AlanP

AlanP

60 years old
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  • 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    Unpublished writer (so far)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?
    Radio
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    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?
    Procastinatory
    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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    OFP
    "OFP" commented on AlanP's Blog "In a story would I....".
    Excellent, Johnny, and all those unenlightened who say that violence never solved anything.... ... Did I ever tell you lot about African Axe Collection Agency, a small enterprise that my former Legion mate, Murphy the Murderer founded in is post ...
    2 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on OFP's Blog "Saturday's ponderable points...".
    I've only got a gladius.
    3 hours ago
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    OFP
    "OFP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Lost for Words".
    Loved Clint. Where Eagles Dare, he mowed down a battalion of SS and two companies of Alpine Jagers with an MP 40 and only reloaded once. He was special.
    3 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on mike's Blog "Ah, mon ami, 'eez stuffing?" n'est pas?"".
    A tough one this. Is it a literal translation thing? You are pulling my Cockerel to the Wine? That can't be right. OK, how about faux phonetic cross linguistics (I may have just made that skill up). Pulling my cock a to the transit. That's not right ...
    3 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on OFP's Blog "Saturday's ponderable points...".
    @ No 1 - Evidently a Swordsman thrusting his Seax for an hour will burn one hundred calories (a Now & Then joke, you had to be there)
    4 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Lost for Words".
    I saw Clint Eastwood wreak destruction with a LAWS rocket once (in a movie). I began to realise that standing behind people on a range is not always a safe place, as I had once assumed - or to the side for that matter. The graphic for run away and ...
    4 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "In a story would I....".
    It's all very tempting ;) However, a small update. Following my discussions with the three companies involved, who I can now name as River Island, Sports Direct and Asda Direct Shopping I can confirm the following. River Island and Sports Direct had ...
    4 hours ago
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    Mashie Niblick
    "Mashie Niblick" commented on AlanP's Blog "In a story would I....".
    I was reminiscing with a new client about this man we both knew who defrauded several people including his own partner of close on a million quid, in property, unpaid bills etc. I lost £15k in fees. But I heard that one man, a ground worker, got ...
    6 hours ago
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    OFP
    "OFP" commented on AlanP's Blog "In a story would I....".
    If you know the address, what a temptation! Low scale urban warfare. Crap in a box and send it to them.
    8 hours ago
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    OFP
    "OFP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Lost for Words".
    Love flat pack furniture, especially the self destruct feature designed into it if you attempt to move it after it has been assembled. In the 70's the yank army published wordless, cartoon training pamphlets explaining how to destroy Soviet tanks ...
    8 hours ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on AlanP's Blog "Lost for Words".
    As with John's wineglasses upside down, pictures bring their own problems. When I lived in SA, there was a great deal of illiteracy and people bought things by the pictures on the package. A tin of powdered baby milk with a photo of a bouncing baby ...
    17 hours ago
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    Lizzielion
    "Lizzielion" commented on AlanP's Blog "Lost for Words".
    This brings to mind the days when English law was written in French while the population spoke English. What a good way to keep the ruffians in their place - make law beyond their understanding. Imagine a world in which the mass population only ...
    21 hours ago
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    GippsGirl
    "GippsGirl" commented on AlanP's Blog "Lost for Words".
    I read (perused?) a beautiful graphic novel just last week, and it took me all of 20 minutes. In spite of the author's stunning artwork, and an interesting storyline, it just did not satisfy. Give me words.
    21 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Lost for Words".
    @ John. I should say standardisation is better.
    22 hours ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "Lost for Words".
    My section leader at Marconi, Bill, had a plate camera that he used to photograph old houses and landscapes. He made his own emulsion and painted it on the plates. He took some excellent images. Once, at the Smithsonian, I saw an exhibition of ...
    22 hours ago

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  • Sandra
    by Sandra 9 days ago
    Great opening line to your comp entry, and I like the teeth.
  • Logan
    by Logan 14 days ago
    Mashie has more links than the obsolete golf club. It really does sound like a mickey-take Yiddish name, though!
  • Raine
    by Raine 1 month ago
    PM'd you, in case the Cloud deems it a secret.
  • Hil
    by Hil 2 months ago
    Have sent you a message.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 3 months ago
    *gasps* not too hard! Got little enough breath as it is!

    (Thank you - appreciate it really. x ;) )
  • Barb
    by Barb 4 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.
  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 4 months ago
    tough one Alan. Look after yourself.
  • Jenni Belsay
    by Jenni Belsay 4 months ago
    Big hug from me too. x
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 4 months ago
    Sending hugs xx
  • bryo
    by bryo 4 months ago
    Thas was a canny reet good read anorl Alan.

    (your story was excellent too Alan)