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Monday, 17 November 2014

100th Post

It's great to be back into my blogging again after a couple of months or more of absence without leave. For my 100th post I thought it was time for a makeover, so I've trimmed off a lot of the the side column, and got rid of the pages, to simplify everything and hopefully make the Screenscribbler blog quicker to load. I haven't got it just how I want it right now, and it may look more like a building site with all the holes left from the stuff I have removed. The background picture, I took in Ephesus on my camera and Photoshopped it to get the desired effect to promote my book of the same name. That will remain in place until I have a picture that will promote my current work in progress entitled Midnight At The Alhambra. 
It is my current work in progress that has kept me from blogging, because I really have the bit between my teeth on that one at the minute. It is set in Texas, and involves ranches, rodeo, a small town movie theater and murder!
I am well into my fourth chapter, of around 3000 words a chapter, and it is coming along nicely. 
I am going for a darker plot this time and it is my debut into crimewriting.
However, I have not abandoned comedy, which to quote the late great Irish comedian Frank Carson, "it's the way I tell 'em." In other words my comedy is in the narrative and the larger than life characters I tend to go for. I'm hoping this project won't take longer than a year, but it's not easy with a demanding full time job. 
I will continue to add my current reads, and review on Amazon and Goodreads, I just won't keep them on so long and clutter up the blog any longer. 
By the way, my five day promotion when I offered all three books for free resulted in 555 downloads from which I had four lovely reviews in Britain and two in the US. So if you would like to add to that total, I will be eternally grateful.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Free Comedy Adventure Bonanza (for 5 days only)

From today for five days only I am giving away all three of my comedy adventures. I want to get my work out to a bigger audience. This is more important to me than any financial return. All I ask is if you have enjoyed any of them, please jot down a couple of sentences in the form of a review, either on Amazon or https://www.goodreads.com/ or both. Enjoy.

Please click on the widgets on the right column to take advantage of this offer.



Sunday, 21 September 2014

Humbled By A Tree

Monumental Olive Tree Of Palea Rumata
I've had a wonderful break in Crete, having spent time exploring the island, enjoying the beach, meeting new people and in between all of that, lots of lovely reading and lots of lovely writing.
Midnight At The Alhambra is well underway and I'm writing around 3000 words a chapter. I needed the holiday to kick-start the novel. My plan is in place and I am motoring along quite nicely, now that I am back home. 
Crete has motivated me, there is no doubt about that. Visiting towns and villages that were occupied during WW2 and suffered atrocities affected me deeply. Also the olive tree (pictured above) which is 3000 years old and still producing olives. 
I wanted to spend some time alone with this tree, I mean a lot of time. Time enough to get to know one another. I wanted the tree to whisper it's secrets, all what it has seen over the centuries from Minoan times. I felt something with this tree, I felt that wherever I am, whatever I see, there is always a story to be told. Am I being odd, or is this normal behaviour for a writer?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

At Last: Ephesus



Inspired by my visit to Ephesus, the project started as a screenplay with a working title of "Fairfax Goes To Ephesus." It ended, after a second visit to Ephesus, as the third of my series of comedy novellas.







Like many men, Fairfax Freeman has endeavored to please the woman in his life. Only in Fairfax's case the 'woman' is his vitriolic mother, Myrtle, for whom there is no pleasing.
Redundancy from his long term job has put him even lower in his mother's esteem, so in a bid to restore some faith in him, he has sacrificed some of his redundancy money on an all-inclusive package. Sipping cocktails by the pool all day was having the desired effect. But there was one thing Fairfax wanted to do for himself. After spending many hours reading books on the ancient region of Anatonia, he wanted to see Ephesus. His mother was determined to ruin his trip to the ruins. One old man, Demetrius, was resolved to ensure Fairfax saw the old Byzantium trading port in all its glory.


Please support me as a writer by clicking this link Ephesus  to download from Amazon.

Thank you.


My next project is underway entitled "Midnight At The Alhambra," a full length novel in the crime thriller genre.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Back from Harrogate


'The Festival has now been running for twelve years, my third visit and there certainly appears to be no letup in its popularity evidenced by full houses at every event.I arrived on Thursday in plenty of time before the award ceremony and opening party. The Crime Novel Of the Year went to Belinda Bauer for 'Rubbernecker,'   which I bought but haven't read yet, but the story sounds interesting with a young lad with Asperger's who sets out to solve a murder.

The Outstanding Contribution Award went to a very special lady, Lynda La Plante.
For the following two and a half days I had a hectic schedule of one gig after another with a celebrated list of authors in conversation or being interviewed including the BBC's Mark Lawson who estimated he has interviewed some 3000 authors in his time, was now being interviewed as a crime novellist himself with his book 'The Deaths.' 
On Friday evening, I was lucky enough to have a complimentary ticket to the sellout session of 'Robert Gailbraith in Conversation with Val McDermid' at the Royal Hall Harrogate. I was in the second row. 
Denise Mina as ever was sheer joy to listen to and very inspirational. John Harvey announced he had just written his last crime novel and we were given insights into the world of publishing, screenwriting and film and TV production. The 'Special TV Panel: Broadchurch,' consisted of the creator, writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, actors Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker, and the writer who turned the screenplay into the official novel, Erin Kelly.
my personal favourite just had to be Lynda La Plante. On a wet Sunday morning she brought the sunshine to Harrogate. She was inspiring, hugely entertaining and loved by all. A most worthy winner of the Outstanding Contribution Award to Crimewriting.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Return to Ephesus

My return to Ephesus paid off. I am happy to say the story I started in Turkey, after a trip to Ephesus around 5 years ago was finally completed after a return to Ephesus. So watch this space, available to an e-reader near you anytime now. Writing the book then revisiting was strange to me because I remembered details of the place in the same way I would have, if I had actually lived there. The statue of Artemis is not easy to find, unless you are told. I found her without any difficulty. Her temple one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is not on the main Ephesus site, and I had to request my guide to take me there, which she gladly obliged. Only two people got off the coach to photograph it, and I have to say the single reassembled column does appear to be fairly uninspiring. But if you know the history, it is very meaningful to be there. The Greek poet Antipater who is accredited with compiling the list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World said 'I have set eyes on the wall of lofty Babylon on which is a road for chariots, and the statue of Zeus by the Alpheus, and the hanging gardens, and the Colossus of the Sun, and the huge labour of the high pyramids, and the vast tomb of Mausolus; but when I saw the house of Artemis that mounted to the clouds, those other marvels lost their brilliancy, and I said, 'Lo, apart from Olympus, the Sun never looked on aught so grand.' Antipater, Greek Anthology IX.58.
Here is what I photographed. I think the eagle flying overhead as I took my photograph was significant and symbolic of the Greco-Roman era that I was trying to imagine at the time.
Here is an artists impression of what Antipater must have seen.

Watch this space and I will be announcing the release day of 'Ephesus' soon x
 
 

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Just What The Doctor Ordered

Thank goodness for small mercies. I'm jetting off to warmer climes tomorrow. I've always said travelling is my best motivator and I'm hoping this holiday will be a productive and I come back with a bag full of words embedded on my hard drive.
I have been really busy this past month, and when I've not been busy I've been asleep, so all writing including my blog has been on the back burner,
Today I got another 5* review! this time on Goodreads: http://tinyurl.com/lm6szx3 thanks Stuart 👍
My other reviews are on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kkl5yr4 and http://tinyurl.com/l34lko5.
When I have genuinely enjoyed a book I like to write a review. I know the impact a review can have on a writer. 
Tomorrow I'm going off on my holiday pumped and I can't wait to get writing. I will be revisiting the real Ephesus, so perhaps that will give me the inspiration I need to finish that project and get it out there.
Until then, if you want some light entertaining reading for the summer, try Henley's Ricotta and Ushabti. Links are on the right hand column of this blog.



I'm So Pumped.