Gerry

Gerry

67 years old
Male
Location
Tadcaster
United Kingdom
Current Status
Three of us, eh: Usain pulls up in the sprint relay, Mo has to settle for silver in the 5000, and I had a bit of difficulty getting down of the cliff at Scalby. (It’s the knee, you know, yeah, and the ankle too.) Haven’t mentioned it to Mo and Usain, but
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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
    "Gerry" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Night night...
    4 days ago
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    OFP
    "OFP" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Alas Gerry, your abject objectivity is easily abused... Agree with you Daeds, people should mind what they post... Two sides to every equation... Not many are mature enough to understand that...
    4 days ago
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    Gerry
    "Gerry" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Not to worry, Clytey, things often turn out a bit unintended. What would we find to write about if they didn't? I'm glad to hear you're resilient in debate, but people do vary, and writers - for better or worse - can be very sensitive. My missus, ...
    4 days ago
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    Clytemnestra
    "Clytemnestra" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Disappointed to find that one word used by me: 'nonsense' could destroy so wide-ranging and interesting a discussion. I'm so sorry for that, Gerry; you wrote a thoughtful, exploratory blog and deserve better. I have many times in my life been ...
    4 days ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Hard to disagree with what Ms/Mx/Mr Cloud says, though a pity it has to be pointed out. Dolly - ay, there's the rub
    5 days ago
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    Dolly
    "Dolly" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Since last weekend I have been involved in a music project, which I've just about got my head round, so I thought I'd take a look at the cloud, to see what had transpired since I last looked, and lo and behold, this blog is still alive and well, and ...
    5 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    (Or, indeed Miss or Ms W...)
    5 days ago
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    Catasshe
    "Catasshe" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    The Word Cloud, wherever it is, speaks sense. I sometimes wonder how some of the Cloudie regulars get any (creative) writing done at all, as of late some appear to spend most of their time in slanging matches on here. Albeit, erudite, informed and, ...
    5 days ago
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    SecretSpi
    "SecretSpi" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    According to its profile, The Word Cloud is currently floating over the Bavarian/Czech border. According to my laptop, at any rate.
    5 days ago
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    OFP
    "OFP" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    The Ultimate Voice from the Sky appears.... Clearing up the original debate rather succinctly ... Love it when that happens...
    5 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Ah. No sensa yuma, 's my problem. It is actually a valid point though, at least in fiction writing: you can't put all your trust in these 'mechanical' aids. Punctuation, and even grammar, can be as much an art as a science. Alan, hear hear.
    5 days ago
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    Ingest
    "Barny" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Or Mrs/Ms WC
    5 days ago
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    Yo
    "Yo" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    @RichardB O
    5 days ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    I should just like to welcome The Word Cloud to what may be one of its only posts, at least in my experience. I couldn't have put it better.
    5 days ago
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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Gerry's Blog "An Aversion to Certainty".
    Then I would suggest that Grammarly is talking out of its backside. There are times when you really ought to use a comma, times when you really ought not to use a comma, and times when it's optional and depends on what stress and rhythm you want in ...
    5 days ago

About

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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago
    You have mail.
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 11 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago
    both
  • Gerry
    by Gerry 1 year ago
    Um, what makes sense? The self edit course? The general practice of chin raising? Lindy Hopping?