AlanP

AlanP

61 years old
Male
Current Status
Rutilated: One of those "begging to be used" words
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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    Unpublished writer (so far)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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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Squidge's Blog "Celebrity children's authors...".
    @ Richard, I read somewhere that Dick Francis books were largely written by his wife. His plot ideas, her execution.
    17 days ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP Rutilated: One of those "begging to be used" words
    1 month ago
    • Athelstone
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      Athelstone May I add my thanks for the epexegesis? (or spell it correctly)
      1 month ago
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    Mashie Niblick
    Mashie Niblick commented on AlanP's wall:
    excellent yarn in the monthly, Alan. Were the whales trying to warn them?
    1 month ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Raine's Blog "Pre-York Confession".
    Don't let it get to you. Although getting an agent interested is a very good thing they are just people doing a job and this is a demonstration of that. You are just as good as you ever were and if its in the stars then you'll get there, just a ...
    1 month ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP commented on Barny's wall:
    You have mail.
    1 month ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's Greek to me".
    Your interpretation of the shield seems more likely Yo. 'Impalement' eh? I do love the lexicon of heraldry even though I know nothing about it. It is a lovely translation, much better than the rough one I found
    1 month ago
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    Clytemnestra
    "Clytemnestra" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's Greek to me".
    Coming late to this, Alan but what a fascinating blog. So many interesting contributions too. I am not a Greek scholar (if only) but am sure the original scriptures were written in Hebrew - most probably by the Essenes - and later translated ...
    1 month ago
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    Barny
    Barny commented on AlanP's wall:
    PM for you
    1 month ago
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    Newbie
    Newbie commented on AlanP's wall:
    Great comp entry, Alan. Go the Kraken I say....
    1 month ago
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    AlanP
    AlanP
    1 month ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Giselle's Blog "A note to our guests".
    Greeting the vegetarian guests following a visit to them where I endured Tofu and Quorn all weekend. "Hi, you know I'm doing 5:2 fasting. Here's your glass of water" A fantasy, but I'd love to do it.
    1 month ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's Greek to me".
    The college of arms can solve the crests, but I'll need to see what they charge.
    1 month ago
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    Yo
    "Yo" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's Greek to me".
    Looking at that link I'm guessing the bottom right is the husband/wife crest. He's the lion, she's the J/innershield thingy.
    1 month ago
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    Yo
    "Yo" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's Greek to me".
    I didn't see it a J, I thought it was just half of an inner shield? It could be a J of course! The top crest was split in half, so I assumed that was a split crest too. Apparently, it's called ...
    1 month ago
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    Daedalus
    "Daedalus" commented on AlanP's Blog "It's Greek to me".
    Indeed. The lion rampant opposite the letter J looks as though it should be meaningful, but there isn't a J in any of the families Ward is associated with - unless that's some heraldic feature I'm not familiar with. It does look like Fleurs de Lys ...
    1 month ago

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  • Mashie Niblick
    by Mashie Niblick 1 month ago
    excellent yarn in the monthly, Alan. Were the whales trying to warn them?
  • Barny
    by Barny 1 month ago
    PM for you
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 1 month ago
    Great comp entry, Alan. Go the Kraken I say....
  • Hilly
    by Hilly 2 months ago
    Great comp entry. Scary stuff. I knew there was a reason to stay on dry land.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 2 months ago
    Powerful bit of oceanic karma in your comp entry. I dare say it's very easy to imagine all kinds of things lurking in the dark of the deep when you're far from land.
  • Hil
    by Hil 2 months ago
    Ooh, that's a frightening tale, Alan.
  • Hel
    by Hel 2 months ago
    Really enjoyed your comp piece, Alan. Especially when the sea creatures got their revenge. Sounds more like giant octopus than whale?
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 2 months ago
    Thank you Squidge, thank you Barny. I assure you Prop is not trying to derail the winter challenge. I know him well enough to know that, he loves it as much as anyone. This nonsense, it's getting out of hand.

    Please everyone, stop. I can tell you Athelstone will launch s new one soon, if this doesn't piss him off too much.
  • Barny
    by Barny 2 months ago
    You and your comps are legendary, indeed. Don't believe there is any reason for attacks on you/your comps, seems what I can only call bizarre. Makes me laugh. The attacks that is. Perhaps OFP is trying to derail the continuance of the comps? Don't know. Complete mystery. He seems to be trying to encourage people choose a side, on the basis of 'pm me' and vague accusations. Throwing rocks at windmills. Hahahaha.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 2 months ago
    Mr P, your comps are legendary and, with the SE course, are one of the best things that ever happened to my writing.

    So sorry they seem to have become the focus of something that they do not deserve. *hugs*