…as an Author, this is all I have to offer… #TBSU…

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…the most illustrious maverick the world has prob’ly ever known carried the name Winston Spencer Churchill… the prefix ‘Sir’ was added on April 24th, 1953… in the same year he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature… when I was a youngster growing up in Docklands Govan in Glasgow I idolised the man, and still use him as a guiding force, especially his, ‘Never, ever give up…’ …for sure he screwed up many times in his career, including disastrously over the Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War, and consistent blind-sidedness over the Irish Independence issue… one other phrase among many gems encapsulates what the man meant, and continues to mean to me… ‘…I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat…’ …there’s a powerful message in there for emb’dy who cares to take it aboard… for we quill-scrapers, isolated for great swathes of our personal lives, there are many corollaries… ask any scribbler worth his or her typing ribbon… how much of yerselves do yeez put into yer wee masterpieces?… only folks who’ve been there, done it, and got the scrivener’s T-shirt know the depth of commitment needed to keep at it… to revisit plot lines when the ideas have dried up… to sculpt dialogue when everything seems stilted, won’dring where the Muse has disappeared to for lunch… to rerun re-writes ad inforeverum… waking up in the middle of the night (presuming yeez ever got to sleep in the first place) negotiating with the lead characters in yer tome… day after day, night after night, week after tortuous week… there’s yer equivalent of Master Churchill’s offer… and I’m sure most of yeez embrace it… because that’s just what we do… maybe one day we’ll get to have a wee Nobel Literature Prize Winners get-together in the big Library in the Sky… in the meantime, as an Author, this is all I have to offer… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ

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16 responses to “…as an Author, this is all I have to offer… #TBSU…

  1. I missed the booth with the scrivener’s t-shirts… Darn it. Now I’ll have to keep writing until my next book’s done. 🙂 Churchill, Roosevelt (Teddy, not Franklin) and Alexander the Great…heroes and statesmen all. I think somewhere up there, Sir Winston has a heavenly copy of violin man’s legacy on his night stand…

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  2. Reblogged this on PeterGermany's Blog and commented:
    Very well said by Mr. Gallacher 🙂

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  3. We will arm ourselves on Amazon, lambaste them on Lulu, kick their cods in Kobo and well, smash them on Smashwords. We will NEVER surrender.

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  4. I think you have to be slightly addicted to write. Otherwise it’s just not possible.

    Cheers

    MTM

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  5. You couldn’t find a better ‘guiding force’ – All the best, Kilt-man…

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