Thursday, 19 April 2018

Knave

My first story published.
At the tender age of 17, I had my first story published in the men's magazine, Knave.

The story was about two teenagers "making out" on the last bus.

Happy Anniversary to Israel

70 years young this year.
70 nations celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday sending their love to the Jewish state and share with the world why they stand united with Israel!
Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) began on Wednesday night, with the official ceremony kicking off the celebration taking place on Mount Herzl, in Jerusalem.
For people around the world, the State of Israel is a special place and its well-being is of utmost importance.
Nations from around the world are proud of Israel’s achievements over the last 70 years and support those who continue to build and defend Israel.
Watch as 70 nations show their love for the Jewish state on its 70th birthday!

Time out

I need to have nice memories.
I have never been someone who could spend weeks sitting on a beach, or by a pool.
If I visit an area on vacation, I want to come back with more than memories of the bar, the pool, and beach. For medical reasons, I can never spend more than a few hours a day in the sun, so a holiday centered around a beach hotel is not for me.

I recently took a rare day out, during the few hours my legs permit me to walk, I visited Thomas Cook to pick up some pamphlets, in the hope I could get some inspiration for my next story (if there is one).
Unfortunately, all the vacations are based around hotels, and I had few images of places of interest in the area.
One hotel took my eye, it is built like Masada on a sloping rock face.

My three vacations abroad were to AustriaSwitzerland, and Lac La Biche, in AlbertaCanada.
My final holiday - nine years ago - was to Scarborough, in the Fall of 2010. Not a place or time to sit on the beach all day.
I used my final holiday to write the award-winning book    https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32117.


Even in my RAF days, I was never one for discos, bright lights, and loud music. I'd prefer a nice little bistro, listening to some gentle music.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Shalom

Greeting to readers in Israel.
Today, I send my welcome to readers in Israel, you now have passed the readers of this blog in the UK.

As it says in the scriptures "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home."

In the last decade, the one place I have not been appreciated is the UK.

Sex movies

Does sex sell?

I am not a prude, but I find sex films boring. The idea of the film based on how much sex you can put into 90 mins, to me, is a flimsy premise for a movie.

In a way, they are similar to the later James Bond movies, which became a case of how many gadgets can we use.


I did try to read a sex story many years ago, but like the films, I found it dull.
To some extent, the fact I never found Sylvia Kristel attractive turned me off the film; also Emmanuelle 2 was so incredibly over-hyped it was bound to fail. The hype was "More sexual, more sensational than Emmanuelle," which from my point was right, as I found both films drab and a pain to watch.
The fact that the industry then went on to do several more films of this ilk is a sad testament to the movie industry of the late 1970's.
My dislike to sex movies and books played a large part in me losing a writing contract eight years ago. I did try to write a sex story, but I got no further than page 1.
I did write an erotic romance some time ago. My story has some highly erotic moments, but they are part of the story, not the center of the plot.

















More recently, ​I wrote a spiritual romance that has got some erotic moments.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Doing well at Cannes

Cannes Film Festival.

Cutting my costs

Warhammer books
One of the few luxuries I  can afford is books from Warhammer   https://www.blacklibrary.com/Home/lukas-the-trickster-spe-ed.html

Until the fire in May, I used to get any Limited Edition the site brought out, then I realized I was getting books for series that I was not reading and my cutbacks to my luxury.
Now, I only get signed editions.

I did try to fulfill a dream and get to write for the site, but I would have found writing within a set system of limited weapons a bit hard, as I prefer to work with a free mind as I did with the Forgestriker series   https://hereiamattheedge.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/free-science-fiction-to-read.html#.WtRodIjwbIV


My only other luxury is my subscription to   http://www.israeltoday.co.il/, which I will probably have to give up this year.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

No rest for the wicked

A busman's holiday.
Years ago, at this time of year, I would be preparing to go on trips to music festivals in the UK, as a holiday break.

 In the last year, I have turned my attention to television breaks disqus.com/home/channel/indieworld/topics/virtual-vacation/ for my rests.

 This week, I got some travel brochures from the travel agent to see if I could get some inspiration for a sequel to my romance novel , that is assuming the first book starts to sell next month.


My last vacation was nine years ago, and that was a working break that produced my award-winning book   https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32117.