Montag, 19. Dezember 2011

The Kindle tactic...

This is the plan...

  Amazon have suggested an idea that the boss of Night thinks is a good idea.

I do too, as it turns out.



  We give Amazon three months exclusive access to my book, (Division of the Damned, in case you didn't know) and they give me, (well, Night publishing) five days of promotion per month, for those three months.


  Sounds a dream as Amazon are by far the biggest distributor of ebooks and promotion is something you just can't get enough of, right?

I wonder what this promotion entails though?


  Whatever, who am I to ask, Tim knows his stuff a lot better than me, it's in his interest to sell Division so I'll go along with it. Another author, Mike Church, author of the very funny, "Dayrealing", is on the programme now and he seems happy with it.


  If I'm honest, I'm just happy that "Division" is finally going to be out there and that it's being published by a firm I'm MORE than happy to be connected to. It really is the most supportive collection of writers I have ever known on the net.


  I've been lucky in my forays into the cyber world of writing. There are so many forums, writing websites and dubious publishers out there that are either full of self-important, bile fuelled idiots or out-and-out rip off merchants, that it's hard to know where to go? To actually have found a, "community" of like-minded individuals like Night, AND that it's a money making business, is actually very lucky indeed... take my word for it.
(BTW, how I despise that word, "Community". It's been so over-used by rioting Chavs talking about how their communities rose up against the police etc etc. that it makes me squirm to have to use it. I hate it but it's the only one that makes sense so deal with it)

 
  After a very, very brief dalliance with Authonomy, the Harper-Collins peer critic website, (you give me a good review and I'll do it for you), I moved on.  A lot of people on Night like Authonomy but I didn't. The forum is jam-packed with angry, unsatisfied souls whose arrogance and rudeness is eclipsed only by their sycophantic ravings about how good Harper-Collins is.


  However, that's where the bad times stopped. I landed next at Struggling Authors, which moved nicely on to Night. How lucky is that then?


  This is a bit of a pants post, I know. However, after the initial part about Amazon I had nothing more to say, so I wibbled a bit.



  OK, as you were.

Take it easy.

Reg. ;-)

Mittwoch, 7. Dezember 2011

Double DOH!

... and it gets worse :-(

OK, so I send the story off and I'm thinking, "What could possibly go wrong now?" as I pat myself smugly on the back... ... ...

A lot, that's what.

The next day I received this polite but alarmigly cryptic message from the guy in charge.

"My assistant editor has read through your story and has a minor problem. The version you sent us still seems like the work in progress, has all the red and blue deletions and the like. "

Because I'm about as proficient on Word as I am at Astro-Physics, I managed to send the document off without accepting the edits.

So all the lines and boxes that appear while editing WERE STILL THERE !!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!

How embarrassing is that then?

If this story is accepted, then it's one in the eye for those who claim that editors and publishers have no soul, lol.
The covering letter actually read,

Dear blah blah,

So, embarrassing, here is my third attempt at submitting my story,
"The Ides of March" for your Vampyre Anthology.


I am so disappointed in myself... :-(

As you were.

Reg :-/

Donnerstag, 1. Dezember 2011

DOH !!

I've just sent a short story off to a website.

I spent ages on pumping it up to the required word count and formatting it to their expectations, (every publisher wants their submissions, "just so". You'd have thought they would have made a standard for this sort of thing by now, eh?)

Then came the covering letter. Because I wanted to casually slip in my idea about the Classical Horror anthology I'm on right now, (not an easy thing when you're trying to pitch for your short story AND sell them an idea for something that hasn't even beem written yet), I had to give it extra special attention, be extra clever with my wording and extra blah blah fishcakes, whatever, you get the idea..

Yeah, well I finished it and was pleased with the whole package. I mean REALLY pleased.

The covering letter read like a dream and after attaching the Word doc. for my short story, I pressed send and patted myself on the back. Job well done, thought I... ... Not.

After pressing send I noticed a Word doc still open. It was my short story, formatted to their requirements but NOT SAVED !!! DOH !!!
So basically they recieved the old format and it looked nothing like what they had demanded on their website.

I saved it, copied and pasted the covering letter onto a new email, attached the document and wrote above the writing for the official covering letter:
Dear mr. Blah blah,
  This is my second attempt at sending you my submission and it's due to
the fact that I forgot to "Save" the title, my name, word count and
email address in the original document.
How embarrassing is that?
So... apologies and onwards.

Do you think they'll mind? LOL.
Whatever, life goes on, eh?

Reggie ;-)

Mittwoch, 30. November 2011

Has it really been that long since I last posted??

  Has it really been that long since I last posted???


  Wow...


  So, what's been happening?


  Well for once, a lot!!


  Tim, the guy in charge, the boss, the head man, the top dog, the big cheese, the head honcho etc. etc., has sent me the first 14 chapters of edits to peruse at my leisure.


  14 chapters may sound a lot but it's not; but what the hell, the editing process has finally started and we're up and running!!!





  Actually, I'm quite excited about it.


  I had a scan through what he's done, changed something and sent him it back.





  I've just read back what I've written and realise how totally mundane that sounds, but dear reader, I can assure you it's not. I've been dreaming of this for years now, literally!! A publisher is going through my work, preparing it for marketing, I mean HOW COOL IS THAT???





  Very, in case you're wondering.





  Anyway, so what else is new?


My story about The Wooden Wolf of Troy is coming on nicely, despite my tight schedule and recent run of parties and shifts. I'll be on that after I've posted this.





  The band I write lyrics for, Gods Will Be Done, are now recording their second CD, The Apex Predator.


  Now, unlike The Book of Blood, their first CD, I don't know all the songs on this CD very well at all.


  Yes yes, I wrote the lyrics and sometimes heard the music before the rest of the band did. However, it was all very basic, worked out on a computer and definitely not how the band performs the songs.


Of all the tracks on the new CD I know four very well indeed, the rest I haven't heard with a singer at all, so it's going to be very, very interesting....





  So, now you know peeps.


  The book won't be out for Christmas, but I'm hoping the rush of Kindles that everyone will be buying for Christmas will boost the ebook market and thus my sales; as it's going to take some time before "Division" comes out in paper.





OK, take it easy.


Reg.


PS: Haven't Liverpool done well recently??? Great stuff :-)

Donnerstag, 29. September 2011

The new cover.

I never actually saw the point of learning to draw while I was in school.


After two years of studying for my art O level/GCSE examination I managed a resounding, "U" grade, (Unclassified: as in not fit to even be looked at because it's so bad.)
So I think it's safe to say that, when it comes to the study of transferring ideas into pictorial form, I rank amongst the biggest failures in the records of Bryn Elian School.


It's nothing to be proud of, I hear you cry; and rightly so!
I despise the whole Chav culture that celebrates idiocy, eulogizes ignorance and smiles fondly at indolence. The whole, "I'm cute cos I'm thick" attitude leaves me angered and slightly perplexed at its popularity.
However, I just didn't see the point.


My blinkered view of the future was to either be a reporter or a soldier and nothing else seemed important.
What was I going to do when the communist hordes sweep across the plains of Northern Germany? Knock 'em dead with a great Ilfochrome Classic print?


It made more sense at that time to go out with a cassette deck and listen to The Clash with my mates, rather than do Still Life down the park; and at least the album was called, "Combat Rock"!
It sounds awful, I know, but that was the way I ticked around 1982/83. I tried hard in other subjects but with art I just didn't see the point. If only they had given me my first choice of woodwork...



Whatever, that is all by the by, because luckily for me I have talented friends who not only do kick-botty tattoos, but can also transfer pictures on paper straight onto the computer screen.


How clever is that??


Yes, once again The Chief, (AKA Chris Salmen of Combat Colour) has come up with a brilliant cover for my book.


I originally asked him if he had any problems with me using the Div. of the Damned logo he came up with in 2007, (is it really that long ago?) and he said, yes.


Yes, as in he does have a problem with me using the old logo.


"Harumph," thought I until I read the next line, he does have a problem with me using the OLD logo because he wants to make a NEW logo!!!





How cool is that then??


(Very cool, in case you're wondering.)


Anyway, here it is, the proposed cover for The Division of the Damned.

Enjoy...



Cool or what?
(Don't answer if you don't like it, lol)

OK, I'm off to mow the lawn now, take it easy.
Reg. :-)

Mittwoch, 31. August 2011

Update!

Just in, hot of the press, 30 minutes ago.

Hi Reg,

Sorry, missed this one. I thought I had answered all my NR messages.

We will be with your book this month - what with total re-writes of books, our Internet collapsing for several days, new promo initiatives, the summer holidays and a thousand e-mails flying around from authors wanting updates, life is a little but hectic, but we are busting through.

So there you have it peeps, the mills of Night Publishing grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine... or was it the Mills of Justice?
Ah, whatever.

I've been asked by a very nice lady to write a piece fror her Blog about extreme music and why I like it. Actually, what Hannah really asked for was a write up on loud music and beer drinking of which I'm quite the scholar at, if I say so myself.

Anyway, I'll be doing that shortly.

Apart from that, I'm plodding along nicely with The Eckton Empire.
I've managed a whole bunch of ideas for my Classical Horror short story thing and done enough research on it to cure Ebola!!

As I wrote, not much going on, but it's getting there...

Take it easy Peeps.
Reg.

PS. I'm playing a gig on Saturday as well. It's going to be a fiasco!! The organisors have billed it as a festival but there's only TWO bands playing... DOH !!
Total Fail.
Whatever, I get to play live, drink free beer and scoff free bratwursts so it won't be THAT bad now, will it? Yuck yuck yuck...

Montag, 25. Juli 2011

An idea.

My good friend Teresa Geering, (of Shasta's Summer fame) had a suggestion a couple of years ago that has sort of grown on me recently.
Her brainwave was for me to put all my short stories in one book and publish it.

To be honest, I hadn't given them much thought. They were written in a mad rush when I realised that it helps to have a history of published works when trying to sell your book to a publisher or agent. Disposable pieces that would fill a specific role and then politely shrivel away into history once their job was done.

I was happy with all of them but two of them stood out from the crowd. The Ides of March about Caesar being a vampire and The Hot Gates which is the story of the 300 Spartans with a vampire twist to it.
Make no mistake, I researched them thoroughly and used real characters and timelines to fill in the background, but when they were published they stopped being essential and were promptly banished to the darker regions of my hard drive.


I wrote a third, "good one" set in a German penal battalion in the Second World War, very much along the same lines as "Division". Vampires changing Wehrmacht convicts into vampires as one of Himmler's ghastly plans to win the war. The novelette is with my mate Andi Renson, who's contemplating knocking up a set of drawings to make it into an illustrated story... when he has time, (Why oh why is time in such great demand nowadays? It's all very unfair.)

Anyway, I digress, The Idea:
Teresa's concept has now been given an injection of vigour since Johannah Frappier mentioned how easy it is to publish on Amazon Kindle. Apparently one can publish on Kindle from home, all you need is a computer and Amazon account. The money goes to you and you alone, (and Amazon and the taxman of course) and it's free!!

Well, that's how I read it the first time around anyway.

So how about this then, I write maybe two more stories about vampires, perhaps one with Alexandra the Great, (nah, too gay) or Hannibal? Now I like that idea!! Maybe have vampire elephants?? No, even better, carnivorous elephants; now that rules!!

And how about one about Troy?? Another good one there, maybe Hector is a vampire and Achilles knows his secret?? Well, something along those lines anyway. Or maybe Carthage?!?! Yes, I like that idea, Carthage is the home of another vampire plague?  Whatever, scribble them down, edit them, (or ask George to for me) and then whap 'em up on Amazon for fifty pence a download?

An anthology of vampires through the Classics!!

Any thoughts on this peeps?
Reg :-D

Samstag, 18. Juni 2011

The story so far...

So peeps, I haven't been very good at keeping you updated recently so let me tell you what's been going on.



Yep, that's about it really.
Nothing, nada, niente, niks, rien du tout, gar nichts.
I asked for a ball park figure on when Division might be taking the world by storm, or Blitzkrieg and Tim reckons July/August.

My mate, brother D King, Wanger and all round good guy The Chief, from Combat Colour graphics is going to make me a new cover; which is jolly Welsh of him. I just need to send him the format needed, which unfortunately I can't seem to find out
:-(

Yeah and ... ... ... ... well that's it actually.
So you see, much ado about nothing, nada, niente, niks, rien du tout, gar nichts...

Like always.
Reg :-/

Montag, 6. Juni 2011

Why can't I write comments on Blogger?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH !!

What is going on with Blogger?
I want to write comments on your posts, peeps, but it isn't letting me.
They better sort it out soon or I'm off to another provider! There, that'll show 'em!

Reg :-(

Mittwoch, 1. Juni 2011

Another interview :-D

If there's anything in the world that I like, it's spouting my crap to a captive audience.
That's why written interviews are so great.

There's no booing and hissing, no shouting, "get off you ginger div!" etc etc.
Just me, answering questions without interruption, heckling or tacky background music. The reader can either read it or ignore it and I can pretend that world is interested. Denial of negativity really is the way forward peeps!

So, with that in mind, I'm happy to report that I've been interviewed again by the lovely Hannah Warren.
Hannah, an accomplished author of four books, numerous short stories and poems and a life so international she should be awarded frequent flier points on her pension, runs a literary blog under her own name.

Recently she has published a set of interviews from Night authors and yesterday mine went out to the cyber world.
OK OK, I'm not published yet but thanks to you lot I soon will be.

Anyway, as ever, I digress.
Here's the interview, enjoy, (that's if you like reading my drivel. Don't enjoy if you don't, lol)

http://www.hannahwarrenauthor.com/

Reg ;-D

Freitag, 20. Mai 2011

Change of name

Sitrep as of 20 May, 2011... ... ...

Well as it stands now, I'm three quarters of the way through checking through the manuscript. I know it's going to be edited and proof read, however I didn't want to send it off without having a last look through to cross the T's and dot the O's, as it were (as in Ö which comes up quite a bit actually).

My input into the Night website seems to be growing by the week. Once I would switch on the computer, check my emails and then read the news. Nowadays I turn it on, read emails, Facebook, Night, every now and then check my blog and then read the news.
Why is life so complicated? Weren't computers designed to simplify everything? ^^

I recently held a poll on Night as well The question was whether I should use my full name, Richard Rhys Jones, or stick with R.R. instead. A certain Mr. John Holt brought the matter up and it stuck in my brain like an irate beetle until I put it to the vote.
After much to-ing and fro-ing I decided on using my whole name.

I know most of you call me Reg but Reg Jones doesn't inspire seriousness, in fact it sounds like a character in a 1960's Carry On film.
Dick Jones either belongs in a private eye firm or the porno industry and R.R., well... it goes like this. A very nice chap called Matt Hammond pointed out that RR sounds a bit, in his words, "piratey". Piratey as in, "Ar, Ar Jim me lad, shiver me timbers," etc etc. I'm sure you get the point.

That clinched it I'm afraid.
The last thing I need is people thinking Treasure Island when they hear my name.
Hence the title change.
The Literary Trials of Richard Rhys Jones.
As ever, feel free to comment, I will simply ignore all the nasty ones :-)

Tara peeps, back to the MS.
Reg :-D

Mittwoch, 4. Mai 2011

So, where to now?

On Sunday the 14th of October, 2007, I wrote my first entry into this Blog.

The idea to start a Blog was Richard's, of Struggling Authors.
"It'll keep your hand in with writing and it's a point for people to go to, to learn about Division until we sort out a website" were his words.

Then it was called, "The Division of the Damned" and it dealt solely with the trials and tribulations I experienced trying to sell my manuscript to an interested party.
As the months went by, it slowly morphed into an open diary, making public my feelings about certain things or events in my life that had nothing to do with, "Division".

I chronicled my first rejections, my learning the unwritten laws of manuscript submission, my first published works, my near publications that were so often dashed to the rocks and a whole menagerie of useless junk that even I, the author, don't know why it's there.

However now, things have changed.
On Monday the 2nd of May I received a message from Tim Roux, the head honcho at Night Reading:

"Well, you did it, mate. Walkover. Many congrats!

A masterly performance.

Which e-mail should I use to send you the contract for you to decide whether you
are interested or not?
Tim."

And here endeth the first chapter, peeps.
My goal to attain publication, without resorting to putting my hand in my pocket, has been achieved.
The years of trial, disappointment and sheer bloody mindedness have actually paid off and at the moment, it's actually nice being Reggie Jones for a change.

The publication of "Division" also now gifts me a sense of closure on something that has become one of the book marks to my life.
Not only have I the chance to sell my book on the open market, I can now move onwards on the projects I started but never actually finished. After every rejection, "Division" afforded me, I would drop everything to tinker around with my vampires and Von Struck. Consequently any other project was left stranded on the wayside as it were...

Hopefully this is all now history.

So, to close, many thanks to all who helped me along the way, Tee, Richard, George, Adam, Vanessa, Dixie, Bob, Andy, Joey, Gar. When I needed you all, you were there for me.

To ALL who voted for me, posted my link on their wall or told their friends about it, I thank you.

A massive thank you with extras to my patient wife, who left me to my devices and never complained when I spent countless hours of "Our Time" wrapped in my own world of disillusioned SS, Sumerian Gods and Right Wing Vampires.

And to my family who didn't bat an eyelid when I told them I was going to write a book; and instead boasted to their friends of all my minor achievements. I love you all, wife, family and friends.
I appreciate everything you have ALL done for me and I hope you know that.

However, this is not the end my friends, it's not even the interlude; this is only the beginning.
Reg :-D

Samstag, 30. April 2011

Vote for me!

I've just spent the last couple of days rustling up support for the monthly Night Reading Poll.

The idea is that you send in your first chapter to the website and once a month a selection of about 20 entries are put into a poll. The winner of the poll  is then given the chance to publish with Night Publishing.

Compare that to the way Authonomy picks out its authors... well, there is no comparison.

Authonomy goes on and on for months on end. There is no actual pro-active part to be taken by the author other than perhaps making deals with other authors to give each other good reviews. Then somewhere along the line, after months of time consuming wheeling and dealing, your manuscript MIGHT end up on the editor's desk. OK, that's a very unfair explanation but it's my Blog and I'm not feeling fair, to be honest.

With Night, if your chapter is put on the list, you have about a week or so to round up your friends and canvass votes for your work. Yes, OK the canvassing can take time. However, it definitely does not eat up all your  free time like the never ending haul of reading and endorsing Authonomy hopefuls have to go through, just to even reach the editor's in-tray!

Whatever, as you can see I'm very enamoured of the system Night Reading has set up, and of the people involved actually.

If you wish to vote for yours truly, then go to this link and make your cross on my name, (and any other name you fancy, I'll try not to be too jealous).
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GK57MS8

Right, that's it for now. I'll write a full rundown on how I went about my canvassing next week... if I win that is ^^
Hope springs eternal... how many times have I written that since I started this Blog?
I dread to think actually...
Take it easy.
Reg :-)

Sonntag, 10. April 2011

Donnerstag, 7. April 2011

Freitag, 25. März 2011

Night Publishing, an update.

Well I sent my first chapter in and now I'm just waiting to se if anything comes of it.

However, now I'm into the website I find myself visiting there at least once a day. It really is such a nice community of fellow writers, published and unpublished, who lend constant support to each other; it's inspiring, it really is.

It's just like the Struggling Authors website but on a slightly larger scale and I'm lovin' it! As we all know, I have very little time on my hands nowadays and writing did take a back seat for a long time but now, thanks to the pleasant, unconditional atmosphere on the site I'm starting to plan things again.

I'm slowly finding my fire again and it feels good, it really does feel good.



On another positive note, my friend Tee made me an offer yesterday that I couldn't refuse, ooer!

Well, I'll let her tell you about it as this is the email I received last night:

"Lorraine Holloway White (Authors on Show) asked me to join their team a while back but i was too busy at the time.
I now feel the time is right. So as well as being on NP I will be part of AOS.
Lorraine offered me a page which will also make me part of the admin.
As they promote books primarily, I decided to dedicate my page to unpublished authors. Promotion etc.

My first page will be an introduction of me. Then the second will be about ARC and Paul Rudd as I edited his book.

I would then like to feature you after that. Promotion of your book and maybe interview etc. Are you up for that?"



UP for it? UP FOR IT???

I'm so up for it I'm moonwalking… literally walking on the moon!

So I have to sort out a promo package for the Teester. It really is moving forward again, isn't it?

On a more somber note, a good friend of mine, Peter Roth passed away last week. We held a church service of remembrance for him. I attended the service before going to work and what an awful shift it was after it. I nearly had an accident with 30 tons of white hot liquid slag on the back of my wagon. It might have been better to have taken the day off actually.

Anyway, I'm planning to write something about him later on.

Right, that's it for now.

Please feel free to check NP out at this link.

http://nightreading.ning.com/

And have a look at my chapter. Leave a message, preferably a nice one, if you feel the need. Look for R.R.Jones.

http://nightreading.ning.com/profiles/blogs/rrjones-reggie-jones-on

Take it easy.

Reg :-)

Montag, 7. März 2011

Night Publishing.

"Welcome to Night Publishing - join the revolution and help us ensure that all great books get published."


Having shunned Authonomy for the sham I had always felt it was, I never thought I'd give my work in to another peer driven publishing website until now.
My friend, writing buddy and all round nice person Teresa Geering suggested AGES ago that I do it and now, after prevaricating for so long on the issue, I finally have.
I have put my first chapter up on Night Publishing to be scorned, ridiculed and despised, (or maybe, just maybe admired?) by other writers, in the hope that it will be voted in to be printed.

Who are these Night Publishing people, I hear you cry?

Mmm, well under the refreshingly idealistic motto, "Good books must be published" and using the POD platform to print them off, Messrs Tim Roux and Bruce Essar started up their Night Publishing project.
At first they used Create Space, the Amazon.com print on demand website but have now branched into other, more local printing houses due to the ridiculously priced postage involved.

However, it was the boom in e-books that really started the ball rolling.

We in Europe prefer our reading material to be on paper. Kindle and all the other e-book reading devices haven't really taken off here yet, however, across the great pond the situation is vastly different. Amazon's Kindle seems to have exploded and with it Night Publishing's sales figures.

But, I hasten to add, it wasn't the sales figures that turned my head on to actually putting my first chapter up, (no, honestly it wasn't!).

The thing I found with Authonomy was that nothing seemed to happen. You were constantly reviewing other chapters for other people, being nice to them in the hope that it would be reciprocated somewhere along the line, sometimes even receiving offers of deals with other writers, "I'll recommend yours if you recommend mine" etc etc.

And I just got fed up of it.

There was no forward movement on the whole thing, it was one big slurry of faceless authors and it quickly developed into me writing more or less the same review, (friendly, encouraging, deal-ready…) for all the chapters I received.

After a while I just stopped answering the mails.

Authonomy left me with a bad taste in my mouth and I felt disappointed in myself for letting myself be sucked up into the whole thing.

Then, three years later, after so many rejections that I felt about as optimistic as Quasimodo's case manager at a dating agency, I decided to post a poem on a website that Tee had pushed onto me, (actually, she wanted me to put my first chapter up so, to mollify her, I sent in a poem).

What I liked best was that the critique came straight away; there was no waiting on an email for weeks on end while someone decides on whether to read your work or not. This put Night Reading, as it was then, in a good light and it felt like the people who actually had read it were interested, (I'm so easily flattered, lol).

This obviously encouraged me to put up a second poem, one that wasn't so well received as the first but still attracted a couple of comments.

Whatever, yesterday, around three in the morning, I decided I'd go for it.

The chapter went up at 0508 AM and can be found at this link:


http://nightreading.ning.com/profiles/blogs/pa-targetself


If you feel the need to drop a comment off, please do ;-)



Right, that's it for now, take it easy and I'll try not to let it take so long for the Blog post.

Reg

Montag, 28. Februar 2011

From The Corners Of A Wounded Mind

Recently, on a writing website I made contact with a Mister Theodore Knell.


Mister Knell is an old soldier who put down his experiences in the form of stories, poems and prose and then collated them into a book.
Theodore Knell served in the Cavalry, (17/21st Lancers), the Paras and then ended up at Hereford so he has a few tales to swing the lantern with, to say the least.

Like a lot of the forgotten generation of soldiers who fought between WW2 and Afghanistan, he never enjoyed the popularity that the armed forces are, quite rightly afforded today and his conflicts are relegated to history books and exam questions.

Who today thinks of Aden, Rhodesia, Northern Ireland and the Falklands when we read every day about some hideous atrocity in Iraq or Afghanistan?
Nobody, least of all the old warriors who fought and watched their comrades die there, talks of these conflicts anymore and yet Theo still does.

His book is, in his words, "…a sort of banishing the demons thing" and though short, it does give us all a glimpse into the mind of a man who has had, to say the least, a hard life.
From being given up by his mother to standing at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day, Theo takes us through his life and I found it compulsive reading.



The poems are not what the normal man on the street would call poems; they do not rhyme and the syntax and rhythm are often all to pot: However, the words come straight from his subconscious.

The stories are short and understated but through the microcosm of what he portrays we can understand the dire situations he often found himself in.

I

I read this in a oner, it is only short, (with pictures, 98 pages) and I enjoyed it.
Take it for what it is, the writings and recollections of an old warrior and you won't be disappointed. If you don't like poetry then simply read the verse as a story because that's what they nearly all are; tales of battles past.



The book can be downloaded for free. Click on the link and all will be revealed.

http://www.readandrefer2earn.com/Theodore.htm
 
Reg :-)

Samstag, 1. Januar 2011