It's merely a gasp of realisation and a verbal orchestration to announce that Techno-phobe moi has finally worked out how all you clever clogs scribes do that "latest blog roll thingy" and "followers thingy my-jig."
So now I've put them here, and added me wee post birthday self to all your "followers thingy my-jigs"...
I was wondering if you'd all be so kind as to click on the "follow this blog" highlight over there...
'When it comes to writing, what do you know you're good at, and what aspect of writing are you worst at? (Procrastination is not permitted as either part of the answer.)'
Well, goodness, gracious, modesty forbids et al, but I actually do think I'm good at conjuring up a story out of a few words, a scene, or a fog of an idea that barges its way into my otherwise empty brain.
I'm a bit more of a stranger to discipline than I'd like to be (ooh- er, missus,calm down at the back, the discipline of getting down to actual "proper" writing when I can, I mean). I'm not sure I'm au fait with "Lord Structure" and, oh, yeah, I also fink I'm krap at speling...
Others tell me I'm very good at dialogue, my lead characters are well drawn and my plots are exciting and engaging.
They also tell me my structuring can be too loose, my minor characters can sometimes be mere ciphers for the story, and I'm krap at speling...
So, there you go. I need to work on structure, minor players, discipline, and spelling...
I me-me everybody and anybody who hasn't already been me-me'd. If you haven't got a blog reply in the comments bit, just add your name or pseudonym after your fine words.
We bid a sad farewell to two top cult fantasy character actors from the 60s and 70s.
Patrick McGoohan (1928 - 2009)
After a short illness Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show "The Prisoner," died on Tuesday in Los Angeles . He was 80.
He first found fame as super spy John Drake in the world wide hit TV series "Dangerman" in 1964 which ran for four seasons and countless repeats. Growing weary of playing Drake, McGoohan pitched to producers the surreal and cerebral "The Prisoner" to give himself a challenge.
The series ran for just 17 episodes in 1967, but was so ahead of its time, its cultural impact remains, McGoohan's Number Six becoming one of the most iconic characters of all time, with his all time cult favorite catchphrase " I am not a number, I am a free man!"
Ricardo Montalban ( 1920 - 2009)
Ricardo Montalban passed away on Wednesday morning at his home, aged 88. Montalban was already a star in Mexican movies when MGM brought him to Hollywood in 1946 to star in splashy musicals.
He was best known as the mysterious, white-suited proprietor of a certain spooky tropical island, with his cult catchphrase, "I am Mr. Roarke, your host. Welcome to Fantasy Island." The show, a world wide hit ran from 1978 to 1984, and is still a re-run favourite.
A big hi to all of you! My reason for starting the blog was "E - meet" some fellow scribblers and, good golly, I've met and become friends with plethora of great, friendly, talented Spec Monkeys and "real" scribes in my first year on the web.
So in that respect the blog has been an outstanding success!
Hopefully, it's entertained you a tad along the way...
I haven't installed a counter, (didn't think of it & don't know how!) but according to blogger's default one on the profile page over 2000 peeps who have browsed through have stayed long enough to check out my profile...and many have even returned!
Even got described as insanely personable by a fellow writer...
I've had some nice comments and great emails full of of advice and encouragement and even fan mail for the Contractors .
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