William P Thomson

One Who Would a Writer Be.

Archive for the month “May, 2013”

DOH!

Hello Good People

A cautionary tale. If you’re going to do something, do it!

The tale to tell.

Some days ago, I began to put the final version of ‘BLOOD’ on the laptop, and from there, send it over to Smiley who, as you know, looks after the ‘getting it on Kindle’ part. Well, I idled too long. I had completed page 13 ( had to be!), took a break, went back to it, only to find the text had gone all “funny”. Tried to restore it, without success. In the end, I printed off what I had (before I lost it all completely), then deleted from the screen. Only after did I think of a way I may have saved the situation. Still, through such literary adversity, lessons learnt – I hope. This Whitsun weekend, I’ll wrap the whole thing up. Of the episode, what can I say, other than …. DOH!

I hope you all have a relaxed, stress-free holiday break.

PT

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‘GONE’

Hello, Good People

I have to tell you that I have three Muses; Smiley (‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’), Frances (who I’ve known for some years, and has done the bulk of re-jigging my literary efforts to the Amazon-Kindle template), and a beautiful young woman by the name of Maria, who I have also known for a number of years. ‘Tis she who goads me to write my autobiography (no chance!), and berates me for wailing that my ‘Imagination Tank’ is now empty (as I have also informed all of you – the 6 May posting).

Well, without boring you with details, I found I do have one last effort brewing, and I found the material in the very fact that my ‘Tank’ has run dry. In a word – GONE. That will be my final effort.

In this, I remember how some authors came to the end of their literary endeavours: Poe went mad and Dickens died at his desk. Mind you, the latter managed to leave a great mystery in literature in the process, due to his sudden demise (‘Drood’ and all that). Be it so, as I’m a non-entity in the literary field, my departure will be as an old man’s fart in a hurricane; undetected and unheard.

That’s it. Catch you later.

PT

What’s afoot?

Happy Bank Holiday, Good People!

So, what’s afoot?

Well, I spoke with She Who Must Be Obeyed last night. All good and positive. The overall plan is as follows:

Now is the preparation period for the biggie: ‘PROMETHEUS ASCENDING’ (‘PROM’ for short). It’s being re-set to the required Kindle template, and some simple corrections made. It’s scheduled to go on Kindle towards the end of this year, c October/November time. In view of this, there’s a sort of hernia in the activity my side. A friend of mine is doing the template re-set, then it’s all in Smiley’s hands.

Although I know when I wish to see ‘PROM’ on Kindle, one has to have a back-up plan. So, if things get delayed, the ‘GEORGE’ stories will go on (perfect for Christmas time, as they’re the ‘young adults’ tales of a dog that thinks he’s Saint George, Slayer of Dragons and Rescuer of Damsels in Distress!). If this happens, then ‘PROM’ would go on in the first month of 2014, and ‘BLOOD’ in the middle of 2014.

As to the mechanics of writing …. from my side, personally.

My imagination tank seems to be empty; nothing else I wish to write. Odd sense. Still, I don’t believe in forcing out something that simply isn’t there. As to ‘PROM’, I’ve had the odd experience of late. I re-read the entire work last week. I then couldn’t remember reading a few essential happenings, so had to go back. Well, they were there, but my eyes had simply passed over them. Put another way, I had a sort of words ‘blindness’. Most likely because I’ve been working on it too long (40 years, on and off). Something else. My writing process begins in my head. Sometimes, so intense, I later think I’ve already ‘written it’ (committed it to paper), only to find out later that such was not the case. DOH!

Finally, for the next few days I’m going to do something I haven’t done for a long time, for lack of time; “play” with my laptop. Try and sort a few things.

Right, that’s it. Take care, will post again soon.

Cheers,

PT

BETWEEN TWO STOOLS

Hello Good People

Sorry I haven’t posted anything of late, but truth to tell, I’m between two stools, so to speak. I shall explain.

‘PROMETHEUS ASCENDING’ (‘PROM’ for short) is now completed and out of my hands. It’s being prepared for its arrival on Amazon-kindle later in the year.

‘BLOOD’ (my final literary effort). I have now completed the final rough draft. All that remains for me to do is to put it on the laptop, in its final (Kindle template) form. I’m having a break before I do that.

A little later, I’ll tell you about ‘PROM’ and ‘BLOOD’. A behind-the-scenes peek, in a manner of speaking.

That’s it for now.

Cheers,

PT

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