Athelstone

Athelstone

62 years old
Male
Location
Worthing, west sussex
United Kingdom
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  • Are you a ...?
    Other
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Literary fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Fantasy
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Franz Kafka
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Castle, Point Counter Point, The Hard Life, The Thinking Reed, The Vatican Cellars, The Miracle of the Rose, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus, The Teachings of Don Juan
    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?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    I want to say what I have to say and leave something for my children
    Your worst habit?
    Working my socks off, writing 85,000 words, and then losing all confidence in what I've done. Oh yes, and covering up by writing something else. I wrote a 6000 word short story instead of a summary for my second novel.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    It is a tough game, but everyone does their best
    Where do you write?
    Everywhere - especially where I shouldn't
    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 have no idea what else I'd like Word Clouders to know

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    Athelstone
    "Athelstone" commented on Tony's Blog "What's in a name?".
    I worked in an office where one of my colleagues had great trouble asking Mr. Iwankew to come through for an appointment. Re-watching Twin Peaks recently, I was struck by the name Bambi Sickafoose in the credits: apprentice film editor.
    4 days ago
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    Athelstone
    "Athelstone" commented on mike's Blog "a few seconds of fame".
    Ah, that was "Quiz". I wanted to see that in Chichester before it moved to London but forgot all about it. Then I heard a review on Radio 4 and tried to book again but it was sold out (probably because of the review).
    10 days ago
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    Athelstone
    "Athelstone" commented on Jill's Blog "Yesterday & Signs of Spring".
    Hi Jill, glad to hear you were walking on air. Foxes having a nap in the sun in our garden yesterday, too lazy to bother with the snack-sized sparrows that were hopping around in front of them. Not exactly rural in my part of town but this year I ...
    18 days ago
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    "Athelstone" commented on Squidge's Blog "On writing the opposite sex...".
    I have a male character who thinks about women in much the way that the betweeted author writes about them. But then he's only about 18 and a bit of a dickhead as he is informed towards the end of one chapter. But when I write from a female POV then ...
    19 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    I remember you now. I am always in mess at these things. Getting to places is so difficult now as there is less and less public transport so I am exhausted by the time I get there. You are the literate person who has heard of Shelley. I ...
    21 days ago
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    Athelstone
    "Athelstone" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    Mike, we've met a few times at book launches and at the get together at the Cotswold Manor Estate. Bren doesn't appear to have joined the other site as yet.
    21 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    I think we met once. On a station. You live on the coast? Bren told me about the alternative site some months ago. I sent her a Christmas Card. I wonder if Bren is on the site?
    21 days ago
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    mike
    "mike" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    Dear Athelstone, The internet is very fragile. My brother ran a family website but he did it from America. He died a few years ago It has disappeared now as nobody could run it. A lot of information has been lost. It was sad. I did not ask ...
    21 days ago
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    "Athelstone" commented on Woolleybeans's Blog "Picking Brains".
    Write a passage about something rich with description such as a walk along the coast, but with no adjectives or adverbs whatsoever. Do the same with a least one for every noun and verb. Write in the style of. Write at least one thing that you really ...
    21 days ago
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    Mat
    "Mat" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    My post doesn't really make sense - I meant - when I put a collection together and tried to send it away to Publishuminatii - one of the most prominent places where my old stuff lingered, giving away my secrets was Wordcloud. I had to contact ...
    22 days ago
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    Mat
    "Mat" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    Good luck, though it’s not so clever when I/you try sell a short on-line and the entire transcript pops to here, draft 4 @ 2013. But also it was not very good, bye the bye OR ttfn as I read on a a memorial today - remember that? :)
    22 days ago
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    babblefish2
    "babblefish2" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    Managed to pull up three or for old stories using this. Still hunting for "Johanna", but aside from that all is well. Cheers, Alastair.
    22 days ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    Excellent article Athers. I too remember when Google was a splendid impartial search engine. Happy days, eh. Invalid certificates are usually just outdated. If you are accessing a site you are approaching deliberately, such as the Word Cloud, then ...
    23 days ago
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    BellaM
    "BellaM" commented on Athelstone's Blog "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    Ooh. Thanks for this. Good to know.
    23 days ago
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    Athelstone
    Athelstone wrote a new blog: "Searching the Cloud - and other places".
    One of our members had a previous cloud life and the old profile has been deleted. He was wondering whether he could recover any old posts from that time. Well, in general, posts such as "wall posts" that are linked directly to your profile will ...
    23 days ago

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  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 2 months ago
    Darn straight
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 2 months ago
    To misquote the 9th Doctor, 'every planet has a West' ;-)
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 6 months ago
    Thank you.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 6 months ago
    Spine chilling comp entry, Ath - I hate heights and can't imagine anything worse than the ending you've described.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 6 months ago
    400 words ... and the last ten terrifying. Good comp entry, Ath.
  • Hel
    by Hel 6 months ago
    Thanks for accepting me to the group. I can see I have a lot of reading and catching up to do!
  • jkdavies
    by jkdavies 6 months ago
    She was a great support :) Having someone there while you literally find your feet is essential, helped me get on with it and not sit around feeling sorry for myself :)
  • jkdavies
    by jkdavies 6 months ago
    Sadly Athelstone, all too true...
  • jkdavies
    by jkdavies 6 months ago
    I really enjoyed your September comp entry, so much hinted at, and the two different perspectives worked really well for me
  • J.net
    by J.net 7 months ago
    Thanks, Athers, for your kind comments re my comp entry.