John Alty

John Alty

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  • Are you a ...?
    Published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Memoir
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Other non-fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Other
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    James Lee Burke, Hemingway, Cruz Smith
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Polar Star, Cadillac Jukebox, Old Man and the Sea
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To develop the skill and never seek publication.
    Your worst habit?
    Wine.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    A conspiracy from start to finish. My work will die with me
    Where do you write?
    Wherever my laptop is.
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I work for MI5

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    John Alty
    John Alty My fiction short story is finished except for: The last paragraph, the title and deciding to what genre it belongs. Nose to the grindstone.
    4 days ago
    • Scheherazade
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      Scheherazade Congrats!
      4 days ago
    • Mashie Niblick
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      Mashie Niblick Nose to the grindstone? Is that the title? I like it. ;-}
      4 days ago
    • John Alty
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      John Alty You've given me the idea for my next story, Mashie.
      4 days ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty It's recycle bin collection day, the excitement knows no bounds.
    5 days ago
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    John Alty
    "John Alty" commented on Barb's Blog "Caption Comp".
    Following the success of the ear grown on the back of a mouse, scientists have grown an almost complete human on the back of a shark.
    5 days ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty A new week lies before us like a blank page. What will you write?
    6 days ago
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    • OFP
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      OFP It's an excellent comp. Much bigger now than when I entered it a few years ago. Good luck and enjoy the event.
      6 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra A bit more of book 4 ...
      6 days ago
    • Writerguy
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      Writerguy copious planning on my new novel, a little short story to keep me sane
      6 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP ... Site reports and an expenses summary. My best sci-fi fiction....
      6 days ago
    • Barb
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      Barb Right there with you, Prop. I'm doing a bit of cf creative accounting.
      6 days ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie Final edit of book 4 - fingers crossed.
      6 days ago
    • Writerguy
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      Writerguy good luck with that Newbie, I'm still in the planning stages. Having written two super BAD novels, I'm trying to get this right
      6 days ago
    • RichardB
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      RichardB A ****ing synopsis.
      6 days ago
    • Newbie
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      Newbie Thanks, Writerguy. @Richard good luck.
      6 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks I rather like a nice blank page. Full of promise. No ugly blemishes to distract.
      6 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra ... all you have to do is make sure to do your bestest joined-up writing.
      6 days ago
    • Mashie Niblick
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      Mashie Niblick I'll write - "Whose is this book?" I like a tidy house.
      6 days ago
    • Jenni Belsay
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      Jenni Belsay Rewriting an old Cloud comp entry with a view to entering in Chris Fielden's humorous short story comp. Beats facing a totally blank page.
      6 days ago
    • John Alty
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      John Alty Wow, lots of responses despite the somewhat rhetorical nature of the post. For myself, I'm going to edit my short story. A dipping of my toe into fiction, although based on a true incident.
      6 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP It's an excellent comp. Much bigger now than when I entered it a few years ago. Good luck and enjoy the event.
      6 days ago
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    Mashie Niblick
    Mashie Niblick commented on John Alty's wall:
    Kind of sweet comp entry, evocative
    7 days ago
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    John Alty
    "John Alty" commented on Kate's Blog "London Buildings".
    I don't know London well, but I know there was a large derelict flour mill at one of the docks. It was definitely derelict until 2011, but may now have been redeveloped. Details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Mills
    11 days ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty Happy Brexit 1776 to our American Cloudies!
    19 days ago
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    20 days ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty Returned from a fine walk in the countryside, ready for wine o'clock. Duckling count holding steady at 7.
    21 days ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty Returned form a fine walk in the countryside, ready for wine o'clock. Duckling count holding steady at 7.
    21 days ago
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    John Alty
    "John Alty" commented on Barb's Blog "Caption Comp".
    OK, that's all I have to say on points of view, now lets talk a little about plotting and shaping..
    21 days ago
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    John Alty
    23 days ago
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    John Alty
    "John Alty" commented on Dolly's Blog "Down The Back Of The Sofa".
    I think I found one of those, OFP. It says on the front "I promise to pay the bearer anything they want" That one?
    24 days ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty Duckling count down to seven. Two MIA.
    25 days ago

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  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 7 days ago
    Kind of sweet comp entry, evocative
  • BellaM
    by BellaM 1 month ago
    Great comp entry. I really liked the tone of it.
  • Kate
    by Kate 1 month ago
    Cheers
  • Kate
    by Kate 2 months ago
    Ooh John. Your comp entry felt a little mundane until you dropped in the last line. Loved it.
  • Kate
    by Kate 3 months ago
    Thanks for your kind comment John. Most thoughtful.
  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 4 months ago
    Hi, John, we do that now and again to keep the thread visible on the main page. ;-)
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 6 months ago
    Nice voice in your comp entry, John.
  • Cissy
    by Cissy 6 months ago
    I enjoyed your competition entry. I started to feel sorry for the poor fellow!
  • Kate
    by Kate 6 months ago
    Just read your comp entry. I was oblivious to what was going on until right at the end. Nicely done.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 7 months ago
    Lovely little vignette for your competition entry John, beautifully written