61 years old
Current Status
  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    General fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Flann O'Brien. Joanne Harris
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    The Forever War, Day of the Jackal, The Third Policeman, Chocolat, Our Man in Havana, don't really have seven
    What are your working habits when you write?
    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?
    Realistically to get stuff read and enjoyed by others. Stretch target, get something on the BBC.
    Your worst habit?
    Starting over.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    Office at home
    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?
    Being a self employed engineering consultant I have a feast and famine work life. I also write professionally creating legal reports for litigation. To date I have never had long enough between contracts to finish anything significant.



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    "Mezz" commented on AlanP's Blog "Something for the weekend".
    Once a tree but now no more. A pile of wood upon the shore. A link between the sea and land. Severed by the greed of Man and not by nature's hand.
    2 hours ago
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    "Tony" commented on AlanP's Blog "Something for the weekend".
    Muddy old river that ebbs with the tide, Worm casts and molluscs laid bare on your bed, And moored at your bank, who once sailed with pride, The racing yacht, “Sea Spray” – the ship of the dead. The tide will return, your waters will ...
    8 hours ago
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    John Alty
    "John Alty" commented on AlanP's Blog "Something for the weekend".
    He built you from pitch pine and oak, Sealed your planks and let you soak, He made a mast and gave you wings, You carried men and goods and things, Then came steam and steel and speed, For you, like him, there’s no more need.
    9 hours ago
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    "OFP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Something for the weekend".
    'Twas not for pleasure your keel was laid. But for work, the reason you was made. And three generations of labour hard, And for that you're spared a breakers yard.
    1 day ago
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    "Berks" commented on AlanP's Blog "Something for the weekend".
    Or did you think it's for the best To choose the washed up place of rest? Were you tired of salty water, causing your streamlined bows to falter Instead, you opted for number one To Just laze about in the midday sun...
    1 day ago
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    "Hilly" commented on AlanP's Blog "Something for the weekend".
    Are you now home to toad or mouse? Are you their new up-market house? Your paint now peeled, your timbers rotting, do you spend your time just plotting how to get back to the sea, to be free?
    1 day ago
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    "AlanP" commented on Stoked's Blog "The Power of Iron".
    I am of course very pleased to learn that you have been properly diagnosed and are on the mend (and those others who have had similar experiences). Once diagnosed it's one of the easier fixes, fortunately. It's highly unlikely that a doctor would do ...
    1 day ago
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    "Daedalus" commented on AlanP's Blog "Something for the weekend".
    A crime to leave this rakish cutter, Languishing as in the gutter.
    1 day ago
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    "Sandra" commented on AlanP's Blog "Something for the weekend".
    For no particular rhyme nor verse I think of 'Sloop John B' Your swooping beam, of steam-bent planks suggests a one-time grace Your peeling paint a remnant of a once immaculate face.
    1 day ago
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    AlanP commented on AlanP's picture.
    Please see the blog:
    1 day ago
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    AlanP wrote a new blog: "Something for the weekend".
    I thought a little bit of a group activity for the weekend. Add a verse if you like. ********   Mine to kick off: ********* Are you just a pile of rotting wood pulled up hard beside the shore, Does it make your heart ache when you ...
    1 day ago
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    AlanP has uploaded 1 New Profile Photos.
    1 day ago
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    "AlanP" commented on John Alty's Blog "Low cost housing".
    All of which makes a big metal container a luxurious country pile, I suppose. It's all relative.
    1 day ago
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    "AlanP" commented on BellaM's Blog "Little Dog's Rhapsody in the Night - a poem by Mary Oliver".
    They work their way into your soul and make it a little warmer for a while. Then they go, which is the way of things that we can't alter. Keep the memories, Bella.
    1 day ago
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    AlanP commented on Grant's wall:
    Thanks for that, Grant. I hadn't come across it before. Learned something new. Incidentally, if you write a response to something in a conversation with someone on that person's wall then they get a notification. Writing responses on your own wall ...
    3 days ago


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  • Gerry
    by Gerry 11 days ago
    Hello Alan, Daedalus recommends I request a reader's ticket so I can read 'Home', which has attracted so many warm comments just lately. Please.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 16 days ago
    Your comp entry was hauntingly beautiful, it made a shiver go down my spine. Tragic, but lovely.
  • OFP
    by OFP 16 days ago
    Quite simply, your best. Word perfect.
  • Debi
    by Debi 29 days ago
    In answer to your question on That Blog, WW was set up in 2005. I joined them as a freelance editor the following year.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 month ago
    Great opening line to your comp entry, and I like the teeth.
  • Logan
    by Logan 1 month ago
    Mashie has more links than the obsolete golf club. It really does sound like a mickey-take Yiddish name, though!
  • Raine
    by Raine 2 months ago
    PM'd you, in case the Cloud deems it a secret.
  • Hil
    by Hil 3 months ago
    Have sent you a message.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 4 months ago
    *gasps* not too hard! Got little enough breath as it is!

    (Thank you - appreciate it really. x ;) )
  • Barb
    by Barb 5 months ago
    Thanks for the birthday wishes. All good here, it just takes time, but I have come up with some new story ideas, so it's all good.