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…a wonderful link from the past happened today…

…God moves in mysterious ways his miracles to perform… I received an astounding email earlier today from a a lady whom I had last met over 60 years ago, with no communication in between times … she had seen a blog post I had written four years ago (!) about where I used to live in the slums of Docklands, Govan in Glasgow… she had NOT seen my recent memoir, and so this was an equally incredible coincidence… I have her permission to publish our email exchanges, but she asked me to keep her name private, which of course, I will respect… here is the first email from her:

‘I came across an online posting that mentioned you had spent some of your childhood living at No. 60 Greenfield Street Govan.  I have many happy memories of that particular close as generations of my family lived there over the years in numerous flats on the various landings from the late 1800`s.  I do indeed remember one family called Gallacher, but I`m not too sure if it is your family, which flat/landing did your family have?  Gosh if it is the same family, and even although I was young, I can remember your Mum very clearly and her children, but to be honest, I can`t recall her having a son named Seumas, although she did have at least one son.

Kind regards’

…I responded by telling her my name had changed from ‘Jim’ to ‘Seumas’ after my later years’ sojourn in the Scottish Hebrides, and I was indeed the person she knew… her second email is here:

‘Hello again!

OMGosh! Yes, I am that girl! lol My Gran just as you thought, lived directly above your Mum`s flat. The really strange thing is that I was talking about YOU to my daughter recently when I read in the papers that if Labour get into power they intend doing away with Private Education. I said to her “I remember a little boy called Jim that stayed in the flat beneath my Gran`s, he would sit in the close on dreich days with a pencil and paper, the Bookie would shout `odds` to him and he could work out the bets. He was also the only child that I can remember who had as much interest in reading as I did! He got the opportunity to go to Allen Glen`s school, and if Labour closes down your school that will be the end of scholarships for such children.” Isn`t life strange that I should come across you! Lol.

Your Mum made a big impression on me, I used to love sitting in her flat opposite her big black range, she would open the oven door and feed a crust to a little mouse that would pop out lol (happy days!) But it was her storytelling I loved – you obviously have inherited that gene from her. She, as you well know, had little, but what she did have she shared – such a big heart. She loved her children and they would clamber up on to her knee and she would console and wipe away tears; kiss skint knees and show her mother`s love in so very many ways. I loved Chrissie Gallacher – there I have said it!

We seem to have shared somewhat similar Life journeys, albeit you at perhaps a more successful level. I, like many before me, had a difficult but interesting start to my life and after a great many sojourns into hospital for surgery and missing so much of my education, I left without an `O` Level to my name and a bitter taste in my mouth at the mere mention of further education – I equated it with bullying Teachers and equally bully/name calling children. My dad, wise man that he was, invested in a Commercial Course at a Private College for me, and I loved it. I had found a `level playing field` that I could build my knowledge base from with my new-found friends. On leaving college, this little ugly duckling blossomed into a confident swan and took off for Paris! To cut a long story short, after many adventures, I eventually returned home, met my husband and went on to have a family of three children. I still felt acutely aware that I lacked the academic achievements of others and so started catching up – firstly with a good set of Highers at night school which enabled access to a Degree. With my Degree still `hot off the press` I started my career in Social Work, from which I have now retired.
My husband and I, having watched our three children having Gap Years Back Packing around the world, now do our own travelling, but in a somewhat more comfortable style. Lol. This has resulted in some very exciting and sometimes even scary experiences, but as my husband keeps saying `Life`s a Journey` and we are enjoying all of the experiences!
One interest I would love to have more time for is Writing. I`ve had moderate success in the past, having won a Theatre Writing Competition and a few other publications but, like so many others, I am one of the `sandwich` generation i.e. caring for elderly relatives and Grandchildren, so whilst my Writing File bulges with ideas, I can`t find the time to sit in front of my PC and get on with it! A stout lock is what I need on my study door to keep weans out!

So lovely to catch up. I still can`t think of you as ‘Seumas’, in my mind`s eye you will always be Jim Gallacher!

Kind regards’

…this all just blew me away today, and of course, I trust at some stage in the not too distant future I may get to meet the lady again… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…A JOURNEY TO MYSELF – WRITING MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY…

…my dear friend and fellow scribbler, m’Lady, Amber Leggette-Aldrich, allowed me space on her blog to chat a wee bit about the experience of writing my recently published autobiography, STRANGELY, I’M STILL HERE… here it is :

Guest post by Seumas Gallacher
Today, I would like to introduce my dear friend and fellow author, Seumas Gallacher.I first met Seumas about 7 years ago, through Twitter and blogging, just after he released his 2nd book of the Jack Calder Crime Series.Since then, I’ve come to know him as a friendly gentleman with a witty sense of humor, an outgoing and honest personality, who is skilled in a variety of backgrounds, including his talents as an author.In the recent release of his autobiography, Seumas paints a living portrait from his humble beginnings in the slums of Docklands, Govan in Glasgow, Scotland, across 50 years and 3 continents. To say that he has lived an interesting and colorful life, though not without its pitfalls, merely scratches the surface of a life that most can only imagine.Seumas has graciously agreed to do a guest post here today, to share some insight into his personal journey. Thank you, Seumas, for this contribution!

A Journey to myself – writing my autobiography

For authors, the old maxim is often quoted, ‘Write about what you know.’

I’ve been at this writing game properly for over a decade now, with a back list of five crime thrillers, a book of my poetry, a self-help marketing and promotional guide for authors, and almost 2,000 blog posts. Add to that a catalogue of half-a-dozen ghostwriting assignments for other people’s ‘autobiographies’, and it’s of little wonder that the thought occurred to put my own life story and experiences to print. ‘Write about what you know.’

What happened next was a sometime bewildering, sometime painful, sometime joyful, but always exhilarating, writing trip of discovery. I now understand more clearly than ever before just how much I am truly an amalgam of everything, everybody and everywhere with which and with whom I have ever been associated.

Were there regrets? Of course. Probably far too many to register. I doubt if more than a handful of people on this planet have led a flawless, blameless existence. But I do know that every single incident and experience, good, bad and indifferent, was necessary to bring me to this moment in my life. And I would not seek to change one second of it.

It is amazing how memories bring back not only the plain telling of the story, but for me, it also recalled the feelings and emotions that I had in most of them. I felt them again, and again, and again, some with laughter, but also many of them attended with a quiet tear.

I believe, at this age, finally, I am aware of who and what I am as a person. I like the man I see in the mirror each morning, although it was not always thus. I have acquired a tolerance of myself and my own shortcomings, but more importantly, I have learned to ‘live and let live’ in relation to others whom I meet day to day.

What surprises me, is that having published the book just a few weeks ago, I find that I am remembering many other things which could have been included in the memoir. I will resist the temptation to edit online the Amazon Kindle version, which is easy to do, on the same premise that once I finish writing my novels, I leave them finished.

To all my author friends and even those who have not yet caught the writing addiction, you may want to consider a similar project. It is a wondrous journey to yourself.

Here’s the book blurb:

Fact is often more incredible than fiction.

Seumas Gallacher has survived long enough to savour places, characters and events for more than forty years in the Far East and the Arabian Gulf.

He started life in Scotland, travelled far and wide as a wannabe Trainee Master of the Universe, but the Universe had other plans for him.

From a career in banking, he escaped to become a corporate trouble-shooter.

He discovered the joy and torture of becoming a wordsmith, writing five best-selling crime novels, a book of poetry, and being hyper-active on social media.

‘STRANGELY, I’M  STILL HERE’ is his story.

Amazon Kindle universal link:

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Thanks for joining me today! – Amber

…many thanks, AmberLUVZYA! 

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…life tip from Master Gallacher – be your own best in the world at everything!

…the sensible parents among you will understand that exhorting your children to be top of their school class, or best sports activities participant is the dumbest Rallying Call of every misguided father and mother on the planet… your wee Jimmys and Nellies frequently struggle just to know how to tie their shoelaces by themselves… my approach to nurturing ‘successful’ offspring is a tad different, and always has been… it is simply this, – ‘Papa does not want you to bust your guts trying to be the best in your class… neither does he expect you to set new school records for the 1000-, 500-, 250-, 0r even 5-metre races… all I ask is for you to try your honest best…’…that same tenet holds for just about everybody I have ever met… with a slight finessing of the language…

…I say, and seriously advise them, ‘be your own best in the world at everything… in your own mind, in your own attitude, in your own belief in your own skills, talent, and brains…’ …that way it is impossible to fail… I do it for myself… I am the best singer in my own world… I am the best footballer in my own world… I am the best author in my own world… I am the best guitar player in my own world… I am the best lover in my own world… I am the best blogger in my own world… I am the best poet in my own world and so on, and so on… I have never failed yet in any of these ambitions… and in my own world, no-one can refute my own belief… sound crazy?… maybe… but let me assure you, it works for me… and I’ll guarantee it works for each and every one of you, too… try it… you ARE the best at anything you do in your own world... see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…okay, published the autobiography… time to start the rest of my life!

…I’ve never been big on ‘bucket lists’… but I do like to have continual things in mind that I wanna do… some of you will be aware that I’ve just published my memoir, STRANGELY, I’M STILL HERE… and I’m delighted for many reasons:

  1. It had been nagging at my scribbler’s conscience for a year, to get on and do it… now that it’s taken care of… it feels good…
  2. The love and support from the global writers’ community has been amazing… thank you, each and every one of you…
  3. Other authors will understand just how much of a buzz it is to see any genre of our wee literary babies creep high into the respective ratings, this time for Biographies and Author Autobiographies...
  4. Already, in a mere three days since it appeared first on Auntie Amazon Kindle, it has sparked phone calls from friends with whom I haven’t had the pleasure of talking for years (not months, but years!)… what a blast…
  5. The cathartic process of getting stuff out of my system, some of which has lurked in the shadows of my psyche for far too long, was a spiritual breath of fresh air…
  6. Being able to look back with that wondrous 20/20 hindsight that time provides, I’m able to understand just how much and, conversely, how little of my life, and what happened to me, could have been impacted by myself, and how much of it was karma… right place, right time, and vice versa in various instances…
  7. A tremendous appreciation for the people who were placed in my life at pivotal, cross-road points, and without whose presence and intercession, I probably would not be alive now…
  8.  A reinforcement of my gratitude for the relationship I enjoy with the God of my understanding, which liaison brooks no interference from anyone else, and makes no demands of me to attempt to proselytise other people…

And, most importantly, I know that I’m not done yet... part two of my life begins right now… the memoir can be found on the Amazon universal link below… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ! 

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…’knock you out’ news on great promotions from my Author pal, C. J. Peterson…

…who doesn’t appreciate great writing coupled with free giveaways?… come fill your boots, as my dear friend,  C. J. Peterson combines both for you…

Countdown to the Final Showdown!

 By: C.J. Peterson

I have some great news! The fourth and final book in the Divine Legacy Series is coming out soon! This is an important milestone, as it is also the last book for the A.N.G.E.L.s! For those who have been following, the A.N.G.E.L.s books have been around since the first one was published in 2013.

In celebration of this milestone, I’ll be doing a countdown to the final showdown! It’s the A.N.G.E.L.s versus the other side. Who will win? Can the A.N.G.E.L.s restore the balance of power?

For this release, there will be a one-time offer. For the next three weeks, I will be giving away the first ebook in each series! Yes, you read that right! So, if you haven’t started reading them, the time is now!

Here is the schedule for the giveaways:

– 02SEP-06SEP – SEASONS OF CHANGE (Book 1, Grace Restored Series) – http://amzn.to/2e5tkU0

– 09SEP-13SEP – THE CALL TO DUTY (Book 1, The Holy Flame Trilogy) – http://amzn.to/2eXvD9l

– 16SEP-20SEP – DIVINE LEGACY (Book 1, Divine Legacy Series) – https://amzn.to/2KRrC7t

** The new release CHAINS BROKEN (Book 4, Divine Legacy Series) will be out at the end of this countdown!**

Here is the summary for CHAINS BROKEN:

            The last and final book in the Divine Legacy Series, Chains Broken, follows the A.N.G.E.L.s as they continue on their journey. There will be wedding, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations, which should bring about a fresh start…but will it?

            Kit’s battle is coming to a head. Can she overcome what is trying to lay hold, or will she succumb like her mother? Have the issues of anger been worked out within the team? Who will win the battle for the Outback? Will it be Pete and Charlie’s clan, or the other side? What about the other box? Do the A.N.G.E.L.s have a lead on it? Who will walk away the victor?

            These questions and more will be answered as this exciting series wraps up. Chains will be loosened, and hearts and lives will be connected in Chains Broken. (Book 4 of the Divine Legacy Series.)
 
1 Peter 5:8Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
John 8:32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

This is the time to download the start of each series to your Kindle! Don’t miss out on this one-time event! Get started on your journey with the A.N.G.E.L.s!

God bless, and Happy Reading!

C.J. Peterson

https://cjpetersonwrites.com

“While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.”
…great stuff, m’Lady, C. J. … thanks for the info… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…honesty in memoir-writing… a double-edged sword…

…as a writer, I love paradox… the creative balance… peak and trough… princes and paupers… sweet and sour… I shamelessly strive for emotive expression in my novels… breathing feelings into what happens to my characters… Lawd knows, they cause me enough angst when I write about them… therefore, it should have come as no surprise to me when I embarked on the ambitious project of writing my own biography… the twin imposters of delight and melancholy currently visit with great regularity as the chapters of my life unfold on my laptop… from the outset, I decided it would not be an ego trip, cataloguing whatever achievements may have been my lot, but to attempt to balance the tome with as much gut honesty as I can muster… that’s where the pain resides… it has been remarkable how the distance of time has removed some of the jagged edges of some events I’d rather not have had happen… and equally to recognise that success is also a relative concept, which lessens with the passage of the years …

…what is confirmed for me in the writing of the biography, is that every moment, every event, good, bad and indifferent, was necessary to bring me to this moment in my existence… and I am grateful for each second of it… I’m the only person who sleeps in my head each night… the ‘no bullshit’ zone… these days, I kinda like the guy who stares back at me from the shaving mirror every morning… it wasn’t always that way… time, tolerance and acceptance of many things come with the passage of time… some will call that experience… I treat it as a continuous learning curve…

…I’m not truly conscious of ‘why’ I wanted to get the memoir written, and now it doesn’t matter… I am so pleased that I’m following through with it… honesty in memoir-writing… a double-edged sword… the title I’ve chosen, – STRANGELY, I’M STILL HERE – AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY – may give a wee insight into the contents… target date for completion and uploading to Auntie Amazon Kindle is within the next four to six weeks, but I have a strong urge to get it finished as soon as possible, so that launch date may be brought forward… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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…as a self-publishing author, you have to work your asterisk off in the social networks…

…just over ten years ago, this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler finished writing The Violin Man’s Legacy, my first Jack Calder crime thriller… frankly, I wrote it just to see if I could actually produce a book all on my own… then the scribbling addiction took over… now, a decade later, there are five Jack Calder titles on Auntie Amazon Kindle, with a sixth as Work-In-Progress… 100,000+ downloads of the eBooks makes all of my books bestsellers by the industry’s definition… along the way, there has also been a series of collections of my blog posts, a book of poetry, half a dozen ghostwriting assignments for autobiographies, two corporate commemorative anniversary books and nearly 1,800 blog posts… one of the most frequent questions I get asked from wannabe and existing fellow-authors is ‘How do you get your books out there?’… it’s a sum’times gruelling, but necessary part of a modern writer’s life that the bulk of the marketing and promotional activity has to come from the writer himself or herself… I learned early on that the virtual universe was the place to be… the social networks in all their glory and dread… a few years ago, I was invited to the Dubai Festival of Literature to speak on two platforms… one as a self-publishing author, and the other as a supposed social networking guru… let me disavow that latter notion… I am still learning that stuff… however, I did share with a room packed full of authors at the Festival how I used a handful of the social channels to propagate my books… thereafter I was persuaded to write a short guide on how I was doing it, SELF-PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES, which is also on Kindle… the long and short of it is that ‘building the platform’ (of followers) is so vital to the business of writing, that I implore any and all of you who are seeking to enjoy a reasonable uptake for your literary babies, start now, and work on it regularly… be a pal on the networks… help other  authors by sharing about their work on Twitter and Facebook, and any other channels of your choice… as a self-publishing author, you have to work your asterisk off in the social networks… it is hard work, but well worth it… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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