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…what’s the ‘right’ age to become an Author?…

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…the old story goes, ‘…an 800-kg Gorilla’s checking in at the front desk of the Waldorf… what suite does he get?…any bluudy suite he wants!’… I’m not aware of any 800-kg writers, and I’m unclear as to what kinda pull they may have in registering at the Waldorf… but I’m certain their age would never be a deciding factor… in much the same way, the question of what constitutes the ‘right’ age to become an Author is a massive red herring… the reason I bring this up now, is that this ol’ Jurassic has already taken his pension-level free Kamel-pass here in the Middle East… as my comedic God, Billy Connolly, says, ‘recently I reached the landmark age of 60… and even more recently, 65′… I was nudging the triple score birthday-cake event when I first began seriously to consider becoming a proper quill-scraper…

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…have I already passed the authorial ‘sell-by’ date?… I’m aware of some raised eyebrows when I explain to emb’dy who wants to listen that I’ve only comparatively recently embarked on the scribbler’s path… six years hardly seems to merit the title, I can hear them think… of course, my view is different… I follow the daily ‘birthday’s list’ on Facebook, most of my links being other writers, and the majority reflect their age there also… at a guesstimate, I would pitch the average age on there as 50, give or take… food for thought… y’see, Mabel, my joints and limbs may be carrying the wear and tear of clomping around the planet for the last six-plus decades, but the wee grey cells, while certainly diminishing, I’m sure still hold enuff to be creative… in fact, I believe the longevity bit adds a broader and deeper well of material to feed the material for my masterpieces… and, at this time in my life, I’ve NUTHIN and NOB’DY around that I feel the need to prove anything to… so, what’s the ‘right’ age to become an Author?… like my Gorilla pal, any bluudy age yeez want! … see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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Here is my interview with Seumas Gallacher

Seumas Gallacher:

..what an amazingly good interviewer Fiona Mcvie is… thanks for that, m’Lady :):)

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Name : Seumas Gallacher
Age : 193 going on 10 ½
Where are you from :
A little fishing village on the Clyde called Glasgow, more exactly, Dockside Govan, of which Google Earth asked ,’Where?’
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc :
Primary schooling in Greenfield School (a misnomer if ever there was one). Was discovered to have an IQ larger than my shoe size, and won a bursary scholarship for higher education at Allen Glen’s High School of Science in Glasgow (famous for being ‘tiled halfway up like a public lavatory’). Left school at 15 ½ (that ½ keeps getting in there) ostensibly to contribute to the family’s (non) income at the time. Hardly helped that by beetling off almost immediately to the Scottish Hebrides as a trainee banker. Started learning Gaelic (doesn’t everybody?), then competing in the lingo successfully enuff to garner several…

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…Work Space Blog Hop…LUV this one…

…some ‘Blog Hop’ requests are more unusual than others… I kinda like this latest one that my pal, Author, Pamela Beckford has tagged me into… show the good folks around the virtual quill-scrapers’ planet where yeez customarily produce yer masterpieces… easy-peasy for this ol’ Jurassic… my sidebar already carries a wee snippet about the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Hotel in Abu Dhabi

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…and as if that’s not enuff, I even smooch onto the sidebar  a bit about my walk through the Avenue at Etihad Towers to get there and back home again… who says yeez can’t at least pretend to be posh as a writer?…

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…if it’s at all possible to ignore the (very) upmarket brands on show in the windows on the way through the Avenue, yeez eventually settle into the 5-star lobby of the hotel… its ’5-star’ coz yeez aren’t allowed to go higher than that or people just plain won’t believe yeez… truth be told, when I get into my scribbler’s mode, I can write anywhere… noise, television, (except when football’s showing) are no distraction… similarly, I enjoy the ‘people-watching’ aspect of being in a grand hotel lobby… all human life form is there, Mabel… and some yeez have yer doubts about… being an international tourist and business resort hotel, yeez get all kinds in there… some plonkers, it must be said, some captains of industry, strutting around with  their attendant ‘go-fers’, but best of all are the various nationalities’ families… kids are amazing to watch… really… when I do get my head up, the respite from the laptop provides great amusement observing the antics of the children…and by the way, they don’t stand on ceremony when it comes to making pals… of all creeds and colour… that’s why it reinforces my notion that if yeez want a better WURLD, give it to the children to run!… so, my writing nest doubles as a spot to churn out my future Nobel Literature Prize stuff as well as a window on the WURLD… where better place to generate characters and ideas?…

…now others to tag, (only if yeez feel like joining in—no obligation, as usual), howzabout these:

D.S. Butler

Matt Hilton

O.G.Tomes

John Holt

Gordon Milne

Alex Shaw

…see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!…

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…what’s a few Amazon red and blue squiggles between friends on an Author’s Sales pages?…

‘if a picture paints a thousand WURDS’, goes the old ballad from yesteryear… and for a quill-scraper NUTHIN beats seeing yer masterpieces being sold or borrowed, as reflected on the recently introduced new-style Amazon sales pages… the red squiggly bits show sales, blue lines the borrows, and if yeez are into doing Amazon Free Promo stuff, they flash that up in green… as far as this ol’ Jurassic is concerned, I’ll take any colour of the rainbow yeez choose… coz no matter what the colour, every line, every spike, big, small or medium, represents a new reader or readers… a fresh eyeballing of my WURK… over the past few years at this self-publishing gig, l’ve become ever so slightly less obsessed with checking the figures (only slightly less, I said), but, a wee daily peek at them is always part of the day… and what a joy to continue to see the palette of reds, and blues (no freebies currently, so no greens) across the range of markets that the Great God Amazon reaches… and so, to each and every reader who honours me with their time and money to download, my heartfelt thanks… this one’s for you—see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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Savage Payback                :   http://amzn.to/1oyHNah

Vengeance Wears Black    :  http://amzn.to/W59BB3

The Violin Man’s Legacy    :  http://amzn.to/10wnMXB

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…send the Trolls packing like this…

…a dear friend on the Internet has been bombarded recently with some of the Troll scum… and many others of yeez from time to time do get pinged by them … here’s a wee piece I did as far back as December 2012… It still holds good… I hope it may be helpful for emb’dy wondering how to despatch these imbeciles… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

IF TROLLS ATTACK YER BLOG, CONFOUND THEM BY LUVVIN’ THE HELL OUT OF THEM… 

…it won’t have escaped yer notice, Mabel, that I hail from Govan in Glasgow…an area not noted for its gracious handling of dispute…not for us from the Docklands area the niceties of gentle persuasion to settle conflict…the famous ‘Glasgow Kiss’... the abrupt coming together of a head butt from the giver’s skull  and the recipients’s nose-bridge area  is well-documented…the adage is, ‘why take months in court, when a swift smack on the mouth renders summary justice more effectively?’…hence, my text today from the Master Gallacher Sunday Pulpit may seem a tad incongruous…HOW TO DEAL WITH TROLLS...if you are on the web for any length of time, sooner or later one of these creatures may surface…no-one has figured out yet any sane reason for them to be alive, other than to cause maximum (and often disgusting) discomfort or outrage to decent people…I was on the receiving end of one such message recently, and my Govan urge boiled up as my instant reaction...I’d rip the bast*rd’s throat out if he/she were in front of me…then, the epiphany landed…the Govan urge is PRECISELY what these vermin want to provoke…what better response then, but to perplex them by doing exactly the opposite?…I replied in the nicest of terms (no, truly, Mabel, I promise you, I did…), wishing them all of the very best things that they could ever wish for themselves…then, I blocked them, so that particular moron’s evil proddings will not bother me again…so there you have it, react by blocking the Troll immediately if you wish, but bouncing back totally in a manner they wouldn’t expect is much more satisfying… and then block them…now, if that particular Troll should ever cross my path in person, revert to the opening of this blog for instruction! …LUV YEEZ!…

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…good writing, like water, will ultimately find its own level…

…the quill-scrapers’ equivalent of ‘getting yer shins kicked’ is that period starting from when yeez first put pen to paper or fingertips to laptop in the quest of producing ‘that book’ we all supposedly have in us, until the point of realisation that yer WURK is now actually ‘fit for public consumption’… I’m reading a lot of stuff currently on the Web where all sorts of people are rabbiting on about ‘How To Sell More Books’...now, I’m not saying they’re all charlatans or get-rich-quick-on other-folks’-hopes merchants, but frankly some of them are NUTHIN but that… fiddling around with SEO functions may be all very well for the real internet technicians, but even then, I think that kind of exercise has an extremely short ’sell-by’ date… and generally expensive… show me a rich author who can afford that expense, and I’ll show you about 0.000000538 % of the scribblers universal family… so, money for investing in getting sales for yer masterpieces may be misspent outlay… I read extensively… other authors’ WURK… mostly newbies these days… as a way of ‘paying forward’ I try to buy/download at least one new author a week, or a book by sumb’dy I know who’s earnestly trying to ‘make it’ in the self-publishing game… in my not so ‘umble opinion, some of the material I read is excellent, others not quite of the highest grade… I firmly believe that good writing, like water, will ultimately find its own level… from personal experience, the best way to promote yer books is to write stuff that’s at least halfway decent… with good proof reading, editing, cover art… in short—the basics… after that, every author, with or without an agent, with or without a publisher, still has to do the hard yards in marketing activity… and for me, that clearly means being present regularly on the SOSYAL NETWURKS… at the risk of sounding like one of the ‘charlatans’ I refer to above, I published recently my SELF-PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES, which is not an A-Z on how to sell yer tomes, but rather an honest expression of what worked for this ol’ Jurassic… yeez can have a peek at it here :

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…see yeez later …LUV YEEZ!…

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…’staying cheeky’ is easy with pals like Author, Gordon Milne…

..bumping into kindred spirits on the Web seems to have become a trend for this ol’ Jurassic recently… yet another good pal looms across my Facebook page, with mentions of yours truly (for which any Author is always grateful)… enter the Aberdeen-born scribbler, Gordon Milne… yeez’ll enjoy his quirky penmanship (coming from Aberdeen, I believe humour’s a mandatory built-in survival trait)… his web page and attendant blog lurks on www.staycheeky.com …now, his blog lives on a different virtual housing estate from mine, so I haven’t yet worked out how to re-blog, but the good Gordon has granted me permission to cut and paste …oh, the faith, Mabel, that emb’dy should think me capable of doing even that task, but here’s his blog post from today…

Gordon Milne

My thoughts so far…

I’m taking a moment to gather my thoughts about this whole blogging thing. I am still a blogging virgin… (that reminds me of something that might have been said in my younger days in the sixties… ” Can I see you home, young lady?” …” Well, ok, but I’m still a blog…. ……” Yes, well, where was I… Blogging I can see, can be quite addictive. Anyone can follow someone’s blog just by signing up in the box on their page. So if you feel the urge, then jump in… I have been following the kilted man who lives on the big sand dune namely,  Seumas Gallacher, who as well as being an established author, is a prolific blogger. He has a way with WURDS that is both entertaining and informative and a must have for any budding scribbler is his book  Self-Publishing Steps to Successful Sales, a very generous offering  from Seumas covering  all you need to know about marketing etc. Price is a few pennies. Just while I’m here, I’ll add my congratulations to Seumas for recently getting a publishing deal. Funny how stuff comes round. I was reading his latest blog about the island of Mull and how he worked in Tobermory. I was over there two weeks ago doing some research for my next masterpiece. In my last book I introduced a character called Jimmy Bruce who lives in Canada. His ancestors will be from somewhere on the west coast and I have to start writing some nonsense about that soon. Anyway if any of you get a chance to visit this lovely part of Scotland, you won’t be disappointed with the scenery or the seafood and if the sun shines you will be amazed… Meantime, you all…. Stay Cheeky.

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…thanks for that, Gordon… now the rest of yeez, get yer virtual a*ses over to his blog, have a look at his novels on the way in, and enjoy… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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