I have a very rare muscle condition, Myotonia Congenita. Of the two recognised variants I have Beckers's, which brings with it not just an impaired ability for my muscles to relax after contraction but also sudden and unexpected bouts of weakness, especially in my arms and legs. My symptoms are severe, but I do get … Continue reading How the Myth of Sisyphus relates to Me today
I very much enjoyed the 1987 movie starring Steve Martin and John Candy, but that is not what I am writing about. In my book, Eugenica, the protagonists use planes, trains, and automobiles to escape their pursuers. Well, actually they use the singular of each of those modes of transport. One plane, a De Havilland … Continue reading Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
It was not a surprise that so many people took advantage of my free book giveaway, certainly in respect of the historical fiction novels. Those books have always proved popular. The big surprise though is Eugenica. I have always found it difficult to get this book a readership, but this week has gone very well. … Continue reading Eugenica – The Challenging Book
Back in February, 2018, I posted a reprise of my third novel, ‘Eugenica’. I had just finished writing ‘Mesozoic’, a science fiction book that included one of my long-time passions, dinosaurs, and as usual I wanted a change of literary scene. I went back to Eugenica because of all my works it is the one … Continue reading Eugenica Revisited…Again!
Well this is disappointing. Way back in 2010 when I was writing my first ever novel, The War Wolf, I had to undergo major reconstructive surgery on my left foot. It was a very uncomfortable period. The hope was that this surgery would put right many years of problems caused by the slow but persistent … Continue reading Time for a Break, Break in Writing and Break in Bones
I had a reader ask me why there seemed to be a disabled person in every one of my books to date? My answer was, if not me who else was going to do it? One of the tenets of writing is to write about what you know and having been born disabled I know … Continue reading That Disability Thing!
Mesozoic is now published and that particular project has finished. There is, of course, a very satisfying feeling of accomplishment when a book is completed and put out there for the reading public to enjoy, but what does an author do immediately after that? I do not know about other writers but I like to … Continue reading Eugenica Revisited
“Before my diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, I knew what ‘the disabled’ looked like and I'm sure I had the right instincts towards ‘them’. But I had no understanding of what it was like to be ‘disabled’ and no understanding of the myriad obstacles — born out of discrimination or disinclination, bureaucracy or bullying, ineptitude or ignorance, … Continue reading There is No Benefit to Being Disabled
Going on a cruise might not seem like the obvious holiday choice for someone who is disabled with impaired mobility: well, it is a boat, it rocks about a bit and there are those stairs to consider, and what about getting on and off? To be honest, this is not that much different to my … Continue reading Venice to Barcelona by Sea Day One – Getting Started.
This something of a reprise, or perhaps a reflection, on my experiences of writing ‘Eugenica’ and what has followed since the book appeared in the Amazon Kindle market. They say that reflective learning can be useful but it is not something that I can say that I have done consciously, and it may very well … Continue reading After the Dust has Settled