Gerry

Gerry

67 years old
Male
Location
Tadcaster
United Kingdom
Current Status
'Lincoln in the Bardo ... is a crazy book, not totally easy to plough through, and yet... and yet... Y’know, I think it might make a worthy winner.' Told yer...
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  • Are you a ...?
    Published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Other non-fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Sophisticated
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Wordsworth/ Coleridge; probably Tolkein, though he's turned into Peter Jackson nowadays; um, I'll think of some more; yeah, here's one: Dion Fortune...
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Harry Potters (though a tough editor would have been useful from book 5 onwards); Cry The Beloved Country; Black Backed Penguin Classics (Homer, Virgil, Dante etc); um, maybe Captain Corelli; er, Pride and Prejudice; hey, I'm running out of words...
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    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?
    Good question - to be useful, I think - that is, to contribute to civilisation's ongoing conversation about life/death/universe - and maybe have a chuckle or two en route.
    Your worst habit?
    Waiting till I'm 60 before getting published - what a naughty boy!
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    It is a tough game, but everyone does their best
    Where do you write?
    About fifteen inches from my eyes.
    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?
    Burnt out schoolteacher (= wounded hero); intercontinental rock star (well, school halls in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Leeds and the Democratic Republic of North Shields)...

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    Gerry 'Lincoln in the Bardo ... is a crazy book, not totally easy to plough through, and yet... and yet... Y’know, I think it might make a worthy winner.' Told yer...
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    "Gerry" commented on Debi's Blog "Stories for Homes 2 - update".
    Have just gone to Thunderclap and signed up for Facebook and Twitter. Must say it seemed a bit daunting. Hope I'm more secure than the American electoral system. Don't really want to contribute to Putin's nest egg.
    28 days ago
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    Gerry commented on Gerry's picture.
    On the Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens (see fenced path attached to hair), 2nd September 2017
    29 days ago
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    Gerry changed their Profile Photo.
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    Gerry has uploaded 1 New Profile Photos.
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    Gerry Not normally ahead of the trend, but I read ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ (George Saunders) a few weeks ago, and now I see it is Booker Prize shortlisted. It’s a crazy book, not totally easy to plough through, and yet... and yet... Y’know, I think it might make a worthy winner. (I mean, what’s wrong with being crazy?)
    1 month ago
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    Gerry Back from FOW17 and too tired even to write this (although... hang on...)
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    Gerry has uploaded 1 New Profile Photos.
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    Gerry commented on Athelstone's picture.
    She's even more fearsome the right way up
    1 month ago
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    Gerry commented on Athelstone's picture.
    Living life sideways.
    1 month ago
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    Gerry commented on Athelstone's picture.
    He's a pensioner, poor old bugger. Leave him to sleep.
    1 month ago
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    Gerry commented on Athelstone's picture.
    Good lad, whoever he is - has a recording studio in Paris, I think...
    1 month ago
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    Gerry commented on Athelstone's picture.
    I do believe that's my spectacle and nose at bottom right (just behind Giselle's profile).
    1 month ago
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    Gerry Drat - I tried uploading an interesting sequence of photos but the portrait ones all turned ninety degrees into the horizontal. Anyone know any cure?
    1 month ago
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      Gerry Dang. I need the shape. Planet plus explanatory plaque below. I spose I could do it on Facebook but it wouldn't mean so much there.
      1 month ago
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      Athelstone No, but a couple of mine did that too. I suppose you could edit them in Paint or something so that they're landscape shaped.
      1 month ago
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      Athelstone Yep, that worked - I just edited that shot of you and it's the right way up now. It seems the Coud's picture uploader assumes that all photos should be 'widescreen'
      1 month ago
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      Gerry Dang. I need the shape. Planet plus explanatory plaque below. I spose I could do it on Facebook but it wouldn't mean so much there.
      1 month ago

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In December 2010 my biography of Wellesley Tudor Pole, 'The Two Worlds of Wellesley Tudor Pole', was published by Starseed Publications/Lorian Press, U.S.A. - and is available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0979170060/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_mymBpb1FDMYPN
and at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0979170060/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dDmBpb13MES2S

The opportunity for publication arose out of a website I put up in 2008: http://wellesleytudorpole.com/

Since then I have put up another website: http://gerryfenge.com/ which can tell you plenty more, if you wish. Indeed, you are invited to visit should the whim take you.

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  • 7th August 2017 Published

    An Aversion to Certainty

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  • 29th June 2017 Published

    On Pitches, Festivals and One-to-Ones

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  • 24th May 2017 Published

    The Front Line

    43 Comments 43 Comments

  • 22nd May 2017 Published

    Round Two

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  • 21st May 2017 Published

    On Titles, Tone and Tomfoolery

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  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 4 months ago
    You're welcome sir. While I remember, I'm currently reading Stephen Baxter's 'Destiny's Children' series, which I thought might appeal to you (in particular the second book). Mind-warping physics and dimension-spanning scope - ideas don't get much bigger.
  • Berks
    by Berks 5 months ago
    Hi Gerry, just reading through your comments on the blog about humour and your preference for a crime thriller, and thought i'd recommend a cracker that ticks those boxes. "The Rabbit Factory" by Marshall Karp (and his follow on Novels too) are among the best i've read for Crime Thrillers with humour entwined.....
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 6 months ago
    You have mail.
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 1 year ago
    Well done on your FNL, Gerry!
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    by / 1 year ago
    didn't want to hijack Bric's blog but there are some who see Saddam's Bathist party as a WMD. I've been to places where famine is a WMD, or a machete, or an AK47 so I never really had an issues with going after a destablizing bully like Saddam. The problem is that the job was left half done. The command structure of ISlamic State is all Bathist, ... just like Sadddam... We didn't get them all. Saudi would get my vote too. Go easy.
  • Jill
    by Jill 2 years ago
    Ta ever so! Means a lot to have you added to my 'support group' while I await important critique. Sending you lots of positive vibes over in a hot air balloon like I did once before ~ if I remember correctly. :)
  • Jill
    by Jill 2 years ago
    Hello, Gerry. Lovely to see you on Cloud once more. How are you and yours? How is your writing going? Best wishes, Jill x
  • BP
    by BP 2 years ago
    You just seemed a little bemused by your course work. My comment was meant as a light-hearted bit of support & good wishes.
  • BP
    by BP 2 years ago
    both
  • Gerry
    by Gerry 2 years ago
    Um, what makes sense? The self edit course? The general practice of chin raising? Lindy Hopping?