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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Website Update

  • Added 2 new albums to my Google Picasa Gallery - Greenland from 30,000 feet and Crocus World. To these and the Aeolian Islands, Canada (Ontario), Canada (west coast), Cyprus, and Gran Canaria albums I have added nearly 300 photos. Hope you like them.
More international photos to share coming...soon
  • Added "Blurb" (teaser text) for my second novel Stone Demon
  • Added the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Steps of Creative Writing Tips

    More tips to follow...

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Some Interesting Photos

Three countries

Patmos - Greece

Faraway peaks - Himalaya

Tree on a skyscraper? Vancouver

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Creative Writing Tips

We’ve all heard that read, read, read and write, write, write takes you along the path to be a better writer. Yes, it’s true, but that may not be enough.
  • If you just read, read, read you may forget most things within a few weeks or months
  • If you just write, write, write you may continue to write not as well as you could
You need to learn, learn, learn as well. The question is how?
It’s not easy, you need to:
  • Attend Creative Writing courses and workshops – get tips from the experts
  • Read Creative Writing books – get more tips from more experts
  • Join Writing Groups – read out your stories – get tips from peers – hopefully some of them will be experts
  • Record (on a PC preferably) everything you have learnt from the above in a coherent way that you understand – this will be your ‘writer’s toolkit’
  • Once your toolkit is compiled, it’s application should become second nature, in a sensible fashion
  • You can add information to your toolkit as you learn new techniques
Here is what your Toolkit will do for you:
  • Help you to plan and create your stories
  • Act as a detailed reminder of what to do at the start of creating stories
  • Act as a checklist of what should have been achieved at the end of writing the story
How to use your Toolkit:
  • It is not intended to be used slavishly – it should be your servant and not your master
  • Think of it as being a real toolkit – just select the tools you need for the job in hand
  • Once the story has been planned and is underway, and it needs to be developed differently from the plan, then so be it – but the original plan can still be modified to suit, if necessary
  • Many of the process steps will require an iterative approach – especially researching and writing
The intention is to write creatively in an efficient and structured manner

coming soon... 

Here is my Tool Kit

The Creation Process – the Thirteen Steps...

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Modern Adventure - Not Men in Kilts - an excerpt

Two mysterious men rudely interrupt an unassuming writer at his front door; at least one of them has a gun. He is dragged screaming and kicking into a scenario that involves blackmail, murder, Triads, Iranians and atomic bombs...

The Excerpt

I opened the front door and saw two men in black suits, white shirts and dark ties standing looking at me. Oh no, not Mormons again, I thought; I saw their mates three months ago and it took me fifteen minutes to get rid of them! One of the men was above average height with dark, unruly hair and the sort of strong clean-cut features that made me think he was an athlete. His friend was slightly smaller and stocky, like an American wrestler, with a small scar running across his forehead. These were not your usual Mormons!
   ‘Yes gents, what can I do for you?’ I asked, looking them straight in the eye.
   ‘We’d like to talk to you for a few minutes, please,’ replied the first man, with a sharp look and standing as rigid as a statue.
   ‘What about?’
   ‘It would be better if we came inside, so that we can talk in private,’
   ‘No! It took me half an hour to get rid of you lot the last time.’ I was about to close the door when the second man spoke, his voice as sharp as a laser.
   ‘Mr McKay, we need to speak to you…now!’
   ‘How do you know my name?’ I felt his eyes piercing me, he was silent. They flashed official looking identity badges, but I did not see them properly. ‘Please let me see them in my hand.’
   ‘OK,’ said the first man grudgingly coming forward holding the cards at a long arm length and keeping a close eye on my dogs, ‘but please keep them back!’
   I looked at the cards. These guys are from MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service, SIS. What are they doing in Scotland and what could they possibly want from me?
   ‘They look official, but as we all know with identity theft uppermost in everyone’s minds these days I’ll need to check you out, so I’ll take them inside and phone the number on your cards.’
   ‘Is that necessary?’ said the statue.
   ‘My dogs think so, do you disagree with them?’ The dogs were still snarling and baring their teeth.
   ‘No!’ was the super fast response. ‘Please feel free.’
   I had them on the back foot, and ran upstairs two steps at a time and phoned what could have been an MI5 office. Within three rings I was speaking to a nicely spoken young woman. ‘Hello, how can I help you?’ was her friendly opening phrase, she sounded as though she was next-door, not 350 miles away.

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Historical Adventure - Scottish Druid - an excerpt

There is much information about modern and medieval history recorded, but there’s far less recorded about ancient history. So…for a moment…set your imagination free…

Fact - The world’s centre of Druidism was Scotland, or Alba, as it was known in 77 AD. Dunedin, now called Edinburgh, was the Druids’ capital, the Castle rock was their sacrifice arena and the site on which Holyrood Palace now stands was the Druid’s Collegiate Headquarters, where all major decisions were taken. The Druid religion and lifestyle were similar in many ways to those of the early Celtic Church; their fundamental principles of justice, using scientific knowledge and protecting the people were the same. But the Druids differed from the Celtic Church on child sacrifice.

This is the story of the Druid Nechtan - he argues vociferously with the rogue Druids who want to maintain child sacrifice; he does not. Despondency looms until a ravishing Irish beauty, Wylfa, comes into his life, but she is not all she seems. He knows that the Romans also abhor child sacrifice and is forced to conspire with them.

The Excerpt

Dunedin, 77 AD

‘So you want to maintain a high level of child sacrifice, do you?’ said Nechtan, in fighting mood as he addressed the rogue Druids at a gathering in the Great Hall. ‘Do you realise that the elders of the community are considering open warfare? They cannot take much more! In addition, the Romans are also concerned and have decided to take severe steps to eliminate the problem at source...they want all Druids eliminated...all of us. I have heard that “kill them all” was the order of the Commander of Britain to our Dunedin Legion Commander. Some believe that the order came directly from the Emperor himself. I beg you to change your mind now!’
‘Why should we change our beliefs on child sacrifice? After all, we’ve had them for thousands of years and much has been achieved by this method of appeasing the Gods. And who are the Romans to dictate to us what we should and shouldn’t do?’ retorted Ferchar, his eyes bulging with anger.
‘We have a successful Druid College here in Dunedin with Druids from many countries participating in our organisation. It has an international reputation for teaching scholars in medicine and science. But we must be seen to change with modern times and the will of the people!’ Nechtan said vociferously. ‘We must either change…or die!’
‘Druids are descended from the God of the Underworld Father Dis and our most important asset is the immortality of the soul. We will not die! We will live forever!’ Ferchar said contemptuously.
Unbeknown to all the Druids, Conall, the Chief Druid, had held a discussion with the Romans and come to an informal agreement that the Romans would execute those Druids responsible for condoning child sacrifice and leave the others in peace, if agreement with the rogue Druids could not be reached that day. If necessary, the day of execution had been set for the following day.
However, some of the rogue Druids had heard about the plot and hatched a counter-plot to lay a trap for the Romans who were to be their executioners. The Romans would have to walk through a narrow passageway to get to the entrance of the Druids’ College. The rogue Druids’ plan was to allow the Romans into the passageway, then block it off at each end, pour oil into the passageway from above and set it alight. The Romans would be cooked alive! Some of the Druids smiled to themselves at the prospect of this.
The Scottish Druid, Nechtan, who was viewed by many as the next Chief Druid, had heard about the plots. In discussion with a few close allies he decided that if the counter-plot succeeded a situation would be created that could mean a meltdown of society in Dunedin, and potentially the Druid way of life across all of Europe. The Romans would send several legions to annihilate them. He could not allow this to happen, he would try to get both sides of the Druids to reach a compromise. But what kind of compromise? How do you find a compromise between sacrificing children and not sacrificing children?
Nechtan decided…he had to play dirty.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Are you looking for these :-

Historical adventures

Modern adventures

A blend of historical and modern adventures

Travel inspiration

Free international photos

Excellent authors

Creative writing tips

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