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Hi gang! Happy to find myself here among a few fellow ancients. I'm 77 (or at least my body is; inwardly I'm only 25). :) Not sure yet what we are supposed to post here.
  • Are you a ...?
    Published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Involve robots and/or elves
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Robin Hobb
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, Bhagavad Gita, Narnia Chronicles, I AM THAT, Duncton Wood, Winnie-the-Pooh, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras...
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Ten times? Why so little?
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To have thousands of readers loving and learning from my books.
    Your worst habit?
    Procrastination as a result of Technophobia
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Self-publishing makes the most sense to me
    Where do you write?
    In my study
    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 live like a hermit in the hills of the Algarve in Portugal. I am vegetarian. As a spiritual mentor and chant-master I have been called the "Indiana Jones of Yoga" because of my adventurous hairy travels hitch-hiking all down Africa and all over India.





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    Gandalf Hi gang! Happy to find myself here among a few fellow ancients. I'm 77 (or at least my body is; inwardly I'm only 25). :) Not sure yet what we are supposed to post here.
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    • Scheherazade
      Scheherazade Welcome Gandalf
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    • Sandra
      Sandra Brief stuff here, Forum>Critiques if you want feedback (but be seen to give it too), Forum>competition for regular monthly exercise - June's has mor than a week to go.. Welcome and enjoy,
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I began as a surrealist painter, then a writer, actor and theatrical and film designer during seven years of vagabondage around the word. I hitch-hiked down the length of Africa, spent 3 years as a wandering monk in India; was founder-editor of Gandalf’s Garden magazine and Community and co-founder of The Open Centre for spiritualized psychotherapy in London. Now a spiritual mentor and Mantra Master with 50 years experience of teaching Mantra and Advaita Vedanta workshops worldwide.

I have authored four books, written script for BBC Radio 4 and have been interviewed several times on UK and Italian TV and California Radio.

My last book was an esoteric faerytale fantasy called “Ifflepinn Island”, considered as the 'next best thing' after"The Hobbit" and "Narnia Chronicles."

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