Thursday, 24 November 2016

Over and out

A final note
The time to close down is here. As the blog is only read in the USA & France, and never garnered the sales I hoped it would, this is my finale'.

If you wish to buy my e-books to help Israel, they'll be for sale on Barnes & Noble.

Firefighting in Israel

Brave and tired
I can imagine the problems the firefighters have in Israel. Many years ago, when I was in Alberta on vacation, the neighbouring province of British Columbia requested water bombers from Lac La Biche to help fight their forest fires.

The wonderful world of ME

I'm still writing, don't ask me why?
Some friends will say, "What else are you going to do with your time?" Others will say, "You're a writer and a good one," in the end the question boils down to one thing. 
I was told it could take ten years to get recognised as a writer - well, here I am at the start of year 10.

Do I see the light at the end of the dark tunnel? No, unless you count the headlight of the train of DOOM.
To be honest, I don't know why I still write, my blogs get well read and with the help of Reddit  I have a lot more coverage, but it doesn't mean anything regarding sales.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Jet lag

Frequent flyer
On my trips to Canada, for some reason, I never suffered from jet lag.
The first trip out was terrible, not the trip over to Canada, the trip to Gatwick airport
The second trip was from Heathrow airport; there is a train link to the airport, so I didn't have too long to wait for the flight. 
I can think of two reasons for not being affected by jet lag - one is that I'm a night person and the other is for many years I haven't been able to sleep well, so I haven't developed a pattern.
I have to admit, I was worried, not about the flight but being locked in the air for nine hours.

If I win the trip to Israel, it will be an interesting experiment to see if travelling in the other direction affects me.

Going global

Hello Australia

For some time, I've had online friends in Australia. One was a police serjeant in Queensland who praised my Pat Canella series for its authentic feel. I have another - a lady - who works in New South Wales and is an excellent writer in her right (Dawn Millen).

My blog until last night never had much following in the land of the kangaroo. But all that has changed in the blink of an eye, I have had a few sales in Australia but not many.

So continental

A writing retreat
Writing last night's post, The Vagrant Journalist abroad  brought to mind the era of the great writers, and how they would sit on the Paris sidewalks and talk as they wrote. It was a hard time for many of the generation known as The Lost Generation; they'd come through a war and lost close friends, you can't blame them for living in the moment.

Is it too much?

Will book 3 be finished?
This week I opened the files to edit book 3 in my award-winning series. My first thought was "Am I wasting my time again?" Neither of the previous books has sold in four years, and I have over 40 pages of edits to do - not counting continuing the story - if I go ahead, for what?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Vagrant Journalist abroad

Hunter S. Thompson
I can see myself sitting in a shady Bistro in Tel Aviv sipping my coffee and writing a story of my time in Israel.

I would need a shadowy corner as I suffer from heatstroke and I have trouble breathing in high humidity regions - an inherited illness.
The title comes from a remark by the writer Hunter S. Thomson from his days in Puerto Rico after the fall of Cuba. 


I found a new tool to help me
I realize that Reddit isn't new but to me it is, and with not being able to use StumbleUpon - I needed a new tool.

Reddit has taken over as my main promo tool this month.

The Love of the Sea

Romances and me
I am not known for writing love stories, but I wrote this one Lana Pawcel was a pen name I used for a while when I used to write #romances. The name is an anagram of my name.

This story is an extension of the original blog for my friend, Yezall Like many of my blogs on various sites, the style became popular quickly, and Yezall asked if it was possible to extend the story. The short got expanded to this version, and finally to

 I was able to transform a 1,500-word blog into a 35,000+-word e-novella with ease. The story didn't end; I stopped writing the story. After 15 months on the project, I realised I was never going to see anything for my time, and I haven't.