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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    Casey
    "Casey" commented on John Alty's Blog "Ancient wisdom".
    Love this one “Opportunity is often lost by Deliberation” I need that pasted in post it stickers all round my room!!! Yet- I do enjoy listening to Obama - the master of five second pondering before responding, so there you go
    6 hours ago
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    Dolly
    "Dolly" commented on John Alty's Blog "The joys of air travel".
    Hmm, that would probably depend on what sort of business trip you might, or might not have been on.
    8 hours ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty has accepted Casey's friend request.
    11 hours ago
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    John Alty
    "John Alty" commented on John Alty's Blog "The joys of air travel".
    Yes, Tony, that must have been it! An un-package holiday. The case finally caught up with the contents. I lived in Johannesburg at the time so less of a problem than if I'd been on a business trip.
    1 day ago
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    Tony
    "Tony" commented on John Alty's Blog "The joys of air travel".
    Were you on an un-package holiday by any chance?
    1 day ago
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    Ariejester
    "Ariejester" commented on John Alty's Blog "The joys of air travel".
    Oh no! Did you get your case?
    1 day ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on John Alty's Blog "The joys of air travel".
    Dear, oh dear, oh dear. What an embarrassing pickle :) Made me smile. Nicely, of course.
    1 day ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty Happy Thanksgiving to anyone for whom it might be appropriate!
    1 day ago
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    new-bee-author
    "new-bee-author" commented on John Alty's Blog "The joys of air travel".
    Laundered or not?
    2 days ago
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    Squidge
    "Squidge" commented on John Alty's Blog "The joys of air travel".
    Oh my...hope the case appeared at some point?
    4 days ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty wrote a new blog: "The joys of air travel".
    I didn’t find it very amusing at the time but my fellow travellers did and I’m sure they’re laughing about it to this day. I can hear them now: “I gotta tell you about this poor guy at Jan Smuts Airport in Johannesburg. That’s in South ...
    4 days ago
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    7 days ago
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    John Alty
    John Alty commented on L.'s wall:
    Thanks, L. Excellent comp entry from you, horrifyingly real description.
    8 days ago
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    L.
    L. commented on John Alty's wall:
    Great comp entry and very nice twist at the end, so many knives in so many backs.
    8 days ago
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    John Alty
    "John Alty" commented on Dolly's Blog "The Dharma Bum".
    Wow, indeed!
    8 days ago

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  • L.
    by L. 8 days ago
    Great comp entry and very nice twist at the end, so many knives in so many backs.
  • L.
    by L. 1 month ago
    Thanks John!
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 1 month ago
    A clever, chilling comp entry, John.
  • L.
    by L. 1 month ago
    I enjoyed reading your comp entry - nice twist.
  • healeymonster1
    by healeymonster1 1 month ago
    Liked your comp entry. That madly grinning visage in the rear view mirror is one of my pet fears. Allong with the bathroom mirror in the dark.
  • L.
    by L. 2 months ago
    I like your competition entry - Alice in Wonderland meets Mary Poppins bottomless bag.
  • Knicky Laurelle
    by Knicky Laurelle 2 months ago
    Fantastic! Your comp entry is my favourite one yet. Very imaginative ^.^
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 2 months ago
    It really is!
  • Jenni Belsay
    by Jenni Belsay 2 months ago
    Such a funny anecdote in the comp thread, John!
  • Hel
    by Hel 3 months ago
    Fabulous description of life on board a tea clipper, John. You build such a strong picture that reading the piece is like watching a film – I was right there battling the waves with the crew, hoping they’d reach Blighty.