p’, ‘b’, ‘s’.]  Phonetically the processing skips, Dyslexics are not aware they’ve made a mistake; and when processing the read-back, – well, the brain knows what it thinks we wrote – and moves on to process other more interesting and engaging things.

  • verbal processing and memory

Verbal memory is the ability to remember a sequence of verbal information even for a short period of time.  This is so true, I always have to write down directions, or information.  My hand writing?  Don’t ask!  Want me to drawn a map of the places I’ve been or the design of twin-turbo rotary engine, I’ll do it from memory and label all the parts.  I’ll overload you with information!   I’ve been told I see the world as atoms.  Again, processing information is different?

I always wanted to be a Writer!

I always wanted to be a writer and ever since I started typing on a computer I’ve had that dream.  I’ve worked for 25 years as a successful engineer, mainly on engineering projects for the UK armed forces.  However, due to health reasons I am now at home, pursuing the dream of writing.  Since my life and livelihood are now on the line I know I have to get this write (sorry, right!).


Self-Publishing is largely the realm of the failed writer, rather than the writer to be, in terms of success.  ‘Self’ means you have to be you own Editor, Reviewer, Researcher and Marketer.  If you don’t get it right no one will buy your book.  Knowing this I have worked hard to make self-publishing possible.

Editor, Editing and Edited

Three times or more, with two different types of Proof reading software, I combed my book over and over.  Not until the final week did I stop tweaking and rethinking the book.  Be your own brutal editor!

1 Mistake?

Upload Spell Check

Well, even that is not a mistake!

My book is full of place names, Asian names, and Romanization of other languages. I cannot tell you how elated I was to find that the Amazon Kindle check after Upload came back with One error!

Book by Dyslexic Free of Errors

Amazon Kindle handles books in many languages, with place names, and common transliteration, so I was very impressed that it coped with all the different names, places and spelling preferences used*.

The mistake?  ‘toroi’, which is romanized Japanese and is correct when used as part of the sentence.

Book by Dyslexic Free of Errors

Please considering buying the book on Amazon Kindle from April 2015

The Call of the Thunder Dragon: The Continuing Adventures of Falstaff Wild [Kindle Edition]

Falstaff the Incorrigible, a mercenary scoundrel with an evil temper. It is the eve of war in Europe, but Falstaff has unfinished business with a princess, the Japanese Army and loot still to find in the east. The incorrigible Falstaff is down but not out. His eye for the ladies and the chance for a quick buck have got him trouble again.

Falstaff undertakes a remarkable mission Bhutan. Hoping to set a record, or find gold and loot. Instead, he discovers to what extremes the Japanese will go to catch him.

“If there ever was a time for a new Bond or Flashman it is now, move over Biggles Falstaff is at the controls!”

“A fascinating account of a flight through China, Burma and on to Bhutan. Via the political landscape and intrigues of pre-war Asia. A acceptable take on the ‘Journey to the West’ as modern thrill ride with the Rogue Falstaff!”

“A high ride right to the nail biting end, a twist at every step, inspiring, funny and full of facts.”

“A great attempt at a first novel. A convincing start to a series which could run and run, any disappointment about loose ends left over are quashed by the teasing start to volume 2!”


*International English vs ‘English’ or ‘British’ English etc. color vs colour etc. English is international, there is no preference for spelling in publishing so long as you are consistent.  Only stuck up – racist English School teachers have to have a preference apparently?


Writing without coffee?

Writing without coffee is possible; but after days two I become a sloth and lived under a duvet on the sofa for the rest of the week.

Amanda Palmer has apparently finished a book?


amanda palmer

Self Publishing, books, music, art – in her underwear?



Struggling to Make Ends meet? Make Bread?

As the bank account empties, the cupboards empty as well.  Not much left over at the end of the month – if anything?

I suffer from Myagic Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and recive only ESA; which is not enough to live on; I’m slowly sliding into debt.

Planning a budget isn’t easy when you the price of everything is going up.  I was on a high protein diet avoiding stodge like bread and pasta.  Basically meat and lots of veg; that realy help me with Energy levels but the idea of fresh meat, even tinned fish, or fresh veg has gone out of the window.

One thing I can do – sort of, I’m not saying I’m good at it, I can make bread. While there is flour in the cupboard; the price of flour doesn’t make it a cheaper option sometimes!  However I have discovered (at least with my limited bread making skills) that the budget flour availible in some super markets makes on diffirence.  (That is the bread is as bad as usual?)

Whistleblower's Bread!

On ESA nothing in the bank; nothing in the cupboard!

This is no nonsense, no mess job.  No bashing or Kneading either!  I use a simple recipe, skipping any ingredient I haven’t got:


  • 1 Cup Water (Can be replaced by fresh or sour milk.  I only buy full milk)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Margarine (can be replaced by Oil (Olive,vegatable, or Sunflower etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon honey or yeast extraxt or black treacle
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar [Balance with what you haven’t got in the way of honey etc.]
  • 1/4 cup powered milk (can omit if you are using milk anyway)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons bread yeast
  • 3 cups of any flour


You will need a large bowl and a bowl scraper or large spatula.

  • Sling it all in a large glass bowl. Go easy on the water or milk; adding this gradually.
  • Fold everything together slowly using the bowl scraper.
  • Scrap the sides of the bowl pressing into the centre.
  • Add reminder of liquid
  • Fold in gently until all the ingredients are in
  • Leave bowl in warm place with damp cloth covering
  • A warmed oven (but not hot, not on!) is better than sun light, leave the door of the oven a jar
  • Leave for 40-60 mins leaving time for the dough to rise or double in size; leave for 10 mins extra if not risen well. (should smell yeast.)
  • Bake in centre of hot oven, 350 degree heat for 30 mins.  check with knife – no stick dough should be left.
  • Cool on wire rack before slicing.

Great fresh, keeps me going a day or two!

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Crowdfunding campaign Indiegogo can it be worth the effort?

With the promise and hope that “everybody is funding everything” we should all be doing it?

What am I doing? A writer, whistleblower, sometime historian and would investigative journalist – just call it Blogging for now? Oh- a poetry book to promote:

I am doing this in order to avert financial disaster and face giving up everything I started doing – mainly fighting the bias Whistleblowing Employment Tribunal through appeal to conclusion.

See I got I lot on and A lot at stake? As projects go there’s not much return for the investment; but if you support Whistleblowers or journalistic blogging then you would have the satisfaction of supporting me.

If you reading this not because you looking to support or sponsor me here is some advice I’ve collected about starting a crowdfunding project like Indiegogo

Have a very clear funding goal and deadline
Ask how much do you need to raise? Deadlines and timescales are set at project launch. Be very transparent and specific with your use of funds. With Indiegogo you do not need to raise 100 percent of your budget, they have flexible funding. Be reasonable set a lower target rather a huge one. Do the project in steps; if you fail at the first target – maybe it is not meant to be? A target that’s too big will but people of. A good project or business is developed in steps; if necessary have a series of campaigns towards your goal.

A video
Be creative, catchy, need to personalise your story, but only if its going to look good on video? Don’t just talk about what your project or product is. 

If feasible offer people an exciting give-back or perk.
Offer different perks at all different levels is obvious – but think about what success you are trying to achieve. Most project don’t start on the principle that they will go into business giving any personalized junk. Crowd funding supports are always shopping; they may be there because they want to support you and don’t want to see you fail because the funding goal doesn’t cover the budget of give-backs. Success brings success, not signed postcards?

Be proactive in getting the word out
Use social media and email. Tweet, Twitter, talk. Facebook pages, will amplify your word of mouth campaign. But be proactive and use the updates. Updates be anything from video updates to talking about the progress of the campaign or the project itself.


Keep doing what you do: and communicate
Funders fund based on their own confidence, and constant communication helps in these cases.


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.

Courage for Whistleblowers; Courage for victims

To those that expose, three words: Courage Courage Courage;

To those that should listen: support courage action!

Blow the Whistle

Have Courage